What are the housing arrangements for participants?
Participants are responsible for arranging their own accomodations. However,KARAMAH can make suggestions, and we work with local universities to offer participants discounted rates on dormitory housing close to summer program classrooms. More information on housing is sent to participants upon their acceptance to the program.
If I choose to live in the dormitory, how will rooms be allocated? Will I be sharing a room with someone?
Participants are paired at random in 2-person dorm rooms. However, KARAMAH staff will attempt to honor reasonable requests regarding roommate selection.
Can I make a special request regarding accommodations?
KARAMAH works to honor reasonable requests, but in order to do so we ask participants to contact us with special requests at least two months prior to the program.
What other options are available to me?
Accommodations in Washington are often expensive and difficult to find over the summer. Should you wish to book a hotel or make other arrangements, it is highly recommended that you secure housing as early as possible.
How much does the program cost?
KARAMAH requires a $500 registration fee to help offset the costs of the three week program. This fee is highly discounted from the actual costs of the program thanks to generous support from grantors and individual donors. In addition to the registration fee, participants are responsible for all of their travel and living expenses during the program. On average, living expenses range from $1500-$2000. When budgeting, be sure to take into account airfare, accomodations, meals, and some local travel costs.
What is the average cost of living in Washington, DC (per day)?
Although costs vary, excluding the cost of housing, many participants spend $30-$40 per day on living expenses.
What are the local transportation options for getting around the city?
Most destinations in DC are easily accessible by Metro and Metrobus. Public transportation prices vary by destination, but most trips cost between $3-$5. Taxis are readily available in and around the city, but they are more expensive, averaging $10 or more for rides within the DC metro area.
What activities are available outside of class?
Of course, classes are intensive and the focal point of your visit. However, Washington, DC is one of the most cosmopolitan and exciting cities in the world, and there is always something to do after class, whether you enjoy shopping, sightseeing, or fine dining.