About the DC Spring Break Seminars

The DC Spring Break Seminars take place over 7 class days in March, corresponding with William & Mary Spring Break.  It is open to all currently enrolled W&M students (undergraduate and graduate students alike) of all majors and backgrounds!

The DC Spring Break Seminars features academic courses housed in the William & Mary Washington Center. Enrolled students engage in academically rigorous seminar classes while meeting with experts at some of DC’s highest profile institutions (through speakers and site visits) and networking with alumni.  Students have the option to live in W&M-sponsored housing in the DC area. 


The DC Spring Break Seminars offer courses specifically designed for an intensive DC experience. Classes meet each day from 9:00am to 5:00, over 7 days.  Included in the class schedule are lectures, class discussions, numerous speakers and site visits related to the specific course topics.


The DC Spring Break Seminar course fee is $2,500.  Housing is an additional charge.

Life in DC

The William & Mary Washington Center administrators provide the same quality of support to students in DC as campus administrators do in Williamsburg. Students may choose to live at home or another housing arrangement, or they can live in W&M-sponsored furnished housing in the DC area.


There are no internships associated with the DC Spring Break Seminars. 

Financial Aid

Check with your Financial Aid Counselor at the W&M Financial Aid Office.  Students may be eligible for financial aid (student or parent loans) to help cover course fees.

Virginia 529

The Virginia529 Prepaid plan only pays the full-time (or part-time for PT students) tuition charge on the student account.  It does not pay any individual course or program fees. 

If a family has one of the other Va529 programs (inVEST,  CollegeAmerica or CollegeWealth)  those funds may cover DC program fees depending on the individual program guidelines.  Questions regarding your plan may be obtained from the website www.virginia529.com or by calling toll free 888-567-0540. 

You may also contact Tammy Gainer, W&M Bursar’s Office at trgainer@wm.edu or 757-221-1300

Contact Us
  • For general inquiries, email dcspring@wm.edu
  • DC Spring Break Seminar Program Coordinator, [[mkharris, Molly Harris]] or 202-836-8604

Additional Academic and Internship Opportunities offered by the William & Mary Washington Center

The W&M Washington Center offers four additional academic and internship opportunities for undergraduate students:

The DC Semester Program is offered each spring and fall semester and involves an academically rigorous curriculum built around a semester-by-semester topic with internships matched to that topic, as well as residential, programming, and alumni mentorship/networking components.

The DC Summer Institutes is an intensive 6-7 credit academic opportunity composed of a 2-week course and 10-week internship in DC. 

The DC Winter Seminars: high-intensity 2-3 credit opportunity offered during the last week of winter break, incorporating guest speakers and site visits to some of the capital's most important and recognizable institutions.

The DC Summer Session offers 5-week classes during the summer, with no accompanying internship.