DC & New York High School Program

This exciting program takes you to two of the world’s most extraordinary destinations!

High school female student exploring New York City on Brooklyn Bridge Shadow

Discover DC and experience the thrill of New York City!

During this 8-day/7-night program, students get a first-hand look at the American business and political systems and consider how they influence one another.  While exploring these two famous cities, students make personal connections with the people, institutions, and iconic sites that embody our nation’s past and present. On Close Up, students have the opportunity to:

  • Discuss current events with political experts, policymakers, and members of Congress or their staff;
  • Engage in meaningful discussions with peers from around the country and debate the most pressing issues facing our nation in a Mock Congress;
  • Journey to Ellis Island, see the Statue of Liberty, and discuss current U.S. immigration policy;
  • Visit Wall Street and see the New York Stock Exchange to examine how current financial policies impact our everyday lives;
  • Discover the excitement of Times Square and take in the neon lights and brilliant marquees, before enjoying a Broadway show; and
  • Learn about events that have shaped our world through visits to must-see sites, including Arlington National Cemetery and New York’s 9/11 Memorial.




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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