UNA-USA/Seton Hall UN Study Program

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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. Participants attend official sessions at UN Headquarters, such as meetings of the Security Council, as well as briefings at the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) and the United Nations Foundation.

Learn more on the Seton Hall University website.

Directed by Dr. Courtney Smith, Senior Associate Dean at the School of Diplomacy, Mr. Chris Whatley, Executive Director of UNA-USA, and Mr. Troy Wolfe, Senior Director of UNA Education Programs & Learning, 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. 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. 

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Participants will be immersed in activities for 12 hours each day the entire week of the program.  Each day commences with breakfast at Seton Hall, followed by a chartered bus to the UN.  Program sessions continue throughout the day at UN plaza, with dinners provided on campus in the evenings.  Students will also have time for cultural activities in New York City. Participants may reside on campus in single rooms or may choose to commute to Seton Hall for the duration of the program.  

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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. 


Tuition & Fees (2018 Season)

  • Credit Option: Undergraduates $3,100; Graduate students $3,200. Fee includes expected tuition for three credits plus a non-refundable deposit covering transportation between campus and the UN, most meals, UN tour and briefing materials. 
  • Non-Credit Option: $1000. Fee includes a non-refundable deposit covering transportation between campus and the UN, most meals, UN tour and briefing materials. 
  • Optional Housing: Available on the Seton Hall campus. Fee of $400 covers a single room with adjoining bath for six nights, from Sunday to Saturday. 

How to Apply

The deadline to apply for the 2018 Program is April 1 and applicants will be notified of their status by April 15, 2018.

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For additional information, contact Dr. Courtney Smith at (973) 313-6203 or courtney.smith@shu.edu
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