How to Apply

Step-by-Step Admissions Guide

TWC staff are available to assist you at every stage of the admissions process. Many of the application components you submit will be referred to prospective internship sites after you are accepted.


Decision Making

Refund & Cancellation Policies

Washington, D.C. Program Fee Refund and Cancellation Policy

Washington Center staff does extensive work on your behalf prior to your arrival in Washington, D.C. This necessitates a commitment by you to adhere to The Washington Center refund policy. When you sign the policy agreement on your application, you are making a financial commitment to The Washington Center, and you are indicating that you have read and understand the refund and cancellation policies.


Scholarships for International Students

The Washington Center raises scholarship money from a number of governments, private companies and foundations to help students afford the cost of the program. Partner-funded opportunities are offered for students from specific regions of the world, so be sure to note eligibiltiy requirements.  The Washington Center also offers competitive awards in three areas of achievement for international students who are not receiving additional funding


Honors Scholarships

Association of College Honor Societies Scholarship (ACHS)

The Leadership Initiative for Students with Disabilities

The Washington Center offers a range of scholarships for students with disabilities:

AT&T Scholarships

Diversity & Minority Scholarships

TWC Diversity Leaders AwardProvides $3,000 in financial assistance for housing. Applicants must be able to contribute to the diversity of our students and of Diversity Leaders awardees. Recipients are chosen competitively on the basis of their academic performance and record of involvement and leadership in relevant settings (college or university, community, etc.) as reflected on their application, including their resume and transcript.

Pillar Awards

Pillar Awards for Civic Engagement, Leadership & Professional Achievement

Scholarships for U.S. Students

If you need financial assistance to make your semester or summer in Washington, D.C. possible, review the following scholarship opportunities available through The Washington Center. Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions.


Please note that scholarship recipients may be invited to special events and to take part in activities with donors and that most scholarships are not cumulative (meaning that you receive the largest award for which you qualify).


State Scholarships

The following states or commonwealths provide assistance to qualifying students attending The Washington Center. For current eligibility criteria and amounts of assistance, feel free to confirm with TWC at

Program Costs & Scholarships

Finding Funding

Estimate Your Net Cost of Participation

Although TWC charges program and housing fees, the more relevant consideration is the total you will owe your institution and/or TWC. You may find that a semester or summer with TWC is comparable in cost to what you’d pay for the same term on campus.