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Before vs. After: Georgetown University College Guide Editing

During my freshman year, I was given a remote opportunity to edit college guides for OneClass. These guides were designed to assist international college students with practically everything necessary in order to come into the United States to continue their education at various educational institutions. I've edited roughly between 10-15 of these in total. Here's an example of one I did for Georgetown University.


Before I edited:


Introduction

1.1 City Profile

Georgetown University (Georgetown University) is located in the US capital of Washington, DC. Washington, DC is located in the eastern United States, is 1790 as the capital and set up by the US Congress directly under the jurisdiction of the Special Administrative Region, in Maryland and Virginia at the junction. Washington is home to numerous US federal agencies and national embassies, and is home to international organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Organization of American States.


1.2 surrounding attractions


Washington Monument

Washington Monument (Washington Monument), Washington DC is a landmark in Washington DC to commemorate the construction of US President George Washington. The interior of the stone monument is the tallest stone building in the world. In 1833 the United States Congress through the construction, construction costs by the whole music donation, the maximum amount of one dollar per person, the blueprint by Mills (Robert Mills) design. During which the Civil War broke out, stagnated for 22 years, in 1876 and return to work, by the US Army is responsible for funding by the Government. The whole project in December 6, 1884 completed, and four years after the opening sightseeing. Stone is a white marble to build a square type, height is 169.3 meters, the east is the Capitol building, the west is the Lincoln Memorial, the north is the White House, the south is the Jefferson Memorial, 188 inlaid wall around the world donated Memorial stone. Visitors can free board the 169-meter-high Washington Monument, overlooking the Potomac Basin panorama. Free admission to the top of the ticket to visit the window to receive the day, a number and time limit, you need to receive as soon as possible. Tickets can also be booked online.

Plan to visit the site and buy tickets: http://www.nps.gov/wamo/planyourvisit/index.htm

Address: 215th St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Tel: 202-426-6841


1.2.2 The White House

The White House is a white neo-classical style sandstone building, the official residence of the President of the United States and the Office. The White House is owned by the National Parks Authority and is part of the Presidential Park. The back of the twenty-dollar bill is the White House. Visitors can browse the White House on the site.

Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500

Tel: 202-456-1111


1.2.3 Capitol Hill Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill (Capitol Hill), also known as the Capitol, is the seat of the United States Congress, located in Washington, DC, National Mall (National Mall) eastern end. Geographically, Capitol Hill is located east of Washington, DC, but is often seen as the center of downtown Washington. Washington, DC buildings address the East and West, are based on Capitol Hill as a benchmark. Capitol Hill was originally designed by Dr. William Thornton, the building with a round hall on the dome and his wings as a marker. Each wing is the seat of a parliament, the north wing is the Senate, and the south wing is the House of Representatives. It is a typical neo-classical architecture. Capitol building is a 233-meter-long 3-storey building with white marble as the main material, the central top floor has a high rate of 3-story large dome, the dome above a 6-meter-high statue of liberty bronze statue. The public is free to visit the Capitol, but the daily quota is limited; the Senate or the House of Representatives can also be heard, subject to application.

Plan to visit the website and online visit: http://www.visitthecapitol.gov

Address: United States Capitol, Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC 20510

Tel: 202-226-8000


1.2.4 Lincoln Memorial The Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial (Lincoln Memorial) is to commemorate the 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln built, broke ground in 1914, completed in 1922, is a whole body with white granite and marble built the ancient Greek Temple Memorial . A marble statue of Lincoln placed in the memorial is the central, his hands placed on the chair armrest on both sides, look solemn. Above the statue is an inscription - "Lincoln will be immortal, forever the hearts of the people." Lincoln's Gettysburg address and his second inaugural address were also carved on the marble wall. The 36 columns in the library represent the 36 states that Lincoln died in the United States.

Lincoln Memorial is one of Washington's most popular attractions, located in Washington, the western end of the national lawn, and Congress and the Washington Monument in a straight line. Walk down the ladder of the memorial and walk around the back of Lincoln's statue. Visitors will be able to see spectacular views of the Capitol and the Washington Monument. In the pool also vaguely reveals the reflection of the Washington Monument.

Address: 2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC 20037

Tel: 202-426-6841


National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art, an art museum in Washington, DC, is part of the US government and is managed by the Smithsonian Institution. Founded in 1937 by the US Congress, the National Gallery was created to manage the collections (mainly Italian art) donated by Andrew Mellon and Samuel Karis. Building itself is divided into two things, by the underground passage connected. March 17, 1941, the National Gallery of the West Building officially opened to the public to visit, West Building by the architect John Piper (John Russell Pope) design. Dong Dong building by the architect IM Pei designed, opened in 1978. In addition, the National Gallery in 1999, a new sculpture park. The museum is open to the public for free. The main buildings in the West Building include important paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages of Europe to the 19th century. Including the only column in the United States Leonardo da Vinci's works. Dong Dong is the main collection of modern art. Including Picasso, Andy Warhol and so on.

