A List of Frequently Asked Questions (and their answers!)

What is the World Affairs Seminar?

The World Affairs Seminar (WAS) is a unique interactive educational program for high school students, sponsored by Rotary International District 6270. The week-long experience provides an opportunity for international students from a variety of backgrounds to discuss issues in a non-threatening environment. Since WAS first accepted students in 1977, over 30,000 future world leaders have participated. Many have stayed in touch with the friends they made at WAS, even forming business relationships, political contacts and family friendships.

Who can participate in the World Affairs Seminar?

The World Affairs Seminar is a summer conference for high school students, ages 14 to 18 years old. Individuals are eligible to participate once they have completed their first year of high school. Students may also participate during the summer immediately after graduation, as long as the participant is not 19 years of age prior to the end of the seminar. Content of the seminar can be rigorous and highly intellectually engaging; a recommendation from a high school counselor or other official is recommended.

Where is the World Affairs Seminar located?

The seminar takes place at Carroll University, a university campus located in the heart of Waukesha, Wisconsin (USA). As such, the World Affairs Seminar is considered a “pre-college” experience. During this experience, participants stay in gender-assigned residence halls on campus, dine in the cafeteria, and stay on campus for the duration of the seminar.

When the seminar is not in session, World Affairs Seminar maintains an office at the following address:

10600 W. Mitchell Street
West Allis, WI  53214


How long has WAS been around?

The World Affairs Seminar (WAS) was founded in 1977 by Professors Dr. Gaylon Greenhill and Dr. Dale Brock. Dr. Brock became the first WAS General Manager. His vision and enthusiasm for the Program were central to its success. He was the embodiment of the dream he had for our world, always ready to learn something new and spend hours listening to the participants, staff and speakers. He believed that we could advance the cause of peace in this world by gathering together to learn from one another. It is his tireless devotion that continues to inspire and motivate all who work as Seminar Staff today.

Dr. Brock died September 2, 2008. A scholarship fund in his memory has been created to honor his efforts and ensure his vision carries forward.

Throughout the last 34 years, the World Affairs Seminar has covered timely and significant topics, including human rights, world hunger, globalization, nuclear arms control, international economics, environmental issues, global health, security, and global leadership, all with an emphasis on ways students can make a difference now and in the future.

What are the costs associated with the program?


  • Domestic: $695 per student (US and Canada)
  • International: $595 (includes a $100 USD discount, provided by the Dale Brock Scholarship)
  • “Volume Discount” $50 each for 4 or more student delegates  from the same sponsor.
  • “Early Bird Discount” $50 each when payment is received by February 28.  Note: names/applications not needed to receive Early Bird Discount.
  • All discounts & scholarships may be combined to increase savings.


  • Six nights lodging in double occupancy campus residence halls
  • Meals from Saturday dinner through Friday breakfast
  • Use of linen – sheets, pillowcases, towel & wash cloth (must be returned complete and undamaged)
  • Packet & Name Badge provided at check-in
  • All seminar materials, including Guidebook access
  • Instructional materials and expenses (includes keynote speakers & materials)
  • Admission to all activities including Field Trips, Dance, and Special Functions
  • 24-hour access to trained and qualified nursing and staff counselors
  • Use of Seminar related facilities, including computer rooms
  • Use of Athletic Facilities (sign-up may be required)

NOT INCLUDED in Registration Fee:

  • Transportation to and from the Seminar is the responsibility of the participant’s parent(s) and/or sponsor.
  • Shuttle to and from airport
  • Items of a personal nature. (Note: we recommend you bring an additional towel and wash cloth)

A Rotary District 6270 Initiative

World Affairs Seminar
10600 W. Mitchell Street
West Allis, Wisconsin 53214

Privacy Policy:

The World Affairs Seminar does not share or sell personal information about students or sponsors with any other organization except as authorized by signed release. This includes personal, health, financial, or other information. Information you post on public websites and other accessible media is your responsibility.

Refund Policy:

To receive credit after payment has been made, students, sponsors must notify the World Affairs Seminar in writing that their delegate is unable to attend, or if the sponsor is unable to fill a paid for space at the Seminar. (e-mail is considered "in writing" for these purposes as long as the e-mail is acknowledged as having been received.) Full credit applies if notification is received by April 1; 50% credit if application is cancelled between April 1 but prior to May 21; no credit is available if application is cancelled after May 21, unless extraordinary circumstances such as illness, death exist. All cancellation credits are subject to $75.00 processing fee and must be used within one calendar year. Note: in agreeing to attend WAS, parents and students promise to reimburse their sponsor for the full amount of any loss due to cancellation. WAS offices: (414) 453-4984, or contact@worldaffairsseminar.org.

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