International Summer Institute

Activities and Trips

Washburn University will arrange at least one weekday activity per week and two weekend excursions, such as a visit to Worlds of Fun Amusement Park, Fourth of July Celebration at Lake Shawnee, Royals baseball game, Nelson Atkins Art Museum, shopping at Legends Outlet Mall, Buffalo Ranch Party, State Capitol trip to meet the Governor of Kansas, Sunflower Music Festival and more, to be determined by the interest of the students. (Worlds of Fun and Royals Baseball trips are optional and will have an added cost for tickets)

Capital Tour

This tour will explore Topeka. We will first go to the Kansas State Capital. Construction of the Kansas State Capitol Building began in 1866. Although the Capitol Building was in use by the legislature starting in 1869, it took 37 years and $3,200,000 to complete. Next we will go to the Topeka Farmer’s market, followed by lunch downtown. In the afternoon students will visit the Kansas Historical Museum, Governor’s Residence, and Westridge Mall.

capital  capital building

inside capitol

climbing to dome  

governors mansion


Archery Class

Welcome to archery! If you are a total novice looking for your first bow, or if you just want to find out a little bit more about archery, then this is the place to start.

levi and archery student

archery group

International Club Party

international club party

Legends Shopping Trip

Legends is Kansas City’s premier outdoor shopping and entertainment center and the only designer outlet center in the market. With a diverse and exciting tenant line-up satisfying every style, every age and every price range, Legends Outlets is a true shopping destination since nearly half of the stores and restaurants have their only location in Kansas City at Legends Outlets. Some of the nation’s hottest retailers call Legends home, including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, J Crew | Crewcuts, Under Armour, Nike Factory, Adidas Outlet, Loft Outlet, Chico's Outlet, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Gap Outlet, Banana Republic Factory Store, Forever 21, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger, and many more. Legends Outlets also brings several first-ever restaurants and entertainment venues to the region, including Dave & Buster’s, The Legends 14 Theatre, Yard House and T-Rex – a 20,000-square-foot destination restaurant where dinosaurs come to life amongst extravagant theatrical settings including geysers, waterfalls and ice caves.

legends shopping trip

Fourth of July Picnic at Shawnee Lake

Students will have a BBQ picnic at Lake Shawnee with their English Teachers. Hiking, swimming and games will be available. In the evening, students will watch the firework display celebrating the U.S.A.'s Independence Day.



Kansas City Trip

First students will visit the eclectic mix of dining, shopping, entertainment and attractions in a unique open-air setting; the City Market offers visitors a variety of fresh produce, meat, specialty groceries, flowers and gift items from nearby farms and around the world. Next they will visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art which is internationally recognized for its outstanding collection of more than 33,500 objects. From ancient times to modern day, this encyclopedic museum is one of the best in the country, offering visitors the opportunity to explore civilization through the eyes of painters, sculptors, craftsmen, and many other artists. In the afternoon students can shop in the The Country Club Plaza, an American upscale shopping district and residential neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri. It was the first shopping center in the world designed to accommodate shoppers arriving by automobile.

nelson atkins


Buffalo Ranch Party

Students will visit a local Buffalo Ranch in the countryside and eat barbeque.


Kansas City Royals Baseball Game (2015 World Series Champions)

The Kansas City Royals are a Major League Baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals are a member of the Central Division of Major League Baseball's American League. Since 1973, the Royals have played in Kauffman Stadium. "Royals" name originates from the American Royal, a livestock show, horse show, and rodeo held annually in Kansas City since 1899.

royals game

Worlds of Fun Amusement Park

Worlds of Fun is a 235-acre amusement park in Kansas City, Missouri. Students will enjoy some of the tallest, longest and fastest roller coasters in the world.