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United Nations Intensive Summer Program

The United Nations Intensive Summer Study Program, designed for graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and mid-career professionals, immerses participants in the political dynamics of the United Nations. This week-long program familiarizes students with the inner workings of the UN by bringing them together with distinguished practitioners working in the field of multilateral diplomacy. For 20 years we hosted this program in person at UN headquarters, but for summer 2022 it will be offered remotely, as it was in summer 2020 and 2021.

The Program will be held from June 6-10, 2022.

Behind the Scenes at the UN

Our UN Insider’s View course immerses students in conversations with United Nations diplomats and briefings on global initiatives.


The program is structured around a series of virtual seminars led by UN officials and representatives of governments and civil society on a range of global issues currently on the UN agenda. Key topics have included: peacekeeping and disarmament, human rights and refugees, status of women and children, member state policies towards the UN, the role of civil society and the private sector in the UN, UN reform, and the environment and development. 

Participants will be immersed in synchronous online activities for 10 hours each day the entire week of the program.

Program Requirements include preliminary readings and a short paper to be completed prior to the beginning of the course. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. Students actively participate in dialogue and discussion with guest speakers and peers. Students attending for credit also must keep a journal documenting their reactions to the briefings and submit a research paper one month after the conclusion of the program. Graduate students complete additional readings and a writing assignment.


Two enrollment options are available: credit and non-credit. Successful completion of either option results in a certificate from the School of Diplomacy. In addition, the credit option allows students to earn three semester credit hours from Seton Hall University.

Credit Option: Undergraduates $3,250; Graduate students $3,200. Fee includes expected tuition for three credits plus the summer registration fee.

Non-Credit Option: $1,000. 


Directed by Dr. Courtney Smith, Dean of the School of Diplomacy, and Mr. Troy Wolfe, Senior Director for Partnerships and Special Initiatives at UNA-USA, the program is structured around a series of seminars led by UN officials and representatives of governments and civil society on a range of global issues currently on the UN agenda.

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The deadline for the 2022 summer program has passed. Please check here again in January 2023 for information on next summer's program.


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