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 6-day/5-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.

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 >