Pre-College One-Week Summer Exposure

Noncredit program for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors

The Pre-College One-Week Summer Exposure program is a full-day, noncredit program for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors (ages 14-17). Participants enroll in a 1 week program that integrates lectures with guest speakers, experiential and applied activities. Introducting students to a collegiate academic experience, students begin deepening their knowledge of a topic through collaborative learning and an exploration of the diverse intellectual and cultural resources of Washington, D.C.

For students who wish to have an immersive 2-week college experience, see the Summer Immersion program. 

For students who wish to explore credit bearing options, see the College Intensive program.

Session Dates and Courses

The Pre-College One-Week Summer Exposure program is offered for only one 1 week session. Three distinct courses are offered during this period. Any Pre-College One-Week Summer Exposure student who also enrolls in one or more Summer Immersion session will receive a 15% tuition discount.

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Art History: Theory & Culture

Non-credit bearing academic class icon  Noncredit

One-week course icon  One-week program

 Calendar Icon  July 12—17, 2020

What does it take to make a timeless masterpiece? From Michaelangelo to Pollock, from Da Vinci to Picasso, what sets these groundbreaking artists apart in history? This course will cover how artists across time defined new eras and movements. Students will explore how the professional landscapes surrounding the fine arts have changed in recent decades and what it means to “master” one’s craft.

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Civil Rights in the 21st Century

Non-credit bearing academic class icon  Noncredit

One-week course icon  One-week program

 Calendar Icon  July 12—17, 2020

Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X: their commitment to the Civil Rights Movement lives on in the actions of modern activists. In this course, students will analyze the impact of modern civil rights initiatives and how current movements strive to rewrite the narrative around controversial topics and impacts in law, commercial policy, and social constructs. Students will also learn the power of their own voices and how to use their civic responsibilities as tools for mass reform.

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Election Politics

Non-credit bearing academic class icon  Noncredit

One-week course icon  One-week program

 Calendar Icon  July 12—17, 2020

It takes a village to plan and execute a political campaign. Without a highly skilled and dedicated campaign staff, even the most qualified candidate’s chance of being elected is slim to none. Students will explore the power of organized rhetorical strategy can take a politician from the ballot to Office, exploring the range of strategies and professional positions involved from the start of the race to election day.

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Introduction to Digital Marketing

Non-credit bearing academic class icon  Noncredit

One-week course icon  One-week program

 Calendar Icon  July 12—17, 2020

How does a company sell a product or create their brand? In this course, students will grapple with the social, cultural, and psychological factors that influence consumer behaviors. Through acquiring skills of market research, students will analyze models of buyer behavior and consumption patterns to desire their own marketing project.

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Public Health: Inclusion & Access

Non-credit bearing academic class icon  Noncredit

One-week course icon  One-week program

 Calendar Icon  July 12—17, 2020

Do your neighborhood environment, healthcare, and education impact your health? These, and other social determinants of health impact millions, but how do we determine their effects? Public Health scientists are at the frontline to prevent and curtail the effects of negative health on populations. This course will serve as an introduction to the discipline of Public Health. Students will delve into topics of health services administration while critically analyzing applications of Public Health in historical and modern contexts to learn about impacts of Public Health nationally and internationally.

Prepare for your Summer in the City

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    Summer on Campus

    GW offers an unparalleled mix of intellectual and cultural resources that makes for a vibrant urban classroom experience. D.C. is home to national and international organizations, embassies and cultural institutions that create a wealth of public programs, exhibits and special events.

    Learn more about student resources and activities
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One Week Summer Exposure Tuition & Fees

One Week Summer Exposure costs include program fees, supplies, room and board. Due to the short length of the program, only Residential options are available for students. Commuter options are only available for Summer Immersion and College Intensive Courses.

See One Week Summer Exposure tuition and fees
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International One Week Summer Exposure Students

GW invites international high school students to spend the summer in one of our many Pre-College course options. The Pre-College One Week Summer Exposure program is available to international students who are already in the U.S. on a visitor visa.

View international student requirements
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Skype Chat Hours

Chat hours will resume March 2019.

We are eager to get to know you and answer your questions about our summer programs, application requirements, campus life and more.

Add gwsummer to your Skype contact list and message us during our chat hours: Mondays, 10:00-11:00am & Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm EST.

See what Pre-College students are saying about our program

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"I am so thankful to have had the amazing opportunity to attend this program at a prestigious institution. All my expectations were met above and beyond, and we were taught about not only the science of being a physician, but also the societal aspect. The exposure we got into what it’s like to be a medical student and work in the field was surreal, and an experience I’ll take with me for many years to come!"

Taraf J., Pre-College Alumna, Introduction to Medicine

"Before this course there was so much that I was unsure of, especially whether or not entrepreneurship was something I would really want to major in. However, I learned so much about entrepreneurship and how you really learn every aspect of business in the process of becoming an entrepreneur. Furthermore, the course itself taught me so much about finance and law... Our professor brought in tons of speakers, each of who were fantastic presenters and answered each and every question a student had. By far the best speakers taught me things that will help me throughout college and even into my later life."

Brandon A. , Pre-College Alumnus, Entrepreneurship: Startups & Incubators

"This program has really shown me what it’s like to be a college student and has allowed me to study the subjects I’m interested in. I gained a wealth of knowledge through this experience about forensics and about campus life, which is an awesome bonus! I’m eager to take what I have learned from my class and the program as a whole as I continue on throughout my college application, academic experience and on to real world situations."

Eileen B., Pre-College Alumna, Crime Scene Investigation

"As a whole, the GW Pre college program provided a unique experience for me in that it was not just a summer class, but a great community I will never forget!  I felt very challenged during my course, took away a lot of important information, skills, and experiences such as visiting the National Department of Transportation! My expectations were beyond exceeded, and my time learning, exploring, and making new friends was well worth my last summer preparing for college."

Josh Y., Pre-College Alumnus, Introduction to Engineering