United Nations Precollege Summer Intensive

Applications for this program are still being accepted


Program Description

This precollege program offers qualified rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to engage the United Nations, learning directly from officials of UN Programs, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) accredited to the United Nations, and Permanent Missions of Member States. Classes and workshops are held at UN organizations, and at the MMC campus 30 blocks from the UN.  Through this week-long intensive, students gain valuable experience to further their knowledge of issues relating to international affairs, development, the environment, women’s empowerment, and peace and security issues. The program is led by the Chair of MMC’s International Studies Department, along with a retired senior official of the UN Secretariat.  The program is also open to entering 1st year Marymount Manhattan College students who graduated high school in 2019, and will be no older than 18 during the program. 


Precollege United Nations Program Director

Dr. Andreas Hernandez is Chair of the Department of International Studies at Marymount Manhattan College.  His current research and practice is with social movements in Brazil and Senegal that are creating new possibilities for young people to stay on the land – and not be forced to emigrate to Europe or North America. Dr. Hernandez uses film as a development practice, and his most recent work “Soil, Struggle and Justice” won festival awards and has been used widely by organizations such as the UNDP and the FAO. Dr. Hernandez has a background in music and social work and holds a Doctorate in Development Sociology from Cornell University. 



Professor Amit  Bhattacharyya holds a Ph.D. in Population Economics from  Brown University and has extensive research and teaching experience  in many countries of the world.  He has worked professionally in the United Nations most of his adult life and has written many books and articles. He is fully conversant with the United Nations, its history, culture, and its role in the world.  He has retired from the UN and is currently a visiting fellow at Marymount Manhattan College.

A Typical Day

No two days will look the same during the United Nations intensive, a typical day during the program might look like this:

10:00am – 12:00pm:  Visit to UN Agency, NGO or Country Mission

12:00pm – 1:00pm:  Debriefing with Program Professors

1:00pm – 2:00pm:  Lunch

2:00pm -3:00pm:   History, Theory and Practice of the United Nations

3:00pm- 4:00pm:  United Nations Skills Workshop

5:00pm- 6:00pm:  Roundtable with UN Officials

7:00pm – 10:00pm:  Evening Activities


Program Dates

Sunday 7/7/19 to Sunday 7/14/19 (inclusive of housing check in and checkout)



All program participants who live outside of a 25-mile radius of Marymount Manhattan College are required to live in the residence hall for the duration of the program. Participants will be housed in the College’s 55th Street Residence Hall. Housing is available to students accepted for the intensive, and who will be at least 16 years of age as of 7/1/19. 

Click here  to view the Housing Information Sheet 

Click here to view the Resident’s Guide to Community Living

The residence hall check-in will take place on Sunday 7/7/19. The residence hall checkout will take place on Sunday 7/14/19 (by no later than 10:00am). Additional information regarding the check-in and check-out will be provided to each accepted student in May.

Meal Plan

All students participating in the United Nations Intensive, and who are living in the residence hall, are required to participate in the Marymount Dining Dollars meal plan. The cost of this plan for the one week period will be $50. The meal plan is a declining balance card and students may add money to their card throughout the course of the program. Students will have access to the Marymount Manhattan College cafeteria located at 221 East 71st Street from 8:30am to 2:30pm, Monday-Thursday. Evening and weekend meals are not included in the meal plan. Grocery stores and restaurants are located near the 55th Street residence hall. The estimated budget for additional meals, transportation and other personal costs is approximately $100. This budget will vary depending on the student’s individual needs.  

College Credit

This is a non-credit intensive. College credit is not available. 

Program Costs-Residential Option

Tuition and Housing:         $1,550

Meal Plan:                             $     50

Total Program Cost:           $1,600

Program Costs-Commuting  Option

Tuition:                                  $   1,050

Total Program Cost:            $   1,050

Payment Due Dates

Deposit:                                             $    500       Due on or before 5/24/19

Final Payment (Residential) :       $ 1,100       Due on or before 6/7/19

Final Payment (Commuting:       $   550       Due on or before 6/7/19

Refund Policy

All requests for a refund must be made, in writing, to Jacqueline Noel (

On or before 6/1/19                                 100% Refund

Between 6/2/19 and 7/7/19                     50% Refund

After 7/7/19                                                 0% Refund

Application Requirements
  1. Marymount Precollege Summer Intensive Program Application.
  2. Marymount Precollege Recommendation Form from a high school teacher.
  3. Statement of Purpose: In one or two pages, please describe what you hope to achieve during the Precollege Summer United Nations Intensive Program and what has prepared you for this experience. Please email your statement of purpose to

Questions about the program can be directed to Professor Andreas Hernandez ( )


Priority Application Date

The priority application date has been extended to May 1, 2019. Applicants who apply by the May 1, 2019 date will be notified of acceptance into the program by May 6,  2019. Although the priority applications date has passed, applications are still being accepted for this program on a rolling basis. Enrollment and registration in any Pre-College Summer Intensive Program does not imply acceptance into any degree program at Marymount Manhattan.