July Edition: 27 – 31 July 2020            

August Edition: 17 – 21 August 2020          

Online Edition: 17 – 28 August 2020             

United Nations Immersion Programme

What is the Immersion Programme?

This summer, UNITAR is delighted to deliver two 5-day field visits to Geneva, Switzerland. These will offer participants the chance to fully immerse themselves into International Geneva and thereby gain first-hand experience of the United Nations.  

UNITAR will host most of the activities in the headquarters of the UN at Geneva, the historic Palais des Nations. The agenda will consist of a nuanced balance between the following elements:

  • Expert lectures
  • Training workshops
  • Multilateral conferences
  • Private guided tours
  • Career development sessions

The purpose is to equip participants with knowledge and skills in diplomacy, empowering them to work more effectively and efficiently in any international environment. It further aspires to offer access to the UN’s institutions and staff to build up networks and gain insights into future career steps.


What is the Content?

The Immersion Programme to Geneva serves to provide a solid understanding about the United Nations. It will help participants build knowledge of themes and topics in international affairs, deliver training in core diplomatic skills and offer activities with the following Geneva-based agencies:

  • United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

UNITAR offers the Immersion Programmes to Geneva in two separate editions, in July and August 2020. Participants are free to choose the time slot most convenient to them, as both field visits will be highly similar in terms of content and structure.

What is the Premium Package?

Participants also have the chance to opt for an Immersion Programme premium package. This includes a 4-weeks preparatory e-Learning course on the UNITAR online platform, implemented in the weeks directly prior to the field visit and thereby setting the stage for their time at the UN.

The course is the same for the July and August editions. It comprises 6 different modules, which can be studied in a self-paced manner and require 6-8 hours of studying per week. It includes weekly reading material, multimedia files as well as moderated discussion boards:

  • Module 1: The United Nations
  • Module 2: Conference Diplomacy
  • Module 3: Negotiation Skills
  • Module 4: Cross-cultural Communication
  • Module 5: Sustainable Development
  • Module 6: The Art of Speechwriting

For premium package participants, the accommodation in Geneva is included in the fee. UNITAR will provide 6 nights in a reputable mid-range hotel in close proximity to the United Nations institutions (check-in: Sunday before, check-out: Saturday after).


What is the Online Immersion Programme?

For the first time ever, UNITAR is delighted to offer an UN Immersion Programme entirely online. Hosted on UNITAR's virtual e-Learning platform, it will allow participants who are not able to travel to Geneva for any reason to also gain deep insights into the UN by following:

  • Expert Webinars
  • e-Workshops
  • Live-streamed Multilateral Conferences
  • Virtual Guided Tours
  • Online Career Development Sessions

The Online Immersion Programme´s agenda is designed in such a way that the live-components do not exceed 4 hours a day, so to not require participants to spend more than half-a-day online. In addition, the live components will be scheduled at varying times to enable participants from any time-zone to attend.

In case that due to any COVID-19-related travel restriction, participants registered for the July or August Immersion Programme are unable to travel to Switzerland, it is possible for them to attend the Online Immersion Programme free of charge. In addition, their slot for the field visit to Geneva will be automatically transferred to the next edition of the UN Immersion Programme in winter 2021, with no additional costs for the participant. 


Who can participate?

The Immersion Programme is open to everyone with a deep interest in the United Nations. Participants can come from the public or private sector, NGOs, think tanks and academia. University students and participants from an entirely different background are equally welcome to apply.

In order to ensure the highest quality standards, a maximum of 30 participants will be allowed per edition. Slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. At the end of each visit, all participants will receive a UNITAR certificate of completion.

In light of the recent COVID-19 Pandemic, UNITAR will assure the programme will be entirely conform to up-to-date health safety standards. For information on travel to and from Switzerland, kindly read the most recent travel guidelines of the Swiss Authorities.

How to register?

Register for the July Edition (27 – 31 July 2020):

United Nations Immersion Programme – July Edition

United Nations Immersion Programme – July Edition PREMIUM PACKAGE


Register for the August Edition (17 – 21 August 2020):

Register at the United Nations Immersion Programme – August Edition

Register at the United Nations Immersion Programme – August Edition PREMIUM PACKAGE


Register for the Online Edition (17 – 28 August 2019):

United Nations Immersion Programme – Online Edition


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