If you’re just getting interested in world relations or are already a student of global politics, our pre-college program will increase your experience, knowledge and skills for future leadership. 50% of our students are international to provide a diverse world perspective. Our real-world approach blends:
world history & culture
mock Model United Nations (MUN) simulations
public speaking & debate
The program features debate, public speaking and research workshops, realistic UN simulations, and guest speakers — including international dignitaries, members of foreign embassies and authorities in the field. Additionally, you will enjoy field trips to the United Nations in New York City and Embassy Row in Washington, DC. Plus, experience culture through cuisine in Philadelphia.
You and your fellow delegates will represent the world’s nations in realistic Model UN simulations where you debate the most urgent issues facing our world today. You’ll prepare for the sessions by exploring the current political situation, leadership positions, voting patterns and alliances of the country you represent.
Never participated in a Model UN? Don’t worry. The program is designed to accommodate both new and experienced students.
International Leadership with Model UN addresses relevant political topics and builds leadership abilities. It develops the critical thinking needed to understand globalization, current events and multilateral diplomacy. And you'll work on the practical skills — debate, research, presentation and public speaking — required to lead.
During workshops, simulations and teamwork, you will be thoughtfully engaged to apply critical analysis, knowledge and global awareness in practical real-world scenarios.
Act as a UN delegate and participate in Model UN debates that highlight the United Nations Millennium Development Goals
Address global security issues by acting as government officials asked to resolve exciting crisis scenarios
Campaign for political power in a collaborative and competitive setting that forces one to answer the question, “How do I lead a country in turmoil?”
Serve in an international court as both a lawyer fighting to defend one country and as a judge protecting the credibility of international law
Work to create an effective non-governmental organization, building global awareness throughout the entire Penn campus and actually competing with other groups for funding
Hear from experts in the field of international relations and politics
Take trips to New York City to visit the United Nations and to Washington, D.C. to visit the Organization of American States and the Holocaust Museum.
Experience world cultures by visiting embassies, eating ethnic foods and hearing from representatives of foreign countries
This pre-college summer program will develop the talents you need to be an effective diplomat. Tutorials will help you feel comfortable in the situations you might encounter as a global leader.
Our program is run by, Adam Gold, a high school social studies teacher. During the school year, Mr. Gold teaches American history and economics. After working in government, in marketing, and in the non-profit sector as a director of development, Mr. Gold decided to take his passion for education into the classroom full-time. He has also been active in Model United Nations for a number of years as an organizer for the Institute for International Affairs, helping run Model UN and Model Congress conferences.
7:45 A.M. — Wake-up. You’ll be living in the famous Quadrangle dorm on the Penn campus.
8:15 — Breakfast. Use your Summer Penn Card for breakfast on campus at 1920 Commons, Starbucks, Einstein Bagels or 3C.
8:00 — Morning Workshops.
Attend workshops on world politics, current events and international relations theory.
12:00 — Lunch. Join your fellow students at one of Penn’s dining facilities.
1:30 — Afternoon Workshops, Research, Interactive Sessions and Guest Speakers. Opportunities to work in groups to prepare for your Model UN simulations, meet with prestigious guest speakers on international relations topics,and learn public speaking, debating and negotiating skills.
4:30 — Afternoon Activities. Your choice of activities. Play Frisbee in the Quad. Catch some rays. Email friends. Hit the gym. Visit the bookstore and area shops.
6:00 — Dinner. Most evenings we eat together in the dining hall.
7:00 — Evening Activities. Scheduled activities on campus or in town.
These places are all within walking distance of Penn.
Shops & entertainment
Food & restaurants
Activities & trips
Two trips are offered each Saturday. You chose one. We leave after breakfast and return in the evening. See Weekend Trips and Destinations for this summer’s schedule, subject to change.
July 6 – August 2
Application Fee: $100 for residential students.