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Washington Alexandria Architecture Center

Alexandria, VA

Washington Alexandria Architecture Center
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  1. Recently awarded Architectural Educator Award by the AIA|DC!
  2. All our classes mix undergrad and graduate students
  3. Our students help shape our own learning environment

About This Campus

The Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) is Virginia Tech's unique urban campus, combining upper-year study away exchange opportunities within several graduate degree programs, including Architecture and Urban Design. Our graduate programs attract a diverse international student body, enriching the experience for exchange students. In our small boutique environment, students work closely with faculty in a program emphasizing individual discovery and hands-on research. With Washington DC across the river, exchange students have access to world class museums, galleries, and lectures at think tanks and embassies. Our students have regular and numerous opportunities to meet and mix with DC area design professionals, and obtain part-time internships in firms. We are linked to the DC/Virginia/Maryland metro area via excellent public transportation, and to the entire northeast corridor through train and bus.

Location Information

We are located in the middle of Old Town Alexandria, a lively and walkable 18th century city just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. We occupy several unique buildings, including a 100-year old former elementary school. With an active design/build program, our buildings represent years of student alterations. Our apartment housing (not university-run) is less than a block away, and with easy access to public transit, a car is not necessary for transportation at this campus.

Helpful Information

Because of the unique character of the WAAC as a urban satellite campus, over half of our students are new each year. We have a long tradition of welcoming the world and are accustomed to working with exchange students from other campuses. NSE students will be treated just like our own. Our primary degrees are architecture and urban design, but we will welcome students in any related field. NOTE: Financial aid is NOT available to incoming exchange students.

2023/2024 Placement

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2024/2025 Placement

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Fast Facts

Location | Alexandria
Population | 6,216,589
Enrollment | 110
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Host Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 08/22-12/15
Spring | 01/15-05/15
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  • Priority: With seniors
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Notable Academic Programs
  • Architecture - recognized by the AIA|DC and Washington Architecture Foundation as exceptional

Unique Academic Programs

  • Architecture - Our program is an off-campus urban location which uses the surrounding city as a living laboratory for study. The city is our campus.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Architecture, Design, Industrial Design... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Host Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 09/02/22

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $6587.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: None.

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status

Important Notes: No financial aid available to incoming students. There is no Health Service at this campus; information on walk-in and urgent care is provided to students. Proof of insurance is required of incoming students. Some courses may have materials fees.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 09/02/22

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 33% living on campus
  • Double: $1500
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $1500
  • Proximity to campus: .1
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
*On-Campus Housing may be limited or restricted for AY 22/23 due to upper administration decisions. We are working to change that. Please contact Coordinator with questions.* All units in The Gallery, a renovated old church, are apartments with kitchens and living rooms. They can house 2, 3, and 4 students; the prices range between $900-1750 per month, depending on the number of people per unit. The Gallery offers a central sky-lit atrium common area for studying and socializing and a roof terrace with views of Old Town. The building is a half block from the main WAAC building. There are a few parking spaces available for an additional fee and are allocated first come, first served.

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Figures per Semester are current as of 09/02/22

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $0 per semester.


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