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Sunday, June 27, 2016 – Saturday, July 2, 2016

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The United Nations Boot Camp is a week-long immersion study program that gives graduate and advanced undergraduate students the opportunity to explore, examine and experience the inner workings of world’s premier global governance body—the United Nations — as well as other international NGO’s and organizations.

The Boot Camp takes place in both New York City and Washington, D.C. over the course of one week. The Humpty Dumpty Institute is the only organization in the nation that includes Washington, D.C. in its UN program. Students will be required to do assigned readings. Students will also be held to a strict code of conduct and be expected to dress professionally for all sessions though the course of the week. All participants will be presented with a Certificate of Program Completion at the end of the Boot Camp and be granted the option to receive a letter of recommendation based on their performance during the program.

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; and Peacebuilding and Peacekeeping.

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 30 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 26, 2016 to Saturday, July 2, 2016, 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 June 26th, and from Washington, DC back to their homes on July 2nd. All participants will receive a detailed agenda after registration and participation is confirmed. Students must send their confirmed travel itineraries to HDI two (2) months prior to the Boot Camp’s start on April 25, 2016.
  • Meals: All meals will be provided as part of the program from the evening of Sunday, June 26, 2016 to the morning of Saturday, July 2, 2016.


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 30 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,or another member of the HEA team to make sure your seat is confirmed!

Tuition: $2,500 per student/participant

Fees include housing in NYC and DC, roundtrip 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