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Miami's Inside Washington class in front of the National Mall.
Miami's Inside Washington class in front of the National Mall.

Getting an inside look at Washington, D.C.

What is study away?

Students in Washington, D.C.Most people have heard of studying abroad in a foreign country, but did you know students can study away in other parts of the U.S.?

Miami’s study away programs are designed to allow students to earn Miami credit while traveling in places such as Washington, D.C., Chicago, Silicon Valley and Wyoming.

These programs range from two weeks to two months and are open to all majors. Students explore another part of the U.S. while having an engaging learning experience outside of the traditional classroom setting. 

Study away opportunities are much more than just a class; they are career tryouts, field trips, networking experiences and friendship starters.

Miami students visit the Library of Congress

Miami students visit the Library of Congress.

Now in its 12th year, Inside Washington started as a class field trip that Howard Kleiman, communications professor, put together with Chad Pergram (Miami ’91 MA ’93), who has been recognized by Washington Magazine as one of the 50 best journalists in Washington. They have since developed the field trip into spring and summer programs.

The program offers an inside view of Washington through guest speakers, panel discussions and a 10-week internship. Students meet with Washington’s most prominent figures in media, politics and government and go behind the scenes of Washington institutions including the White House, Pentagon, Supreme Court, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and media organizations.

“When we say Inside Washington, we kind of mean it. You really get a look at how the city functions, how policy is made, how the media covers Washington, how they interact with government officials and politicians and how they use the media,” said Kleiman.

“It’s easy to read about political institutions from a textbook; it’s another thing to actually go out and meet the individuals who are in the system making decisions that influence the lives of millions of Americans,” said political science major Lot Kwarteng. “The Inside Washington program allows you to explore D.C. from a cultural perspective and understand how things actually get done.”

Students live in the heart of D.C. in apartments. They intern in their field of study to experience what a career in their major is really like. Along with classes, internships and lectures, Inside Washington also offers students a chance to see the capital of the United States and everything it has to offer — including monuments, museums and the nightlife.

“The most surprising thing I learned during Inside Washington was actually about what I wanted to do as a future career,” said Lauren Ceronie, double major in journalism and political science.
 
Ceronie originally wanted to work in a large city as a newspaper journalist covering policy and politics. But through her internship with a newspaper, she was able to realize what she really wanted to do. Starting in August she will be teaching on a Native American reservation in New Mexico as part of Teach for America and hopes to move back to Washington to work on education policy.

Written by Evan Arnold (Miami '14), student intern, University Communications and Marketing

Published June 2013

What is study away?

Students in Washington, D.C.Most people have heard of studying abroad in a foreign country, but did you know students can study away in other parts of the U.S.?

Miami’s study away programs are designed to allow students to earn Miami credit while traveling in places such as Washington, D.C., Chicago, Silicon Valley and Wyoming.

These programs range from two weeks to two months and are open to all majors. Students explore another part of the U.S. while having an engaging learning experience outside of the traditional classroom setting. 

Study away opportunities are much more than just a class; they are career tryouts, field trips, networking experiences and friendship starters.

Locations
Luxembourg
West Chester
Middletown
Hamilton
Oxford
  • Luxembourg
    Luxembourg

    John E. Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg

    One of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs, the Miami University John E. Dolibois Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg offers students the opportunity to enroll in Miami classes taught by European-based and Ohio-based Miami faculty. Students enjoy a unique combination of first-class academics, engagement in the local community, and various faculty-guided and independent travel opportunities.

    Contact and emergency information for the Luxembourg Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    Château de Differdange
    1, Impasse du Château
    L-4524 Differdange
    Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
    luxembourg@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/luxembourg

    217-222 MacMillan Hall
    531 E. Spring Street
    Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA

    Directions

    Main Operator: 011-352-582222-1
    Oxford-based Coordinator: 513-529-5050
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • West Chester
    West Chester

    Voice of America Learning Center

    Located midway between Cincinnati and Dayton along I-75, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offers undergraduate and graduate courses and programs drawn from Miami's Regional and Oxford campuses. Home to Miami's MBA program, the Learning Center provides ready access to graduate programs for area educators and courses leading to the BIS degree for undergraduates.

    Contact and emergency information for the Voice of America Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    7847 VOA Park Dr.
    (Corner of VOA Park Dr. and Cox Rd.)
    West Chester, OH 45069
     
    voalc@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/voalc

    Printable Floor Plan
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-895-8862
    (From Middletown) 513-217-8862
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Middletown
    Middletown

    Middletown Regional Campus

    Nestled on 141 acres near I-75, Miami University Middletown offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Nearby Greentree Health Science Academy immerses Miami's nursing and health information technology students in the health care experience while taking classes.

    Contact and emergency information for the Middletown Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

     4200 N. University Blvd.
    Middletown, OH 45042
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-727-3200
    (Toll-free) 1-86-MIAMI-MID
    Office of Admission: 513-727-3216
    Campus Status Line: 513-727-3477
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Hamilton
    Hamilton

    Hamilton Regional Campus

    A compact, friendly, commuter campus, Miami Hamilton offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Small class sizes, on-site child care, and flexible scheduling make Miami Hamilton attractive to students at all stages of life and career.

    Contact and emergency information for the Hamilton Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-785-3000
    Office of Admission: 513-785-3111
    Campus Status Line: 513-785-3077
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Oxford
    Oxford

    Miami University, Oxford Ohio

    Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

    Contact and emergency information for the Oxford Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    501 E. High St.
    Oxford, OH 45056

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-529-1809
    Office of Admission: 513-529-2531
    Vine Hotline: 513-529-6400
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency