We design tailored, short-term programs to help students gain a better understanding of American society and culture, and to enable them to directly engage its civic systems. These programs offer valuable experiences that broaden students’ cross-cultural understanding and offer insight into potential career paths. Drawing on the resources of Washington, D.C., participants have opportunities to dialogue with policymakers, scholars, business, and civic leaders, and to connect with Washington’s diplomatic and professional communities.

Program highlights have included educational programs at the U.S. Congress, the Supreme Court, the Department of State, the White House, embassies, the Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center, and D.C.’s Smithsonian Museums.

Youth Facing Racism programs explore difficult aspects of American history and the American present day. For more information about WCIE’s Youth Facing Racism program, which offers Student Service Learning credit to high school students with an international background -- and which also welcomes students without an international background -- see here.

Simulations held at the U.S. State Department have been another opportunity to engage official Washington, D.C., and for students to meet with international and American diplomats in preparation sessions. In academic year 2020-2021, Youth Facing the Global Migration and Refugee Crisis will be held online to enable high school and college students to participate in an authentic Diplomatic Simulation using materials provided by the U.S. State Department. Student Service Learning (SSL) credit hours will be offered to high school students participating in this program. For more information about this program, see here.

Additional information about past programs is here:

WCIE also develops custom programs for academic institutions and other partners. For information about custom programs tailored to your needs, contact us.