With the creation of a new world order after World War II, the United States came to be the indisputable leader of the so-called Free World. However, over the past several years, new forces in global and domestic politics have called into question the role of America in a changing world. What will be the future of American leadership? What will happen to the Atlantic Alliance? Will other great powers—like Russia and China—will the possible void? What will be the future of American ideas, such as democracy and freedom?
The Washington & the World Academy will take you on an engaging journey where you’ll explore the role of the U.S. in the world and develop a broader perspective of how the changing dynamics may affect American leadership on a global level. Under the leadership of faculty from Georgetown’s renowned Walsh School of Foreign Service, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the U.S. foreign policy process, examine the existing and emerging challenges confronting the U.S., and learn how you can become involved in the field of global affairs.
Learn from renowned Georgetown School of Foreign Service professors
Visit Capitol Hill
Engage in discussion groups to gain a broader global perspective
Participate in a crisis simulation of the National Security Council
Visit the Smithsonian Institute and take a night tour of historic D.C. monuments
Program Format & Subject Areas
As a student in the Washington & the World Academy, you'll spend your day immersed in a blend of classroom lectures, field trips, hands-on activities, and group discussions. Throughout the course of the week, you'll have the opportunity to explore the following subject areas:
The evolution of Washington’s engagement with the world
The American Constitution and the world
Congress, the president, and foreign policy
The future of the Atlantic Alliance
The U.S. and the developing world
The U.S. and the great powers
The U.S. and Asia
The U.S. and terrorism
American music and politics
The Trump presidency and foreign policy
The future of American foreign policy
It was amazing to be surrounded by such high caliber students and staff who were all encouraging and fabulous to work with. I took away many positive things from my week as a Summer Hoya.
The program offers so much–from the off-site visits to the daily lectures and the on campus activities. The lectures were interesting, meeting new people was great and the off-site visits were interactive and intriguing.
My #SummerHoya experience was enriching, inspiring, and rewarding; if I could turn back the clock, I’d do it all over again.
As I am filling out my college applications, I am able to think back to my memories from the summer and I am reassured that I am pursuing the right educational path.
Having the chance to experience once in a lifetime opportunities and getting to meet people from around the world made it so I got to really experience what college life was like.
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