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United Nations Program

This program offers qualified students in their senior year with an in-depth understanding of the nature, role, and functions of the United Nations through a full-time professional immersion in UN programs, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) accredited to the United Nations, and Permanent Missions of Member States. Integral to this semester-long program, students engage in intensive evening coursework on the history, theory and practice of the UN system as well as on issues central to each year’s General Assembly.

The Program is offered each Fall Semester during the General Assembly.  The General Assembly opens in September with leaders of the 193 member states coming together to address the World and grapple with matters of global importance.  The major Committees that comprise the General Assembly work intensively on an enormous agenda of political, economic, social and environmental issues and goals, finishing in mid-December.  During this time, UN Agencies, Missions and accredited NGO’s work intensively with hundreds of gatherings around diverse issues.

Students serving through full-time professional immersion in the United Nations are intimately involved in the activities of the General Assembly - including assignments such as reporting on the different committees of the General Assembly. In this process, students will gain valuable practical experience and further their knowledge of issues relating to international affairs, socio-economic development, the environment, women’s empowerment, and peace and security issues.

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