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About This Program

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNSS will adhere to “social distancing” practices to ensure the welfare of participants and to contribute to addressing the pandemic. Accordingly, UNSS 2020 has been reformatted: The core class, The United Nations and World Order, and UNSS practicums will be entirely online. The main change to the program is that there will be no site visits and presently the prospects for colloquia are uncertain. Given this, the cost of the program has been dramatically reduced for summer 2020.

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: The United Nations and World Order

Format: Online


Core Curriculum: $3,500
Core and Practice-Based Curriculum: $7,000
Noncredit Core Curriculum: $2,500



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

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

Option 3: Noncredit

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.

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