Semester in Washington, D.C. Program

International Relations - Fall/Spring

As part of Georgetown's Semester in Washington Program, students witness the inner-workings of International Relations in the city where nations converge and leaders shape history. Georgetown University offers the strengths, resources, and wide array of international affairs expertise that students and tomorrow's leaders seek for an unparalleled education in world affairs.

The program enables students to examine first hand the complex issues facing nations and political decision-makers today, along with the forces that drive policy in Washington. Guest speakers who are leaders in their fields teach students about security studies, foreign policy, peace and conflict resolution, human rights, economics, and international law. Small-group discussions provide a rigorous, stimulating environment for academic discourse.

Over the course of the fall and spring semesters, students analyze the issues and participate in a wide range of discussions with each other as well as Washington-based experts. Conversations with representatives from Congress, the State Department, the World Bank, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector add new and varied perspectives. Internships place students alongside global leaders and elected officials to learn how they work together on the world's most pressing issues. In the accompanying internship class, students mix theory with practice, reach beyond the work at their selected organizations, and reflect on the ethical and leadership implications of their internships and the role that their work can have on larger society.

Fall/Spring Semester Structure

  • Academic seminar Mondays and Fridays, 9 credits
  • Internship Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, plus accompanying internship class, 3 credits
  • Research seminar, 3 credits

In total, students earn 15 credits in the Fall or Spring Semester in Washington Program. The Fall and Spring program is for full-time students only.

Fall/Spring Semester Estimated Costs

(Scholarship assistance available)

  • Tuition: SWP is a full-time program; tuition for 2014-2015 is $23,100 per semester.
  • Books: $350.00 estimated
  • Housing is not guaranteed and is available on first come first served basis

To apply on-line, click here. To submit a print application packet, click here.

To view our Frequently Asked Questions page, click here.

For more information on the internship component of the program, please click here.


International Relations: Academic Seminar
International Relations: Internship/Internship Class
International Relations: Research Seminar


International Affairs: Academic Seminar
International Affairs: Internship/Internship Class
International Affairs: Research Seminar
International Relations: Academic Seminar
International Relations: Internship/Internship Class
International Relations: Research Seminar

Semester in Washington, D.C. Program News and Highlights