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Discover the World of Communication

Sessions for 2020 begin June 23rd and July 7th!
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Welcome to Discover the World of Communication, where you will learn to build a digital portfolio, write a script, shoot and edit a film, write a news story like a pro, speak with confidence, persuade, inform, educate and entertain. Our professional, hands-on workshops — open to students entering grades 9 through 12 — are taught by American University School of Communication faculty and communication professionals.

During class and after hours, you can explore the city from a variety of angles. View live television and radio broadcasts at local studios such as NBC4, WTTG Fox 5, NPR, and ESPN Radio, cover a Nationals baseball game or WNBA game from a press seat and tour local attractions including the National Zoo, the Newseum, National Cathedral, Georgetown and the Smithsonian museums. Upcoming sessions are June 23 - July 17, 2020. For more information, check out our brochure.

NEW! The Game Design Intensive during Session II July 7 - 17. Find out more about the class on our Courses page.

Discover the World of Communication is closely monitoring the CORVID-19 situation. At this time we will be operating normally and still accepting registrations. Mailings may be delayed but all Welcome Packets will be sent electronically as well. If there are any updates on American's campus we will be sure to update our website as well as social media. 

Discover the World of Communication Program Overview


American University's School of Communication offers high school students the opportunity to explore the field of communication through the Discover the World of Communication program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 2019 was 16 years with approximately 45% males and 55% females.

Yes! In 2019 students came from 19 countries.

To participate in the Discover the World of Communication program, complete the registration form located online in the Register section. Registration is accepted on a first come-first served basis, so register early!

619 students from 36 states, 2 territories and 19 countries participated in Discover the World of Communication during summer 2019.