Republican National Convention

Republican National Convention

: Academic Seminar

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Republican National Convention: Academic Seminar

Combining formal instruction, guest lectures, panels, tours, site visits, and fieldwork assignments, the program gives students the opportunity to experience the convention from behind the scenes, and to witness democracy in action at both the grassroots and national levels. This two-week course takes place on site at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.


During the first week, students witness and participate in the building excitement of the convention preparations. As the weekend approaches, students are able to volunteer for convention-related assignments and attend convention receptions and rallies. Topics during the first week include the history of political campaigns and conventions, the nomination process, convention planning and procedures, party organizations, campaign finance and media coverage. Students also enjoy an introduction to the host city and the convention facility.


During week two, the week of the convention, the daily program continues as each previous day’s events are analyzed and the upcoming events of the day are anticipated and discussed. The second week focuses on the keynote address, party platform, party factions, selection of the presidential and vice presidential nominees, campaign issues and strategies and other important races.

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Dates & Deadlines


July 10-22, 2016

Cleveland, OH


Application Deadline

The deadline to apply has passed, and we are no longer accepting applications.


  • $4,695 (housing included)
  • $175 (non-refundable deposit)

Housing costs are reflected in the above pricing. If students prefer to use their own housing, please contact us for adjusted pricing information. Transportation to the program and personal expenses are not included, although some food will be provided at special events.

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