July Edition: 13 – 17 July 2020

August Edition: 17 – 21 August 2020  

NEW: Vienna Edition: 24 – 28 August 2020

United Nations Immersion Programme

What is the Immersion Programme?

This summer, UNITAR is delighted to deliver three 5-day field visits to Geneva and Vienna. These will offer participants the chance to fully immerse themselves into the host cities of two of the main UN offices and thereby gain first-hand experience of the United Nations.  

UNITAR will host most of the activities in the respective headquarters of the UN at Geneva, the historic Palais des Nations, and the UN in Vienna, the modern Vienna International Centre (VIC). They 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.


Immersion Programme in Geneva – Overview of the United Nations

The Immersion Programme to Geneva serves to provide an overview of the United Nations. It will help participants build solid ground 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.


Immersion Programme in Vienna – Focus on Career Development

Upcoming August, UNITAR is delighted to offer its very first UN Immersion Programme to Vienna, Austria. Hosting the UN’s third main global headquarters after New York and Geneva, the city offers joint activities with the following Vienna-based organizations:

  • United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV)
  • United Nations Office for Drugs and Crimes (UNODC)
  • United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • International Organization of Migration (IOM)

The Vienna edition is designed as a follow up programme to the Geneva Immersion Programme. It will provide an in-depth focus on career development in the United Nations as well as on leadership skills. Training workshops on these topics will provide a considerable part of the activity.


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 both Geneva and Vienna 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 the city of the related field visit 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).


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.

Should you wish to participate in both cities’ Immersion Programmes, kindly register in the links below individually. UNITAR warmly welcomes your participation and looks forward to welcoming you to Geneva and Vienna this summer!


How to register?

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