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Who Should Apply


The Chesapeake Semester is open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors at Washington College.  Freshmen are encouraged to contact program management for more information and to help plan for subsequent semesters. There are no prerequisites for enrollment. A diverse range of students, with varying majors and interests, will create a dynamic learning environment.  All students will be exposed to coursework that has never been offered before at Washington College. The artist and ecologist will be pushed equally out of his or her comfort zones. Note: Upon completion of the Chesapeake Semester, students will have fulfilled the requirements for a concentration in Chesapeake Regional Studies. Like the Chesapeake Semester, this concentration is designed to complement any major course of study.


Program Fees

The Chesapeake Semester requires program fees on top of standard enrollment fees at Washington College. The program fees cover a wide range of expenses not normally covered by tuition, including time on research vessels, museum entrance fees, accommodations, food, airfare, and other travel expenses. Student program fees cover only about a third of total program costs per students.  The remaining costs are covered by Washington College.



For more information on Program Fees, please contact Ben Ford at 410.778.7295 or at bford2@washcoll.edu.