Field Visit I: 26 July – 30 July 2021 

Field Visit II: 23 August – 27 August 2021 

Online Immersion Programme: 9 August – 20 August 2021



This summer, UNITAR is delighted to deliver two 5-day field visits to Geneva. These will offer participants the chance to fully immerse themselves into the host city of the main UN offices 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. 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. 



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 Organisation (WHO) 
  • World Trade Organisation (WTO) 
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) 

UNITAR offers the Immersion Programmes to Geneva in Summer edition, in July and August 2021. 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.  


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 prior to the field visit and thereby setting the stage for their time at the UN.  

It comprises 4 different modules, which can be studied in a self-paced manner and require 6-8 hours of studying per week. It includes 5 hours of live components per week with UN experts, 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 

For premium package participants, the accommodation in the city during the 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).  



After last year's successful edition, UNITAR is again 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 
  • Virtual guided tours 
  • Online career development sessions 
  • Live-streamed multilateral conferences 

The Online Immersion Programme's agenda is designed in such a way that the live-components do not exceed 4 hours per day. In addition, these live-components will be scheduled in the afternoon Geneva time to enable participants from any time-zone to attend. They will always be recorded and made available on the platform thereafter.



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 20 participants per field visit and 30 per online training programme will be allowed. 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 current COVID-19 pandemic, UNITAR will assure the programme will entirely conform with up-to-date health safety standards, including social distancing, hygiene measures and contact tracing. The programme's agenda may be subject to modifications in line with the most recent developments in this regard.  

In case that due to any COVID-19-related travel restrictions, participants registered for the field visit to Geneva are unable to travel to Switzerland this summer, it is possible for them to attend the United Nations Online Immersion Programme free of charge. In addition, their slot for the field visit to Geneva will be automatically transferred to its next edition in 2022, with no additional costs charged. 

UNITAR warmly welcomes your participation and looks forward to welcoming you to Geneva this Summer:

July 2021:

Register at the United Nations Immersion Programme – Field Visit only

Register at the United Nations Immersion Programme – E-learning course + Field Visit

August 2021:

Register at the United Nations Immersion Programme – Field Visit only

Register at the United Nations Immersion Programme – E-learning course + Field Visit

Register at the United Nations Online Immersion Programme 

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