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About the Program

The UCDC program offers qualified students from all majors the opportunity to spend a semester in our nation's capital. Students will combine an internship in their area of academic interest with field research and coursework taught by University of California professors on site.

While in Washington, students will live at the University of California, Washington Center, located in central D.C. The center houses 250 students from nine of the University of California campuses, along with the University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, University of San Francisco, and Washington University in St. Louis.


Application Details: Learn how to Apply HERE!

Application Deadline

Students who are interested in the UCDC Program must complete the online application and supplemental form in order to be considered for admission.

Application for Spring 2024 is open! Deadline: September 17, 2023 by 11:59 pm. 

All application materials should be submitted before the deadline. Letters of Recommendation should be emailed to

To learn more about the program before the application deadline, please attend one of our events or contact us. 

Zoom Information Sessions

Meeting ID: 891 9917 8105

  • Monday, Aug 28, 2023 at 10:00 - 11:00 AM
  • Tuesday, Aug 29, 2023 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Wednesday, Aug 30, 2023 at 3:00 - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday, Sept 6, 2023 at 10:00 - 11:00 AM
  • Friday, Sept 8, 2023 at 2:00 - 3:00 PM

If you can't make the info session or have additional questions, schedule a meeting with Program Coordinator, Diana Hernandez Garcia: Virtual and In-person Meetings


Interested in UCDC? Fill out this questionaire and UC Merced's UCDC Campus Representative will provide you information based on your interests and reminders about upcoming deadlines. If you have any questions, please email us at:

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Want to learn more?

Interested in learning more about the program that’s right for you? Check out our programs page or schedule an appointment with one of our UROC Coordinators:

Diana Hernandez: Schedule an Appointment