Address: 6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565

Tel: 202-737-4215


1.4 Airport Transfers


1.4.1 Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

Reagan Airport is the nearest airport, the main flight for the United States domestic flights and flights to Canada. It is recommended that if the baggage, then a taxi at the airport to the school. If there are not enough luggage, you can take the subway from the airport to Rosslyn subway station, take the school bus to school.


1.4.2 Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)

Baltimore Airport is located 40 miles from the school. You can take the airport bus or taxi to Washington. There is a free shuttle service to and from the airport and the nearest train station, so take the train to the Union Station in Washington and then take the red subway.


1.4.3 Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Dulles Airport in Virginia is 25 miles from the school. You can take a taxi or take the Orange Line subway to Washington. You can also take the 5A bus at the airport, to Rosslyn metro station after school bus transfer to reach the school.


Study[1]

2.1 Introduction to the University

Georgetown University was founded in 1789 and is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit University in the United States. The School is committed to providing students with a world-class learning experience through the introduction of different religions, cultures and beliefs, and to promote their comprehensive development. Georgetown's Jesuit values ​​and geographic advantage in Washington, DC, provide schools with a unique opportunity to learn and experience the world better and better understand the world.

Georgetown University is one of the world's leading academic and research institutions (ranked 20th in the US News National University Rankings), dedicated to providing students with distinctive learning experiences, and to develop students into a new generation to lead and transform the world Global Citizenship. Georgetown University is a vibrant group of talented students, faculty, alumni and professionals dedicated to applying the school's research, academic knowledge, beliefs and services to real-life situations.

The school has eight colleges, namely Georgetown College, Robert E. McDonough School of Business, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Law School, Graduate School, School of Nursing and Health Studies, and School of Continuing Education.


2.2 Buildings


2.2.1 Healy Hall

Healy Hall is the school's iconic building, the ancient church-like appearance is very magnificent. There are classrooms, administrative offices, Riggs Library and Gaston Hall (the magnificent auditorium, the most formal activities).


2.2.2 Joseph Mark Lauinger Memorial Library

Lauinger library is the school's main library, Fauvism architectural style. A total of five floors, there are a lot of study area, as well as group discussion room. Student-run "Midnight Cafe" is located on the second floor, please note that only the second floor of the library can eat.


2.2.3 Edward B. Bunn, SJ Intercultural Center

The Intercultural Center, or ICC, is the main building of the Diplomatic Academy. It is also a teaching building for many language courses, literature courses, seminars, economics courses, religious classes and international relations courses.


2.2.4 Rafik B. Hariri Building

Hariri Building is the main building of the business school, is the teaching building of many business school curriculum. The building is very beautiful and very modern.


2.2.5 White-Gravenor Hall

The White-Gravenor building has many classrooms, as well as a registration electoral office and an admissions office. Is also the location of the Department of psychology.


2.2.6 Yates Field House

School gymnasium. There are many fitness equipment, swimming pool, golf indoor driving range, basketball, dance classrooms.


2.3 Before orientation


Student ID card

School to report to the school, Orientation, the first thing is to apply for a student card (GOCard). Documents can be photos before the start of school according to the school's e-mail prompt online upload submission in advance. Student ID card is to enter the school library, canteen and participate in the activities of the certificate. Card can also recharge, in the school and some schools near the shops, restaurants consumption. You can also bind to a PNC bank account and use it as a bank debit card.

Student ID Card: Darnall Hall, Room G-3

Tel: 202-687-2700

Business hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.


2.4 Orientation


2.4.1 International Pre-Orientation (IPO)

All international students are required to attend the Orientation for international students, from 28 August to 1 September. With the orientation of all students interspersed. The main contents are: familiar with the campus environment, understanding of new students, the Immigration Bureau of the legal briefings, cultural differences adjustment guidance, medical insurance system, the introduction of social security number and so on. Detailed schedule will be announced in early April at the following URL.


New Orientation

The new Orientation begins on Saturday 29th August and lasts until September 1st (Tuesday).

The general schedule is:

August 29 morning: the hostel check-in, check-in, take the campus ID card. Noon: welcome, the group will. In the evening: the dormitory floors and some evening activities.

August 30 morning: religious activities. At noon: new formal assembly, and parents farewell lunch.

The morning of August 31: Language test. Noon: Writing Seminar.

On the morning of September 1: freshman registration. Noon: Barbecue lunch. Evening: closing ceremony.

