DC & Williamsburg High School Program

Discover our country’s history by exploring this colonial city and discuss its future in the heart of our nation!

High school students waiting in line in front of Shield's Tavern in Williamsburg, VA Shadow

Journey to the past and experience 18th-century colonial life.

On this 7-day/6-night program, students gain a greater understanding of the historical relationship between the citizens and government of the United States. Through visits to two of America’s oldest cities, students learn how our nation’s past impacts our present. On Close Up, students have the opportunity to:

  • Discover Virginia’s colonial history through a walking tour of Williamsburg;
  • See the Capitol where Patrick Henry convinced the Virginia delegates to vote for independence;
  • Dine in one of Williamsburg’s rustic taverns located in the heart of the Revolutionary City;
  • Discuss current events with policy experts, lawmakers, and members of Congress or their staff; and
  • Engage in meaningful discussions with peers from around the country and debate the most pressing issues facing our nation in a Mock Congress.




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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