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Summer: Rutgers- United Nations Study Program
New Brunswick, United States; New York City, United States (Outgoing Program)
With a population of well over eight million, New York City is the largest and most densely populated city in the United States, as well as one of the most diverse. New York City is also a major center for international diplomacy, with the headquarters of the United Nations located on the eastern edge of Manhattan. Students will spend most of their time in New York City, living and learning in this global metropolis while also traveling to and from the New Brunsick campus of Rutgers University.
The Rutgers University United Nations Study Program is an intensive 3-week, 3-credit program that offers a unique opportunity to explore major global issues with experts from Rutgers, the UN, and local NGOs. The program focuses on the core mission of the UN including its pillars of global peace and security, human rights, and development, as well as its role in addressing global problems like climate change and food security. The Rutgers UN Summer Study program is open to both domestic and international students.
Students in the program will explore and experience the inner workings of the United Nations and will learn about the UN system and its multilateral approaches to problem solving. In addition, students will gain knowledge about international challenges and confidence in interacting with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
The program is designed for students interested in careers such as law, international relations, public policy, government, and diplomacy, or subjects such as political science, history, global studies, international development studies, language studies, global health, women’s and gender studies, anthropology, law, public affairs as well as those interested in pursuing professional degrees in social work, nursing, communications and more!
Most of the program will be based in New York City, and will include classroom instruction and campus lectures as well as on-site visits to the UN Headquarters in New York and nearby Permanent Missions for briefings and lectures by university faculty, UN officials and diplomats, and member state representatives. The first few days will be spent on the campus of Rutgers University – New Brunswick for orientation and a comprehensive introduction to the history and organization of the United Nations. The program will then move to New York City for two weeks of intensive study and exploration. Finally, students will spend the last few days back in New Brunswick for presentations, reflections and final wrap up.
To view the program’s 2015 syllabus, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.
For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Accommodations and Meals
Students will reside in Rutgers University residence halls while in New Brunswick, and in a dorm-style housing while in New York City. Some meals, such as a welcome dinner, receptions, and a farewell dinner, are included. Students will be responsible for all other meals, with simple, inexpensive options in both New York City and New Brunswick indicated in the on-site orientations.
For more information about the additional non-billable expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education's withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and national scholarships.