Washington, D. C. city life
Washington is an incredible city to explore and everywhere you walk you will discover places or monuments that speak about the American heritage. Walking or biking throughout the city is highly recommended, as most of the city's attractions are located close to each other.
Apart from the famous White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the United States Capitol, interesting places you should visit are: the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Pier, the National World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of Natural History and the National Gallery of Art.
If you are interested in music and dance, you should go to the John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts, which is home to the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, and the Washington Ballet.
Students passionate about sports can watch different team matches, as the Washington Wizards basketball team, the Washington Capitals, the Washington Mystics, Washington Nationals or The Washington Redskins.
In summer, you can watch free outdoor movie shows, or climb up to the Kennedy Centre Rooftop Terrace, and attend the Jazz in the Garden concert series.
Washington hosts numerous festivals, like the Shakespeare Free for All, every early September, in the Harman Centre for the Arts, or the annual D.C. Blues Festival.
International atmosphere in Washington, D. C.
The U.S. government has its headquarter in Washington D.C., and numerous embassies and plenty of international organisations are active in this city. International professionals from almost every country in the world work and live in this city.
Around 13% percent of the population is foreign born, with major ethnic communities belonging to Asian, Indian, Hawaiian, Hispanic and Pacific Islander people. D.C. also has a big African immigrant population, with an exceptionally large community from Ethiopia.
The locals of D.C. are very involved in politics and ready to debate with anyone interested, including students coming from abroad.
Weather Washington, D. C.
D.C. experiences four distinct seasons. Springs and falls are warm, winters are chilly with snowfalls. Temperatures during winter are around 3 °C (38 °F). Summers are hot and very humid with average temperatures of 26 °C (79.5 °F).