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Summer Programs | Institutes

Students participate in an SPA institute.

Immerse yourself in your field by enrolling in a subject-focused Institute. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, you will expand your knowledge by living it this summer!

Explore Institutes offered by each School below.

College of Arts and Sciences

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Beyond
Summer study trip to Japan in conjunction with the Nuclear Studies Institute. Focuses on Japanese wartime aggression, the human devastation wrought by the atomic bombings, current Japanese and international efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons, and the building of closer ties between the people of the United States and Japan. Participants hear first-hand accounts of atomic bomb survivors and Asian victims of Japanese atrocities, visit sites of historical and cultural significance, and attend commemorative events. Usually offered every summer. For more information, go to Nuclear Studies Institute.

Math Camp
This camp is designed for rising seventh graders who enjoy learning about math. Students of all ability levels are welcome. The camp will be full of fun, games and problem solving! Students will be introduced to new mathematical concepts while working on interesting problems with their teachers and peers. This camp focuses on problem solving rather than mastering specific mathematical skills. We guarantee a low student to teacher ratio (no more than nine students for each teacher). For more information, go to Mathcamp or contact

Soviet Culture: Myths and Realities
As part of American University’s Initiative for Russian Culture, Professor Anton Fedyashin will take ten students to Russia to explore Soviet culture in historical context. This will be will be a 3-credit course open to all graduate and undergraduate students within the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Selection will be based on academic merit and the quality of application responses. The course textbook will be Ronald Grigor Suny's The Soviet Experiment: Russia, the USSR, and the Successor States, which students will discuss during a daily seminar. The trip will take students to Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Lenin's dacha at Gorki. The course will culminate in a 10-page paper. The course will run from July 1-10, 2014. For more information, contact Professor Fedyashin at

TESOL Institute
American University’s TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Institute offers two sessions of course work that enable students to complete AU’s TESOL certificate program in one summer. Topics include principles of linguistics, English-language teaching, the structure of English, and second-language acquisition. Students enrolled in TESOL Institute courses are invited to participate in additional activities including lectures, short courses, workshops, receptions, and other social events. For more information, contact 202-885-2582 or or go to TESOL Institute.

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School of International Service

For information on all SIS summer programs, contact or go to SIS Summer Programs.

SIS Summer Abroad Programs: Seminars and Internships
Each summer, the School of International Service (SIS) offers a number of short-term, experiential programs abroad for graduate and advanced undergraduate students from any university or college in the USA. The intensive schedule of these programs allows students with academic year commitments to complement their studies with an experience abroad. The programs are faculty-led and content-specific for students who wish to concentrate on a specific region or topic area. Each program offers ample opportunity to interact with local and regional leaders, conduct field research, and engage in challenging internship positions. This year, join SIS Summer Abroad Programs in Geneva, Azerbaijan, Israel, Malaysia, and South Africa.

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School of Public Affairs

For more information contact 202-885-6296 or for all programs.

The School of Public Affairs offers summer institute programs that allow students to gain practical experience and intensive instruction in the areas of campaign management, public affairs, and European public affairs. To learn more about these programs, click on the following links.

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School of Professional & Extended Studies

Graduate Professional Studies Summer Program
The Graduate Professional Studies Summer Program offers seminars to help you take your career to the next level. If you will be in DC during the summer for an internship or are you already located in the District, this is an excellent opportunity to grow your professional network and further develop your understanding of either Political Communication or Sports Management & Media. The Graduate Professional Studies Summer Program includes a 3-credit seminar in Applied Political Communication or Sports Management & Media and professional development activities. Both seminars are open to rising senior undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students and are offered once a week, with supplemental online components in order to accommodate working professionals and students with internships in DC. For more information, please visit or contact

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Washington College of Law

Summer Programs in Washington
Washington College of Law offers summer programs that provide students and practitioners with opportunities for intensive learning, training, and networking. In 2014, the topics offered include:

  • Anti-Corruption Law
  • Brazil-U.S. Legal and Judicial Systems
  • Environmental Law
  • Health Law and Policy Institute
  • Hospitality and Tourism Law
  • Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy
  • Judicial Reform in Latin America and the United States
  • Law and Government
  • Legal English
  • Litigation

For more information about these programs, please visit Washington College of Law Summer Programs.

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