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Summer Programs | College Programs for High School Students

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This summer, take advantage of the opportunity to learn professional skills from American University's expert faculty! You will use Washington, DC as your classroom and laboratory for our experiential learning courses in communication, international studies, and politics. Get to know what AU has to offer, and discover your passion!

In addition to participating in the following programs, high school students with a B or better grade point average may enroll as non-degree students in summer session courses at the 100- or 200-level. For more information call 202-885-8000, or e-mail

Community of Scholars Program at AU's School of International Service

Designed for rising junior and senior high school students, the Community of Scholars Program at AU's School of International Service is an opportunity for academically-outstanding high school students to take a 3-credit course that blends a week of online learning with two weeks of traditional on-campus classes. The program introduces students to the advancing fields of U.S. foreign policy, international conflict resolution, and global environmental politics. 

Students learn from highly regarded AU faculty in small, interactive classes while obtaining college credit. Students will experience how national and international leaders put theory into practice through guest speakers, site visits, and an introduction to the institutions of Washington that turn ideas into action. Taking a college course helps prepare students for the expectations of higher education and will add value to their college applications and resumes.

For more information email, call 202-885-2442, or visit the Community of Scholars Program.


Discover the World of Communication

Discover the World of Communication is open to all high school students grades 9 through 12, including those students entering 9th grade in the fall. Classes are taught by American University School of Communication faculty and communication professionals. Topics include Scriptwriting and Video Production, Professional Newswriting, Backpack Journalism, International Communication, Entertainment Communication, Investigative Journalism, Video Game Design, 16 mm film and many more. Activities, guest speakers, events, and field trips occur regularly throughout the summer. Past trips include a Washington Post editorial meeting, a Nationals baseball game, a behind-the-scenes visit to NBC, interviews at National Public Radio, a visit to the Newseum and press box seats with the opportunity to blog for a WNBA game.

For more information email, call 202-885-2098, or visit Discover the World of Communication.


Kogod Summer Institute

Are you a rising senior in high school? Do you want to be a part of the fast paced worlds of entertainment or sports? 

Join us for the Kogod Summer Institute (KSI) at American University's Kogod School of Business July 24-30, 2016. This program provides rising high school seniors with a one-week experience focused on specialized topics in business & entertainment or business& sports.  In addition to lectures from business professors and guest speakers, students will have the opportunity to network with professionals at site visits in the Washington, D.C. region. Students will also work in small teams to develop a business plan to be presented to friends and family at the closing ceremony. The KSI is another step to a successful professional career. The Kogod Center for Career Development will walk students through the appropriate behavior for all business situations, including networking. The Kogod Center for Business Communication will hone their presentation tactics and teamwork skills, setting them apart for the rest of their high school career and on their future college applications. For more information email, call 202-885-6693 or visit the Kogod Summer Institute website.


AU Gap Program: Summer Institutes

In the American University Gap Program, you can experience life on a college campus while gaining a foundation of skills that can be applied to future studies. The AU Gap Summer Institutes offer rising junior and senior high school students and recent graduates a two-week, immersive seminar that features field experts, lectures, and site visits. These programs are non-credit and open to domestic and international students. For more information email, call 202-885-4859 or visit the AU Gap Program: Summer Institutes website.