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Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    16 credits
    • Location

      Washington, D.C.
    • Semesters Offered

      Fall, Spring

      April 5 deadline for Fall

      October 22 deadline for Spring

    • Minimum GPA

    • Application

      We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2022 term. Please fill out the Study Abroad Future Interest Form to be notified about program updates for Fall 2022 and beyond.

      How to Apply

      Interested in applying? Check out the next steps.

      GlobalEd (formerly BestSemester) proudly offers several off-campus and study abroad programs around the world through the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). The CCCU is a higher education association of 179 intentionally Christ-centered institutions around the world.

      Since 1976, the American Studies Program (ASP) has served as an experiential learning laboratory for students committed to connecting their faith to public affairs. Nearly 500 of ASP’s 3,000+ alumni have returned to work in the DC metro area in a variety of professional fields — private and public, for-profit and non-profit.

      Program Overview

      A Washington, DC semester experience is an investment. Short-term trips to the nation’s capital give you a glimpse into the important work happening here, the remarkable people dedicated to making a difference, and the inspiring history that reminds us that our work is part of a story much bigger than our own. But is awareness enough for you?

      ASP is here so you can take full advantage of Washington, DC resources and put them to use. The ASP semester experience is designed to provide adventure, challenge, and change. What distinguishes ASP is its unique ability to gather a diverse Christian community of college students, ASP and CCCU alumni, and other thoughtful Christians living and leading in the nation’s capital, all wanting to be conformed to Christ in all areas of life, including as purposed professionals.

      Each student enrolls in the program’s two practicum courses: "internship" and "topics in leadership and vocation." Students have the option of enrolling in a one-credit professional mentorship course. In addition, students apply to either the public policy track or the strategic communication track.

      Public Policy (Track)

      The public policy track equips and supports students in their analysis of a pressing public policy issue. Each student produces original research by engaging area experts and practitioners off-site and in the classroom as they investigate the local, national and global factors that influence policy-making in Washington, D.C.

      Strategic Communication (Track)

      The strategic communication track engages communication professionals to explore the role of strategic communication in achieving organizational goals. Field-work activities explore current best practices in communicating critical organizational messages to key internal and external constituents and stakeholders. Students compare how different types of organizations set strategic direction, develop and evaluate messages, choose appropriate communication channels and tactics, and measure output and impact outcomes.

      Students who apply to attend the American Studies Program complete a Biola application for review by Study Abroad. In addition to the Biola Study Abroad application, students must also complete an application with the program provider, GlobalEd. Students must be accepted by both Biola Study Abroad and the program provider in order to participate in the program.

      2021–22 Program Cost (Before Financial Aid)

      2021–2022 Biola Semester Tuition$22,191
      Program Fees (e.g. Room Only, Educational Excursions)$3,000
      Non-Refundable Biola Administrative Fee$500
      Estimated Program Cost$25,691

      Airfare, meals, insurance, local transportation, and textbooks are not included in the program cost. Student housing is apartment style at the GlobalEd Dallenback Center. Students accepted to participate in the program during the 2021-22 year will be billed the Program Cost as seen above. This cost is before financial aid. For a study abroad financial aid review, please contact The Office of Financial Aid.

      Program Dates

      • Fall 2021
        • August 11 – November 23
      • Spring 2022
        • January 5 – April 23

      Course Equivalencies