Students explore Washington, D.C. through a variety of activities.
After Hours and Weekend Activities
Activities will be updated when additional special events or opportunities become available. All listed activities are included in the housing and dining fee for two-week, and four-week sessions.
Session 2 - Sunday, July 9
• WNBA game
• Visit the National Building Museum
Monday, July 10
• 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.
Tuesday, July 11
• 8:30 a.m. Welcome Reception in McKinley for morning classes
• 12:30 p.m. 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.
Wednesday, July 12
• 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
Thursday, July 13
• DWC Film Fest
• Rain date for White House
Friday, July 14
• DWC Film Fest
• 9 p.m. screening of Super 8 film
Saturday, July 15
• Visit the Smithsonian Museums! Air and Space, Natural History, American History, and numerous others!
• Visit the Newseum
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.
Sunday, July 16
• 9 a.m. Visit the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, including indoor and outdoor exhibits that feature over 2,000 mammals, birds, reptiles and more
• 11 a.m. Attend a 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!
Monday July 17
• Play games on campus
Tuesday, July 18
• Dinner in Georgetown
• Cruise along the Potomac River and enjoy the waterside view of famous D.C. landmarks (arrive by 5 pm, set sail at 7 pm)
Wednesday, July 19
• Picnic at Strathmore
Thursday, July 20
• Dinner near campus
• AU info session
• 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.
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 9 am to hear presentations, watch student films, view photography and share experiences from session one of Discover the World of Communication.
Say Goodbye! See you again next summer…or when you return as a full-time student at American University!