• Monday, June 1 – Friday, June 5, 2020
  • Credit and non-credit enrollment options available
  • Applications due April 1, 2020
  • Apply online
  • Program website

The United Nations Intensive Summer Study Program will be offered from Monday, June 1 to Friday, June 5, 2020, by the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University and the United Nations Foundation – United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA).  Designed for graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and mid-career professionals, this unique program immerses participants in the political dynamics of the United Nations.

Participants will attend official sessions at United Nations headquarters as well as briefings at UNA-USA.  Directed by Dr. Courtney Smith, Acting Dean at the School of Diplomacy, and Mr. Troy Wolfe, Senior Director of Education Programs and Learning at UNA-USA, 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 U.N. officials and representatives of governments and civil society on a wide range of global issues currently on the U.N. agenda.

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 U.N.  Program sessions continue throughout the day at U.N. plaza, with dinners provided on campus in the evenings.  Students will also have time for cultural activities in New York City.  On-campus single rooms with an adjoining bath are available from May 31st to June 6th.  Participants may also 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 School of Diplomacy.  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 a more complex writing assignment.

Tuition & Fees

  1. Credit Option:             a. Undergraduate:  $3300       b. Graduate:  $3300
    Both include expected tuition fee for three credits plus a non-refundable deposit covering transportation between campus and the U.N., most meals, U.N. tour, and briefing materials.
  2. Noncredit Option: $1000
    Includes a non-refundable deposit covering transportation between campus and the U.N., most meals, U.N. tour, and briefing materials.
  3. Optional Housing: $400
    Six nights included. Sunday to Saturday.

How to Apply:
Visit the Program website at to apply online.

The application deadline is April 1, 2020.  Students will be notified of their status by April 15, 2020.

For additional information, contact Dr. Courtney Smith at (973) 313-6203 or [email protected]