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Spring – International Affairs & Public Policy

Application Procedure & Deadlines


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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.

October 8, 2019: Spring 2020 Early Deadline + International Student Deadline

November 12, 2019: Spring 2020 Final 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. Capital Semester 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 pdf versions of the application material checklists for both tracks of Capital Semester as well as special instructions for international students:

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 Capital Semester program, including terms of final payment, refunds, withdrawals and student participation.

Semester Program Policies

Costs & Scholarships


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Program Costs

Students enrolled in the Capital Semester program are required to take twelve credits. Housing is provided in furnished apartments in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC. .

12 – Credits: Includes tuition and housing (15 weeks); $13,495
**A deposit of $750 is due three weeks after acceptance.

Capital Semester Estimate of living costs (actual costs vary and are not included in the program costs):
Books and supplies: $200
Food: $1,500 (depending on personal preferences)
Personal Expenses: $750 (entertainment, travel to/from internship, etc.)
Transportation to Washington: Based on distance to Washington and type of travel


The Fund for American Studies strives to make its programs accessible and affordable to the best and brightest students regardless of financial status. Scholarship funding is awarded based on a combination of factors including:

  • Financial Need
  • Academic Excellence
  • Extracurricular Achievement
  • Leadership Activities


Approximately 70% of students receive scholarship funding through TFAS. Scholarships for the Capital Semester program typically range from $1,000 to $7,000.

If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please plan to submit your scholarship materials at the time of application submission. The following materials must be submitted through your online application, mail, email ( or fax (202.318.0441):

  • A 250-word statement explaining your need for a scholarship. (Must be uploaded into your online application through the Apply Yourself system)
  • Federal Student Aid Report (SAR) or Tax Return
  • Financial Aid Award Summary & Grant/Scholarship Award Letter (if applicable)

For a detailed explanation of these required personal financial materials click here.