Since its inaugural class in 2002, over 900 students have participated in the signature International Field Program (IFP) of SGPIA. Designed to extend learning beyond the classroom, the IFP gives students first-hand field exposure to a wide range of perspectives and ideas through a combination of field trips, guest speakers, professional internships, faculty-supervised projects and research, and day-to-day interactions with communities and organizations in host countries.

The 2017 IFP sites for student projects were recently unveiled – students can apply to programs in BrazilIndiaColombiaSouth AfricaCuba or the Balkans

The International Field Program is open to both New School graduate students and external graduate and undergraduate students in a variety of fields, including international affairs/studies, public health, public policy, anthropology, sociology, non-profit management, environmental sustainability, and urban planning.


The UN Security Council
The UN Security Council

The SGPIA program also offers the United Nations Summer Study (UNSS) for students interested in learning about the broad range of work undertaken by the UN. The UNSS expands on the more commonly known knowledge of UN activity in security and diplomacy, exposing students to UN work in development, humanitarian action, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, human rights, environmental and reform issues. The program is a combination of coursework, site visits, practicums and research, preparing students to engage with contemporary debates in international affairs, while giving students the opportunity for hands-on experience in the UN system in the dynamic environment that is New York City. 


The 2017 International Field Program and UNSS is open for applications now


Application Deadlines: 

For New School Students: 23:59 on October 16 2016

For Priority Non-New School Students: 23:59 on October 16 2016

Non-New School Student applications close: March 31 2016 


For more detailed information, visit the IFP website, the UNSS website and follow @Newschool_IA on Twitter.