Drew University

United Nations Summer Program

Are you interested in learning about the inner workings of the United Nations?

Do you want to learn more about some of the challenges the United Nations faces and the global issues it is addressing?

Drew University is pleased to offer a 4-credit, three-week immersion in the United Nations at Drew’s classroom in the United Nations Complex in Midtown Manhattan.

Through this program, participants can expect to:

  • Attend open meetings at the UN
  • Attend lectures by diplomats, academics, and practitioners working at the UN or on issues related to the UN’s agenda
  • Visit think tanks and other non-governmental organizations located in New York City
  • Spend time touring closed-to-the-public sections of the UN complex

On-site exposure to the realities of international politics in the United Nations context.  An examination of the evolution of the United Nations and the network of international institutions associated with it.  An analysis of the role played by the United Nations in the larger international community.

After completing the program, students will have a better appreciation of the United Nations’ history, its current challenges, and the political dynamics that affects its procedures and decision-making structures.

Program Information

  • May 19 – June 5
  • 10am-3pm Monday – Thursday

This program is taught at the intermediate level and thus is appropriate for college students who have completed some college-level introductory Political Science courses.  

Classes will be conducted at Drew University’s classroom in the United Nations complex, located at 777 UN Plaza, New York, NY.

Although on-campus housing is available for an additional fee, residency is not required for this program.

Instructor’s Biography

The Summer UN Program will be taught by Dr. Carlos Yordan, a member of Drew’s Political Science Department.

Dr. Yordan earned his Ph.D. in International Relations at the London School of Economics, and joined Drew in August 2005. He is interested in contemporary debates on U.S. foreign policy, and his research focuses on the legal and political ramifications of humanitarian interventions and post-war peace-building efforts. Dr. Yordan is especially intrigued by terrorist organizations’ financing efforts and how global governance networks have encouraged states, especially in the Arab world, to adopt new counter-terrorism financing laws and regulations.