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Fall & Spring Semesters


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.


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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 application form and have it signed by your campus representative.  All application materials must be received in order for your application to be processed by LCWS. 


A complete semester application will include:

  • Fall and Spring Semester Application Form (PDF)

  • Non-Refundable Application Fee - Your non-refundable application fee of $250.00 must be received to complete the application process.  Please make checks payable to Lutheran College Washington Consortium, or LCWC.  If you would like to submit a credit card payment, please contact

  • Unofficial Academic Transcript

  • Current Resume

  • Sample Cover Letter - Compose a cover letter for your dream internship, or for a position you would be interested in pursuing.  Use this as an exercise to search for potential internships in D.C., and start thinking of what would make you a strong candidate.  Your draft does not need to be in its final stage; any level of progress will be acceptable.

  • Letter(s) of Recommendation - One letter is required, but two letters are preferred.  
    Letters of recommendation will be used for internship applications, NOT for acceptance into the Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS).  Please ask your recommender to focus on your work ethic, professionalism, and any other qualities that would be relevant in the context of employment.  Letters should be addressed to "To Whom It May Concern," and the recommendation should be for future employment (i.e. "I highly recommend (Student's Name) for an internship with your organization.").  All letters must be on letterhead.


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.


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.