On what day and time should my child arrive and depart?
Policy Workshop and HSS: Students should arrive on June 17th and depart on July 8th. They should arrive between 12 PM and 6 PM on the 17th and must depart before noon on the 8th.
Public Forum: Residential students should arrive on June 24th and depart on July 6th. Commuters should plan to attend every day between June 25th and July 6th.
Public Speaking: Residential students should arrive on June 18th and depart on June 28th. Commuters should plan to attend every day between June 19th and June 27th.
If students need to arrive exceptionally early or depart exceptionally late, we will do our best to accommodate them, but you should certainly confirm that we can assist you with the necessary arrangement before finalizing your travel details.
Which airports can we use? How should my child travel from airport to campus?
The closest airport is Reagan National Airport (DCA).
A cab from airport to campus should cost about $15, including tip. DC cabs generally do not take credit cards, so please bring adequate cash if that is your plan. Uber and Lyft are also available and easy to use.
The second closest is Dulles National Airport (IAD).
A cab from airport to campus should cost about $60. Uber and Lyft are also available and easy to use. Booking a SuperShuttle may also be economical. It is possible to economize a great deal by taking a public bus from the airport to Rosslyn, then taking the GUTS bus to campus from the Rosslyn location.
Given the inconvenience and potential confusion, however, using bus lines isn’t recommended. If your student does encounter any problems en route, we will provide a phone number for students to call on the first day of camp.
Traveling into and out of the Baltimore-Washington Airport is less convenient, and thus not highly recommended. It does, however, service several discount airlines, such as Southwest Airlines. The cab will be quite expensive, but this might represent a net cost savings if you’re a frequent Southwest customer.
I would like to drive my child to campus. Where should we park?
If you intend to park, you should drive in on the hospital side entrance.
The correct address for GPS is 3800 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, DC, 20057. Paid parking is available in the Leavey Center.
My child would like to take the train. How should this proceed?
Amtrak services Union Station in DC, which is a possible travel option for students on the East Coast. Upon arrival in Union Station, proceed to the cab line immediately outside Union Station. A cab to the front gates of Georgetown University should cost under $20.
How do cabs work in DC?
For travel to and from the airport, we recommend using the ride-sharing apps Lyft or Uber. Students can install the app on their phones and request a ride upon arrival at the airport/when ready to depart campus. Payment methods are linked to the app, so you don’t need to worry about carrying cash. Fares are typically lower than traditional taxis.
For traditional taxis: DC cabs rarely take credit cards. They are generally cash-only. Specify a cross-street to your driver – in this case, tell them “I am going to the front gate of Georgetown University at 37th and O Street Northwest.” The DC cab system is well-regulated. There are designated cab lines at the train station and major airlines.
How will I know that my child has arrived safely and departed successfully?
We will email parents with each successful arrival and check-in. Students will be strongly encouraged to call their parents/guardians immediately upon arrival. We will quickly follow up on any significant discrepancies between expected arrival and actual arrival.
We will similarly email news of each successful departure, and strongly encourage students to call their parents as soon as they have reached their travel destination.
Which dormitory will the students be staying in?
Copley Hall is the location of the Seminar this year. Information about the dorm can be found here: https://studentliving.georgetown.edu/residences/copley
What should the students pack?
Students will need to bring bedding (the beds are twin XL), a pillow, towels, clothes, and toiletries. There are laundry facilities in the basement of the building that use the funds on the Georgetown ID cards that students will receive at check-in.
We strongly recommend bringing a laptop, as evidence will be provided electronically, in addition to your usual debate supplies (pens, flow paper, timer, etc).
Dress at the Seminar is kept casual, with the exception of one field trip if your child is attending the Hoya-Spartan 7 week program, in which case he/she should bring one nicer outfit. Keep in mind that D.C. is known for its hot, humid summers.