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South Carolina Honors College

Eligibility and Cost

The Washington Semester Program, administered through the Honors College, is open to any student who currently attends a participating South Carolina college or university. 

Students should be college juniors or seniors, although sophomores will be considered in special circumstances. Students must be in good standing in their college or university's honors program, and the director of the school's honors program has to submit a letter of approval for each student. Preference is given to students with a minimum 3.3 GPA or better.

Non-Honors College Students May Be Eligible to Apply

If you aren't in your school's honors program but have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, you might still be eligible to apply to the Washington Semester Program with prior approval. Email the internship director at to begin the approval process.

A Program Applicable to All Majors

You do not need to be a political science major to apply. Current and future leaders are active in a variety of fields. Experience gained in the Washington Semester Program is valuable for any major or career choice. Students in the program have included majors in engineering, biology, journalism, business, French, English, international relations, women's studies, the fine arts, history and accounting.

Enrollment in the Program

In most cases, students enroll at the University of South Carolina in Columbia for the semester they are participating in the Washington Semester Program. Transfer status is handled quickly and easily for students from other institutions. South Carolina State University students do not enroll their students at the University of South Carolina; but academic credits are transferred from USC to South Carolina State University after the student completes the semester program.

If you are interested in applying to the Washington Semester Program, you should talk to your college advisor and the director of your school's honors program to determine how the Washington Semester Program's academic credit will apply to your individual undergraduate program.

Tuition and Anticipated Expenses in Washington, D.C.

It is hard to know what exact expenses to anticipate, since it differs from student to student. In general, typical expenses associated with the semester are:

  1. Tuition - All students will enroll at USC Columbia and pay the USC semester tuition rate. The USC Board of Trustees establishes the tuition for the upcoming year in July of each year.
  2. Housing Expenses - Washington Intern Semester Housing (WISH) management company owns the house  at 225 Constitution Ave. NE, where the students live. At orientation, we will collect a $300 non-refundable processing fee payable to WISH. The cost of housing varies each year.  Students should budget between $4,700 and $5,000 plus a refundable $200 security deposit. This includes all utilities, internet access, furnishings, basic kitchen supplies, and monthly cleaning. Students will be billed by WISH a month before the semester begins. WISH understands that many students use scholarship money to help pay for housing, which often is not available to the student until after the semester begins. A payment schedule for housing can be worked out directly through the WISH office by calling Mr. Paul Sarna at 202-548-2720.

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