Saturday, June 22, 2019 – Friday, June 28, 2019

Social media—its joys, sorrows, and everything in between—is here to stay as an integral part of our everyday lives. It impacts how we think, perceive, and communicate with others on a minute-by-minute basis—and helps shape the face we present to the world. We will address social media head on at the 2019 World Affairs Seminar, discussing ethical dilemmas, issues of privacy, transparency and identity, and the economic and political ramifications. Are we empowering people or fueling the flames of hatred, extremism, and spiraling mental health concerns? From Facebook to Instagram to Twitter, social media continues to evolve and we need to understand its promise and perils to fully harness a technology that can truly make the world a better place.

At WAS 2019, you will…

  • Consider social media’s impact from many points of view.
  • Engage in relevant off-site experiences to stimulate discussion.
  • Collaborate with delegates from around the world to define social media issues and challenges in an atmosphere of respect, trust, and collaboration.
  • Discover what you can do to use social media to make the changing world a better, safer place for ethical, respectful dialogue and engagement.

WAS is a truly international experience, bringing together peers from around the world to learn international relations. Since 1976, WAS has impacted and changed lives, providing highly-relevant skills in group problem-solving, negotiation and peaceful diplomacy. We feature expert speakers with a variety of perspectives, opinions and backgrounds. Further, when it comes to our delegates, every single point of view matters—we embrace and mandate a forum for healthy, respectful debate leading to collaborative learning and growth. Your role is to distill information, identify priorities and develop defining skills to both lead and collaborate with others from different cultures to reach positive conclusions.

Why Should You Attend?

Prepare yourself for an adventure that will broaden your understanding of international happenings and change your perspective.  The World Affairs Seminar (WAS) brings you face to face with other students, experts, and leaders from the world over.  You will engage in stimulating discussion of world affairs. You’ll interact with experienced professionals—from government, business, and academia.  You will leave with strong bonds and lifelong friends.

Experience the diversity of global political, social and religious traditions. Share your ideas, make new friends, accept the challenge to find out more. Learn to explore and appreciate other points of view. Gain a better understanding of the world around you and where you fit in shaping the future.

At World Affairs Seminar, the goal is to open minds rather than advocate a specific viewpoint. While you are with us, we consider you a “delegate”. Your opinions count – and so do those of others.  It is up to you to decide what messages are credible and to evaluate  and understand of how different people think about global issues and why. You will discuss, add to and exchange ideas about issues.  You will formulate and express your thoughts, hear what others think, and find shared ground. Your leadership and negotiation skills will grow through training sessions and conversation with peers, presenters and counselors.

Scholarships Available!

Scholarships are often available through your local schools or community organizations. See the Funding Options panel below, or contact us for assistance in connecting with your local organizations. Contact Us.

Additional Benefits of Attending World Affairs Seminar

  • Experience college life on a safe campus in beautiful Southeast Wisconsin.
  • Attendance at WAS will add strength to your college enrollment applications because it validates your leadership and negotiation skills.
  • Plenty of fun, too!
  • International Talent Show: Sing, dance, perform music, read poetry, be a comic… find like-minded students & create an act!
  • Global Music Night: Always a highlight, the dance brings everyone together one last time to hang out, have fun, and exchange ideas.
Click to View Costs & Funding Options


  • Domestic: $695 per student (US and Canada)
  • International: $595 (includes a $100 USD)
  • “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.  IE:  $695 – $100 International – $50 Early bird – $50 volume = $495 if all conditions are met.


  • 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 ($35 round trip to Mitchell International Airport, Milwaukee; $55 round trip to O’Hare, Chicago)
  • Items of a personal nature. (Note: we recommend you bring an additional towel and wash cloth)


  • Early Bird Registration is Now Open ($50 Early Bird discount until February 28, 2019)
  • May 21, 2019 General Registration Deadline: Payment and Student Applications Due

Please plan for next year. Call (414) 453-4984 for Info or e-mail us at

Most students attend the World Affairs Seminar on scholarships provided by Service Clubs such as Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis.

You may be able to get help with tuition!

Schools, community groups, and local service clubs are often willing to help fund attendance at the World Affairs Seminar.

If your school, service club, or community group is not aware of our program, please share our website and contact information with them. Or, let us know how to reach them (organization name, contact name, club address, phone number, e-mail address) and we’ll provide them with an information packet.

Find your local club: 
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The 2019 World Affairs Seminar will be hosted at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

100 N. East Avenue
Waukesha, WI 53186

For more information, visit:

Carroll University (Waukesha, Wisconsin)

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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

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