Studying in Washington, D. C., United States

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Washington, D.C., United States

Washington, D. C. at a glance

International students who choose Washington D.C. for their studies will appreciate the cultural diversity and the open attitude towards foreigners. Students from over 90 countries enrol in universities in Washington D.C., as higher educational institutions encourage social interaction and have set agreements with international universities from countries like: Thailand, China, Belgium, Greece, France, UK, South Africa, or South Korea. Washington D.C., also known as ‘the District’ or ‘DC’ is the capital of the United States, located in the middle of the Atlantic region of the East Coast.


Studying in Washington, D. C.

For all degree levels, Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD (doctoral studies), universities in D.C. offer a wide array of subject areas students can specialise in. You can choose between: accounting, biochemistry, business economics, computer science, languages, marketing, sociology, political science, law, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, counselling, and more.

In some universities, you can find interdisciplinary doctoral degrees, enabling you to customise your programme and combine three disciplines.

Students interested in online degrees (distance learning), they can follow master programmes like: criminal justice, engineering, food science, biosciences and MBA’s. You can also enrol in summer school courses online and study plenty of equally relevant subjects either as an introduction or as an intensive learning experience.

The George Washington University, Howard University, and Georgetown University all have very reputable medical programmes, collaborating with associated teaching hospitals.


Career opportunities in Washington, D. C.

Washington has a growing and diversified economy, mostly focusing on professional and business service jobs. As the capital of U.S., and the federal government having its headquarters here, Washington D.C. is abundant in law firms, non-profit organizations, lobbying firms, trade unions, industry trade groups, and professional associations. Tourism is Washington's second largest industry, followed by education, finance, public policy, and scientific research.

Famous companies with local offices are: the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Pan American Health Organization, The Washington Post, National Geographic Channel, Atlantic Media, Marriott Hotels and Resorts, AT&T, NASA, Greenpeace, Virginia Tech.

Students can pursue numerous internships, for example inside National Geographic Magazine, often offering these kind of opportunities.


Washington, D. C. city life

Washington is an incredible city to explore and everywhere you walk you will discover places or monuments that speak about the American heritage. Walking or biking throughout the city is highly recommended, as most of the city's attractions are located close to each other.

Apart from the famous White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the United States Capitol, interesting places you should visit are: the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Pier, the National World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of Natural History and the National Gallery of Art.

If you are interested in music and dance, you should go to the John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts, which is home to the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, and the Washington Ballet.

Students passionate about sports can watch different team matches, as the Washington Wizards basketball team, the Washington Capitals, the Washington Mystics, Washington Nationals or The Washington Redskins.

In summer, you can watch free outdoor movie shows, or climb up to the Kennedy Centre Rooftop Terrace, and attend the Jazz in the Garden concert series.

Washington hosts numerous festivals, like the Shakespeare Free for All, every early September, in the Harman Centre for the Arts, or the annual D.C. Blues Festival.

International atmosphere in Washington, D. C.

The U.S. government has its headquarter in Washington D.C., and numerous embassies and plenty of international organisations are active in this city. International professionals from almost every country in the world work and live in this city.

Around 13% percent of the population is foreign born, with major ethnic communities belonging to Asian, Indian, Hawaiian, Hispanic and Pacific Islander people. D.C. also has a big African immigrant population, with an exceptionally large community from Ethiopia.

The locals of D.C. are very involved in politics and ready to debate with anyone interested, including students coming from abroad.

Weather Washington, D. C.

D.C. experiences four distinct seasons. Springs and falls are warm, winters are chilly with snowfalls. Temperatures during winter are around 3 °C (38 °F). Summers are hot and very humid with average temperatures of 26 °C (79.5 °F).


Accommodation costs in Washington, D. C.

The following student accommodation options are available in Washington, DC:

  • Student residence halls – If you would like an on-campus housing, you should make your reservations in advance, as often the number of rooms is limited. Prices are around 1,200 USD/month for a double room or 900 USD/month for a triple.
  • Private apartment/studio – If you are looking for a more intimate and independent housing type, renting an apartment is the obvious choice, but it is more expensive. The rent for a one-bedroom apartment is between 1,200 and 2,000/month, prices vary according to location and facilities.
  • Host family or home stay – This option is often one of international students’ favourite, as they can experience the American life style and traditions first hand. Pay 1,000 to 1,200 USD/month, usually with two meals/day included.
  • Hostel – Prices are between 15 and 30 USD/night.

Living costs in Washington, D. C.

As expected, Washington is an expensive city, especially in terms of accommodation. You should prepare for average monthly expenses of around 1,500 USD/month (including accommodation, food bills, transportation and going out).

Here is a list of prices for you get the idea on the general living cost in Washington:

  • Lunch in an inexpensive restaurant: 10-14 USD
  • Monthly supermarket food bills: 300 USD
  • Monthly student metro pass: 30 USD

Universities in Washington, D. C.

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Johns Hopkins University opened in 1876 with the inauguration of our first president, Daniel Coit Gilman. He guided the opening of the university and other institutions, including the university press, the hospital, and the schools of nursing and medicine. The original academic building on the Homewood campus, Gilman Hall, is named in his honor.

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SIT Graduate Institute equips students with theoretical knowledge, field experience, and professional skills. SIT Graduate Institute is a nonprofit, accredited graduate school that offers master's degrees, graduate level certificates, and professional development programs.

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Gonzaga University is a private liberal arts college located in Spokane, Washington. Providing a Catholic liberal arts education, we are dedicated to the Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic ideals of educating the mind, body and spirit to create men and women for others. Located on the north bank of the Spokane River, Gonzaga University inspires and transforms people to shape a better world through education, character, service and faith.

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