We believe community life is the at the center of the American Studies Program (ASP) and will be one of the defining aspects of your semester. Students keep busy, not just with classes and internships, but in free time as well!
We view this semester as a bridge into professional and adult life. We aim to create a community that will support and challenge you in your role as a both a working professional and student.
This semester you will get to experience what it is like to work in a large professional city, to live in independent apartment style living, and to build your networks, professional, personal, and spiritual.
We believe that all of that should be an exciting and formative experience, and that you should have a supportive community to experience it with. That being said, we strive to create a safe, open, and inclusive environment where all are welcomed. Our facilities are well equipped with residential, communal, and academic spaces all geared to foster a rich community amongst peers and staff. Each semester, our staff comes alongside students to help plan an assortment of opportunities to:
- engage with and build community here in our home, the Dellenback Center
- explore our unique city together through fun local outings, service learning, and church involvement
Though bittersweet, when students leave ASP, we hope they will feel as though they are leaving a beloved home, with a sense of nostalgia for the many memories and friendships made, along with confidence in their abilities to build and invest in similar communities as they seek to build homes in new places upon graduation.
We are located on Capitol Hill, one of the most iconic neighborhoods of Washington, DC. Situated less than a mile from the Capitol Building (and with a view of it from our rooftop deck!), we are in an ideal location for exploring the city. We are a 10-15 minute walk from Union Station, a 10-15 minute walk from Eastern Market Metro Station, and a 15-20 minute walk from the Capitol Building and the National Mall. Click here for an interactive map.
Capitol Hill is home to historic row homes, brick sidewalks, and rich history. We are halfway between the H Street Corridor and the Eastern Market, both home to variety of restaurants, coffee shops, and small businesses. One of the highlights to check out is the Eastern Market Farmers and artisan market taking place every weekend. The market closes off an entire city block for food stands, vendors, and artists.
DC has a very robust public transportation system and we are centrally located near several transit stops.
We are 10-15 minutes’ walk from both Eastern Market Metro stop and Union Station, and between the two you can access 4 of the 6 Metro lines. There are also several buses that pick up close by, including the D6 bus which picks up virtually outside of the Dellenback and will take you downtown.
Uber, Lyft, and taxis are another great way to get around the city for relatively inexpensive. Additionally, there is a widely used bike share program in the city with monthly passes and many drop-off/pick-up points throughout the city.
**Please note, students are not permitted to bring cars to ASP as there is no parking available.
During the semester you will live in our 4 story apartment building called the Dellenback Center. In the Dellenback you will live with roommates in a two-bedroom apartment, fully equipped with a full kitchen (supplied with basic kitchen items), living room, full bathroom, and in-apartment laundry. Additionally, there are a number of common spaces for student use during your time. We have two student lounges, a classroom, a conference room, a workout room, and a rooftop deck with a gorgeous view of the US Capitol Building.