Pre-Arrival Information

We are pleased to welcome you to the International Arbitration Summer Program at American University, Washington College of Law (WCL).

The 2016 Summer Program will be held in our new building (Tenley Campus) which is located a block from the Tenleytown Metro Station at 4300 Nebraska Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016.

Below you will find information regarding daily travel to and from WCL, class materials, use of technology facilities during the Summer Session and other materials we hope you will find useful.

For visa and insurance information, please click here.

Summer Program Office

Room Y360A (Yuma building, third floor, International Suite)

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There are three main airports in the DC area:

  • Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) - This airport has easy access to the metro.
  • Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI)

If you are not taking public transportation to get to your destination, we suggest you look for a Super Shuttle desk at the airport. If you take a cab, prices will start approximately at $30 from Reagan National Airport, $80 from IAD, and $90 from BWI.

Metro System

The Metro system is very clean, efficient, and the employees are used to helping Washington visitors. Metro's website is useful, containing bus schedules, bus & train route maps, hours of operation, etc.

View a full map of the Metro

Washington's Metrorail system opens at 5am on weekdays and 7 am on weekends, closing at midnight Sunday through Thursday and 3 am on Friday and Saturday nights. The closest Metro stop to The American University is Tenleytown/AU on the Red Line. Public Metro buses run on regular schedules from several areas around DC and Maryland. Metro can give you information on specific routes and timetables for its buses and subways. Call its information service at (202) 637-7000 or visit the website of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

The Washington College of Law campus is located a block from the Tenleytown/AU Metro Station (also called Tenley Circle) on the Red Line. From the Metro station, walk east on Wisconsin Avenue one block to Tenley Circle, turn right onto Tenley Circle, and right again at Nebraska Ave. The pedestrian entrance will be on the right. Enter through the Warren Building entrance.

From the Tenleytown/AU Metro stop you can also take the American University Shuttle for trips between Tenleytown, WCL and main campus. Board the AU shuttle at Tenleytown Metro stop. Tenley Campus is the 1st shuttle stop. Enter through the Warren Building pedestrian entrance located directly in front of the AU shuttle stop. See the shuttle tracker for live bus information, or the shuttle schedule for operating hours and frequency. For more information please call (202) 885-3302.

Shuttle from metro to AU (Dormitory)

AU provides a free shuttle service from the metro (Tenleytown-AU on the Red Line) to AU Main Campus. Follow the directional signs when exiting the Metro. The shuttle to main campus picks up on the corner where you exit the metro. Shuttle bus information is available at 202-885-3111 or at


When using taxi service be sure to instruct the driver to take you to 4300 Nebraska Ave., NW. rather than just to American University, because the Washington College of Law is not situated on the main AU campus. If you need a taxicab, please call:

Diamond Cab: (202) 387-6200
Yellow Cab:    (202) 544-1212

  • Uber is also popular in DC. This service provides rides for a similar price to taxicabs and is accessible by downloading an application available on mobile smart phones.


A permit is needed to park at WCL. You may park your vehicles in the WCL garage without a permit, paying a daily fee. Alternatively, a permit may be purchased in the Facilities Management Office. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the parking policy please contact the Facilities Management Office at (202) 274-4008.


A cafeteria will be open in summer from 8am to 2:30pm Monday through Thursday. On Friday it will be open from 8am to 2pm.

Class Materials

Course materials will be available online through MyWCL and in electronic format only. If you have further questions about materials, please send an email to

Pence Law Library

The Pence Law Library is open to the general public. Library hours for the summer term can be found on the Pence Law Library website

To start a search for books and periodicals, go to and click on “Leagle, Library Catalog.” The catalog identifies all of the materials housed in the library, as well as electronic resources available for use within the library.  

Many periodicals, including law reviews, bar journals, and newsletters are available through HeinOnline, a full-text electronic database available on the Pence Law Library website, under “Research Tools.” Many indexes to legal periodicals are also available at this link. Links to all available research databases are located under “Information Resources, A to Z” or “Information Resources by Topic.” These links offer non-legal or more specified research tools. To access these resources from the Pence Law Library webpage, you must be connected to the WCL network, either in the law school or via remote access using your password.

To find out how to research arbitration law at the Pence Law Library, please CLICK HERE:

Wireless Network

Please connect to the wireless network named wcl-guest. The username and password will be given to you upon arrival. Additionally, you will receive information about how to create a username and password to access to MyWCL. You will be able to connect to the internet using your username and password.


Washington area weather during the summer months is hot and humid. Temperatures usually range from 29 to 38 Celsius degrees (85 to 100 Fahrenheit degrees) with high humidity.


Dress for classes at the university is generally casual. Jeans, skirts, shorts, and athletic shoes are acceptable for both men and women.

Important American University Policies

Sexual Assault/Harassment:

  • American University does not tolerate sexual misconduct of any kind, in any context.
  • Intimidating or forcing a person into sexual activity violates American University’s stated values and policies and is punishable with severe sanctions. Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. Incidents will be reported to the University as well as local authorities. Various campus groups and offices are available for counseling and support

Failure to abide by these rules could result in dismissal from the Program and/or complications with the law.

Tobacco- and Smoke-Free Policy
This policy prohibits the use of tobacco products and medical marijuana on property owned, leased, or otherwise controlled or operated by the University including campus owned, leased or rented vehicles. The policy applies to faculty, staff, students, vendors, guests, and contractors. Tobacco is defined as all tobacco-derived or containing products, including, but not limited to, cigarettes (clove, bidis, kreteks), electronic cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, hookah-smoked products, and oral tobacco (spit and spitless, smokeless, chew, snuff).

Alcohol/Drug Policy:

  • American University community members uphold university policies and abide by local, state, and federal laws pertaining to alcohol and other drugs. Individuals accept personal responsibility for the outcome of their decisions. Consumption or possession of alcohol/drugs is strictly prohibited in university residence halls. A participant that violates this rule will not only face immediate expulsion from the program but will also be charged for misconduct with the University and the local authorities.