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International students go on field trip to Washington DC

November 7, 2012
Widener University students visit Washington DC on the eve of the US Presidential elections.

On the eve of the 2012 US Presidential elections, Widener University international students had the opportunity to join several other domestic students from Widener to go on a field trip to the US capital - Washington DC.

International students visit Washington DC

International students in Washington DC

Outside the famous White House - home to US presidents

The trip took place on November 5, 2012, with a large group of 125 students and staff from Widener University. The day trip to Washington DC was organized by the Office of the Dean of Students as one among its 'Urban Excursions' series. Accompanying the International Study Center student was Center Director Nicole Stokes-Dupass. The group spent the day learning about the history of this city, and gaining some context to what would come in the next week with regard to the Presidential elections. It was an important night – by that time many Americans had voted for the presidential candidate and in one more night they would know who it would be. In America, the presidential candidates campaign for more than a year before the actual election. It is an expensive activity – the Obama campaign team and supporters spent approximately $400 million on trying to get democratic candidate President Obama re-elected. Students toured the National Mall - an open-area national park that stretches from the Lincoln Memorial to the US Capitol and includes the iconic Washington Monument and 11 of the famous Smithsonian Institute museums. The group visited the American Art Museum as well as the National Air and Space Museum, the Capitol Building, and saw the exterior of the White House. The night closed with dinner at Union Station before boarding the bus to head back to Widener University.

Widener University's proximity to Philadelphia and central location on the East Coast, makes weekend and day trips to other big cities very accessible. In the past, The Urban Excursion series has included trips to New York, Wilmington and Baltimore.


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