Study Abroad and SPA in DC

Students have the opportunity to broaden their perspectives by studying public affairs for a full semester outside the United States and in Washington, DC.  By becoming immersed in a different locale, students gain an important comparative knowledge of the policy process.  When applying for jobs, employers want to see that students are willing to embrace new challenges and explore diverse ideas.

Study Abroad

Fulbright Student Program: supports undergraduate and graduate students to study public affairs in specific countries around the globe. Various types of awards are available. Baruch College has a dedicated staff to support Fulbright applications. For more information, contact  or link to Fulbright Program.

Ghent-SPA International Student Exchange Program: offers academic credit for students to study public administration in Belgium and to learn about public affairs in the European context. Students complete courses at Ghent University in human resources management and the organization of international organizations, such as the European Union and World Bank. Students receive 12-elective credits.  Contact for more information.


MPA and MSEd-HEA students have the option to study public affairs in the nation’s capital each spring semester.  Students gain a unique insight into the public policy process through academic coursework and by observing the work of federal administrators, legislators, policy analysts, journalists, academics, and lobbyists. There are social networking events, tours of federal agencies and Washington landmarks, talks by administration officials and Capitol Hill staff members, and visits to museums, such as the Smithsonian and National Archives. 

Students register for 12 academic credits.  The courses taught on-site in DC are PAF 9199 Special Topics: Who Makes Policy? (3 credits) with Professor Carla Robbins and PAF 9116 Intergovernmental Relations (3 credits) with Professor Sonia Jarvis.  Students also complete PAF 9192 Fellowship in Public Affairs, a 6-credit internship. The internship requires each student to work a minimum of 28 hours per week for 15 weeks (3 ½ days—Monday through Thursday morning) in a government agency, congressional office, or nonprofit organization.  The internships are supervised by Professor Michael Feller.  He may be contacted at

The full cost of housing for the spring semester is covered for a shared room in the Washington Internship Student Housing (WISH) program.  Most WISH residences are located on Capitol Hill and are convenient to local transportation, including the DC Metro. Accepted students must, by November 1st, complete an application form with WISH and provide the program with a $200 security deposit that is refunded at the end of the spring semester.

Applications are due by October 10th and are considered on a first-come basis.  Early applications are strongly encouraged since the program is limited to 14 seats.  To be eligible for the program, students must have a minimum of 12 credits completed at the start of the spring semester, be in good standing with no blocks on their student record, and hold a minimum 3.00 GPA.

The application package includes the following:

  • Application form
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement on how the DC Program will be beneficial to the applicant’s educational and career goals; statement can be no longer than one-page, single-spaced, 12-point font with one-inch margins

The application, resume, and statement should be sent as a package to  Students will be notified by email of their acceptance as applications are received.  Students must pay Baruch College tuition and fees for 12-credits and remain enrolled throughout the spring semester.  The receipt of a graduate assistantship and/or the LCU Scholarship is not permitted while in the SPA in DC program. Financial aid may be received, but students should contact the Baruch College Office of Financial Aid about their eligibility status. 

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