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Arrange a Class Visit to the Office

Since opening in 2001, the Washington Office has helped coordinate visits for classes from a variety of departments, enabling students to hear firsthand from policymakers and practitioners and to engage in meaningful dialogue and discussion.

Organizing a day trip to Washington from the main campus or VIMS is easy—just follow these guidelines:


Submit our Event Request Form. If you have any questions or trouble completing the form call the Washington Office at 202-939-4000 or [[wmdcof, send us an email]] .


The Washington Office staff can also help you recruit speakers or establish research contacts in Washington.


We can help you order breakfast and lunch from one of several caterers in the area, depending on your particular needs and budget.


Transportation to and from the Washington Office is easy. After getting authorization for travel expenses, your options include:

  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car (1-800-261-7331). is the official provider of rental vehicles for the College. Employees are prohibited from bringing 12-passenger vans into Washington, DC; however you can rent a van, travel to a Metro parking lot in Northern Virginia, and take the Metro to the office.  The cost is approximately $80/day. 
  • Oleta of Williamsburg (800-656-5382). The approximate cost for a full day with a driver is $1,427 for 47 passengers or $1,672 for 55
  • James River Bus Lines (804-342-7300). The approximate cost for a full day with a driver is: $1,861 for 47 passengers or $2,150 for 55 passengers


Aside from department budgets, The Roy R. Charles Center provides some funding for one-day conferences and class visits.  The Reves Center for International Studies also provides funds for certain internationally-focused events.