Contact Us

Contact:
Sarah Menke-Fish
Director

McKinley, Room 237

Discover the World of Communication 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 United States

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Group shot of discover the world of communication students in front of the Washington monument

After Hours and Weekend Activities

Activities will be updated when additional special events or opportunities become available. All listed activities are included in the housing and dining fee for two-week and four-week sessions.

Session I Schedule

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Students fly into DCA or train into Union Station

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Students living on campus check in and tour AU's campus

6 p.m. - Ice breakers, Pizza Welcome Dinner, Orientation to AU

Welcome to American University! Students living on campus arrive today. Those need a ride from Reagan National Airport or Union Station should arrive between 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. After arrival, check into Anderson Hall. Then take a tour of the campus and participate in our pizza welcome dinner.

8:30 a.m. - Welcome Reception in McKinley for morning classes

12:30 p.m. - Students living on campus check in and tour AU's campus

Dinner - Dinner at Z-Burger then stroll over to tour the National Cathedral

Students and parents are welcome to join us for the welcome reception on the first day of classes to meet their professors and teaching assistants. After classes are over, students will visit the National Cathedral, an aesthetically beautiful building, located in Northwest Washington, and just a short walk from the American University campus.

Dinner will be served in the Terrace Dining Room (TDR). Then: Monuments at Night! Visit the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and other can't miss monuments. 

6:30 a.m. - Movie Screening "Healing Baltimore's Harbor: A Pipe Dream?" 2018 Visions Award Winning Film, Aired on Marylanf Pubic Television, DC Student Film Festival

On campus activities kickball/tennis/voleyball. Rain date for White House visit. 

Visit the Smithsonian! National Zoological Park Enjoy a Warm summer evening at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and explore the indoor and outdoor exhibits that feature over 2,000 mammals, birds, reptiles and more. Wander through the zoo grounds and see the famous pandas.

Smithsonian Museum

 

B/L TDR  Eagle Bucks dinner

Students will be going to the Arlington Cemetery and the Changing of the Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the John F. Kennedy Gravesite, and the Memorial Amphitheater. Washington Nationals baseball game vs the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

B TDR Eagle Bucks dinner

5 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Fabulous 4 Hour Film Festival. Draw genre, object, and line of dialogue. On campus activity. 

 

B/L/D TDR

6 p.m. - Cruise along the Potomac River and enjoy the waterside view of famous D.C. landmarks. Eagle Bucks picnic dinner by water before the cruise. 

Sports Photography/ Sportswriting and Broadcasting students - courtside opportunity to shoot WNBA Game Washington Mystics vs Connecticut Suns and interview players after the game. Depart AU at 5:30 game time 7:00

Swimming pool and activities on campus. There will also be kickball and a talent show.

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Ghostbusters! Who you gonna call? Call Becca.

Time to revisit your favorite gym class game… KICKBALL!!! That's right - we’ll be organizing a program-wide kickball game on an official NCAA-size baseball field. The winners of the kickball game will get bragging rights. Then it's time for the DWC Talent Show - the perfect opportunity to show off your skills and creativity.

B/L/D TDR

4:30 PM American University Information Session Katzen 2nd floor

Play kickball and show off your talent skills at our very own talent show.

9 a.m. - Presentations & Screenings (families welcome!) 

12 p.m. - Session 1 students check out and depart  

4:30 p.m. - Remaining students attend the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Today is the day we have all been waiting for: the showcase for all of your work! Students, friends, and families are invited to join us on campus at American University at 9 a.m. to hear presentations, watch student films, view photography, and share experiences from session I of the Discover the World of Communication. 

Stroll through Eastern Market,National Building Museum and Cupcake Tour at Georgetown Cupcakes and other favorites to secet best cupcakes in D.C.

 evening activities to be determined.

Session II Schedule

Visit to the National Building Museum.

Paddle Boat around the Tidal Basin and see the Jefferson Memorial from the water.

B TDR, Eagle Bucks dinner

12 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Students fly into DCA or train into Union Station 

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Students living on campus check in and tour AU's campus 

6 p.m. Icebreakers, Pizza Welcome Dinner, Orientation to AU 

Welcome to American University! Students living on campus will arrive today. Those needing a ride from Reagan National Airport or Union Station should arrive between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. The teaching assistants will meet you at the gate, but we must have flight arrival information in advance. After arrival, check into Anderson Hall. Then take a tour of the campus and participate in our pizza welcome dinner.  

