Sponsored by the National Institute of American History & Democracy (NIAHD), a joint project between William & Mary and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Program for Visiting Students is a version of the Program in Material Culture & Public History modified for undergraduate and graduate students who are not currently enrolled at William & Mary. Just like the primary collegiate program, the Program for Visiting Students provides an interdisciplinary approach to early America, material culture, and the purpose and operation of museums.
The program is available to undergraduates in any major, as well as to graduate and professional students, at colleges and universities worldwide who would like to spend either one or two semesters in residence at William & Mary, one of the country's most distinguished institutions of higher education. Visiting Students can join with William & Mary students to take advantage of the numerous, outstanding museums and historic sites in and around Williamsburg including the highly renowned Colonial Williamsburg.
The Chesapeake Region as a Resource
The town of Williamsburg is a remarkable presentation of life in the "old colonial capital," including the historic campus of William & Mary, where the 1695 Wren Building is the oldest academic building in the United States still in active use. Beyond Williamsburg, no region is so blessed with historic places relevant to the colonial and Revolutionary history of the United States as is the Chesapeake. From nearby Jamestown Island to Yorktown Battlefield, museums, archaeological projects, and historic structures and landscapes abound. The Program for Visiting Students makes use of all of these resources to teach students about life in America during the seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth centuries.