Young World Leaders offers students from around the world several full residential learning experiences. Participating students can live with an American family as part of our homestay program or on one of our two campuses minutes away from Washington, D.C.  Each campus provides world-class, educational centers, easy access to the cultural and historical landmarks of Washington, DC, recreational facilities, and classroom space for an unforgettable summer learning experience.  Click on each for more information:


Georgetown University

Georgetown University is an exceptional private university established in 1789 and is ranked in the top tier of all American Universities.  Although it is located in NW Washington D.C., it has a charming, small, historic campus feel with views of the Potomac River all within short distance of the downtown center of our Nation’s capital.  Georgetown University is known for its excellence in undergraduate and graduate academics, international business, medicine, law, public policy, NCAA Division I athletics, and more.

The campus offers 24/7 safety and security services and many other features such as key card access to all buildings and dormitories (outside doors, elevators, and room access).  Keys are programmed by GU specific to the nature of what the student or faculty/staff member needs to access and only what they need to access.  This is another layer of security that GU offers to create an environment conducive to concentrating on studies, participating in campus activities, and moving around campus with ease.


On each campus, students are placed randomly in double occupancy rooms on single-sex floors or in single-sex suites. The residence halls have shared lounges, bathrooms, and in most cases small shared kitchens.  The meal plan for students consists of three meals per day, Monday through Sunday. Students may also purchase reasonably priced meals at on-campus cafés and numerous nearby restaurants and shops.

Students will have access to university libraries and tutorial kiosks in Student Centers.  All dormitories and campus buildings are equipped with wired or wireless Internet.

The residence halls have central heating and air conditioning, and students have access to Leavey Student Center, Healey Family Student Center, and Yates Field House a 142,000 sqft fitness facility including cardiovascular equipment, McCarthy Pool, basketball courts, racquet sports, and Men’s and Women’s locker rooms.

Students’ Health Services needs can be seen on a walk-in basis by local Urgent Care and/or emergency care at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, located directly on-campus. Students should be escorted by a program resident adviser or program assistant to any medical appointments

All Georgetown University Dining facilities have been fully renovated and expanded in 2017.  Leo O’Donovan Dining Hall’s “Fresh Food Company” on the lower level is the main location for student dining with separate sections devoted to hot and cold breakfast items, salads, sandwiches, hot entrees, carved and grilled meats, side dishes, desserts, vegetarian/vegan options, gluten free, and special diet/allergy preparation station separate from main kitchens.

Other options on campus for snacks, meals, and late night cravings are available and extra to be paid for by the students themselves.  Some options at O’Donovan Hall LEO|MKT — Launch Test Kitchen, Olive Branch Mediterranean Cuisine, Sazon Latin American Fusion, 5 Spice, Hilltop Bodega Market, and Whisk Pastry & Bake Shop.  Chick Fil A, Crop Chop, Royal Jacket Delicatessen, Epicurean and Co., and more.

To contact an administrator about food or dietary restrictions or considerations, please email


Sandy Spring Friends School

The Sandy Spring Friends School campus offers a complete independent school experience, just a short distance from Washington DC.  Students will have access to academic, athletic, and living spaces, while also enjoying access to libraries, laboratories, beautiful facilities, and spacious grounds of the campus for a true US high school experience.


*Disclaimer: Young World Leaders has leased or rented facilities from the Georgetown University.  However, Young World Leaders and any programs operated by YWL are not related to or affiliated with Georgetown University in any way.  YWL is an entirely separate legal entity with no connection to the university aside from the temporary use of facilities for the specified program.