United Nations Intensive



Program Description

Summer Academy United Nations ProgramEnjoy the unique opportunity to engage with 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.

Take classes and workshops held both at UN organizations and on the MMC campus, just 30 blocks from the UN.  During this week-long intensive, you’ll gain valuable experience and further your 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. 


Program Dates

Sunday, July 26,  2020 to Saturday,  August 1, 2020 (inclusive of housing check-in and checkout)

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Meet the Director and Faculty 

  • Andreas Hernandez
    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. Read more.

  • Amit Bhattacharyya
    Summer 2020 United Nations Faculty

    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. Read more.



A Typical Day

Although no two days will be exactly 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



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 July 1, 2020. Note: 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.

View the United Nations Intensive Housing Information Sheet  

View the Resident’s Guide to Community Living

Residence Hall Check-in will take place on Sunday, July 26, 2020. Check-out will take place on Sunday, August 1, 2020 (by no later than 10:00am). Additional information regarding check-in and check-out will be provided to each accepted student in May.


Meal Plan

All students participating in the United Nations Intensive who are living in the residence hall are required to participate in the Marymount Manhattan 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 more money to their card throughout the course of the program. Students will have access to the MMC cafeteria (located on the main campus at 221 East 71st Street) from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, Monday through 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

Program Costs: Residential Option
Tuition and Housing:         $1,700
Meal Plan:                             $     50
Total Program Cost:           $1,750


Program Costs-Commuting  Option
Tuition:                                  $   1,200
Total Program Cost:            $   1,200


Payment Due Dates
Deposit:                                             $    500       Due on or before 5/22/2020
Final Payment (Residential) :       $ 1,250       Due on or before 6/7/2020
Final Payment (Commuting):       $   700       Due on or before 6/7/2020


Refund Policy
All requests for a refund must be made, in writing, to Jacqueline Noel (
On or before 6/1/2020                                 100% Refund
Between 6/2/19 and 7/7/2020                     50% Refund
After 7/7/2020                                                 0% Refund


Application Requirements

  1. Marymount Manhattan Summer Academy Program Application.
  2. Marymount Manhattan Summer Academy Program 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 Summer Academy United Nations Intensive 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 is May 1, 2020. Applicants who apply by the May 1, 2020 date will be notified of acceptance into the program by May 6, 2020. Enrollment and registration in any Marymount Manhattan Summer Academy Intensive does not imply acceptance into any degree program at Marymount Manhattan.

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