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Sarah Menke-Fish

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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 2022

These are tenative for summer 2022. 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

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, photo scavenger hunt and games on the quad

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

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

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

12:30 p.m. - Welcome opening in McKinley for afternoon classes

Walk to the the National Cathedral - Do you know who is buried in the 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. 

Meals will be served in the Terrace Dining Room (TDR).

Monuments at sunset metro to Farragut North Lafayette Park. Photo opportunities the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the MLK Memorial, the Washington Monument, and all of DC's can't-miss monuments!


4:30 On campus activies kickball/tennis/volleyball 


Arlington National Cemetary and the Changing of the Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, John F. Kennedy Gravesite, Memorial Ampitheater

Eagle Bucks lunch



We're going to the Zoo, Zoo, about You, You You? Smithsonian National Zological Park and see the pandas and other favorite exhibits.

or Smithsonian Museums

EagleBucks Dinner.


B/L TDR  Eagle Bucks dinner


Fabulous 4 Hour Film Festival. Draw a genre, object and line of dialogue to make your short film on campus.

or rain date for Monuments at sunset 5 -9:30 pm


Cruise along the Potomac River and enjoy the waterside view of famous D.C. landmarks, Depart AU 5:30 set sail at 7pm.


Eagle Bucks dinner

Swiming Pool and Activies on campus!


Play kickball and show off your skills at our very own Talent Show



9 - 11:30 a.m. Presentations & Screenings
12 p.m. Session 1 students check out and depart

Students staying for 4 weeks: have lunch at TDR and an EagleBucks Dinner.

Concert in the park.

4 Wk Students Only

Take a trip to the National Building Museum. Explore the exhibits and enjoy a concert from 2-3 PM

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

4 wk students only


Cupcake Tour! Explore DC to figure out the best place for sweet treats. Lunch on location--bring money 

or board games, play games on campus July 4th festivities!

Session II Schedule

4 wk students only


July 4 Festivities!

Games on Campus late morning

3 pm Eagle Bucks Picnic Dinner. 4th of July in Washington, D.C. Enjoy the Smithsonian Museums, the Folklife Festival and Fireworks from the Washington Monument.

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

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

6 pm Icebreakers, Pizza Welcome Dinner, orientation to AU



Board games, play games on campus


8:30 am Welcome Opening in MGC for morning classes

12:30 pm Welcome Opening in MGC for afternoon classes

Enjoy dinner in Tenleytown with the PAs and walk to National Cathedral. Do you know the difference between a gargoyle and a grotesque?


Monuments at Sunsent metro to Farragut North Lafayette Park. Photo opportunities the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monunment and all of DC's can't miss monuments.

or for 4 week students another activity TBD by group with teach assistants



Felix the Chewy Pet Star and Christina his trainer will be joining us in McKinley 201! Learn all about the ins and outs of dog acting. Do you and your pet have the right “bite” to make it in the dog eat dog world of pet acting?  Commuter students and families welcome. 6:30-8:30 pm McKinley 201


11 am Depart for the Smithsonian Museums! Air and Space, Natural History, American History and numerous other Smithsonian Museums! Lunch on location — bring $


B TDR, Eagle Bucks Dinner 

Early AM Smithsonian National Zoological Park See the pandas and other favorite exhibits.

or another option TBA

B/L TDR, Eagle Bucks Dinner

7:00-8:30 PM Speical Presentation TBA


Cruise along the Potomac River and enjoy the waterside view of famous D.C. landmarks. Depart AU 5:30 set sail at 7pm; or

Move Night- popcorn and treats. Choose your flick! Double feature happening in Letts South and North Lounges!


Work on final projects

Team Challenge Competition: Innovations in communication by the year 2042. What will the future in the field of communication, film, public relations and journalism look like by 2042? Get your team together to dream big and make your pitch.


Eagle Bucks dinner

DWC’s very own talent show!


9-11:30 am Final Presentations and screenings. Family and friends welcome!

12-2 pm Checkout and departure