 

8:30 a.m. - Welcome reception in McKinley for morning classes 

12:30 pm. - Welcome reception in McKinley for afternoon classes 

Dinner - Dinner will be in Tenleytown with teaching assistants. A walk to the National Cathedral will be after! 

Students and parents are welcome to join us for the welcome reception on the first day of classes to meet their professors and teaching assistants. After classes are over, students will visit the National Cathedral, an aesthetically beautiful building, located in Northwest Washington, and just a short walk from the American University campus. 

B/L TDR

Sports Photography/ Sportswriting and Broadcasting students courtside opportunity to shoot WNBA Game Washington Mystics vs New York Liberty and interview the players after te gam. Game 7pm.

Board games on campus for students not attending the game.

Games on campus late morning. 

3 p.m. - Eagle Bucks picnic dinner. 

4th of July on Washington D.C. Enjoy the Smithsonian Museums, the Folklife festival and the fireworks from the Washington Monument. 

B/L/D TDR

Movie night!

11 a.m. - Visit the Newseum

The Newseum is DC's most interactive museum on all things news and media related. The museum features the front pages of local, national, and international newspapers, a Pulitzer Prize winning photography exhibit, a 9/11 exhibit, and a part of the Berlin Wall. Georgetown is a neighborhood located in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C., along the Potomac River waterfront. The primary commercial corridors of Georgetown are M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, which are popular for their high-end shops, bars, and restaurants. 

We'll also make visits to the Smithsonian Museums: Air and Space, Natural History, American History, and numerous others!

B/D TDR

Visit the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, including indoor and outdoor exhibits that feature over 2,000 mammals, birds, reptiles, and more. We'll also explore more of the Smithsonian Museums in the afternoon. Washington Nationals baseball game vs the Florida Marlins.

B TDR, Eagle Bucks dinner, lunch on location

Play games on campus, swim at the pool, and play board games! 

B/L/D TDR

Monuments at sunset and film event for 4-week students.  

B/L/D TDR

Evening event TBD

B/L/D TDR

Dinner near campus, American University info session, kickball and Discover the World of Communication talent show. 

Visit AU admission for an information session (4:30pm)

Time to revisit your favorite gym class game... KICKBALL!!! That's right - we'll be organizing a program-wide kickball game on an official NCAA-size baseball field. The winners of the kickball game will get to brag about the big win. Then it's time for the DWC Talent Show, the perfect opportunity o show off your skills and creativity.  

9 a.m. - Presentations & Screenings (families welcome) 

12 p.m. - Students check out and depart 

Today is the day we have all been waiting for: the showcase of all your work! Students, families, and friends are invited to join us on campus at American University at 9 a.m. to hear presentations, watch student films, view photography, and share experiences from session II of Discover the World of Communication. 

Say goodbye! See you again next summer... Or when you return as a full-time student at American University! 

Session III Schedule

12-4pm Students fly into DCA or train to Union Station.

1-4pm Stuents living on campus check in and tour AU's campus, photo scavenger hunt and games on the quad.

6pm Icebreakers, TDR Dinner. Orientation to AU

B/L/D TDR

8:30am Welcome Opening in McKinley 201 for the Advanced Intensive

Class 9-4

4-6:30 Relax/ Exercise/ Dinner/ Homework

White House/ Monuents at Dusk Digital Photo on Location Workshop - "Getting the Best Angle on D.C."

B/L/D TDR

4:05 Information Session on AU Admissions Panel with current students

5-7 Relax/ Exercise/ Dinner/ Homework

7-9:30 Movie Night

B/L TDR

4-6:00 Relax/ Exercise/ Dinner/ Homework

Cruise along the Potomac River and enjoy the waterside view of famous D.C. landmarks. Depart AU 6:30 set sali at 8pm

B/L/D TDR

4-5:30 Relax/ Exercise/ Homework

Washington national Baseball Game or WNBA Game or United Soccer Game TBD

B/L/D TDR

4-5:30 Finishing touches on final porjects

Evening Activity: Washington National Zoo - Jazz in the Sculputre Gardens - Portrait Gallery

10:00pm DWC talent show

B TDR

9-10:30 Final presentations

11-12 Move out of the residence hall