About the DC Winter Seminars

The DC Winter Seminars take place each January, before the start of spring semester classes. They are open to W&M students of all majors and backgrounds.

The DC Winter Seminars feature 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 leased apartments in downtown Washington, DC. 

The DC Winter Seminars provide opportunities for students wanting to experience Washington, DC in a structured and guided way while earning W&M academic credit and COLL 300.  


The DC Winter Seminars offer courses specifically designed for an intensive DC experience. Classes meet each day (9:00am to 5:00) over 10 days.  Included in the class schedule are lectures, class discussions, numerous speakers and site visits related to the specific course topic.wh snow

3 Credit Seminars

The W&M 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 apartments in Washington, DC, just 3 Metro stops away from the Washington Center.


There are no internships associated with the DC Winter Seminars. 

Financial Aid

Check with your Financial Aid Counselor at the W&M Financial Aid Office. DC Winter Seminars courses are added to students' Fall transcripts. Therefore, students may be eligible for financial aid (student or parent loans) to help cover their costs. Contact your Financial Aid Counselor to check your eligibility.

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. 

For questions, please contact the Bursar's Office at 757-221-1300.

Contact Us
  • For general inquiries, email dcwinter@wm.edu
  • DC Winter Seminars Program Coordinator, [[mkharris, Molly Harris]] or call 202-836-8604