Washington Semester Program
Due to an agreement between Valparaiso University and the American University, Washington, D.C., students are able to spend a semester of their junior year studying at American University. This program is designed to give students and first hand experience on a broad range of governmental and Political activities in Washington through field visits, consultation with officials and evaluations sessions led by academic instructors. The program includes focuses on Politics, Urban Politics, Science and Technology, International Development, Foreign Policy, and/or Economic Policy and Justice. All of these will qualify for full credit toward graduation from Valparaiso University.
To apply you will need to speak with your academic advisor. The fee is the same as the cost of a semester at Valparaiso University. All travel, meal, and lodging expenses are paid directly by the student.
The Lutheran College Washington Consortium
Valparaiso University is a member of the Lutheran College Washington Consortium, sponsored by the Luther Institute in Washington, D.C. The consortium offers a full semester of courses designed to introduce students to the range of governmental activities in Washington, with an emphasis on ethical dimensions of public service. The core Course is thus entitled "Ethical Issues and Public Affairs." The director of the program also places students in internships ranging from congressional offices to various public and private agencies. The Washington Consortium Semester courses are accepted for full credit toward graduation from Valparaiso University.
Students register at Valparaiso University for the Washington Consortium Semester and pay to this University the tuition and general fee. Expenses for travel, meals, and lodging are paid directly by the students.
Semester on the United Nations
Through an agreement between Valparaiso University and Drew University, Madison, NJ, students from Valparaiso may spend one semester of their junior year at Drew University. The curriculum involves on-the-scene observations and analyses of the United Nations through direct contact with United Nations meeting and headquarters. For two days each week of the semester the student is in the proximity of the United Nations in New York under the supervision of a member of Drew University faculty.
Students register at Valparaiso University for the Semester on the United Nations and pay to Valparaiso University the normal general fee of this University and the usual tuition and fees of Drew University. Expenses for travel, meals and lodging are paid directly by the students. Semester on the United Nations courses are accepted for full credit toward graduation from Valparaiso University.