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Sarah Menke-Fish

McKinley, Room 237

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

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Register for DWC

To register, download a printable version of the 2019 registration form.

To register online use our online registration.

Please read through our Terms and Conditions before making payments.


Registrations should be mailed to:

American University, Discover the World of Communication
McKinley Building c/o Professor Sarah Menke-Fish
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

Registrations and other forms can also be emailed to

Welcome Packets are mailed out upon registration with information on move in, getting to campus and more. To download the Commuter Packet click here. For the Residential Packet click here.

Students staying on campus must register for both a morning and afternoon class. Discover the World of Communication courses are professional, hands-on summer workshops for high school students. Participants will receive a copy of the work they produce, a certificate, and an evaluation.

A $350 non-refundable deposit will be applied towards course fees and is due at the time of registration. Make checks out to American University. You can enclose a check with your registration by mail or call 202-885-2098 to pay with credit card. There is a 2.6% convenience fee for credit card transactions.

For registration questions, payment questions, and program-related questions, please email us at or call us at 202-885-2098.

If you wish to withdraw from a course, email your cancellation request to To receive a refund, you must notify us 30 days prior to the first class. A $275 nonrefundable processing fee will apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

In fact, there is! There are three convenient ways to pay for the program.

  1. Send a check made payable to American University your Discover the World of Communication Registration Form,
  2. Email the registration form to,
  3. Once you received a welcome packet, it will contain steps that can be done to pay online.

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 of $1800 (two weeks) or $3900 (four weeks), if you wish to live on campus.

The fee covers student housing on campus in Anderson Hall, meals and all after hour and weekend activities. Your Discover the World of Communication Resident Assistant will guide you on your first day of the program. 

In 2017, some of the classes were filled by early March. Additional course sections are added when possible.