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    American University School of International Service Community of Scholars

    American University School of International Service Community of Scholars


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Destination: United States
    • Program Delivery: Residential, Online
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: Three Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Academic
    • Sub-Categories: Politics and Diplomacy, Social Justice, Leadership, International Relief, Preserving the Environment, Public Health
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: > $3,000
    • Career Clusters: Government and Public Administration
    • Credit Awarded: Yes
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    The Community of Scholars program is a rigorous college-credit summer program designed for students entering their junior and senior years of high school. The program offers academically outstanding students the chance to broaden their understanding of international relations by enrolling in a 3-credit college class designed just for them. Students will sample the undergraduate experience and take advantage of what the School of International Service (SIS) has to offer. 

    Community of Scholars will introduce you to the advancing field of global affairs through college-level coursework. Whether online or in class at AU, instructors will provide dynamic lectures and engage students in discussions as well as simulations, such as a mock National Security Council debate. By the end of the program, you might find yourself developing a national security strategy or conducting a conflict assessment of an ongoing insurgency. You will visit government agencies and non-profit organizations to see how leading policy-makers put ideas into action. You will experience the excitement of Washington at work and see first-hand what others only read about.

    The Community of Scholars program is offered in both a residential format and an online format. Residential students participate in a two-week experience on AU's campus in Washington, DC, followed by an additional week of online asynchronous instruction. The academic experience is supplemented by afternoon and weekend activities. Online students attend three weeks of synchronous online classes. Please inquire as to course availability, modality options are subject to student demand.

    2022 Course Offerings

    • 21st Century Challenges: Environmental Sustainability and Global Health
    • Worlds Apart, Worlds Together: Conflict, Culture, and Cooperation
    • Diplomacy and Dictators: US Foreign Policy in an Uncertain World