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Sunday, June 3, 2018 to Saturday, June 9, 2018


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The Humpty Dumpty Institute’s “UN Boot Camp” is considered to be one of the best UN study programs in the world. Now, in its fourth year, the annual program has attracted elite students from universities all over the world. At the end of this intense week of study and reflection, participants walk away with deeper understanding of the world around us and with new lifelong friends.

The UN Boot Camp consists of a series of seminars and lectures led by UN officials, diplomats, and a wide range of leaders and experts from academia, civil society, government and the private sector currently working with the UN to address global challenges. Participants will meet, study and interact with students from all over the world. Past Boot Camp participants came from Brazil, Ethiopia, Australia, China, Turkey, Sudan, Pakistan, Guyana, Vietnam and the United States. Together, this “global study group” will attend briefings at UN Headquarters, the United States Mission to the UN, and several leading non-governmental organizations in New York. Students will also spend two days of the program in Washington, DC, where they will meet with key decision-makers and other senior officials from the Department of State, Congressional Staff, the United Nations Information Center and representatives of various, non-governmental organizations, and think tanks which interact with the UN system.

Participants will focus on key topics on broad themes which include: : How the United Nations System works; UN and Security Council Reform; The Sustainable Development Goals; Humanitarian Intervention; Human Rights, Peace and Security; Refugees and Migration; Food Security; Counter Terrorism; Gender Equality; International Public Health; Wildlife Conservation; Peacebuilding and Peacekeeping; and Inclusion of Civil Society; Governance; and Legislative Participation in Foreign Policy.

A typical day during the United Nations Boot Camp may include:

  • Briefings and discussions with UN officials.
  • Meetings with other international and foreign policy organizations.
  • Assignments and course work as outlined by the member college or university.

The UN Boot Camp is limited to 25 students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Some schools may offer course credit.

Program requirements include: preliminary readings to be completed prior to the beginning of the Boot Camp. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. Students actively participate in dialogue and discussion with guest speakers and peers.


  • $2,500 per student/participant
  • Fees include housing in NYC and DC from Sunday, June 3, 2018 to Saturday, June 9, 2018, one-way travel from NYC to DC, transportation between student housing (arranged by HDI) and venues, a UN tour, and briefing materials.

Additional Costs

  • Airfare and other Transportation: Students are responsible for paying for their own transportation to NYC on Sunday, June 3, 2018 and from Washington, DC back to their homes on Saturday, June 9, 2018. All participants will receive a detailed agenda after registration and participation is confirmed. Students must send their confirmed travel itineraries to HDI one (1) months prior to the Boot Camp’s start on May 3, 2018.
  • Meals: All meals will be provided as part of the program from the evening of Sunday, June 3, 2018 to the morning of Saturday, June 9, 2018.


All participants must stay in pre-arranged housing throughout the Session. All students will stay in single-sex, double occupancy rooms, unless otherwise dictated.

In NYC, students will stay in appropriate student housing. In Washington, DC the group will stay at The George Washington University dormitories. In New York, they will stay at the dorms at the Brookdale campus of Hunter College.

Dress Code

The dress code adheres to guidelines that portray professionalism and modesty. Standard attire for each Session includes a sports coat, slacks (or skirts for women), dress shirt and dress shoes. Ties may be required, but are not mandatory at official study sessions. Traditional dress is only permitted for international participants in whose native countries “professional business dress” includes traditional cultural dress. T-shirts, shorts, baseball caps, jeans, and sneakers are considered too casual. Clothing that exposes excessive skin or are otherwise revealing are inappropriate.

Sample Schedule | Download a PDF

UN Boot Camp Schedule

*Agenda is subject to change

Reserve Today!

Please be advised that this year’s Boot Camp is limited to 25 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis, and participants affiliated with HEA member schools have priority. The seats are quickly filling up, so we cannot guarantee any seats until registration fees are paid in full.

Please click here to register.

Please contact Steve Ginther, Director of the Higher Education Alliance to make sure your seat is confirmed!

Tuition: $2,500 per student/participant

Fees include housing in NYC and DC from Sunday, June 3, 2018 to Saturday, June 9, 2018, one-way travel from NYC to DC, transportation between student housing (arranged by HDI) and venues, a UN tour, and briefing materials.
(This does not include airfare.)
Additional fees may apply for students who wish to receive course credit through their institution.

Register for UN Boot Camp

Higher Education Alliance Turkey Coordinator, Oğuzhan Güler
goguzhan@gmail.com   Tel +905322977094