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  • Locations: New York City, United States; Washington, D.C., United States;
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Stephanie LaCava
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Class Standing:
Junior, Rising Junior, Senior
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Program Director:
Jean-Marc Coicaud
Non-Rutgers Students:
Program Description:
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The Program
  • Learn about the United Nations, how it works, and how it is grappling with the major issues that affect our world. 
  • Explore global problems with UN experts and Rutgers professors – peace and security, human rights, climate change, international aid and development.
  • Visit Member State missions to the UN to get an inside look at how policy is developed and how and why member states differ in their perspectives on global issues. 
  • Experience the dynamism of studying onsite in New York City.

Your Host City: New York City
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 their time in New York City, living and learning in this global metropolis.

Faculty Director:
Lynette Sieger

Lynette specializes in global legal and political theory. She has been a visiting scholar at Tsinghua University (Beijing, 2016) and Sciences Po (Paris, 2014). Her doctural dissertation focuses on legitimacy in international organizations regimes with case studies in United Nations peacekeeping, UNAIDs, and the Counter Terrorism Committee. In the spring of 2016 Lynette traveled to Haiti for a field visit to MINUSTAH. Her experiences include - teaching undergraduate courses in international organizations and international law. She held the position of analytic researcher for the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services report “Meta-Evaluation of the Effectiveness, Impact, and Relevance of United Nations Peace Operations” (2012).

Course Co-Designer :
Jean-Marc Coicaud

A noted scholar and educator of international affairs, Coicaud came to Rutgers from the United Nations, where he served as director of the UN University Office in New York since 2003.Before becoming director of the UN University Office, Coicaud began his UN career as a speechwriter in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali. Coicaud held positions at the UN Department of Political Affairs, served as a senior academic officer and director of studies in international politics at the UN University in Tokyo, worked as a legislative assistant to the Finance Committee of the European Parliament, and served as a cultural attaché with the French Consulate in the United States.

Coicaud earned a Doctorat d’État in political philosophy from the Institut d’Études Politiques and a doctoral degree in political science and law from the University of Paris 1-Sorbonne. He also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in linguistics, literature, and philosophy. His knowledge of languages includes English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. He is a member of the advisory board of Global Policy Innovations and a member and former fellow of The Harvard Sachs Foundation.


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 consist of orientation and a comprehensive introduction to the history and organization of the United Nations. The program will then transition to intensive study and exploration.  

To view the program’s 2018 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 dorm-style housing in Manhattan's Upper East Side (UES). 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 indicated in the on-site orientations.

Financial Information

Program Cost: Summer 2018  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 Rutgers Global -- Study Abroad 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.

Rutgers Global -- Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global -- Study Abroad 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.