Orientation information query: http://orientation.georgetown.edu/nso


2.7 Student housing (On-Campus)

Pre-school holidays will require freshmen to apply for dormitory online, and then by the computer system to match, the allocation of quarters. The dorms for freshmen are Darnall Hall, Harbin Hall, New South and Village C West. Generally are two people, there are individual triples. Single to sophomore after a separate application. Only the Village C building each room has a separate toilet, the other dormitory buildings are on each floor of the public toilet and wash room. If you want to assigned to the Village C floor, you must apply online when the hostel to express their love of cleaning. The first year of a freshman is $ 4,946.

Freshman dormitory information query: https://studentliving.georgetown.edu/freshmen/

(1) Darnall Hall

(2) Harbin Hall

(3) New South

(4) Village C


life[2]


3.3 Transportation

3.3.1 School bus

The school is located in the old town, so there is no subway station nearby. The school offers free school buses to the nearest two metro stations, Rosslyn and DuPont Circle. School bus (Georgetown University Transportation Shuttle), referred to as GUTS, but also to the school's law school and the city of Arlington.

GUTS is Georgetown University's inter-school free transportation system, which covers Georgetown University Main Campus, Law center, also includes subway stations Rosslyn and DuPont circle. GUTS is a Georgetown University Intercity Transit Car. You may be asked to show your Gocard, but you may also be able to take a Gouch, just register your name. The location of the school bus passes through the majority of Georgetown students. Including the following lines.

● Wisconsin Avenue: To / From Darnall Residence Hall entrance and 2115 and 2233 Wisconsin Avenue DuPont Circle: To / From Kober-Cogan Hall at the intersection with Tondorf Road and Metro Station at DuPont Circle (Red line)

● Arlington Loop: To / From the West Road (across from courts courts) and various points in North Arlington, VA

● Rosslyn: To / From the West Road outside Reynolds Hall and Metro station at Rosslyn, VA (Blue / Orange lines)

● Law Center: To / From the corner of Prospect Street / Tondorf Road intersection and Georgetown University Law Center

Specific routes and schedules can be viewed http://otm.georgetown.edu/guts/index.cfm


3.3.2 Public transport

Washington is one of the few cities in the United States that has well-established public transport facilities. The metro system of WMATA (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) is divided into five lines of colors: red, orange, yellow, green and blue. In the WMATA website http://www.wmata.com/ offer Trip Planner, providing guidance and cost information transfer.

If you often use the subway system, you can purchase a monthly pass, a weekly pass, or a Day Pass. You can buy stored-value tickets or Smartrip for Metro Bus and Metro in the subway ticket machines or CVS stores. (Note: Smartrip cards will be deducted when the Smartrip is purchased. Cost 5 pieces are not available Use Smartrip to enjoy discounts on interchange.

School front gate (37 [ TH and O Street) there G2 bus station.

In addition, the school is closed campus, not to enter the car. Near the parking difficulties, the school does not provide parking spaces to undergraduates, it is recommended that students want to buy a car carefully considered. Also do not recommend buying bicycles, campus smaller, the school did not need to ride. School is located on the hillside, out of the school bike ride down harder, there is no bike path, not safe.

Subway map of Washington, DC:

Bus Inquiry Website: www.dccirculator.com

Subway check website: www.wmata.com


3.3.3 Taxi and Car Rental

Taxis can not be found at the entrance of the school. If you need a taxi, please book in advance on the following website.

Taxi given Website: www.commuterpage.com/taxi.htm


3.3.4 Driver's License

Driver's license in the United States is equivalent to the same important identity card documents. With a driver's license in the United States do not have to do the plane to produce a passport. In addition the United States international driver's license, you can bring to tourism, such as car rental convenience. So, even if not ready to buy a car to drive a car, with a US driver's license is also extremely convenient. There are basically a few steps to taking a driver's license in Washington: submitting materials, taking a written test, and getting a Permit. After passing the road test, you will receive a temporary driver's license. The official driver's license will be sent to you.

(1) Preparation of materials

● Proof of address information: eg electricity bill, net bill, or any document with local address

● Proof of signature information: such as passports (Note: a signed credit card is not acceptable)

● Information to prove the date of birth: such as passports and so on

● Social Security Number Card - SSN

● I-20, or other documents that demonstrate visa information

● Passport and I-94 information (Note: passport can be used as the date of birth of the information or signature information, but can not act as both)

● Example: With I-94, passport, Social Security number, I-20, and electricity bill can meet the above requirements.

(2) to prepare a written examination


The most authoritative review of information is DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) official website of the driving manual. Traditional Chinese version and provides specific view http://dmv.dc.gov/node/135912 . From preparation of information, to examinations, to road test considerations and so on. Have time to read through. If you do not have time, it is important to note that traffic signs and penalties are frequently found in non-consonant content (such as: should the speed of the road or the speed of caution should be accelerated or the car should be accelerated or slow down?).


