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United Nations - The Hague Immersion Programme 2023

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by Impactpool

Published on: 25 January 2023

This Year, UNITAR is delighted to deliver its second and third editions of the UN Immersion Programme to The Hague, Netherlands. It will offer participants the chance to fully immerse themselves into the city of peace and justice and thereby gain first-hand experience of the United Nations.   

UNITAR will host most of the activities in the historic Peace Palace in The Hague, the headquarters of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). They will consist of a nuanced balance between the following different elements: 

  • Expert lectures  
  • Training workshops  
  • Private guided tours  
  • Public hearing sessions

The programme´s purpose is to equip participants with knowledge and skills in law and diplomacy, empowering them to work more effectively in any international environment. It further aspires to offer access to The Hague’s UN institutions and staff to build up networks and gain insights into future career steps.


The programme serves to provide an overview of the UN and its legal mechanisms in the city of peace and justice. It will help participants build solid ground knowledge of topics in international affairs, deliver training in core diplomatic skills, and offer activities with the following The Hague-based agencies:  

  • The International Court of Justice (ICJ)
  • The International Criminal Court (ICC)
  • The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT)
  • The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
  • United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)

UNITAR's The Hague Immersion Programme will also provide a focus on career development in the United Nations as well as on legal knowledge and skills. Training workshops on these topics will provide a considerable part of the activity. For more information regarding the program‘s agenda, schedule, and expert biographies, kindly check the welcome guide of the previous edition



Participants also have the chance to opt for an Immersion Programme premium package. This includes the 3-week UN Human Rights Training Programme as preparatory e-Learning course. It is implemented on the UNITAR online platform directly prior to the field visit and thereby sets the stage for their time at the UN.  

It comprises 3 different modules, which can be studied in a self-paced manner and require 6-8 hours of studying per week. In addition, 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: Human Rights, Climate Change, and the SDGs

For premium package participants, accommodation in The Hague during the field visit is included in the fee. UNITAR will provide 6 nights in a reputable hotel in close proximity to the UN institutions (check-in: Sunday before, check-out: Saturday after).  



The Immersion Programme is open to everyone with a deep interest in the UN, international law and the city of peace and justice. 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 30 participants per field visit and 50 participants per online training programme will be allowed. Slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. At the end of the programmes, participants will receive a UNITAR certificate of completion.

Scholarships are available. Please email enquiries to

Register Here - Winter Edition - Field Visit Only

Register Here - Winter Edition - E-learning course only

Register Here - Winter Edition - Full Package - E-learning + Field Visit

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