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Deadline: February 15th (Early) and March 31st (Final).The United Nations Summer Study (UNSS) program, offered by The New School’s Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, puts graduate, undergraduate, and PhD students on the ground in the United Nations and in New York City. Unlike other UN study programs, UNSS takes you beyond a narrow focus on security and diplomacy to investigate development, human rights, humanitarian action, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, and environmental and reform issues. Click here to learn more.

Three Options

  • Option 1: Core Curriculum (3 graduate / 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 + Practice (6 graduate / 8 undergraduate credits)
    • Includes all elements of the Core Curriculum Option
    • Practicum: a group consultancy with a United Nations agency, nongovernmental organization, or research institute that works with the UN and is overseen by a faculty advisor
  • Option 3: Noncredit
    • Class, colloquium, site visits, and NYC experience without earning academic credits

Program Fees

  • Core curriculum (3 graduate or 4 undergraduate credits): $4,770
  • Core curriculum and practice-based curriculum (6 graduate or 8 undergraduate credits): $9,540
  • Noncredit option (only core curriculum): $2,600
  • Tuition covers classes, colloquium, tours, and visits. Housing fees are separate.

How to Apply

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


  1. A recent resume or CV
  2. A brief statement of purpose (approximately 500 words)
  3. Unofficial transcripts
  4. 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.