Government & Law Programs

International Diplomacy

Experience the life of a diplomat at the NSLC on International Diplomacy.
  • Level: High School
  • Grades: Enrolled in 9-12
  • Length: 9 days
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

International Diplomacy Highlights

United Nations Security Council simulation
Advocate for your country’s interests as you negotiate resolutions to some of today’s most pressing global problems

Diplomatic site visits
including an embassy, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Institute of Peace.

New York Experience
Students will travel to N.Y.C. to visit the United Nations and the Statue of Liberty

Dates & Locations

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:

International Diplomacy Simulations

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.
These trips may include:

Georgetown University

  • The State Department
  • United Nations
  • Foreign Embassies to the United States (Finland, France, Thailand)
  • U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Baltimore Harbor
  • Capitol Hill
  • The Smithsonian Institution
  • Historic D.C. Monuments at Night

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:


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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