The Capital

While students learn English, they will have access to Washington, DC's distinctive intellectual, political, and cultural life. Not all about politics, DC is full of life, hosting exciting cultural events year-round. Many activities and touristic places are accessible to students for free!

Places to Visit

Located within the fast-paced lifestyle of Washington D.C, Mentora College students have access to various amount of tourist attractions, historical museums, and many community events. Most of which are free to students!

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Explore Asian art at the Smithsonian.

The Corcoran Gallery of Art
Virtual exhibits of American and European art.

Hillwood Museum and Gardens
View estate collection of Russiam Imperial art.

National Gallery of Art
Extensive collections available online

National Portrait Gallery
View more than 20 online exhibits.

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Browse more than 4,000 images.

Textile Museum
5,000 years of textile history.

Ocean Planet
Virtual version of Smithsonian exhibit.

National Air & Space Museum
Take flight with these exhibits.

National Museum of Natural History
Great information on Smithsonian exhibits.

National Zoological Park
Great exhibits with audio narration.
U.S. National Arboretum
Find out what’s blooming now.

Folger Shakespeare Library
View past exhibits & find eductional resources.

Holocaust Memorial Museum
Online exhibits from the museum.

National Museum of American History
Many virtual exhibitions to explore.

National Museum of Women’s History
Features virtual exhibit and online tours.

National Postal Museum
View six online exhibits on U.S. Postal history.

Capital Children’s Museum
The latest news from this DC museum.

National Building Museum
Explore past and current architectural exhibits.

National Museum of Health and Medicine
Search thousands of medical objects.

U.S. Navy Museum
Online exhibits including U.S. Naval paintings.
Crystal City’s
1608 Crystal Square Arcade, Arlington, VA 22202

Eastern Market
225 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20009

Fashion Centre at Pentagon
City 1100 S Hayes St, Arlington, VA 22202

Mazza Gallerie
5300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015

Old Post Office
Pavilion and Tower 1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Shops at Georgetown Park
1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Corner of 12th St and Pennsylvania, Washington, DC 20004

Tysons Corner Center
1961 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102

Tysons Galleria
2001 International Dr, McLean, VA 22102

Union Station
50 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20002

Westfield Shoppingtown
Montgomery Mall 7101 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817

Things to know about America

Before coming to United States, students need to know a few things to become accustomed to American lifestyle.

If a student or someone else is in a very dangerous or life-threatening situation, student should dial 911 (te call if free from a pay phone). This number will connect you with the Fire Department, Police Department and Hospital Emergency Services.
For other emergencies, during working hours, you should contact the school at (202) 644-7200. You will be connected with someone who will do his/her best to help you with any questions or concerns.
After 10 p.m. and on weekends, you will need to call the Student Advisor at home or at his/her cell phone. These numbers will be provided to you on request.
Obtaining adequate health insurance for your stay in the US is very important. Health care and prescription medicine can be costly in the US and if you get injured or sick you may have to pay an unforeseen sum of money if you don’t have health insurance.

Mentora College strongly recommends that you find a health insurance provider before or soon after you arrive in the US. Our staff regularly advises students about health care and insurance and can assist you in finding a reasonably priced insurance provider.
One of the many reasons why Washington is a great place for international students is that it has a very good public transportation system. With a bus and a subway system called the METRO, you can go almost anywhere easily. Mentora will provide you with METRO system information and maps of the area.

Taxicabs are also available and are not too expensive for short rides or if you share the taxi with a friend. It is a nice gesture to tip the taxi driver 10-15%.

You may rent a car from one of the many car rental locations. You will need to be have a major credit card, a driver’s license. Ask your Student Advisor or any Mentora staff for additional information.

Mentora College is located in a new, large and comfortable building at McPherson Square, only one block away from the White House. The subway line, or the Metro, provides ready and easy access from the apartments to downtown Washington, D.C. where the school is located. Driving to the school is also very convenient as there is a large public parking facility for almost 500 vehicles just three minutes walking distance from the school. Parking fee applies. The most convenient transportation is the Metro. Students can get a Metro card called a “SmarTrip” card for $10. These cards can be recharged at any Metro station using cash, debit, or credit card. Students can also use their SmarTrip cards to ride buses. Another transportation method that is very popular in Washington, D.C. is the Capital Bikeshare. This is an affordable system which provides bicycles for short trips as an alternative to taking the bus, metro, or car. From tourists to students and businessmen, there are many people who prefer riding bikes around the city.
If you arrive at any of the three airports in the area (Dulles International Airport IAD, Ronald Reagan National Airport DCA, or Baltimore International Airport BWI), you can travel to your hotel, homestay, dormitory, apartment, or other accommodation location in the following ways:

1. A Mentora representative will pick you up for an additional fee.
2. You can take a Washington Flyer bus to National Airport.
3. From National Airport you can take the Metro rail subway system, or a taxi.
Washington has four seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. The weather changes each season. The following chart of average temperatures will help you plan what clothes to bring. Remember to bring comfortable clothing. Usually a variety of styles is a good idea. For class, casual or traditional clothing (pants, jeans, skirts, etc.) is fine. In summer, a sweater, jacket, or sweatshirt is important because the air-conditioning could be a little too cold for some students. If you want to go to a more formal restaurant or to the theater while you are here, you should bring something a little more formal. For men a jacket, tie, and nicer shoes are appropriate. For women nice pants or skirt and blouse or a dress are appropriate.