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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 I Schedule

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Students fly into DCA or train into Union Station

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Students living on campus check in and tour AU's campus

6 p.m. - Ice breakers, Pizza Welcome Dinner, Orientation to AU

Welcome to American University! Students living on campus arrive today. Those need a ride from Reagan National Airport or Union Station should arrive between 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. After arrival, check into Anderson Hall. Then take a tour of the campus and participate in our pizza welcome dinner.

8:30 a.m. - Welcome Reception in McKinley for morning classes

12:30 p.m. - Students living on campus check in and tour AU's campus

Dinner - Dinner at Z-Burger then stroll over to tour the 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.

Dinner will be served in the Terrace Dining Room (TDR). Then: Monuments at Night! Visit the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and other can't miss monuments. 

6:30 a.m. - Movie Screening

On campus activities. Rain date for White House visit. 

Visit the Smithsonian! National Zoological Park Enjoy a Warm summer evening at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and explore the indoor and outdoor exhibits that feature over 2,000 mammals, birds, reptiles and more. Wander through the zoo grounds and see the famous pandas.

Students will be going to the Arlington Cemetery and the Changing of the Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the John F. Kennedy Gravesite, and the Memorial Amphitheater. If time on the schedule allows it, we will go to a Washington Nationals baseball game. 

5 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Fabulous 4 Hour Film Festival. Draw genre, object, and line of dialogue. On campus activity. 

6 p.m. - Cruise along the Potomac River and enjoy the waterside view of famous D.C. landmarks. Eagle Bucks picnic dinner by water before the cruise. 

Swimming pool and activities on campus. There will also be kickball and a 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 bragging rights. Then it's time for the DWC Talent Show - the perfect opportunity to show off your skills and creativity.

9 a.m. - Presentations & Screenings (families welcome!) 

12 p.m. - Session 1 students check out and depart  

4:30 p.m. - Remaining students attend the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Today is the day we have all been waiting for: the showcase for all of your work! Students, friends, and families are invited to join us on campus at American University at 9 a.m. to hear presentations, watch student films, view photography, and share experiences from session I of the Discover the World of Communication. 

Stroll through Eastern Market, evening activities to be determined. 

Session II Schedule

Visit to the National Building Museum.

12 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Students fly into DCA or train into Union Station 

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Students living on campus check in and tour AU's campus 

6 p.m. Icebreakers, Pizza Welcome Dinner, Orientation to AU 

Welcome to American University! Students living on campus will arrive today. Those needing a ride from Reagan National Airport or Union Station should arrive between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. The teaching assistants will meet you at the gate, but 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 a.m. - Welcome reception in McKinley for morning classes 

12:30 pm. - Welcome reception in McKinley for afternoon classes 

Dinner - Dinner will be in Tenleytown with teaching assistants. A walk to the National Cathedral will be after! 

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. 

Games on campus late morning. 

3 p.m. - Eagle Bucks picnic dinner. 

4th of July on Washington D.C. Enjoy the Smithsonian Museums, the Folklife festival and the fireworks from the Washington Monument. 

On campus activities: kickball, tennis, or volleyball.

Rain date for the White House visit.

Washington Nationals baseball game, or a WNBA Game, or DC United Soccer Game (depending on the schedule). 

11 a.m. - 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 a 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. 

We'll also make visits to the Smithsonian Museums: Air and Space, Natural History, American History, and numerous others!

Visit the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, including indoor and outdoor exhibits that feature over 2,000 mammals, birds, reptiles, and more. We'll also explore more of the Smithsonian Museums in the afternoon. 

Play games on campus, swim at the pool, and play board games! 

Monuments at sunset and film event for 4-week students.  

Film screening. 

Dinner near campus, American University info session, kickball and Discover the World of Communication 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 o show off your skills and creativity.  

9 a.m. - Presentations & Screenings (families welcome) 

12 p.m. - All students check out and depart 

Today is the day we have all been waiting for: the showcase of all your work! Students, families, and friends are invited to join us on campus at American University at 9 a.m. to hear presentations, watch student films, view photography, and share experiences from session II 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!