As the Chinese in the test driver 's license when there is an advantage, that is, can participate in Chinese written examination. In addition to the basic traffic laws and regulations, it is important to pay special attention to the rules of the driver's license and the rules of the fine. 25 on the subject of 18 can be too, so in the case of a comprehensive review without tension.


End of data on the same day can immediately participate in the written test. If passed, on the spot to get the card to learn. DMV office in view of the general long lines, so it is prepared, do not leak with the file, the second written test to protect the three do not forget to bring money. Because the material immediately after the shot to take ID photos, measuring visual acuity, poor visual acuity is best to bring a pair of glasses to avoid confusion. (Visual acuity is the eye alignment of an instrument to see a matrix, any line can see and read out on the qualified, and then left and right sides, respectively, there will be green flashing to see the flash to tell the staff on it)


If the end of the day to pay the information, passed the written test, you can start to contact the car. As long as the car to get a permit to learn, you can have a year in a driving experience, more than 21 years of age, accompanied by a driver who drove the driver. Students learn different ways, some people like to teach friends, some people like to drive school.


When completed, you can start booking the road test. The road test can be done in several ways. One is through the driving school appointment, one is their appointment. If you have a contract, you should provide a Sponsor who has been driving for at least one year, and prepare your own car to complete the application. This procedure is not difficult for the American locals, but for the international students more trouble. So the more recommended by driving to about the examination, because the driving school can provide examination vehicles and supervisors, of course, this will require additional costs. Remember the day to take the road test card to learn.


After passing the road test, you can take the examiner signed the school card to DMV office for temporary license, and pay the full license fee (if the written test did not advance).


Specific information is available on the DMV official online View: http://dmv.dc.gov/service/obtain-real-id-driver-license .

Written information about: http://dmv.dc.gov/node/152712 .

Road test related information: http://dmv.dc.gov/node/175672 .


3.4 Accommodation (Off-Campus)

Students are required to stay in the freshman, sophomore and junior year. Unless there are special circumstances can be a separate form to apply for accommodation. Special circumstances include: living with an immediate family member, legal guardian or dependents living in the neighborhood, having special medical needs, married, or at least 22 years of age before commencement. Free Accommodation form fill URL: https://housing.georgetown.edu/academic/forms/exemption.pdf


It is not advisable for students to find suitable apartments in Arlington, Virginia. There is no apartment near the school, the house is very old and old, small size and high prices. Arlington City is almost a bridge away from the school (Key Bridge), sparsely populated, many apartments, and free school bus frequently from Rosslyn subway station and school.

If you need to find Off-Campus house, two very recommended to provide rental information website is:


The recommended apartment is Sedona And Slate. This apartment is a rented apartment with modern facilities and a good management. The distance from the school is also very good. There is no need for a complicated procedure in this apartment, just a passport and I-20 form, no social security number and proof of income.

This apartment information check the website: http://www.sedona-slate.com


3.5 Food


Restaurant

1789 has a long history, founded in 1789 by John Carroll, President of Georgetown University, and was founded in the same year as Georgetown University. It is the most sophisticated restaurant in the neighborhood of the school, and even throughout the Georgetown area, for a very formal dinner (only open for dinner).

Address: 1226 36 TH Street, NW, Washington, the DC 20007

Tel: 202-337-1541


3.5.2 Cafeteria Leo J. O'Donovan Dining Hall

Students are required to book Meal Plan for each accommodation. There are two layers of cafeteria, is the buffet form. It is recommended to avoid peak hours, so as not to line up waiting for meal time is too long, a waste of time.

Meal Plans in the school accommodation options:

For more details, please refer to:


3.5.3 Epicurean

The Epicurean restaurant is inside Darnall Hall. There are restaurants at affordable prices, but also Japanese-style sushi, sandwiches like fast food, affordable. There is also a small bar. This restaurant was opened in 2008, the environment is good, many teachers and students the first choice.


3.5.4 Mai Thai

Very close to the Asian restaurant, mainly to do Thai food and Japanese food. You can set take-away.

Address: 3251 Prospect Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Tel: 202-337-2424

Online ordering website: https://www.orderstart.com/maithai


3.5.5 Dean & Deluca

Is the United States chain of food stores, there are a lot of cooked food, sushi, spices, fruits and vegetables and beverages. Next to the dining area. Compare recommended sandwiches.

Address: 3276 M ST, Washington, DC 20007

Tel: 202-342-2500


3.6 Shopping

Shopping near the school is very convenient. 10 minutes walk from the school to reach the old city's most prosperous two streets: M Street and Wisconsin Street. Brooks Brothers, Nike, Kate Spade, Coach, Pandora, Sephora, Abercrombie Fitch, J Crew, Banana Republic, Lucky Brand, Hugo Boss and many more.

