- University Life
Students explore Washington, D.C. through
a variety of activities.
Activities will be updated when additional special events or opportunities become available. All listed activities are included in the housing and dining fee per two-week, three-week, and four-week sessions. Students who commute to class daily may sign up on the first day of the session for activities and pay $25.00 per activity.
• 12 pm - 4 pm Students fly into DCA or train into Union Station
• 1 pm - 4 pm Students living on campus check in and tour AU’s campus
• 6 pm Icebreakers, Pizza Welcome Dinner, Orientation to AU
Welcome to American University! Students living on campus arrive today. Those needing a ride from Reagan National Airport or Union Station should arrive between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The Teaching Assistants will meet you at the gate! (We must have flight arrival information in advance.) After arrival, check into Anderson Hall. Then take a tour of the campus and participate in our pizza welcome dinner.
• 8:30 am Welcome Reception in McKinley for morning classes
• 12:30pm Welcome reception in McKinley for afternoon classes
• Dinner in Tenleytown with teaching assistants, walk to National Cathedral
Students and parents are welcome to join us for the welcome reception on the first day of classes to meet their professors and teaching assistants. After classes are over, students will visit the National Cathedral, an aesthetically beautiful building, located in Northwest Washington, and just a short walk from the American University campus.
• Pick up a picnic dinner to enjoy in Lafayette Park
• Monuments at Night! Visit the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and all of DC's can't miss monuments
• Grab Dinner in Tenleytown for a picnic at Ft. Reno Park
″ Games and a movie screening on campus
• Visit the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, including indoor and outdoor exhibits that feature over 2,000 mammals, birds, reptiles and more
• Dinner near the National Zoo
• Take a ride on paddle boats at the Tidal Basin for exercise and a beautiful view of the city via water
• Tour historic Georgetown and grab dinner
• Depart for the Newseum and enjoy five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits
″Visit the Smithsonian Museums! Air and Space, Natural History, American History, and numerous others!
The Newseum is DC’s most interactive museum on all things news and media related. The museum features the front pages of local, national and international newspapers, a Pulitzer Prize winning photography exhibit, a 9/11 exhibit and part of the Berlin Wall. Georgetown is a neighborhood located in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C., along the Potomac River waterfront. The primary commercial corridors of Georgetown are M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, which are popular for their high-end shops, bars, and restaurants.
• Visit Eastern Market
″ Enjoy an afternoon Washington Nationals Baseball Game
Enjoy a warm summer afternoon at the beautiful Nationals Stadium at Navy Yard. Cheer on the players, snack on a hot dog or nachos with your friends and sing karaoke with the presidents!
• AU Admissions Info Session
• Play games and watch a movie on campus
After a busy first week and a full weekend, students get some time to relax on campus. Take advantage of Jacobs Fitness center to use the gym or the pool, get a game of frisbee started on the quad, or watch a movie on the big screen in the Doyle/Forman Theater.
• Cruise along the Potomac River and enjoy the waterside view of famous D.C. landmarks (arrive by 5 pm, set sail at 7 pm) Dinner in Georgetown beforehand
• Dinner near campus
• Attend an outdoor concert at Strathmore, a cultural and artistic venue in North Bethesda or music at the Sculpture Gardens
• Kickball and DWC Talent Show
Time to revisit your favorite gym class game… KICKBALL!!! That's right - we’ll be organizing a program-wide kickball game on an official NCAA-size baseball field. The winners of the kickball game will get to brag about the big win. Then it's time for the DWC Talent Show - the perfect opportunity to show off your skills and creativity.
• 9am Presentations & Screenings (Families Welcome)
• 12pm All students check out and depart
Today is the day we have all been waiting for: the showcase of all your work! Students, friends and families are invited to join us on campus at American University at 9am to hear presentations, watch student films, view photography and share experiences from session one of Discover the World of Communication.