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Prep Course

What is the Prep Course?

The Prep Course is a four session course held before students go to Washington, taught by a doctoral student in Political Science.  It's an opportunity for students to meet each other and collaborate on internship searches and trip preparation.  

Students register for the Prep Course as part of their D.C. semester (even though the class is run the semester prior to their arrival).   They don't receive credit for the Prep Course until they return from D.C. and present their research via Prezi, or submit a video presentation.  MIW classes aren't listed in the LSA catalog; instruction on registration is covered in the Prep Course.    

The Prep Course is held four evenings approximately 2 months after the term starts.  Students are also required to attend a Sendoff Meeting (parents invited) on a Saturday afternoon.  

Prep Course

Students sign a rooming contract from TurnKey which is a standard agreement that covers their stay at Meridian Place.  This agreement states the current rates and dates for the term, as well as the usual provisions in a lease (i.e. damages, etc.) UM students agree to authorize the room charge to be added to the UM tuition bill.  


Acceptance Form and Withdrawal Fee

The Acceptance Form confirms that the student is accepting the offer to participate in the MIW program for a specific term and secures their place in a specific cohort.  The form also serves as agreement to a withdrawal fee of $300 should the student decide not to participate after accepting admission to the program.  

Participation Agreement

The Participation Agreement is signed by the student upon admission to MIW.  The primary purpose of the agreement is to inform the student that s/he must observe codes of appropriate conduct for the University of Michigan and that they accept financial responsibility for the program and housing during the Washington semester.  

Basic and Supplemental Health Information

  Once admitted, students will be asked to provide Basic Health Information: 

  • The student's health insurance policy number
  • Two Emergency contacts

MIW students are required to have health coverage while they are in Washington.  Students who don't have an active policy can get basic emergency coverage with a Young Adult Policy through Blue Cross of Michigan for under $100 per month.  

If the student wishes to provide additional information regarding health issues, it can be provided in the onboarding questionnaire in the Prep Class, or communicated directly to the Program Manager in DC.  For example:  

  •  Information about medications, special dietary needs, allergies and ongoing medical treatment may impact student's ability to work effectively in DC.  If students would like referrals for physicians or other advice, they can discuss this with the Program Manager.