The DC Experience:
shape your journey
DC has a life outside of being the capital of the US government, one we love to share with our students. Here you'll meet your cross cultural requirement by engaging the city and everything it has to offer.
The District of Columbia has been an incubator for social movements. It was the cultural and political heartbeat of the Black experience for much of the 20th century and is often referred to as Chocolate City. It has also become a home to many Central Americans who left their home countries during civil wars in the 1980s and more recently in the 2010s. In fact, DC's population is 15% foreign born. It's a neighborhood oriented city with each boasting its own history, public art, restaurants, libraries, festivals, and non-profit organizations. It's walkable, bikeable and even hikeable. There's a surprising amount of greenspace, including the convergence of two rivers and 32 miles of trails in Rock Creek Park. We'll spend orientation getting you comfortable with navigating and even comfortable getting lost. There is always a friendly local to help and an opportunity to notice something unique you haven't before.