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About This Program

The United Nations Summer Study (UNSS) program, offered by The New School’s Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs, brings together professionals, graduate, and advanced undergraduate students for an on-the-ground experience  with the United Nations and in New York City. United Nations Summer Study takes you beyond a narrow focus on security and diplomacy to investigate development, human rights, humanitarian action, peacebuilding, and environmental issues. United Nations Summer Study course work prepares you to understand and engage with contemporary issues, policies, and debates in international affairs.

Timeline to Completion: 7-week intensive

Enrollment Type: Credit or Noncredit

Number of Courses: One course, Colloquia, Site Visits, and Optional Practicum

Format: On Campus, United Nations 


Core Curriculum: $5,130
Core and Practice-Based Curriculum: $10,260
Noncredit Core Curriculum: $2,800



June 1-July 17, 2020

Early Application Deadline: February 1, 2020

Final Application Deadline: March 31, 2020


Option 1: Core Curriculum
3 graduate or 4 undergraduate credits

  • Class: "The United Nations and World Order"

  • Colloquium: presentations by UN staff and officials from other organizations and governments that provide insider perspectives and direct contact with professionals

  • Site Visits: briefings and talks at UN headquarters, international organizations, and other key places salient to global governance and processes

  • Experience New York City: social justice tours and other guided activities to connect global issues addressed by the UN to local issues in New York City

Option 2: Core Plus Practice
6 graduate or 8 undergraduate credits

  • Includes all elements of the Core Curriculum Option

  • Practicum: a group consultancy with a United Nations agency, non-governmental organization, or research institute that works with the UN and is overseen by a faculty adviser

Option 3: Noncredit
Class, colloquium, site visits, and NYC experience without earning academic credits

This Program Is Open To
  1. Advanced undergraduate students with evidence of academic accomplishment who have shown a commitment to working in the area of international affairs
  2. Students who will have completed their bachelor's degree in the year prior to the program
  3. Graduate students (master's and PhD) and individuals pursuing continuing education in all fields
  4. New School and non-New School applicants from the United States and around the world
  5. The program is not recommended for people who are employed full-time.
Resources & Enrollment

To apply for the UN Summer Study program, you must complete the online application and upload the following four documents:

  • A recent résumé or CV

  • A brief statement of purpose (approximately 300-500 words)

  • Unofficial transcripts

  • A writing sample (a professional/academic paper that showcases your writing ability, usually 10-15 pages

Have these documents ready before you begin filling out this application. Questions regarding the application process should be addressed to Applications will not be reviewed until all materials have been received.

Students who successfully complete the program earn academic credits in The New School's Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs in accordance with the option selected. New School credits are normally transferable, but students should consult an academic advisor at their home institution to confirm transferability of the credits and application to graduation requirements. Please note that we are unable to provide incomplete grades for this course.

Limited partial scholarships are available for selected non-New School students. New School students should contact Student Financial Services to determine if scholarships can be applied to the summer term. 

Students can request that a transcript of the program be mailed to another college or university by submitting the online Transcript Request to the Registrar's Office.

For the duration of the program, students have the option of living in New School dormitories, located in the famous Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan. This area is centrally located; class sessions will be held nearby, and the neighborhood offers many cultural and political sites of interest as well as shopping and restaurants. In addition, it has easy access to subways and is relatively close to the United Nations headquarters. Housing fees are separate from course tuition.

Visit the Summer Housing page to find the application process, deadlines, fees, and other details. Students are also welcome to secure their own housing separate from The New School.

More than a course.
A new kind of network.
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