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How are applicants chosen for the Leadership Academy program?

Applicants are placed in the program on a first come-first serve basis. There is space for 20 students.

Who is eligible to apply?

Students who have completed an Economics for Leaders (EFL), Economic Forces in American History (EFIAH) (formally Economic History for Leaders-EHFL), and/or Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy (EGE) in 2018 – 2020 and have not started their first year of college.

How long is the program?

Program participants arrive Monday afternoon and depart Friday morning.

Do I have to attend the entire program?

Yes. Applicants are expected to attend all sessions.

What if I need to cancel?

50% of the paid program fee will be returned for all cancellations before June 1, 2021. After June 1st, refunds will no longer be given.

Who will be the on-site staff?

Participants are under the supervision of an Economics instructor, Student Administrator (SA), and Program Coordinators. The SA oversees the students and the leadership instruction. The instructor, along with special guest speakers, will conduct the economic classroom sessions. The SA and PC’s are housed in the residence facilities with the students.

What should I bring to the program?

Participants will need to have clothes for warmer weather during the day and cooler evening temperatures. You will need a pair of comfortable walking shoes, as participants will do some sightseeing while in the city. A sweater or sweatshirt is also recommended – buildings in DC are notorious for turning up the air conditioners! Some of the other suggested items include:  laptop, notebook, camera, pencils/pens, small lamp (for the dorm room) and some spending money.

What if I have a special dietary restriction?

Please indicate this on your acceptance forms. We will notify university dining staff of any dietary restrictions.

What is the curriculum focus?

The program is an extension of economic reasoning learned in the EFL, EFIAH and EGE programs to contemporary and historical leadership and decision-making. Program sessions, both in the classroom, and throughout DC, build on the economics and leadership topics taught in EFL, EFIAH, and EGE.

Will I need spending money?

Students should bring incidental spending money as they will have the opportunity to visit some the capitol’s attractions.

Where will I stay?

Participants stay in traditional style, double occupancy rooms in a residence hall at American University. Bed and bath linens consisting of a blanket, a pillow, a set of sheets, a pillowcase and a bath towel will be provided.

What is the dress code?

Casual summer clothing may be worn. However, attention to modesty and decorum consistent with serious academic purpose and visits to government offices, museums, and other public institutions is required. Tank tops, revealing shorts, and clothing that show bare stomachs are inappropriate and should be left at home. Bring comfortable shoes. All students should be prepared to walk a great deal between subway stops, classrooms, and public institutions, and should be prepared for heat and/or rain.

How will I get to the program from the airport?

The are many options when travelling to Washington, DC. Three area airports include Reagan National Airport (DCA), Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). Transportation to and from the airport is the student’s responsibility. Best options include the Metro, Uber, taxis and Super Shuttle. The closest Metro station is the Tenleytown-AU stop on the Red line. From the station, students can take the AU shuttle that is located on the corner of 40th St. NW and Ablemarle St. NW in front of Whole Foods.

Where will classes be held?

The program is not confined just to American University. Participants will travel to various types and locations of classrooms, including many of Washington D.C.’s museums and monuments.

How will I get to the different “classrooms” during the program?

At check in, participants will be given a pre-loaded DC Metro (subway) card for travel to other venues.