The recommended store is TJ Maxx, a chain of discount stores in the United States, with discounted merchandise from a variety of brands, affordable and suitable for students.

Another recommended store for the Homegoods, is to sell household goods discount stores, you can go to buy bedding, towels, sanitary ware and kitchen utensils.


3.6.2 Supermarkets

Supermarket shopping takes a bus to Arlington's Rosslyn Tube Station, near the Safe Way Supermarket.

Address: 1855 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Other recommended supermarkets include: Whole Foods

Wholefoods is a big city residents respected a supermarket. First, because it is very prominent business philosophy, the main selling organic goods: There are many unique organic shampoo and other daily necessities; a lot of organic food; a wide variety of imported food. The supermarket also has a weight calculated price of the buffet, the choice of diverse, good taste.

Business Hours: 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Location: 2201 St NW, Washington, DC 20037


3.6.3 Pharmacies

CVS is a large chain of convenience stores, more distribution. Some large CVS and other supermarkets, has the following characteristics: possession of drugstores, rinse photos and even photos and other convenient facilities. At the same time it's cosmetics (hairdressing, beauty, cleaning teeth and other small tools) than other life supermarkets to complete. Recommended to buy daily necessities.

Address: 1403 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

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After I edited:


Introduction

1.1 City Profile

Georgetown University (Georgetown University) is located in the U.S. capital of Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. is located in the eastern United States and it was set up in 1790 by the US Congress directly under the jurisdiction of the Special Administrative Region, in Maryland and Virginia at the junction. Washington is home to numerous US federal agencies and national embassies, and is home to international organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Organization of American States.


1.2 surrounding attractions

Washington Monument

The Washington Monument is a Washington D.C. monument that commemorates the construction of U.S. President George Washington. The interior of the monument is the tallest stone building in the world. In 1833, the United States Congress paid for all of the construction costs with a music donation of one dollar per person and the blueprint was designed by Robert Mills. The U.S. Army was funded by the government to complete the whole project on December 6, 1884. Four years after the opening, it was open to the public for sightseeing. The monument stands at 169.3 meters and is made out of square-shaped white marble stone. Visitors can board the 169-meter-high Washington Monument free of charge with the opportunity to overlook the Potomac Basin. You can visit the box office to receive free admission. There are a limited number of tickets for sale. Tickets can also be booked online.

Address: 215th St. NW Washington, D.C. 20007

Tel: (202) 426-6841


1.2.2 The White House

The White House is a white neo-classical style sandstone building that’s home to the President of the United States. The White House is owned by the National Parks Authority and is part of Presidential Park. If you didn’t know already, the back of every twenty-dollar bill displays the White House. Visitors can tour the White House by visiting the following website:

Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20500

Tel: (202) 456-1111


1.2.3 Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill, also known as the Capitol, is the seat of the United States Congress and is located in the eastern end of the National Mall. Geographically, Capitol Hill is located east of Washington, D.C., but is often seen as the center of downtown Washington. Washington D.C. buildings reside on the east and west, and Capitol Hill is used as its benchmark. Capitol Hill was originally designed by Dr. William Thornton, who produced a round hall on the dome and wings as a marker. Each wing represents a seat of the parliament; the north wing is the Senate and the south wing is the House of Representatives. Capitol Hill is a 233-meter, three-story building with white marble as its main material. You can visit Capitol Hill free of charge, but the amount of daily visitors is limited. Upon application submission, you can also attend a hearing of the Senate or House of Representatives.

Plan your visit online at: http://www.visitthecapitol.gov

Address: United States Capitol, Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, D.C. 20510

Tel: (202) 226-8000


1.2.4 Lincoln Memorial The Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial commemorates the 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln. The monument was built in 1914 and it was completed in 1922 with a whole body of white granite and marble. The marble statue of Lincoln has his hands placed on each armrest of the chair expressing a solemn look. Above the statue is an inscription that reads, "Lincoln will be immortal, forever the hearts of the people." Lincoln's Gettysburg address and his second inaugural address were also carved on the marble wall. The 36 columns in the library represent the 36 states that Lincoln obtained while he was acting President of the United States.

The Lincoln Memorial is one of Washington's most popular attractions. It’s located in the western end of the national lawn. Visitors will be able to see spectacular views of the Capitol and the Washington Monument. The pool also vaguely reveals the reflection of the Washington Monument.

