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Study in Washington DC

All the information you need about studying in Washington DC as an international student.

Why study in Washington?

Washington DC is famous as the capital of the US, and its political center. It’s home to some of the country’s most iconic buildings and monuments, including the White House, the Capitol Building, Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial.

Washington is also home to a number of prestigious and well-known universities, making it a popular destination for students from all over the world. The city has teams in all four major professional men’s sports, numerous museums, arts centers, and other cultural attractions for students to enjoy, meaning you’ll never be bored studying in Washington.

Universities in Washington

There are more than 20 universities and other higher education institutions in DC, including a number of research universities, master’s universities, medical schools and law schools. The variety of options available to students makes Washington a popular and diverse destination.

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How to study in Washington

Before you can study in Washington, you’ll first need to choose where and what you want to study. When you apply you'll need to make sure you meet the entry requirements set out by the university you’re applying to.

Most universities will have a different application process, but you’ll probably need to complete an application form, and submit this with any other documents they request together with a personal statement and references.

You'll also need to make sure you have the correct visa before you can study in Washington. After you’ve had confirmation of your place, you can apply for your US student visa - here’s how.

What to study in Washington

There’s a huge choice when it comes to university programs in Washington, so there’s a good chance you’ll find one that’s right for you.

Washington DC is well-known and highly-regarded for its medical schools and research institutions, so is a popular destination for students studying medicine and other medical degrees.

Cost to study in Washington

Tuition fees in Washington DC are comparable with the rest of the US, and you can expect to pay between $15,000 and $50,000 per year.

Washington is considered one of the most expensive cities in the US to live in, especially for rent and accommodation. You can save by choosing to live in university accommodation rather than renting privately.

Key facts of Washington DC

  • 80/36°F Summer/winter temperature
  • 633,427 Population
  • US Country
  • 20 Universities