UNA-USA/Seton Hall UN Study Program

The United Nations Intensive Summer Study Program will be offered from Monday, July 7 to Friday, July 11, 2014, by the Seton Hall School of Diplomacy and International Relations and the United Nations Foundation – United Nations Association of the USA.  Designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, this unique program immerses participants in the political dynamics of the United Nations. 

Students will attend official sessions at United Nations headquarters as well as briefings at UNA-USA. Directed by Dr. Courtney Smith, Associate Dean at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, and Ms. Minh-Thu Pham, Director of Public Policy at the United Nations Foundation, the course is designed to familiarize students with the inner workings of the United Nations by bringing them together with distinguished practitioners working in the field of multilateral diplomacy.  The program is structured around a series of seminars led by UN officials and representatives of governments and civil society on a wide range of global issues currently on the UN agenda.

Read a first-hand account of the program experience from Ben Stipe UNA-USA’s Connecticut Chapter.


Participants can expect to be immersed in activities 12 hours a day for the full 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. 


  • The program offers two enrollment options: credit and non-credit.  Successful completion of either option results in a certificate from the Seton Hall School of Diplomacy and International Relations.  In addition, the credit option allows students to earn three semester credit hours from Seton Hall University. 
  • Prior to the beginning of the course, participants will be responsible for preliminary course readings and a short paper.  All sessions of the program are mandatory and students are required to actively participate in dialogue and discussion with guest speakers and peers.
  • Students attending for credit must also keep a journal documenting their reactions to the briefings and submit a research paper one month after the program ends.  Graduate students will complete extra readings and an additional writing assignment.

Tuition & Fees (2014 Season)

  1. Credit Option:             
    1. Undergraduate:  $2800           
    2. Graduate:  $2900
    • Both include expected tuition fee for three credits plus a non-refundable deposit covering transportation between campus and the UN, most meals, UN tour, and briefing materials.
  1. Noncredit Option: $1000
    • Includes a non-refundable deposit covering transportation between campus and the UN, most meals, UN tour, and briefing materials.
  2. Optional Housing: $400
    • Six nights included. Sunday to Saturday.

How to Apply

The deadline to apply for the 2014 Program is May 1st and applicants will be notified of their status by May 15th.

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