Address: 2 Lincoln Memorial Cir. NW Washington, D.C. 20037

Tel: (202) 426-6841


National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art is an art museum in Washington, DC that’s part of the U.S. government and is managed by the Smithsonian Institution. Founded in 1937 by the US Congress, the National Gallery was created to manage the collections of mainly Italian art donated once by Andrew Mellon and Samuel Karis. The building itself is divided into two sections through the connected underground passage. On March 17, 1941, the National Gallery of the west building was officially opened for public visit. The west building was designed by the architect John Piper. The main buildings in the west building contain important paintings and sculptures from the European Middle Ages to the 19th century. Some of those famous artists’ works in the west building include Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. The museum is open to the public for free.

Address: 6th & Constitution Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20565

Tel: (202) 737-4215


1.4 Airports

1.4.1 Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

Reagan Airport is the closest airport for domestic flights and flights to Canada. It is recommended that if you have a large amount of luggage, take a taxi from the airport to the school. If you don’t have much luggage, you can take the subway from the airport to Rosslyn subway station. Then, take the bus to school.


1.4.2 Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)

Baltimore Airport is located 40 miles from the school. You can take the airport’s bus or taxi from the Baltimore Airport to Washington. There is a free shuttle service to and from the airport and the nearest train station, so take the train to the Union Station in Washington, then take the red subway.


1.4.3 Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Dulles Airport in Virginia is located 25 miles away from the school. You can take a taxi or the orange line subway to Washington. You can also take the 5A bus at the airport to the Rosslyn metro station. Then, the bus will take you to school.


Study[1]

2.1 Introduction to the University

Georgetown University was founded in 1789 and is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit University in the United States. The school is committed to providing students with a world-class learning experience through the introduction of different religions, cultures and beliefs, and to promote their comprehensive development. Georgetown's Jesuit values ​​and geographic advantage in Washington, D.C. provide schools with a unique opportunity to better learn about and experience the world around them.


Georgetown University is one of the world's leading academic and research institutions as it ranks 20th in the U.S. News National University Rankings. Georgetown is dedicated to providing students with distinctive learning experiences and developing students into a new generation in order to transform the world’s global citizenship. Georgetown contains a vibrant group of talented students, faculty, alumni and professionals who are dedicated to applying the school's research, academic knowledge, beliefs and services to real-life situations.

The school has eight colleges which include Georgetown College, Robert E. McDonough School of Business, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Law School, Graduate School, School of Nursing and Health Studies and School of Continuing Education.


2.2 Buildings

2.2.1 Healy Hall

Healy Hall is the school's iconic building, and its ancient church-like appearance is magnificent. There are classrooms and administrative offices in Riggs Library and Gaston Hall auditorium. Gaston Hall is where most formal activities take place.


2.2.2 Joseph Mark Lauinger Memorial Library

Lauinger library is the school's main library. Lauinger has a total of five floors where you’ll encounter lot of study area as well as group discussion rooms. The student-run "Midnight Cafe" is located on the second floor; however, please note that the second floor is the only place where food/drink is permitted.


2.2.3 Edward B. Bunn, SJ Intercultural Center

The Intercultural Center (ICC) is the main building of the Diplomatic Academy. It is also a teaching building for many language courses, literature courses, seminars, economics courses, religious classes and international relations courses.


2.2.4 Rafik B. Hariri Building

The beautiful, modern Hariri Building is the central location of the business school classes.


2.2.5 White-Gravenor Hall

The White-Gravenor building has several classrooms, a registration electoral office and an admissions office. It’s also where the department of psychology resides.


2.2.6 Yates Field House

The Yate Field House is considered the school gymnasium. The gymnasium offers various fitness equipment, a swimming pool, an indoor driving range for golf, a basketball court and dance classrooms.


2.3 Before orientation

Student ID card

Prior to arriving at school, you must complete the first step in the orientation process, which is to apply for a student ID card (GOCard). You must upload documents and photos in advance to the school's e-mail address for online submission. Your student ID card is used to enter the school library, participate in school activities, shop at nearby retailers, etc. You can also link a PNC bank account to your student ID and use it as a bank debit card.

Student ID Card: Darnall Hall, Room G-3

Tel: (202) 687-2700

Business hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


2.4 Orientation

2.4.1 International Pre-Orientation (IPO)

All international students are required to attend the Orientation which is offered from (date) to (date). There are many purposes of orientation including familiarizing yourself with the campus, to meeting new students, and attending the Immigration Bureau legal briefings while acclimating yourself to the cultural differences. This is also the time to obtain medical insurance, get introduced to obtaining a social security number, etc. For additional IPO information, please see: http://orientation.georgetown.edu/pre-orientation/ipo


New Orientation

The general schedule is:

-The residence check-in, get your campus ID card. Afternoon: Group welcome session. In the evening: dormitory floors meet up for evening activities.

-The next day at noon: new formal assembly, parents farewell lunch.

-Language test and writing seminar.

