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Live in the heart of where it all happens! An exciting part of your experience in DC will be living in furnished housing, just steps from the White House, Department of State, World Bank, national monuments, as well as a Metro rail stop, shops and restaurants.

Choose between two residence halls on the George Washington University campus: Potomac House or District House. Whichever you choose, our staff hand-match you with roommates based on compatibility preferences provided in a housing survey completed at the time of enrollment.


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Location & Housing Amenities

Student housing is located on the campus of George Washington University in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of DC. Foggy Bottom, given its name due to is location on the foggy banks of the Potomac River, is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Washington, DC. It is home to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Watergate, the State Department, and much more. Foggy Bottom boasts great restaurants, shops, stores, and easy access to the rest of the city with its own Metro rail stop on the Blue/Orange/Silver metro lines as well as metro bus stops. Students will be able to quickly travel to their internships and classes via the metro system.

We offer two different housing options to fit every student's budget and lifestyle. Both buildings have the following amenities:

  • Wireless internet and cable
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities
  • 24/7 campus security
  • Nearby convenience stores, restaurants, and shops
  • Community mailroom and lounge

PotomacStandard Housing Option:
Potomac House (2021 F Street, NW)

Potomac House is a residence hall with elevators, central air conditioning and other modern amenities. These suites are comprised of double rooms with adjoining bathrooms. The rooms are traditional dorm rooms with a shared bathroom between four Potomac2people. Each double room is equipped with two beds, two desks, a mini fridge and microwave. All Potomac residents have access to a fully equipped kitchen located in the building’s community room as well as a TV lounge. Please click here for details.

Potomac House Overview

Style: Traditional dorm room
Year Built: 2006
Living/Dining Room: Not included
PotmacHallKitchenBedroom: 1 double room (share your bedroom with a roommate)
Bathroom: Shared bathroom between two rooms (share your bathroom with three people)
Kitchen: Mini-fridge and microwave included in the room; community kitchen shared by the entire building on the lower level
Size: Approximately 255 square feet
Distance from Metrorail Station: 6 blocks
Cost: Included in base tuition price

Premium Housing Option:
District House (2121 H Street, NW)
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District House, which opened in the fall of 2016, is GWU’s newest and second largest residence hall. This is the ideal housing option for students who are seeking a brand new residence hall, a full kitchen and value the added public amenities downstairs.

Conveniently located in the heart of campus next to Gelman Library, and Starbucks, District House is only a block away from the Metro station, Whole Foods, and various other off campus conveniences.

The building also includes 40,000 square feet of performing arts space, conference rooms, lounge and study areas in the lower levels of the building.  Additionally, the retail and dining venues open to the public include Wiseguy NY Pizza, Beef ’n’ Bread, Chick-fil-A, GRK Fresh Greek, Sol Mexican Grill and Pete's Coffee.

As a resident of District House, you will share a spacious studio unit with one roommate. Each studio style apartment is comprised of a double bedroom with an adjoining kitchen and bathroom. Each room comes equipped with 2 beds, 2 desks, and 2 desk chairs. The kitchen includes a refrigerator, stove, oven and microwave.  Please click here for details.


District House Overview

Style: Studio apartment style
Year Built: 2016
Living/Dining Room: Two small pull-down dining tables attached to the beds and 2 desk chairs are provided
Bedroom: 1 double room (share your bedroom with a roommate)
Bathroom: Private bathroom for each apartment (share your bathroom with your roommate)
Kitchen: Private kitchen in each apartment; includes full size fridge, oven and microwave (share your kitchen with your roommate)
Size: Approximately 400 square feet
Distance from Metrorail Station: 1 block
Cost: Upgrade for an additional $500

Fitness Center Options

The Learner Health and Wellness Center is available to students during the summer. Membership rates are $175 for a 7 week pass and weekly memberships can be purchased for $30. Memberships include unlimited access to all summer group fitness classes and towel service. The Center is conveniently located about two blocks from District House and four blocks from Potomac House. For more information about the Center, please visit the website here.

Students will also be provided with a list of local gyms and rates in the weeks leading up to the start of the program.

Application Procedure & Deadlines


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Application Deadlines

Because applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Those who apply early will receive first consideration for both admission and scholarship decisions as well as internship placement. Many internship placements are very competitive, so the earlier you are admitted, the greater your chance of receiving a top internship placement.

December 5, 2017: Early Application Deadline (Apply by this date to receive a 5% discount on your tuition balance)

January 22, 2018: International Student Application Deadline (please click here for special application instructions)

February 8, 2017: Priority Application Deadline for Scholarships

March 13, 2018: Final Application Deadline

To qualify for a deadline, you must submit the online application form by 11:59PM eastern time on the deadline. All supporting materials must also be received by the deadline.

Application Instructions

All applicants are required to complete the online application available by clicking here. In addition to the online application, there are supplemental materials that must be sent via mail, email or fax using the contact information below. Please keep in mind that your application will not be passed on to the Admissions Committee for review until all of the required materials have been received.

Applicants to the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service are required to submit an official transcript, letter of recommendation and a $25 application fee. Please click here to access the IPVS application checklist.

U.S. Programs Admissions Committee
The Fund for American Studies
1621 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202.986.0384
Fax: 202.318.0441


All participants must view and sign The Fund for American Studies program policies upon enrollment. This includes the Attendance Agreement that is included in the online enrollment form as well as a code of conduct agreement upon their arrival. Please click on the link below to view the policies for the summer undergraduate institutes, including terms of final payment, refunds, withdrawals and student participation.

Summer Undergraduate Policies

Costs & Scholarships


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Program Costs

Students enrolled in a summer undergraduate program are required to take the three-credit core class associated with their institute. They may opt to enroll in one or two elective courses, earning either six or nine credits in total. Course descriptions may be found in the Academics section of each program page.

Participants may also choose between two housing options. Please view the housing section of the program pages for descriptions of the accommodations.

3-Credit Option: Includes tuition and housing in Potomac House (8 weeks): $7,495

6-Credit Option: Includes tuition and housing in Potomac House (8 weeks): $8,695

9-Credit Option: Includes tuition and housing in Potomac House (8 weeks): $9,895

**A deposit of $750 is due three weeks after acceptance. The remainder of the tuition balance is due April 1.

Optional Premium housing in District House: $500

Estimate of living costs (actual costs will vary and are not included in the program costs):
Books and supplies: $200
Food: $1,000 (depending on personal preferences)
Transportation around Washington: $350 (Metro train and bus fare)
Personal expenses: $250 (Entertainment, etc.)
Transportation to Washington: Based on distance from Washington and type of travel


The Fund for American Studies strives to make its programs accessible and affordable to the best and brightest students regardless of financial status. Scholarship funding is awarded based on a combination of factors including:

  • Financial Need
  • Academic Excellence
  • Extracurricular Achievement
  • Leadership Activities

Approximately 70% of students receive scholarship funding through TFAS. Our scholarships for the summer undergraduate programs typically range from $500 to $4,500. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please plan to submit your scholarship materials at the time of application submission. The following materials must be submitted through your online application, mail, email ( or fax (202.318.0441):

  • A 250-word statement explaining your need for a scholarship. (Must be uploaded into your online application through the Apply Yourself system)
  • Federal Student Aid Report (SAR) or Tax Return
  • Financial Aid Award Summary & Grant/Scholarship Award Letter (if applicable)

For a detailed explanation of these required personal financial materials click here.