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SIS Campus Visits and Events

If you're in the DC area, we hope you'll come visit us on campus for an Open House or information session. During the academic year, we also offer class visits and opportunities to meet current students and faculty in your program of interest.

New online, on-campus, and regional events are added through the year, so be sure to check this page often for important updates.

Special Summer Events in DC:

SIS Info Sessions at APSIA Headquarters (1615 L Street, NW)

Join Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) staff, and School of International Service (SIS) Graduate Admissions Coordinator and Director of SIS Peace Corps Programs, Stephen Angelsmith, to learn about opportunities for graduate study in international affairs. The session will feature an overview of SIS' 15+ master's programs, opportunities for study abroad, lifelong career advising, connections to over 20,000+ alumni around the world, and much more. There will be ample time for discussion and Q&A.

Register for July 20, 2017, 12:00-1:00 pm
Register for August 18, 2017, 12:00-1:00 pm

Meet with a Graduate Admissions Specialist

We offer the opportunity for prospective applicants and newly admitted students to schedule informational meetings with an SIS Graduate Admissions Representative throughout the week. 

Register for an upcoming one-on-one information session or small group information session

Visit an SIS Class

During the academic year, we offer the opportunity to sit in on a graduate class. This provides a first-hand glimpse of your future graduate education at SIS. Since classroom space is limited, we ask that you please register for no more than two class visits per semester. Please note that class visit dates and times are subject to change. 

Spring 2017 class visits have ended. Fall 2017 visits will be announced in August/September. If you are interested in visiting campus or connecting with an SIS faculty member over the summer, please register for an info session above, or email

Parking is available beneath the SIS building. The entrance to the SIS parking garage is at the intersection of Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues (see below for driving directions to campus). If you have scheduled a visit to campus between 9:00am and 5:00pm, you will need to use the Pay-by-Plate stations located on the Terrace and P1 parking levels of the garage to purchase parking for the duration of your visit. Please note your license plate number as you exit your vehicle.  

By Car
From northeast of Washington (New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore) follow I-95 south to I-495 west toward Silver Spring. (See “From I-495” below.)  

From northwest of Washington (western Pennsylvania, western Maryland) follow I-270 south. Where I-270 divides, follow the right-hand branch toward northern Virginia. (Do not take the branch toward Washington.) Merge with I-495 (Capital Beltway). (See “From I-495” below.)  

From south or west of Washington (northern Virginia, Norfolk, Richmond, Charlottesville) follow I-95 north or I-66 east to I-495 (Capital Beltway). Take I-495 north toward Silver Spring. (See “From I-495” below.)  

From I-495 (Capital Beltway) Take exit 39 and follow the signs for River Road (Maryland Route 190) east toward Washington. Continue east on River Road to the fifth traffic light. Turn right onto Goldsboro Road (Maryland Route 614). At the first traffic light, turn left onto Massachusetts Avenue NW (Maryland Route 396). Continue on Massachusetts Avenue NW through the first traffic circle (Westmoreland Circle). From Westmoreland Circle, continue straight until you reach a second traffic circle (Ward Circle). Take the first right turn out of Ward Circle onto Nebraska Avenue. The SIS parking garage is located at the first light after Ward Circle at the intersection of Nebraska Avenue and New Mexico Avenue.

By Train and Subway/Metro
Amtrak trains regularly arrive in Washington at Union Station. Washington Metro (subway) trains run Monday through Thursday from 5 a.m. until midnight, Friday from 5 a.m. until 3 a.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. until 3 a.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. until midnight. 

The closest Metro stop to American University is Tenleytown/AU on the red line. Visit to plan your trip using the Metro Trip Planner tool. AU provides a free shuttle from the Tenleytown/AU Metro stop to campus.

At the Metro station, take the escalator and exit to the east, which is on your left (look for the sign directing you to AU Shuttle stop). Once at street level, the shuttle stop is just a few yards ahead at the intersection of 40th Street and Albemarle Street. The shuttle runs on a continuous loop and departs every ten to fifteen minutes.  

If you choose to walk from the Metro, the main campus is approximately one mile. Heading south on Wisconsin Avenue, turn right on Nebraska Avenue (at the Tenley Campus) and walk straight until you reach Ward Circle. Cross Massachusetts Avenue and enter campus near the Kogod School of Business.  

By Plane
Ronald Reagan National Airport—the airport most convenient to AU—is approximately 30 minutes from campus during rush hour by cab. Washington Metro (subway) trains run daily from National Airport into downtown Washington on the yellow or blue lines. Transfer to the red line at Gallery Place station or Metro Center station in the direction of Shady Grove (Tenleytown/AU station). Dulles International Airport is about 45 minutes from campus and Thurgood Marshall Baltimore/Washington International Airport is about one hour from campus.

Recruitment Calendar

SIS Recruitment Calendar

Join SIS at events, graduate fairs, and receptions around the world. View the fall 2016 SIS recruitment calendar. The fall 2017 calendar will be published in August.

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