Inauguration 2021 Academic Seminar

Inauguration 2021 Academic Seminar

Experiencing this historical event through the lens of the people who help shape it.  

Whether you're a history buff, a political junkie or just a concerned citizen, you have to admit - no matter who takes the oath office on January 20th, 2021, the Presidential Inauguration will be another extraordinary milestone in our country's history. Be a part of that history by getting a behind-the-curtain look into this distinctly American approach to the peaceful transition of power. The Inauguration 2021 Academic Seminar will give you access to important organizations throughout the city and opportunities to engage with media and political experts who have had a front row seat to the election cycle.


To be eligible for this seminar you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program or have graduated within the last 18 months.
  • Be in good standing at your college or university.
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Students with lower GPAs may be considered.
  • Get approval from your campus liaison or a faculty sponsor* (undergraduates only).
  • Commit to fully participate in the program and complete all assignments.

*If you need help identifying your campus liaison or faculty sponsor, email

Seminar Components


You’ll engage with some of the most distinguished speakers and public figures in D.C. Some of our past speakers include Washington Post journalist Ed O’Keefe, White House correspondent Alexis Simendinger and Concord Coalition National Political Director Phil Smith.

Site Visits

We'll help you explore Washington, D.C. like no tourist ever could, taking you into government agencies, think tanks, embassies, media outlets and more. You'll get a behind the scenes looks at how our nation’s capital works. In the past, we've taken groups to the Brookings Institution, Voice of America, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and various embassies.

Small Group Sessions

Faculty representing universities from all over the country lead these sessions that allow for candid give-and-take discussions to help you digest the information you've heard throughout the day. We encourage respectful debate and foster an open environment where you can confidently express your thoughts without fear.

Seminar Cost

The cost of the seminar is $2,295 and includes the program and housing fee. Many of our participants come as part of a group with their home institutions and billing arrangements vary from school to school. If you are participating in a group, you will need to confirm your actual cost of attendance with your campus liaison or faculty sponsor. If you need help identifying your campus liaison or faculty sponsor, email

Housing and Living

During this seminar, you'll be living in NoMa, one of the coolest and 'most connected' neighborhoods in D.C. You'll be in the middle of it all with easy access wherever you need to go.


Most participants share a 2-bedroom/2-bath apartment with three other participants in our modern academic and residential building. We'll provide everything you need, most of what you'll want, and even some perks you might not have expected (like tips on where to find a burger at 2am).

Each apartment is fully furnished and includes:

  • a full dining set (pots, pans, dishes, silverware, coffee maker and toaster)
  • refrigerator
  • microwave 
  • dishwasher
  • iron and ironing board
  • vacuum cleaner
  • mop and broom
  • washer and dryer
  • wi-fi and cable

What to Pack

As you are packing, please be aware that linens will be provided for seminar participants. The linen package includes a bath towel, hand towel, wash cloth, sheets, a blanket and pillow. If you tend to get cold at night, we encourage you to bring an extra blanket. Please be prepared to pack the following:

  • personal toiletries
  • government-issued ID card
  • small folding umbrella
  • business professional attire for academic sessions and site visits
  • casual attire for evenings and weekends
  • notebook and pens
  • clothes hangers

Student Services

We give you your space, but we don't leave you totally on your own. Our student services team and alumni mentors make sure you have the support you need, any time day or night. And our disability services staff ensures that every student has the tools they need to live comfortably, complete assignments and succeed in their work.

Academic Credit

Our academic seminars are designed to qualify for academic credit at many colleges and universities. However, we do not grant academic credit. If you are participating in a group from your university, please consult with your campus liaison or faculty advisor about your particular credit arrangements. If you need help identifying your campus liaison or faculty advisor, please contact

How to Apply

We are not currently accepting applications for this seminar.

If you're not quite ready to apply or are interested in learning more about The Washing Center and programs we offer please submit a Request For Information below.

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Dates and Deadlines

Application deadlines and program dates are not yet available for this seminar.


Refund and Cancellation Policy

Students should review the Refund and Cancellation Policy before submitting an application. Any students who wish to withdraw their application must send an email to notifying The Washington Center of their decision. TWC will send a confirmation email once each withdrawal has been processed.

  • Students who withdraw on or before the deadline will forfeit their nonrefundable $200 deposit and incur no other charges.
  • Students who withdraw after the deadline but within ten (10) calendar days of their acceptance to the program will forfeit their nonrefundable $200 deposit and incur no other charges. After the 10-day window has passed, any students who withdraw will be assessed a $350 administrative fee (in addition to the nonrefundable $200 deposit).
  • Students who have already paid their seminar fee and withdraw more than ten (10) calendar days before the start of the seminar will receive a refund of their balance, minus the $200 nonrefundable deposit and $350 administrative fee, as applicable per the terms outlined above.
  • Students who withdraw within ten (10) calendar days of the start of the program (regardless of acceptance date), will be responsible for the entire seminar fee.

If your institution has agreed to cover the cost of your attendance, but you decide to withdraw from the seminar, you will be liable for the above stated fees—even if you did not initially pay a deposit. It is also your responsibility to notify The Washington Center (via in writing as soon as you decide to withdraw. If you fail to do so, you – not your school – will be financially responsible for all associated costs, up to and including the full amount of the seminar fee.