The opportunity of a lifetime doesn’t come along often, and we realize you may have some important questions about the UNAOC - EF Summer School.
The UNAOC-EF Summer School takes place from 16 August 2014 to 23 August 2014 on the campus of the EF International Language Center in Tarrytown, New York. Tarrytown is about 45 kilometers from the center of New York City.
The objectives of the UNAOC-EF Summer School are to:
The curriculum delivered as part of the UNAOC – EF Summer School helps address issues at the core of United Nations’ mandate: peace and security, development, human rights, humanitarian affairs, international law.
More precisely, given the specific mandate of the UNAOC and EF’s mission, the focus will be on issues related to global challenges with links to cultural and religious diversity, such as:
Selected participants of the UNAOC - EF Summer School 2014 will be provided with the following:
Participants will cover the following:
As English is now the most common second language used around the world, we need to rely on it to conduct the training during the Summer School. By using English during the training, we are increasing the chances that participants will be able to express their views in a language also understood by others. In addition, conducting the training in English allows us to welcome applications from a larger pool of eligible participants. Given the complexity of topics covered during training, we estimate that you would need to have an upper-intermediate English proficiency level. As a guide, this level roughly corresponds to:
Also, the only language common among members of the selection committee is English. Given this, completing your application is English is required.
In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:
The last day to complete your application to attend the UNAOC - EF Summer School is 22 April 2014 at 23:59 New York City local time.
Any application received after this deadline will not be accepted.
After you have been successfully registered you will receive a confirmation email with a unique URL. Save this email as you will need the information and URL provided to login.
If you have forgotten/misplaced your login information please click on the ‘Forgot your password’ button on the login page and we’ll resend your login information.
The selection of the 75 participants will be based on responses to essay questions regarding motivation as well as past and future involvement in issues to be tackled during the Summer School.
In addition, we will take a look at your professional and/or educational and/or volunteering background to see how it is positioning you in a way that would help you disseminate what you will learn. Also, the applicants’ level of English proficiency will play a role in the selection process. Lastly, balance in terms of region and gender will be respected in the final selection.
The selected participants will be announced in May 2014. All applicants will receive an email announcing the results of the selection process.
If you are selected, the organizers of the Summer School will send you an official letter of invitation to be used as part of your USA visa application. In addition, the organizers will send a message to the USA embassy serving your country to alert them of the fact that you will soon apply for a visa to the USA. Please note that this letter of invitation does not automatically guarantee the issuance of a visa to the USA, because USA authorities have the right to refuse to issue a visa even though all required documentation was submitted. The organizers of the Summer School cannot appeal any decision made by local USA embassies.
In addition, the participants will be responsible to apply for any required exit and transit visa needed to reach the USA. More information on this will be provided to selected participants
You should obtain a new passport before submitting your application. If you submit your application with a passport set to expire before March 2015, it will not be eligible.
Unfortunately, no. Only young adults from 18 to 35 years old are eligible to attend this year’s Summer School.
There are many other opportunities offered by the UNAOC and EF for people younger than 18 or order than 35. Consult www.unaoc.org and www.ef.com for more details.
A key objective of the Summer School is to allow the selected participants to disseminate what they will learn through their network once they return home. Therefore, if you are not linked to any network or organization, this outreach becomes much more difficult. We encourage you to join an organization or network and apply next year.
Only participants identified through the official selection process can attend the Summer School.
Need more information? Read the complete Application Guidelines.
By submitting this application form, I acknowledge and agree with the following:- The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and EF Education First (EF) expect to officially launch UNAOC-EF Summer School in Spring 2014. However, UNAOC and EF reserve the right to not select any applicants, or to cancel the Summer School for any reason. UNAOC and EF accept no liability for cancelling the Summer School or for anyone’s failure to receive actual notification of cancellation.- I consent to the transmission and storage by the UNAOC and EF of any information in my application. I understand that the information I have provided will be kept confidential and will not be shared with any third parties. I acknowledge that UNAOC and EF may publish my name, the name of my organization (if applicable), its address and other information submitted in my application on this website or in any other media now existing or subsequently developed, for purposes related to the UNAOC-EF Summer School. - I certify that the information I have provided is true, complete and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief. I may be requested to supply documentary evidence which supports the information and statements I have made. I acknowledge that my failure to do so may result in the disqualification of my application.