Section 1

US CapitolTravel

Students are responsible for their own transportation to Washington, DC. The closest airport to your housing is Reagan National Airport. From there, you can take a cab or the subway (called the Metro) to Capitol Hill. Dulles International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International are a bit further away. You’ll need to take a cab or a shuttle (see for both).


You can bring everything with you, shop in DC, and/or ship your belongings to your residence. If shipping, make sure that your belongings will arrive after your expected arrival in Washington addressed to your residence in DC.

Arrival and Orientation

You will be advised as to the program start date.  There will be an orientation meeting on that day.  You must arrive in time to attend that meeting. You will have some flexibility in the dates for your arrival.  You will be given the arrival date options as soon as that information is available.  In addition to the orientation meeting there will be other activities, tours, etc., and a welcome dinner to help you get acquainted with Washington D.C. and the IIW program.

Living in DC

IIW is more than just an academic learning experience. You'll have many opportunities to enjoy the area and visit the cultural, historical, and recreational sites in and near Washington. Living independently, building and maintaining new personal and professional relationships, navigating a new city, experiencing a wealth of cultural opportunities… no doubt about it.

Illinois in Washington is a rewarding, maturing, and empowering experience.

Most likely you and your fellow IIW students will get out to a number of places on your own—places such as:

  • the JFK Center for Performing Arts,
  • the National Air and Space Museum,
  • the Vietnam Veterans Memorial,
  • Mount Vernon,
  • the Smithsonian National Zoological Park,
  • the Washington National Cathedral,
  • the Thomas Jefferson Memorial,
  • Ford's Theatre,
  • the Korean War Veterans Memorial,
  • the Museum of Natural History,
  • the Lincoln Memorial,
  • the National Gallery of Art,
  • the US Holocaust Memorial Museum,
and many more.