United Nations Summer Study (Online), Short Course | The New School | New York City, United States
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United Nations Summer Study (Online)

2 months
2800 USD/full
2800 USD/full
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Unlike other UN study programs, the United Nations Summer Study (Online) from The New School puts graduate, undergraduate, and PhD students on the ground with the United Nations in New York City.


Unlike other UN study programs, United Nations Summer Study (Online) from The New School 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. 

UNSS’s online coursework prepares you to analyze and engage with contemporary issues, policies, and debates in international affairs. UNSS practicums, not found in any other UN summer program, enable you to gain hands-on experience through remote consultancy work with the UN system.

Study tracks

The program is being planned on two tracks for next summer: one in person and one on Zoom. We are exploring whether it will be possible, with continued improvement in the battle against COVID-19, to present certain components in person for those who are able and willing to attend. Either these components will not be required or we will try to also present them in an online synchronous format for those unable to attend in person. We are confident that the knowledge and skills nurtured through the program will remain valuable to those interested in analyzing the UN system and developing a critical perspective and tools with which to pursue international careers.

Programme Structure

Option 1: Core Curriculum: 3 graduate or 4 undergraduate credits

  • Course: 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 in 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, nongovernmental organization, or research institute that works with the UN, overseen by a faculty advisor

Option 3: Noncredit

  • Course, colloquium, site visits, and NYC experience without earning academic credits

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 2 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Accepting applications on a rolling basis until March 31




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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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 7-10 pages)
  • Only for international students whose primary language is not English or who have not taken college-level classes in English: TOEFL, IELTS, or any other test scores that prove proficiency in the English language. Please upload your test results with your application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2800 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2800 USD for the full programme during 2 months.
  • National

    2800 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2800 USD for the full programme during 2 months.
  • Option 1: $3,635 for 3 graduate credits/4 undergraduate credits
  • Option 2: $7,270 for 6 graduate credits/8 undergraduate credits
  • Option 3: $2,800 noncredit

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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