Washington Center

Who We Are

The University of California extends its mission of service, teaching and research to the nation's capital. The UC Washington Center (UCDC) is a multi-campus residential, instructional and research center that provides students and faculty from the University of California with opportunities to study, research, work, and live within Washington’s rich cultural, political and international heritage. The program is housed in an 11-story building in a lively neighborhood a short walk from the White House with room for more than 270 students. 

Participating Academic Programs

Students from these and other campuses are eligible to spend a term in residence at the Center working and studying in the Washington DC metropolitan area. As interns with Congress, the White House, cabinet agencies, advocacy groups, non-profit organizations, scientific laboratories, and the news media, students gain firsthand exposure to the American political process while attaining valuable work experience. Students take courses at the Center to fulfill the academic component of each campus program. Many write and present comprehensive research papers based in part on their internship experiences.

Participating UC Campuses

Guest Campuses

Other Programs and Units

The Center is also home to several research units of the University of California including the Forum for Collaborative Research/University of California, Berkeley, Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), Student Press Law Center and the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) as well as the Office of Federal Governmental Relations, the University's liaison with Congress and the Federal government.