-Freshmen registration. Noon: Barbecue lunch. Evening: Closing ceremony.

Orientation information query can be access at: http://orientation.georgetown.edu/nso


2.7 Student housing (On-Campus)

Freshmen students are required to apply for their student housing online. The dorms assigned for freshmen are Darnall Hall, Harbin Hall, New South and Village C West. Each room generally has two people, and triples are available too. Single rooms are awarded to sophomores after the submission of a separate application. Only Village C building has rooms with separate bathrooms. All other dormitory buildings have a bathroom on each floor. If you want to be assigned to Village C floor, you must apply online. The first-year room and board cost is $ 4,946.

Freshman dormitory information is available at: https://studentliving.georgetown.edu/freshmen/

(1) Darnall Hall

(2) Harbin Hall

(3) New South

(4) Village C


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3.3 Transportation

3.3.1 School bus

The school is located in an old town, so there are no subway stations nearby. The school offers free buses to the nearest two metro stations: Rosslyn and DuPont Circle. The Georgetown University Transportation Shuttle (GUTS) can transport you to the school’s law building and the city of Arlington.

GUTS is Georgetown’s inter-school free transportation system, which covers the Georgetown University main campus, the law center and subway stations Rosslyn and DuPont circle. You may be asked to show your Go Card. The school bus stops through the majority of Georgetown locations. The following lines are below:

● Wisconsin Avenue: To/From Darnall Residence Hall entrance and 2115 and 2233 Wisconsin Avenue DuPont Circle: To/From Kober-Cogan Hall at the intersection with Tondorf Road and Metro Station at DuPont Circle (Red line).

● Arlington Loop: To/From the West Road (across from courts courts) and various points in North Arlington, VA.

● Rosslyn: To/From West Road outside Reynolds Hall and Metro station at Rosslyn, VA (Blue/Orange lines).

● Law Center: To/From the corner of Prospect Street/Tondorf Road intersection and Georgetown University Law Center.

Specific routes and schedules can be viewed at: http://otm.georgetown.edu/guts/index.cfm


3.3.2 Public transport

Washington is one of the few cities in the United States that has an extremely well-established public transportation facilities. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is divided into five color coded lines: red, orange, yellow, green and blue. The WMATA website http://www.wmata.com/ offers a trip planner that provides guidance and cost information.


If you often use the subway system, you can purchase a monthly, weekly or day pass. You can buy stored-value tickets or Smartrip for Metro Bus and Metro in the subway ticket machines or at a CVS pharmacy. (Note: Use Smartrip to enjoy discounts on travel fees).

You can find the G2 bus station at the school’s front gate (near 37th and O Street).


In addition, the school has a closed campus, which means that cars are not permitted. The school does not provide parking spaces to undergraduates, so it is suggested that students don’t consider purchasing a vehicle. We also don’t recommend buying bicycles since it’s a small campus. The school is located on a hillside with no biking path, so the rough terrain would make it very difficult to safely ride a bike.

Subway map of Washington, D.C.:

Bus inquiry website: www.dccirculator.com

Subway check website: www.wmata.com


3.3.3 Taxi and Car Rental

Taxis can not be found at the entrance of the school. If you need a taxi, please book in advance using the websites below.


3.3.4 Driver's License

A driver's license in the United States is similar to having an important identification document. If you present a driver's license in the United States to board a flight, you do not have to present a passport. Your United States international driver's license can also be used for car rental purposes. So, even if you are not ready to own a car, a U.S. driver's license can be extremely convenient in most daily situations. There are a few steps you must take to obtain a driver's license in Washington. These steps include submitting proper materials, taking a written test and then getting a permit. After passing the road test, you will receive a temporary driver's license. The official driver's license will be sent to you.


(1) Preparation of materials:

● Proof of address information: i.e. electricity bill, net bill, or any document with local address

● Proof of signature information: such as a passport (Note: a signed credit card is not acceptable)

● Proof of date of birth: such as a passport

● Social Security Number Card (SSN)

● I-20, or another document that demonstrates visa information

● Passport and I-94 information (Note: passports can be used as proof of date of birth or for signature information, but can not serve for both purposes)

● Example: Your I-94, a passport, your Social Security number, an I-20 and your electricity bill can meet the above requirements.


(2) To prepare for the written examination:

The most authoritative review of information is at the DMV’s (Department of Motor Vehicles) official website. This site provides information regarding preparation of documents, sample examinations, the road test, etc. Give yourself a sufficient amount of time to read through. If you do not have time, it is important to note the traffic signs and penalties.


If you successfully pass the written examination, you can start to learn how to drive right on the spot. In accordance with DMV guidelines, a second written test is required, so do not forget to bring money. This process includes taking ID photos and measuring your visual acuity; bring a pair of glasses if required.


If you’ve passed the written test and the vision test, you can start to learn to drive a car. Your learning permit is valid when accompanied by a 21-year-old driver who has at least one year of driving experience. Every students learns to drive in different ways. While some people like to have their friends teach them, others prefer to take professional driving lessons.


When that’s completed, you can start booking the road test. The road test can be done through a driving school appointment. Remember to take your learner’s permit on the day you decide to take the road test.


After passing the road test, you can take the card signed by the examiner to the DMV office for a temporary license. You must pay the full license fee if you haven’t already done so at the written test.


Specific information is available on the DMV’s official website at: http://dmv.dc.gov/service/obtain-real-id-driver-license .

written test information: http://dmv.dc.gov/node/152712 .

road test information: http://dmv.dc.gov/node/175672 .


3.4 Accommodation (Off-Campus)

Students are required to stay on campus during their freshman, sophomore and junior years unless there are special circumstances. For accommodation submissions, you must apply for accommodations using a special form. Special circumstances include living with an immediate family member, legal guardian or dependents, having special medical needs, being married, or being at least 22 years of age before commencement. The accommodation form can be accessed at the following URL: https://housing.georgetown.edu/academic/forms/exemption.pdf


There are also no apartments located near the school. The closest apartments are in Arlington City, which is almost a bridge away from the school.


If you need to find off-campus housing options, the two recommended rental websites are:


The recommended apartment for rental is Sedona and Slate. Sedona and Slate is an apartment with modern facilities and good maintenance, and the distance from the school is reasonable. There is no complicated rental procedure for this apartment. All you need for documents is a passport and an I-20; no social security number nor proof of income is necessary.

Sedona and Slate apartment information can be found at: http://www.sedona-slate.com


3.5 Food

Restaurant

Founded in 1789 by John Carroll, President of Georgetown University, this restaurant is one of the more sophisticated ones within the vicinity of the school. Only formal dinners are offered.

Address: 1226 36th St. NW Washington, D.C. 20007

Tel: (202) 337-1541


3.5.2 Cafeteria Leo J. O'Donovan Dining Hall

Students are required to sign up for a meal plan. There are two options for cafeteria, one of them is a buffet style. It is recommended to avoid busy hours so that you’re not spending a long time waiting for your food.

School meal plans options:

For more meal plan details, please refer to:


3.5.3 Epicurean

The Epicurean restaurant is located inside Darnall Hall. There are restaurants with affordable prices, but the Japanese-style sushi fast food sandwiches are also affordable. A small bar is also available for drink purchases. Opened in 2008, Epicurean is a primary dining selection for many professors and students.


3.5.4 Mai Thai

Mai Thai is located very close to the Asian restaurant. Thai and Japanese food is primarily served. Take out is available.

Address: 3251 Prospect St. NW Washington, D.C. 20007

Tel: (202) 337-2424

Online ordering website: https://www.orderstart.com/maithai


3.5.5 Dean & Deluca

This is an American food chain. Sushi, spices, fruits and vegetables and beverages are frequently available for purchase. Dean & Deluca is located next to the dining area.

Address: 3276 M St. Washington, D.C. 20007

Tel: (202) 342-2500


3.6 Shopping

The shopping near the school is very convenient. You can reach the city's most prosperous two streets with a ten-minute walk: M Street and Wisconsin Street. Some popular stores and retailers include Brooks Brothers, Nike, Kate Spade, Coach, Pandora, Sephora, Abercrombie Fitch, J Crew, Banana Republic, Lucky Brand, Hugo Boss and several more.


The recommended store is TJ Maxx because it has discounted merchandise with a variety of brands that are affordable and suitable for students.


Another recommended store is Homegoods because they sell discounted household goods such as bedding, towels, cleaning products and kitchen utensils.


3.6.2 Supermarkets

If you need to do any grocery shopping, a bus from Arlington's Rosslyn Tube Station will take you to SafeWay Supermarket.

Address: 1855 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007


Another recommended supermarket is Whole Foods because they’re a respected, big city supermarket. Their main business philosophy is to sell fresh organic goods. WholeFoods is known for their unique organic shampoo along with other daily necessities along with their imported food. They also have a great-tasting and diverse self-serve area. The price is calculated based on your plate’s weight.

Business Hours: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Location: 2201 St. NW Washington, D.C. 20037


3.6.3 Pharmacies

CVS is a large chain of convenience stores with additional distribution. Some CVS pharmacies and other big supermarkets have drugstores, photography services and other convenient facilities. CVS has a large variety of cosmetics (hairdressing, beauty, dental hygiene, etc.) that’s second to none. We recommend that you purchase your daily necessities at CVS.

Address: 1403 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20007

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