Get an insider’s view of one of the world’s most influential organizations and examine how it operates on and impacts the international stage.

An in-depth look that focuses on the United Nations and its stakeholders, this course asks how today’s society tackles issues that require collective action and global, systemic thinking. Founded in 1956, the UN is perhaps one of New York City’s and the world’s most extraordinary institutions, tending to the political, cultural and humanitarian needs of the global community. Global leaders convene annually to discuss global issues at large, pass international resolutions and meet with ordinary citizens such as Greta Thunberg, who gave her now-famous speech at the UN Climate Action Summit.

Students will examine how and why the United Nations was created to then understand its role in today’s world. Students will explore distinct aspects of the organization, from its place in New York’s political and cultural landscape to its global outreach. Discussions will investigate where the two concerns intersect and inform each other, helping students develop writing, critical and analytical skills.

Course Highlights

Summer Academy enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional futures. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.

• Through simulation exercises, students will examine why cooperation is challenging at the global level.

• Students will enhance their understanding of key global issues addressed by the UN, its various agencies, and nongovernmental organizations.

• Site visits will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited: United Nations Headquarters, the Climate Museum, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Human Rights Watch and the Humanitarian Policy Center at Columbia SIPA. Students will also have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.

• Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Previous speakers include: Somini Sengupta (Foreign Correspondent, The New York Times), Amali Tower (Founder & Executive Director, Climate Refugees), David Vinas (New York Advocacy Office, Save The Children), Idalia Amaya (Head of Programs for Sierra Leone, Catholic Relief Services) and Kathleen McGee (Chief of the Bureau of Internet and Technology (BIT) for the Office of the New York State Attorney General).

Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of The School of The New York Times.

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,225

Residential Program: $5,825


Term 2: June 21 - July 3

Term 3: July 5 - July 17

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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