Graduation Requirements

Concerned about how the Washington Program will fit into your graduation plan in your final year? Below you'll find helpful information on how the Washington Program can fit into your schedule during your senior year! 

Graduating Senior

  • I am graduating at the end of spring quarter. Can I still do the Washington Program?
  • Yes. Students who plan to participate in commencement may do so, but should not file to graduate until after they have completed their participation in the program. Students who have already filed to graduate should leave their filing intact until they are accepted to the program. If a student who has filed to graduate is accepted to the program, and they decide to participate, they will be required to delay their filing at that time until summer or fall quarter. Make sure you talk to an advisor at your Dean’s Office!
  • Can students spend their Senior Year or final quarter before graduation in the Washington Program in DC?
  • Yes! If a student wishes to go to DC during their senior year, we ask that they go to their Dean's office to get a degree and unit check. The student may graduate during a quarter program provided that (1) they haven't exceeded 225 units prior to their departure and (2) that all their College and major requirements will have been fulfilled either before they leave or during their time in DC. Students may only return to campus to complete any outstanding College and/or major requirements provided that they are still under the 225 unit cap when they return from DC. Make sure you talk to an advisor at your Dean’s Office!

Graduation Requirements

  • All prospective applicants should carefully plan their course programs in order to satisfy university, college, and major/minor requirements for their degree.
  • Although units and grade points earned at the Washington Program are incorporated into the university transcript and GPA calculation, the units earned may or may not be accepted in order to satisfy major or minor requirements. For more information about the applicability of units earned through the Washington Program, meet with your major advisor. 

    All degree candidates must meet the university residence requirement. Students should consult with their Dean's office early during the Washington Program planning process for information on the university residence requirement, particularly students who intend to participate in the Washington Program during their senior year.

    For any questions regarding the type of units received for the internship and/or course seminar, please check out our Course Information page for more information. 

Residency Requirements

  • The faculty have approved TWO exceptions to the usual residence requirement for Washington Program participants:
  • 1. Students planning to graduate immediately upon completion of the Washington Program may satisfy the University residence requirement by completing at least 35 of their final 45 units on the Davis campus immediately preceding entry into the Washington Program.

    2. Students who have not finished all of their degree requirements following completion of the Washington Program may satisfy the University residence requirement by completing at least 35 units, including at least 12 units after returning from the Washington Program, on the Davis campus within the final 90 units earned toward the degree. With this option, students can take 55 units maximum through UCEAP, UCDC or UCCS programs.

    Please consult your Dean's office if further clarification is needed
  • Students who will not meet the residency requirements outlined above may petition their Dean's office to request an exception to this policy.
  • Students may satisfy GE requirements while at the Washington Program but should consult with their college Dean's office prior to departure for information on the certification process.