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This summer, take advantage of the opportunity to learn professional skills from American University's expert faculty! Get to know what AU has to offer, and discover your passion!

Community of Scholars at AU's School of International Service is a summer program for academically outstanding high school students to take a 3-credit course in international relations. For summer 2020, the program will be shifting online, utilizing the best techniques of both live and asynchronous instruction via AU’s Blackboard platform. The courses will be taught by highly regarded AU faculty in small, interactive classes. 

The Community of Scholars program will introduce students to the advancing fields of U.S. foreign policy, cross-cultural communication, and international peace and conflict resolution. Students will experience how national and international leaders put theory into practice by attending virtual briefings with guest speakers from institutions, such as World Bank and embassies. In addition, students will participate an SIS alumni panel discussion and hear from professional staff at AU’s Career Center and Undergraduate Admissions. Taking a college course helps prepare students for the expectations of higher education and will add value to their college applications and resumes. For more information email, call 202-885-2442, or visit the Community of Scholars Program.

Welcome to Discover the World of Communication 2020 Online 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 asynchronous online workshops — open to students entering grades 9 through 12 — are taught by American University School of Communication faculty and communication professionals. We are offering something that will appeal to everyone! The 9 pre-college online non-credit classes are: International Communication, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Films, Visual Literacy In Action, Scriptwriting and Video Production, Screenwriting: Hollywood Three-Act Structure, Professional Newswriting and Reporting, Professional Video Storytelling, Podcasting 101 and Flash Fiction Writing. In addition we offer one American University College Level Course for 1-credit, COMM-102, Public Speaking. For more information email, call 202-885-2098, or visit Discover the World of Communication.

High school students with a B or better grade point average and permission from their high school guidance counselor may enroll as non-degree students in summer session courses at the 100- or 200-level.

For more information call 202-885-8000, or e-mail

First Time Non-Degree and Visiting Student
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