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About This Program

You want to work for social justice at the global level, but most United Nations study programs take you sightseeing. Do you want just a cursory tour, or do you want to immerse yourself in international affairs?

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

UNSS 2022 is being planned along two tracks, one premised on an in-person experience and the other assuming that the program will be offered online due to COVID-19. It is our hope that UNSS will take place on the ground in New York City, but if it is not yet safe, the program will run on Zoom. Regardless of which track is realized, given our experience with previous years, we are confident that the knowledge and skills nurtured through the program will remain valuable to those analyzing the UN system and developing a critical perspective and tools with which to pursue a career in international affairs.

What You'll Gain

  • A deeper understanding of contemporary international affairs and human rights
  • An insider's knowledge of the United Nations' role in humanitarian action and policymaking around the world
  • Professional experience in the operations of international organizations

How You'll Learn

  • Practicums or group-based consulting projects with intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations
  • Field trips to the United Nations headquarters in New York City (TBD for 2022)
  • Lectures from prominent human rights and advocacy experts

Session Dates

June 6 - July 22, 2022

Records and Transcripts     

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 offers easy access to subways and is relatively close to 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.


Noncredit Core Curriculum: $2,000

Credit Core Curriculum: $3,500

Credit Core and Practice-Based Curriculum: $7,000

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 unstudy@newschool.edu. 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 the Office of Financial Aid to find out whether scholarships can be applied to the summer term.

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