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.

Participation in a Close Up program requires parent or guardian approval for any participants under 18 years of age. 




Washington, DC

Six-Day Program

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

Washington, DC

Four-Day Program

Explore the nation’s capital during this fast-paced 4-day adventure! Learn More >


Watch our nation’s future unfold in the heart of DC! Learn More >

Washington, DC & New York City

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

Washington, DC & Williamsburg

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

New Americans Program

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

Create Your Own Program

Partner with us to design a one-of-a-kind DC experience for your school! Learn More >

American Indian Focus Programs

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

Virtual Programs

Discover upcoming opportunities for engaging virtual programming! Learn More >