The University of Notre Dame Washington Program offers students the ability to study off-campus, becoming immersed in the political and cultural life of Washington DC. Students can participate in fall, spring or summer. Regardless of when students go, they experience big city living and culture and have a unique opportunity to gain work experience and engage in career discernment. Returning students rave about the Washington Program being one of Notre Dame's best kept secrets!

“In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in the political life is a moral obligation…The Catholic call to Faithful Citizenship affirms the importance of political participation and insists that public service is a worthy vocation…We are called to bring together our principles and our political choices, our values and our votes, to help build a better world.”  

—U.S. Bishops, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (2007), #13, 14

The Washington Program is part of Notre Dame's Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy.