National Security Seminar

National Security Seminar

Hear from the experts and deepen your knowledge on national security matters.

Take part in a one-week seminar in which you'll explore the protection of U.S. interests at home, abroad and online. You'll interact with national security experts who tackle these issues every day and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities in this intriguing field. 


To be eligible to participate in this seminar, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program. Recent graduates may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • 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.*
  • 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

Plenary Sessions

These morning sessions, attended by all participants, will feature some of the most distinguished speakers and public national security experts in Washington, D.C. Some of our past speakers include program manager at the Department of Homeland Security, Dr. Dan Massey and former CIA Director, John Brennan.

Educational Briefings

We'll help you explore Washington, D.C., taking you into government agencies, think tanks, media outlets and more. You'll get a behind the scenes looks at how our nation’s capital works. Examples of past educational briefings include the Metropolitan Police Department Homeland Security Bureau, Department of Energy Insider Threat Program and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Small Group Discussions

Faculty leaders lead discussion groups 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.

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Seminar Cost

The cost of this seminar is $1,995 which includes complimentary housing. Many students participate as part of a group with their home institutions, so billing arrangements vary from school to school. 

If you are participating as part of a group, you will need to confirm your actual cost of attendance with your campus liaison or faculty sponsor. If you aren’t sure who to contact, email us at

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

Dates and Deadlines

Seminar Dates: May 15-21, 2022
Application Deadline: March 30, 2022

How to Apply

The next National Security Seminar will be held in May 2022. If you are interested in receiving information about future TWC seminars, please fill out the form below. 

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Seminar Faculty

Faculty members have the opportunity to lead their students through a transformational and once-in-a-lifetime learning experience by applying to be a faculty leader. Throughout the academic seminar, faculty leaders work with a group of 6 to 15 students as they participate in program activities. During the academic seminar, faculty leaders will:

  1. Attend all program sessions
  2. Meet with students for group discussion and instruction
  3. Facilitate or moderate virtual educational briefings with speakers from embassies, think tanks and other organizations in D.C.
  4. Read students’ written work and evaluate their academic and professional performance
  5. Recommend a grade for each student at the end of the program

Faculty members who have 6 or more students attending the academic seminar are guaranteed a position as a faculty leader. If you are interested in applying to be a faculty leader, fill out this form for more information.

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Refund and Cancellation Policy

If your plans change and you wish to withdraw your application, you must send an email to notifying The Washington Center of your decision. TWC will confirm your withdrawal via email once it has been processed. Please review the following policies: 

If you are paying for your participation in the seminar, and:

  • you have paid your seminar fee and withdraw 30 (or more) calendar days before the start of the seminar, you will receive a full refund, minus the $200 nonrefundable deposit. Your $200 deposit may be applied to another TWC program within the next two years. 
  • you withdraw fewer than 30 days before the start of the seminar, you are responsible for the entire seminar fee. You may appeal this charge, if your decision to withdraw is the result of a documented personal or family emergency. Appeals are only granted in unique circumstances. 

 If your school is paying for your participation in the seminar:

  •  you should immediately notify your faculty leader (along with TWC) of your intent to withdraw. 
  •  your faculty leader will help you determine whether you are financially responsible for the cost of the seminar.