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Washington Semester Program - Directions to American University

From Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway)

Take exit 39 and follow the signs for River Road (Maryland Route 190) east toward Washington. Continue east on River Road to the fifth traffic light. Turn right onto Goldsboro Road (Maryland Route 614). At the first traffic light, turn left onto Massachusetts Avenue NW (Maryland Route 396). Continue on Massachusetts Avenue NW through the first traffic circle (Westmoreland Circle). Continue one more mile to 4400 Massachusetts. The entrance to the Admissions Green Room at the Katzen Arts Center parking garage will be on your left.

From northeast of Washington

(New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore/BWI), follow Interstate 95 south to Interstate 495 west toward Silver Spring. See above from Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway).

From south or west of Washington

(Norfolk, Richmond, Charlottesville) follow interstate 95 north or Interstate 66 east to Interstate 495, the Capital Beltway. Follow Interstate 495 north. See above from Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway).

From northwest of Washington

(Western Pennsylvania, Western Maryland), follow Interstate 270 south. Where Interstate 270 divides, follow the right-hand branch toward northern Virginia (not towards Washington). Merge with Interstate 495, the Capital Beltway, and soon afterwards take exit 39, River Road. See above from Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway).

Directions from Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Take the Dulles Access Road to I-495 N/ Baltimore and merge onto I-495 N. See above from Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway).

Directions from Union Station, National Airport or Washington Metrorail

Washington's Metrorail opens 5:30 a.m. weekdays and 8:00 a.m. weekends. It closes at midnight Sunday to Thursday. On Friday and Saturday nights, it stays open until 2:00 a.m. The closest Metro stop to American University is Tenleytown/AU (also called Tenley Circle) on the Red Line. Metro buses run regularly from Tenley Circle to American's campus, less than a mile away. Metro can give you information on specific route and timetables for buses and trains. Call its information service at (202) 637-7000, or you can contact the Admissions Office for a free AU shuttle pass and schedule information for AU's campus shuttle