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Fall & Spring Semesters

Requirements

All students wishing to attend the Lutheran College Washington Semester program during the fall and spring semesters must meet the following requirements.  Students shall:

 

  • Be a junior or senior in good academic standing in any academic major at one of our member schools.  Second semester sophomores may be eligible; please contact your campus representative to learn more.

  • Receive approval of your application by the LCWS representative at your school.

  • Be highly motivated to intern, study, and serve others in the nation’s capital.

 

Students who have met all of the admissions requirements will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Application

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If you are interested in applying to the LCWS program for a fall or spring semester experience, please fill out the online application form.  All application materials must be received in order for your application to be processed by LCWS.

 

Before applying, make sure you have the following ready to submit or provide information for:

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

  • Unofficial Transcript

  • Two Recommenders to submit Letters of Recommendation on your behalf

  • These letters can either be submitted with the application or the student will submit the names and information about the recommenders, and those letters will be submitted directly to LCWS or via the Campus Representative

  • Application Fee (if applicable)

  • Campus Representative Approval

Steps to Apply:

 

  1. Please review the LCWS Admissions Application Instructions document.

  2. Go to www.washingtonsemester.org/fall-spring-semesters and fill out the Google form indicating the semester to which you plan to apply. 

    • Please note that LCWS strives to be a paper-free office, and as such we use Google for many of our application systems, semester materials, forms, and surveys. In advance of submitting your application, we highly recommend creating a professional Gmail account (i.e. YourName@gmail.com). Throughout the semester, we will also touch on this reminder as an element of your professional development training and how this is a helpful tool for future job applications. 

  3. Complete the Google form for your semester including all required application documents. 

  4. Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email from LCWS and a request to pay the application fee, if applicable. A request for review & approval of your application will be automatically sent to your campus representative. 

  5. Once your application has been approved and we have received your two letters of recommendation, the LCWS team will complete a review of your application packet and will be in touch regarding acceptance details and next steps in preparing for the semester. 

Deadlines

All application materials, as outlined above, must be completed and received by LCWS for a student to be considered for enrollment in the program.   Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until space is filled.  However, to meet most internship application deadlines, we recommend the following timelines:​

Fall Semesters

Early Action Submission Date (Recommended): March 1

Application Deadline: April 1

Spring Semesters

Early Action Submission Date (Recommended): August 1

Application Deadline: October 15

Please note: Each LCWS member school may have an earlier application deadline for off-campus study.  Students should be sure to check with their Study Abroad Office or Global Education Office to verify the correct dates.

Costs

Fall and spring semester students pay regular tuition to their home institution and submit a housing and program fee to LCWS.  This fee covers the expense for semester-long housing in a fully furnished penthouse condo, registration for amenities within the residential community, and entry into various ticketed events throughout the semester.  Breakdown of costs . . .

  • Non-Refundable Application Deposit – $250 paid with application.

  • Tuition – Paid as usual to home institution.

  • Room & Board – Housing fees for the semester vary by member school; contact your LCWS Campus Representative for current costs. In lieu of a meal plan for the semester, students are responsible for cooking their own meals (costs vary based on personal habits).

  • Transportation – LCWS is pleased to provide fall and spring semester students with unlimited, free access to public transportation in the D.C. Metro area for the entirety of their semester experience.  Students are responsible for covering transportation expenses to and from D.C. at the start and end of the semester.