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After Hours and Weekends

After Hours and Weekends

Community of Scholars students in front of the White House.


On arrival, students will be given a schedule for the week. All classes will be held in the School of International Service. Each day, students will be given some free time to relax and explore the AU campus. For a sample weekly schedule, click here. For some field trips, we will take AU’s shuttle to the Tenleytown Metro and board the subway to our downtown destination. On other field trips, we will use private transportation. Chaperones will accompany students at all times when on field trips. All transportation costs to off-campus sites are included in tuition. Most evenings will include a structured activity as well as free time.

Site Visits

The program includes several briefings at U.S. government agencies, nonprofit organizations, embassies, and other organizations. Last summer, students heard from speakers at the U.S. Department of State, World Bank, the embassies of Saudi Arabia and Canada, and the United States Institute of Peace.

Workshops and Guest Speakers

On many afternoons, students will attend workshops or hear from guest speakers. Workshops may include a panel of AU alums discussing careers in international relations, a workshop on the college admissions process given by representatives from AU’s Admissions, and a session on resume-writing given by AU’s Career Center. Additionally, guest speakers will speak on subjects such as the United Nations and the U.S. Agency for International Development. 

Study Sessions

During the campus segment, students will attend up to three proctored study sessions. This will provide them with an opportunity for group project work or a means to get specific help on a particular subject. 

Free Time, Evening, and Weekend Activities

Students will have free time to enjoy campus life, whether working out at the fitness center or relaxing on the quad or at one of AU’s cafes. Structured evening activities may include barbecues, the viewing of international films, an evening monument tour, and a performance at the Kennedy Center or other venue. Chaperoned small group trips to the Smithsonian museums, Georgetown, and the National Zoo will be organized for the weekend.

Community of Scholars student gardening.
Service Project

The School of International Service recognizes that “service is not a moment, it’s a mindset.” The Community of Scholars program imbibes this service mindset, requiring residential students to participate in a community of service project involving the underserved Washington, DC, community. In addition to gaining a valuable life experience, students will also obtain service hours that may be used to supplement high school requirements. Commuting students are welcome to participate in the community service.

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"This was my first time in D.C. and I had a great overall experience! Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the program."

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