Fall & Spring Semester Programs


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Application Deadlines

Because applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Those who apply early will receive first consideration for both admission and scholarship decisions as well as internship placement. Many internship placements are very competitive, so the earlier you are admitted, the greater your chance of receiving a top internship placement.

Fall 2019 – Capital Semester on Leadership and the American Presidency

March 1, 2019: Fall 2018 Early Application Deadline

International Student Application Deadline (please click here for special application instructions) 

April 10, 2019: Fall 2019 Priority Application Deadline for Scholarships

June 1, 2019: Fall 2019 Final Application Deadline

Spring 2020 – Capital Semester on International Affairs + Public Policy

October 8, 2019: Spring 2019 Early Deadline + International Student Deadline

November 12, 2019: Spring 2019 Final Application Deadline

To qualify for a deadline, you must submit the online application form by 11:59PM eastern time on the deadline. All supporting materials must also be received by the deadline.

Application Instructions

All applicants are required to complete the online application available by clicking here. In addition to the online application, there are supplemental materials that must be sent via mail, email or fax using the contact information below. Applicants must submit an official transcript, letter of recommendation and $25 application fee. Please see the application check list below for track-specific instructions.

Please keep in mind that your application will not be passed on to the Admissions Committee for review until all of the required materials have been received.

U.S. Programs Admissions Committee
The Fund for American Studies
1621 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202.986.0384
Fax: 202.318.0441

Application Checklist

Please click the links below for PDFs of the application material checklists for Capital Semester and Leadership and the American Presidency as well as special instructions for international students:

Fall and Spring Semester Programs
International Students – Special Instructions


All participants must view and sign The Fund for American Studies program policies upon enrollment. This includes the Attendance Agreement that is included in the online enrollment form as well as a code of conduct agreement upon their arrival. Please click on the link below to view the policies for the Semester Programs, including terms of final payment, refunds, withdrawals and student participation.

Semester Program Policies