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Terms, Credits, & Costs

Upcoming Terms

Program already full? You can still apply! We often accept students from the waiting list.

Terms Dates Deadlines
Fall 2018 Aug 26- Dec 14 Application review is in progress.
Spring 2019 Jan 6- April 26 Application review will begin April 15, 2018.
Summer 2019 May 27-Aug 3 Application review will begin Oct 15, 2018.
Fall 2019 Aug 26-Dec 13 Application Review will begin Feb 15, 2018

Important Details

  • Tuition at WCSC is the same as on campus for EMU students.  If you are coming from another university, please check with your institution's cross-cultural or study away office. Financial aid applies during the academic year, and a tuition discount is offered during the summer since financial aid does not apply.
  • Non-profit internships can count as EMU students' workstudy job during the academic year.
  • Many students participate in both WCSC and an overseas cross-cultural, but be sure to talk with your adviser about it to plan in advance.
  • This is a good option for people who are concerned about fitting a cross-cultural and internship experience into their rigorous academic schedule.
  • Applications may be waitlisted if received after the review deadline. Apply as early as possible to ensure priority consideration.

Program Components

  • Internship: Students are matched with an internship that fits their major or area of study.
  • Group Life: Students share a house with up to 15 other students, an easy walk from Metro.
  • Courses taught by EMU faculty: Students take a seminar course engaging with the city of DC and an internship theory and practice course to support their internship experiences.
  • Optional Class at a DC University: If needed, students can take a course at a local university in order to complete graduation requirements.

Terms (students may consider staying for 2 terms):

  • Fall or Spring Semester: 15 credits (Plus an optional 3 credits from a local university class)
  • 10-Week Summer Program: 10 credits (Outside university classes not available)

Semester vs. Summer

Semester Summer
Weeks: 15 10
Internship hrs/wk: 20 30

Total Credits:

  • Credits for Internship:
  • Credits for WCSC Classes:
  • Credits for Optional Local Class:


  • 6
  • 9
  • Up to 3 (If Needed)


  • 6
  • 4
  • N/A
Financial Aid: Same as On-Campus N/A
Workstudy: For Some Internships N/A
Cost (tuition + room and board + activity fee):

Same as on Campus

*if you are not an EMU student, check with your university

Currently $7,767

Courses offered in Spring 2018 and Fall 2018:
HIST 385 From Monuments to Murals: Exploring Social Issues Through DC’s Public Art, 3
CCSSC 386 A Multicultural History of Washington, D.C., 1930-2000, 3
WCSC 285: Internship Theory and Practice, 1
WCSC 485: Servant Leadership, 2

Courses offered in Summer 2018:
CCSSC 387 The Urban Landscape: Race, Space, and Inequality, 3
WCSC 285 Internship Theory and Practice, 1

Courses offered in Spring 2019:
SOC 375 People, Place, and Community: The Politics and Practice of Community Development, 3
CCSSC 387 The Urban Landscape: Race, Space, and Inequality, 3
WCSC 285: Internship Theory and Practice, 1
WCSC 485: Servant Leadership, 2

*Note on Seminar:  Seminar is taught in-house by EMU faculty. During semesters, seminar covers two courses (CCSSC & HIST taught by Kimberly Schmidt or CCSSC and SOC taught by Ryan Good).  These courses are taught in tandem and consist of field trips, discussions, projects, and lectures.

Course descriptions

CCSSC 386: A Multicultural History of Washington, D.C., 1930-2000
The Washington, D.C. setting offers students an opportunity to examine the history of race and ethnicity in a specific urban context. The history of African-Americans and their ongoing influence on D.C. neighborhoods and political movements will be explored in this course, as will the more modern influences of a number of immigrant communities including Latinos and Asians.

HIST 385: From Monuments to Murals: Exploring Social Issues Through D.C.’s Public Art
Students attend and review museum exhibits, plays and concerts. Guest lecturers provide guided tours of public art in Washington, D.C. Reading and writing assignments focus on the relationship between art, Washington, D.C.’s social history, and contemporary issues.

CCSSC 387 The Urban Landscape: Race, Space, and Inequality
This course is an introduction to urban studies, focused in particular on questions of space and place. Through fieldwork, readings, and discussion, we explore the urban landscape of Washington, DC, seeking to understand the spatial organization of the city, the inequalities it reflects, and the implications for people and communities. What drives racial and economic segregation? How do we make sense of cycles of neighborhood development and disinvestment? This course asks students to consider the breadth of actors and forces that shape the city, and to reflect on what it means to seek justice within this context.

SOC 375 People, Place, and Community: The Politics and Practice of Community Development
In this course we consider how communities differ from place to place and learn about community-based organizations working in and around DC to improve local neighborhoods. Community development focuses on meeting the needs of places that have been marginalized from political and economic power: communities with limited access to good schools, jobs, adequate housing, quality food, and other resources that make life easier and more fulfilling. We learn about the ways people work together to improve neighborhoods, to access external resources, and to more fully meet the needs of their neighbors

WCSC 485: Servant Leadership
How are leaders made? In these critical times, what kinds of leaders does our society need? How is leadership best practiced? College students, at the cusp of adulthood in American society stand at many crossroads. Life-altering decisions, vocational choices, questions about how and whom to serve can stimulate or, conversely, inhibit creativity, a willingness to engage in the serious issues of our day, and a commitment to serve others. This course will be taught in tandem with

WCSC 285: Internship Theory and Practice
Through readings, analytical reflection, journals, and guest speakers, students will explore multiple dimensions of service internships in Washington, D.C.

Local university class
Students who need to take an extra class to stay on track for graduation are able to do so. Our preferred colleges are listed on our Accepted Students page. We can explore course offerings at a few other colleges if those listed do not meet your course substitution needs.

EMU Core Requirements Satisfied

GVC for EMU students:

  • Cross Cultural (completely satisfied by summer or semester term)
  • Writing Intensive (satisfied by WCSC Seminar)
  • Community Learning (satisfied by WCSC 285)
  • The WCSC seminar satisfies the Social and Behavioral Sciences course requirement for the Critical Thinking category of the GVC. In addition, students who come during a term when HIST 385 is offered will have their History and Literature requirement satisfied for Critical Thinking.
  • Senior seminar, for students with 90 SH who come in the fall or spring (satisfied by WCSC 485)