Why should I study English in Washington DC?
When choosing an English program or language institute, students need to consider more than just what happens during their English classes. The city surrounding the language center matters a lot! Students need to consider transportation, culture, entertainment, the intellectual environment, diversity, weather, housing, and much more when evaluating the total experience.
DC is a highly accessible city.
Some of the best public transportation systems in the USA are right here in the capital. Our language school is located in front of a Capital Bikeshare station (public, rentable bikes), across the street from two direct buses to New York City (Tripper and Vamoose), across the street from major city bus stops (to downtown, Georgetown, and more), one block from a major Metro station (Rosslyn), and just minutes away from Reagan National Airport.
DC has three airports, a robust Metro system, and pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, making it extremely easy to navigate.
DC is popular!
The city attracts over 1.8 million visitors per year, which means our English students can practice what they learned during English classes at some of the world’s most famous attractions, such as the Lincoln Memorial and the Air & Space Museum, as well as enjoying the chance to study English in the USA in a a city their friends and family will want to visit.
DC has four beautiful seasons.
Our city enjoys a photographer’s dream each Spring during the Cherry Blossoms Festival, when the Cherry Trees planted throughout the city center and around the Tidal Basin reach their peak bloom. Then, during the Summer, students can enjoy day trips to the Beach or attend one of the many festivals and celebrations in the city, such as 4th of July Fireworks, the Folklife Festival, and many more. The Fall is spectacular, as residents experience the beauty of the changing of the leaves, when the cities millions of green trees burst into bright yellow, orange, and red. Finally, the winter provides playful chances to build snowmen, go sledding, or take a day trip to one of the region’s many ski resorts.
DC is a center of power.
DC is a power center with a strong economy. Everything is happening here: business, finance, (international and national) politics, journalism, law, and so forth. Students in our Intensive English Program will have access to leaders in the political sphere, world diplomacy, media, research and industry, plus many top colleges and universities in the US. Furthermore, employment rates in and around DC are also among the highest with many of the best paid professions in the country. Beyond English classes, students at our language institute have opportunities for internships, networking, life-long connections here in Washington DC.
DC belongs to the globe.
A true global village, DC is home to people of all different cultures, plus more than 150 embassies and international cultural centers. This means that when you study English in Washington DC at our language school your English classes are made up of students from every continent, culture, and region of the world, giving the students speaking practice with international friends.
DC loves to celebrate!
Festivals, special events, citywide conventions and cultural events are always on the calendar in DC, giving inlingua students the chance to immerse themselves in the American experience. inlingua® Washington DC also has its own host of social activities every month, in addition to English classes, and coordinators are actively involved in helping students know what’s going on in and around the city, so that they can practice what they learned in English classes in enjoyable, memorable, real-world settings.
Washington DC is rich in history, as is evident in the countless historic sites within the district and in the surrounding area.
Here are some facts worth knowing about this dynamic, ever-changing, richly-historic city:
Washington, DC Demographic Information
- Population: 601,723 in the District of Columbia, with 6,097,684 in the greater Washington DC metro area, which means the city is large enough to have great tourism, recreation, and entertainment opportunities but just the right size to feel at home quickly.
- Median age: 33.8, which is well below the national average, making DC a very young city where students feel comfortable.
- 47% male and 53% female.
- Education: Greater Washington has the best educated workforce in the U.S. with 49% of DC residents holding a bachelor’s degree or higher (compared to 28% of the general U.S. population) and 22% possessing a graduate or professional degree, which means that students who study English in Washington DC will be surrounded by well-educated professionals.
- Non-saturated: DC’s population is only 9% Hispanic/Latino (compared to 16% of U.S. population), which is great for Spanish speaking students who want a true immersion experience.
- Households: Average household size: 2.11 people per household, which means that plenty of smaller housing units and apartments are available to students.
- Income: Median household income: $58,526, which is well above the national average, due to the high concentration of leading career fields in the metro area, such as law, education, medicine, business, government, and technology, making this a great place for students to take the next steps towards fulfilling their dreams.
- Flower: American Beauty Rose
- Bird: Wood Thrush
- Tree: Scarlet Oak
- Motto: “Justitia Omnibus,” which is Latin for “Justice for All.”
- Song: “Washington,” written by Jimmie Dodd, a former Mouseketeer, in 1951.
- Seal: DC’s official seal has a picture of a woman, who represents Justice, hanging a wreath on a statue of George Washington.
(Source: US Census Bureau, 2010, Bureau of Labor & Statistics, 2006-2010 and Greater Washington Initiative Analysis, 2011)