Skip to main content
Expand AU Menu

Frequently Asked Questions

How old are the students who participate in the program?
Participants range in ages from 14 to 19. Students entering freshman through senior year in high school are eligible to participate. The average age of students participating in 2014 was 16 years with approximately 45% males and 55% females.

How do I apply?
To participate in the Discover the World of Communication program, complete the Registration form located online in the Apply section or in the Summer 2015 registration form. Registration is accepted on a first come-first served basis, so register early.

How do I pay for the program?
There are three convenient ways to pay for the program: 1) Send a check made payable to American University with your Discover the World of Communication Registration Form, 2) Email registration form to, or 3) Pay by phone with a credit card, call (202) 885-2026. You may make arrangements to extend your payments, but all payments must be made, in full, prior to the start of the program. Your payment must cover the cost of all the courses you select and the housing, dining, metro and after hours and weekend activities fee of $1700 (two weeks), $2550 (three weeks), $3400 (four weeks), if you wish to live on campus.

What do the Program Fees Cover?
The program fee includes everything needed for the designated course. This includes tapes, film, paper, CD-ROM, DVD, flash drive etc. Let us know if you need a 35mm camera for the photography course. The program provides all other materials, including film and printing paper.

What does the housing, dining, metro afther hours and weekend activities fee cover?

This fee covers student housing on campus in Anderson Hall, prepaid Visa card to purchase meals and all after hour and weekend activities. You will get the prepaid Visa card when you arrive that can be used on campus at the Terrace Dining Room and other locations on and off campus. Your Discover the World of Communication Resident Assistant will guide you on your first day of the program so you understand how to use the prepaid Visa card.

What do the students do after class?
After hours activities are scheduled everyday after class, as well as on weekends. Both on campus and commuting students have the option to participate in the activities. All after hours and weekend program activities are included in the housing, dining and activities fee of $1,700 for two weeks. Check out scheduled after hours activities for 2015.

How are the students supervised?
A Resident Assistant from American University's School of Communication lives in a room on the same floor with the students in Anderson Hall. Additional Discover the World of Communication Teaching Assistants attend the after hours and weekend activities with the students.

How quickly do classes fill?
In 2014, some of the classes were filled by early March. Additional course sections are added.

Are scholarships available for the courses?
Yes, we offer three types of scholarships for courses. Get details and download applications.

What if students are flying into DC?

Teaching Assistants are available to escort students to and from Washington Reagan National Airport and Union Station on the check-in dates (Sunday, June 14 and 21 and 28) and check-out dates (Friday, June 26 and July 10). Students and the Teaching Assistants will use the Washington Metro System to go to and from the Airport and American University. DWC must be notified 2 weeks in advance of flight itineraries.

For additional program questions, contact Program Director Sarah Menke-Fish. Email:
Office number: 202-885-2098.

For finance, registration, payment and matriculation questions, contact our registrar at 202-885-2026.