Washington, D.C. – Global Powerhouse

Ref: 10003200


Second year Politics, Politics and International Relations, and International Relations students enrolled on Unity and Diversity in 21st Century America (POPP2005) and The American Presidency (POPP3046) are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 15 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


Washington, D.C. is home to the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court and so this #DMUglobal trip brings the content of US Politics textbooks to life. A key component of the module is to appreciate the balance of power between the three branches of government.

The National Archives are housed in downtown D.C. and this is the very first itinerary item for the student group. The Constitution and Bill of Rights are on display here, and these are the foundation on which the nation is built. They also provide the framework for the US politics module.

The secondary strand of the module relates to policy issues, such as civil rights, racial justice, and the influence of the media on politics and public opinion. D.C. has a range of fabulous museums, some of which are particularly relevant for the module. These include, among others, the Newseum and the National Museum of African American History. In addition, the module deals with defence and national security policy, so a guided tour of the Pentagon is also on the itinerary.

Cultural activities

Washington, D.C. is a city of monuments and beautiful outdoor spaces steeped in political history, so even a casual walk around the city is hugely informative, engaging and relevant to the module. A visit to the Washington Monument is a must, along with time spent at the Lincoln National Monument and Vietnam War Memorial.

In addition, the Smithsonian Institute is comprised of 19 museums, galleries, gardens and even a zoo. Most are free, and all are simply stunning. If time allows, the trip across the Potomac river will include a visit to Arlington Memorial Cemetery in Virginia. President Kennedy’s gravesite, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are located at this historically significant site.

The Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts offers free performances at 6pm each evening. This is a wonderful way for students to experience this vibrant hub of cultural activity. DC is also home to a number of sporting teams, including the Washington Wizards, and low-cost tickets can be purchased on fixture days. The city has numerous theatres, including the infamous location of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. There are excellent guided tours available at the Ford Theatre.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the US immigration requirements.

All students will require an ESTA or some kind of visa to travel to the USA. Further information will be provided to all accepted students regarding the type of visa required and how to apply. If you have any specific questions about this please email dmuglobal@dmu.ac.uk for advice. Please note that you are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Sunday 29 March 2020
  • Return date: Saturday 4 April 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £1000
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, museum entry fees, food and drink, visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 4 November 2019 9am