academic Program

During the quarter in DC, all students pay UCI registration fees to maintain their UCI student status, and earn 12-16 units for the quarter. Participants must be enrolled on a full-time basis, and must take two Required classes, and can choose to take one Optional class:

REQUIRED COURSES:

1. CORE SEMINAR (UCDC 180; 4 units; Letter grade). All students must take one seminar course, taught one day a week. There are typically 5-6 Seminars to choose from.

    CLICK HERE for Seminar course descriptions

2. INTERNSHIP (UCDC 170; 4, 6, or 8 units; P/NP). Students decide how many hours per week they want to intern, depending on how many units they need and their internship site requires. UCDC program hour requirements are as follows:

    Number of Units

    Number of Hours Per Week

    4
    20-27
    6
    28-31
    8
    32+

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OPTIONAL COURSE:

3. ELECTIVE (UCDC 190; 4 units; Letter Grade or P/NP). A few upper-division elective courses are offered each quarter, taught by faculty from different UC campuses and the D.C. area, and students have the option to enroll in one elective course.

FULFILLING UCI DEGREE REQUIREMENTS:

  • It is possible for all Electives and Seminars except the Washington Focus Seminar to fulfill UCI degree requirements. Consult with the Academic Counselor in the School of your major to determine if a particular course is appropriate to fulfill a degree requirement. You will need to provide the course description and/or syllabus to make this determination.

  • The internship can fulfill the following requirements: Social Ecology Field Study, Public Health Practicum, Social Policy & Public Service Internship, Civic & Community Engagement Minor Internship, and International Studies International Experience (if the internship has an international focus).


NOTE: We also offer a Fall Semester option. Students selected for this semester option will do their academic course work in the same time frame as the quarter students, but will intern for a total of 12-14 weeks. The semester option is currently only being offered in the Fall, although students can create their own Spring semester option by participating in both winter and spring quarters.