Washington, DC, High School Program

Get a first-hand look at how the American political system works & the role young people play in our government.

High school male student learning at Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC Shadow

Use DC as a living classroom!

Close Up’s Washington, DC, High School Program is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students to experience their government in action. During this 6-day/5-night program, 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 chance to:

  • Discuss current events with political experts, policymakers, and members of Congress or their staff;
  • Explore Capitol Hill and witness a live congressional committee hearing*;
  • Engage in meaningful discussions with peers from around the country and debate the most pressing issues facing our nation in a Mock Congress;
  • Be inspired by the famous monuments, world-renowned museums, and hallowed institutions that define our history; and
  • Get a glimpse of diplomacy up close by discovering an embassy and meeting an ambassador or diplomat.*

Tight on time? Get the full Close Up Washington, DC, experience in four fun-filled days! Click here to learn more. 

*Subject to availability.




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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