Field Programs

The Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs is committed to immersive, long-term, field-based learning. The program offers two unique intensive summer programs which are open to all students in the MA and MS programs, as well as students across The New School and from other universities! Learn more about the International Field Program and the United Nations Summer Study to see how International Affairs at The New School can take you places.

International Field Program

United Nations Summer Study

The International Field Program (IFP) is a platform for emerging practitioners and researchers to gain experience in the field within an academic environment. The IFP is designed to extend learning beyond the classroom.  In the course of nine weeks, students get firsthand field exposure to a multiplicity of perspectives, ideas, and people through on-site orientation, field trips, guest speakers, professional internships, faculty-supervised projects and research, and day-to-day interactions. The IFP’s extended field stays in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe are unique among international affairs programs in the United States. 


The United Nations Summer Study (UNSS) program, offered by The New School’s Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, provides graduate and undergraduate students and continuing education professionals from all fields and areas of study with knowledge and skills for understanding the United Nations system, and offers preparation for international careers. Unlike other UN study programs, UNSS takes you beyond a narrow focus on security and diplomacy to investigate development, human rights, humanitarian action, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, and environmental and reform issues. UNSS’s coursework prepares you to analyze and engage with contemporary issues, policies, and debates in international affairs. UNSS practicums, not found in any other UN summer program, enable you to gain hands-on experience through consultancy work with the UN system.