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Washington DC Program

Washington DC



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The visiting faculty members for the 2015-2016 academic year are John Jones (fall) and Keith Whitney (spring).

The City

Though best known as the United States capital, Washington, D.C. is, a global gathering place that hosts over 175 foreign embassies, as well as the headquarters of many international organizations, trade unions, and nonprofit organizations. Students of every major are drawn to this picturesque location at the convergence of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, and know it as a city of austere monuments, grandiose historic structures, and of course the delicate cherry blossoms that blanket the city each spring. Students in the Washington DC program reside at the heart of the nation's capital only three blocks from the White House, and gain highly personalized access to prominent public officials, scholars, activists, journalists, and diplomats. At the forefront of global symposia, seminars, conferences, and cultural exchanges, students have exposure to what is happening daily in every corner of the world.

2011 Pennsylvania Avenue

Students reside in Pepperdine University's newest facility located at 2011 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW in modern and spacious four-person suites. Steps from two metro stops, across the street from George Washington University and just a few short blocks from Georgetown University, the Washington, D.C. campus is in the center of the best shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and parks that the city has to offer. The Pepperdine house is located next door to the former home of U.S. President James Monroe and just a few steps away from the World Bank, in one of DC's safest neighborhoods.

International Study Tour

As a unique highlight of the Washington DC program, each semester students embark on an eight to nine day international study tour focusing on locations of immediate global significance. A Listening Summit is sought at a local university in each location, giving students an opportunity to interact with peers in the host country. The fall semester destination each year is the Middle East, and the spring semester destination is Latin America or the Caribbean.


For breakfast, lunch, and dinner students will be provided stored value cards to purchase meals on their own. There is no full kitchen in the Pepperdine house, but student suites feature refrigerators, microwaves, and sinks, and the student lounges have coffeemakers and hotplates. Students are encouraged to explore the many restaurants and local hangouts of other interns and college students in and around Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, and Dupont Circle. Once a week after convocation, students will have a community dinner catered in or out at a local restaurant.


Each week students will have the opportunity to engage and learn from representatives in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The purpose of the briefings is to promote student growth mentally, socially, academically, and spiritually. For each semester, many of the briefings will be focused upon the region we will visit for the international study tour. In addition, many Pepperdine alumni have been briefing speakers as well. Previous briefings have been held at the U.S. Capitol, the Embassy of Saudi Arabia, World Vision, the U.S. State Department, and even the White House.


The Washington DC Program is an interdisciplinary program for all majors, including art, business, communications, economics, international studies, and political science. Our tagline is "Internships and Global Education." DC is the ideal site for engaging in an internship in your area of professional interest and curiosity. In addition, the program offers a number of courses each semester that meet the students' general education requirements toward graduation. "Theme courses" on the Middle East and Latin America are offered in the fall and spring, respectively. Globally-oriented courses, such as international relations, cross-cultural communications, world literature, and macroeconomics are available as well.

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Last Updated 8-24-14