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A Truly Immersive D.C. Experience - That Only GW Can Provide

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The Semester in Washington Program (SIW), offered each semester by GW's College of Professional Studies, provides an unforgettable, immersive educational experience, combining traditional classroom learning with hands-on experiences and virtual and D.C.-based professional internships.

Throughout the semester, students live and study on George Washington University’s central campus in Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C., which serves as the ideal backdrop for their academic and professional pursuits.

As a student in the Semester in Washington Program you will learn how political decisions are made, how power is wielded and how government is run. This will be your career-defining experience and the moment when you decide to make a name for yourself in Washington, D.C.



Spring 2025 Program Dates: January 13 - April 28, 2025

Program Highlights

  • Live and study on GW's Foggy Bottom Campus, in the heart of D.C.'s political decision-making
  • Learn from the expert scholars and practitioners who comprise GW's full-time faculty
  • Participate in the perfect D.C. internship that aligns with your unique professional goals
  • Network with alumni working in government, political campaigns, public affairs, advocacy and more
  • Experience the rich cultural and historical significance of Washington, D.C.
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About the GW College of Professional Studies

GW’s College of Professional Studies (CPS) catalyzes innovative learning experiences through interdisciplinary academic programs taught by applied researchers and leading industry experts to serve a diversity of adult learners and make a social, economic & political impact.

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About CPS' Graduate School of Political Management

The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management creates an accelerator for transformation, challenging our students to have the difficult bipartisan conversations that have traditionally stalled progress in government and society.

There’s a reason we produce more congressional staffers with graduate degrees than any other school in the nation. Guided by dynamic faculty who’ve helped shape policy at all levels, we’ll help you master the real-world skills needed to lead in front of the camera, behind the scenes, and in high-stakes environments where confidence is non-negotiable.