Experience the life of a diplomat at the NSLC on International Diplomacy.

At the NSLC on International Diplomacy summer program for high school students, you will live the life of a diplomat in the United Nations Security Council as you investigate, debate, and seek solutions to the vital challenges facing our world and our future. You will visit some of the most important diplomatic institutions in Washington, D.C. and New York City. By the time you finish this exciting, hands-on program, you’ll have a better understanding of the complex world of diplomacy.

Program Highlights

Visit the United Nations
Travel to New York City and experience the UN, meeting foreign policy experts and international diplomats.

UN Security Council simulation
Advocate for your country's interests through negotiating resolutions to some of today's most pressing global issues.

Global development workshops
Collaborate with your team to develop a country and discover the challenges nations face as they strive to progress in the modern world.

NGO project
Create a non-governmental organization that tackles a world issue, developing a mission statement, funding methods, and projects to address critical problems.

Hands-on Simulations

The NSLC on International Diplomacy uses an interactive approach to learning that gives you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the challenging complexities of world affairs. You will step into the shoes of a delegate on the United Nations Security Council. You will need to advocate for your country’s interests as you negotiate resolutions to some of today’s most pressing global problems, including nuclear proliferation, conflict in the Middle East and children in armed conflict. Once you’ve mastered the art of diplomatic negotiation, you and your team will have the opportunity to create your own international system as you develop a country from the ground up, building the economic and social institutions that will give your country power in the international arena.

Our college-level lecture series on international relations will provide a foundation for success, not only during your conference but in your future career in international relations.

Topics include:

  • Theories of International Relations
  • International Organizations
  • International Law and Globalization
  • Refugees & Human Rights
  • Peace & Conflict

Meet Diplomatic Professionals

While at the NSLC you will meet with and learn from leaders in the diplomatic field. In past years, NSLC students have heard from special guest speakers including the Secretary of State, the President of the World Bank and Ambassadors representing countries all over the world.

Examples of past speakers include:

Dr. Debrework Zewdie
Director, Global HIV/AIDS Program

Ambassadors to the United States
from Afghanistan, Belgium, Colombia, France, Germany, Iraq, Mexico, Thailand and others

Mr. Robert Tschetter
Director, Peace Corps

Dr. Coleman McCarthy
Founder, Center for Teaching Peace

Dr. Richard Solomon
Director, U.S. Institute of Peace

Mr. Folabi Olagbaju
Regional Director, Amnesty International

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

An important part of the NSLC’s high school program for international diplomacy is seeing the sites around some of our nation’s greatest cities. These trips are designed as both sight-seeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the area of International Diplomacy.

Trips may include:

Georgetown University

New York: United Nations, Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Times Square | Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of State, U.S. Institute of Peace, International Embassies, Historic D.C. Monuments, Capitol Hill & Smithsonian Museums

Leadership Training

At the heart of the NSLC is a leadership curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.

Leadership topics tailored to the International Diplomacy program include:

  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Public Speaking
  • Intrapersonal Communication

College Credit Option

American University (AU) and NSLC have a unique partnership that enables you to earn college credit by enrolling in a supplemental online course designed to correlate with your NSLC program’s area of study. By enrolling in this credit course, you will enjoy a stimulating, innovative, and personalized college-level learning experience that builds on your NSLC accomplishments. The course is for one credit and is taught in a self-paced, asynchronous format across six weeks, allowing ample time to complete assignments. The course is designed to work within the framework of NSLC; students are not expected to complete coursework while on campus. Students may register for college credit via their personal student portal (myNSLC) once they have enrolled in an NSLC session.

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Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.

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Washington, D.C. / New York City, NY$3,995