American University's Community of Scholars Program

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Basic Information

Address: Community of Scholars School of International Service American University 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20016
Phone Number: 202-885-2442
Program Director: Page Hogan

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American University's Community of Scholars Program
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Additional Information

Founded: Community of Scholars founded in 2009
Number of Students: 80
Grades: Rising junior and senior high school students
Ages Accepted: 16-17
Session Start Date: July 9, 2018
Session End Date: July 27, 2018
School/Campus Setting:

American University campus in Washington, DC.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2018
Diversity: We welcome all students who meet academic qualifications and who are high school rising juniors and seniors. International students welcome.
% of Faculty with Advanced Degree(s): 100%
Pricing: $3,110 for tuition and $1,690 for room and board
Mission Statement:

Community of Scholars at American University's School of International Service offers high school students 3-credit courses in international affairs taught by highly regarded AU faculty in small seminar-style classes. The program has a hybrid format--one week online (July 9 to 14) and two weeks on campus (July 15 - 27). In addition to class time, students will hear from prominent guest speakers and visit the U.S. Department of State, World Bank, and Embassies. Afternoon activities include workshops on building college skills and learning about careers in international affairs. Residential option available. Evening and weekend activities include a “Capitol Steps” performance and an evening monument tour. Visit for complete information.

Additional Information:

Community of Scholars is a summer program sponsored by American University's
American University's School of International Service (SIS). SIS offers a top-rated undergraduate program in Washington, DC, providing a comprehensive liberal arts education with a global perspective.
The SIS BA degree in International Studies exposes students to diverse viewpoints, challenging them to reach a deeper understanding of the world. First-year students study world politics, gaining a theoretical framework and common vocabulary for discussing international issues. They also strengthen their ability to consider alternative perspectives through coursework in cross-cultural communication. In a first-year seminar, students develop critical reading, thinking, and writing capabilities while studying an engaging topic. Undergraduate research is an integral part of the SIS experience. Students enroll in research methods courses and engage in faculty-supported research projects. Upper-level coursework lets students delve into specialized topics. In their senior capstone, students integrate and apply what they have learned, culminating in a project of their choosing.

The Community of Scholars program enables high school students to experience SIS's first-class undergraduate curriculum. According to SIS Associate Dean Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, "The Community of Scholars program exemplifies SIS's core educational values. It's an excellent opportunity for high school students to begin their study of international affairs."