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This summer, take advantage of the opportunity to learn professional skills from American University's expert faculty! You will use Washington, DC as your classroom and laboratory for our experiential learning courses in communication, international studies, and politics. Get to know what AU has to offer, and discover your passion!

Designed for rising junior and senior high school students, the Community of Scholars Program at AU's School of International Service is an opportunity for academically-outstanding high school students to take a 3-credit course that blends a week of online learning with two weeks of traditional on-campus classes. The program introduces students to the advancing fields of U.S. foreign policy, cross-cultural communication, and international peace and conflict resolution.

Students learn from highly regarded AU faculty in small, interactive classes while obtaining college credit. Students will experience how national and international leaders put theory into practice through guest speakers, site visits, and an introduction to the institutions of Washington that turn ideas into action. 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.

Discover the World of Communication is open to all high school students grades 9 through 12, including those students entering 9th grade in the fall. Classes are taught by American University School of Communication faculty and communication professionals. Topics include Scriptwriting and Video Production, Professional Newswriting, Backpack Journalism, International Communication, Entertainment Communication, Investigative Journalism, Video Game Design, 16 mm film and many more. Activities, guest speakers, events, and field trips occur regularly throughout the summer. Past trips include a Washington Post editorial meeting, a Nationals baseball game, a behind-the-scenes visit to NBC, interviews at National Public Radio, a visit to the Newseum and press box seats with the opportunity to blog for a WNBA game.

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.

If you live in the DC area, review our on-campus class offerings!*
*Residential housing is only available for high school students taking the following programs: Community of Scholars and Discover the World of Communication. Residential housing is not available for high school students taking other non-degree classes. Local students may take classes on-site as commuter students.

Not from the DC area?
Review our online offerings to take a class from home!

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

First Time Non-Degree and Visiting Student
Please visit AU Central website for detailed information.