New Americans High School Program

Through hands-on learning experiences, recently immigrated and migrant students gain the skills and confidence to be active in their communities.

New immigrant and migrant high school male and female talking in front of Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC Shadow

Experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in the nation’s capital!

Close Up’s Program for New Americans is built on the belief that textbooks and lectures alone are not enough to help students understand responsible citizenship. Our experiential and interactive approach allows migrant and recently immigrated students to get involved and have a voice in issues important to them.  After this 7-day/6-night program, students return home from the nation’s capital empowered and ready to make a difference in their community.

On Close Up, students have the opportunity to:

  • Create personal connections to the people, places, and events that make this country so unique;
  • Experience American history through our nation’s most significant documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights;
  • Discuss the role of the executive branch and experience the thrill of a presidential campaign through a mock election; and
  • Engage in discussions about the current issues they are most passionate about.




Washington, DC

Learn about American democracy first-hand during this in-depth exploration of the nation’s capital.

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Washington, DC & New York City

Examine the relationship between business and government with visits to two of America’s most important cities!

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Create Your Own Program

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience in DC and other historic sites on the east coast with this fully customizable program.

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Premier Election Series & Inauguration

Experience the excitement of the next presidential election and inauguration up close in Washington, DC!

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New Americans Program

Discover our nation’s diverse heritage on this DC program geared to immigrant and migrant students.

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Partner Programs

Explore these programs designed for individual students who want in-depth knowledge of specific policy issues.

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Washington, DC & Williamsburg

Better understand the evolution of American democracy with visits to our nation’s most historic cities.

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Asia Pacific Program 

Learn about the power of foreign policy through an international relations simulation in the heart of Hawaii!

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American Indian Focus Programs

Consider the issues facing Indian Country through one of three exclusive programs offered in the nation’s capital.

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