Students

Why should you attend Light the World?

Witness Faith in Action

Light the World! is a chance to learn how faith and culture interact with everyday activities. Each day you will witness how this is achieved at a locale in D.C. You will have the opportunity to witness faithful excellence in action in business, science, politics, sports, and the arts.

Visit Impressive Washington, D.C. Sites

Throughout the week you will travel to places such as the U.S. Capitol, National Gallery of Art, and a Professional Baseball Stadium and hearing from people who have achieved success in those realms talk about how faith compliments those activities.

Experience College Life

Light the World! is located on the campus of The Catholic University of America. You will spend a week on campus living in a residence hall, eating in the Pryz (Catholic U dining hall), praying in sacred spaces across campus and learning from world renowned Catholic U professors.


Program Highlights:

  • Monument Scavenger Hunt
  • Morning of Service
  • Professional Baseball Game
  • Daily Mass
  • Forming Friendships that will last a lifetime

Light the World! meant so much to me and I had an absolutely amazing time! Not only was I able to meet new people and have so much fun in DC and on a college campus for a week, but I also was able to go to Daily Mass, Adoration, talk in small groups and grow in my faith together with the people I met! – Kelly, 2018 Participant


Applying to Light the World!

Light the World! applications for high school students go live the January before the summer institute and close in April. All application materials can be found at the “How to Apply” tab.

The cost of a week with Light the World! is $325 and there is an application fee of $25. The priority application deadline is March 20, 2020 after which the program fee will increase to $350. All applications are due on May 15, 2020. We hope that this cost does not deter any interested participants as scholarships are readily available upon request.


Information After Acceptance

You’ve been accepted to Light the World! Congratulations!

We are so excited to host you at The Catholic University of America this summer.

A few items before you arrive:

  • Forms: Be sure to fill out all the necessary paper work within 14 days of registration or by June 1st.
  • Payment: Submit the remaining balance on your program fee of $300 within 14 days or by June 1st.
  • Arrival: Information on when and how to arrive to campus can be found in your acceptance packet and online here.
  • Packing: Wondering what you need and don’t need? See our suggested Packing List.

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