June 4: HDI's UN Boot Camp 2017 Registration Now Open!

Published: Feb. 9, 2017

The Humpty Dumpty Institute Presents the UN Boot Camp 2017

The Humpty Dumpty Institute's "UN Boot Camp" is a unique diplomacy immersion program. Now, in its fourth edition, the annual program has attracted diverse scholars from universities around the world. At the end of this intense week of study and reflection, participants walk away with deeper understanding of global issues and a greater network of 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.

UN Boot Camp Participants Testimonials

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.

UN Boot Camp 2016 Participants

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 4, 2017 to Saturday, June 10, 2017, roundtrip 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 4, 2017 and from Washington, DC back to their homes on Saturday, June 10, 2017. 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 4, 2017.
  • Meals: All meals will be provided as part of the program from the evening of Sunday, June 4, 2017 to the morning of Saturday, June 10, 2017.


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.


For more information click here, or contact
Steve Ginther, HEA Program Director at steve.ginther@thehdi.org or call 212.944.7111


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