Urban Life in a Changing World

June 19-25, 2021

Cities: Urban Life in a Changing World

For the first time in human history, more people live in cities and urban areas than in other environments. Some would say this is a natural course for humanity. Since our first beginnings we have gathered in tribes and groups, built dwellings in proximity to one another, and developed cooperative organizations to achieve safety, stability and growth. Others would point out that whenever possible individuals have migrated away from tribal clusters to establish places of their own, such as farms, towns and, ultimately urban centers. However we got here, the more than 9 billion people who inhabit the rapidly urbanizing earth face complex and challenging questions. Issues range from sanitation to allocation of resources, personal responsibility to one another and society and the customs and laws that govern our behavior and may impact our very existence.

Be a Delegate!

US & international High School Students between the ages of 15-18 years of age

The World Affairs Seminar (WAS) is a unique interactive educational program for high school students. Since WAS first accepted students in 1977, over 30,000 future world leaders have participated. 

Be a Counselor!

College-aged students & other community leaders

World Affairs Seminar Staff Counselors and Nurses are highly valued and the backbone of the WAS seminar experience. Our staff counselors come from a variety of backgrounds including teachers, college students, past participants, and more.

Become a Sponsor!

Inspire a future leader

There are many ways to give to our program. Anybody can support WAS, including Rotary Clubs, other service organizations, schools, parents, and even grandparents. Your gift can go a long way to inspire your high school student Click the link below for our various sponsorship opportunities.

About the Seminar 

At the 2021 seminar, we expect attendees from over thirty nations. Each delegate will have her or his own story and viewpoint, contributing to conversations about urban life from
a variety of social, economic, political and cultural perspectives. By the time the Seminar is over, each delegate will not only know the stories of others and shared their own but will have gained skills to help them shape the world they will inherit.

On February 1, 2021, the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Seminar unanimously determined that the 2021 World Affairs Seminar will be 100% virtual.   The decision was based on concerns for the health and well-being of delegates, staff, and faculty.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

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Virtual Seminar Experience

Virtual Seminar Experience

Our Virtual Experience offers and engaging online participation at a reduced cost. Virtual sessions allow participants to tune in remotely from wherever they may be around the globe.

Interested in attending the 2021 World Affairs Seminar?

If you wish to attend, start by showing this information to your parents, a teacher, guidance counselor or principal. Let them know you are interested.

  • Cost is less than most sports or music camps.
  • Scholarships may be available through your local School District, Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, Optimist Clubs or other service organizations.
  • When asking for a scholarship, offer to make a presentation about your experiences.

The World Affairs Seminar is truly an international experience. WAS brings together peers from around the world to learn international relations and develop skills in diplomacy, communication and cooperation. Since 1976 WAS has impacted and changed lives, providing highly relevant skills in group problem solving, negotiation and peaceful diplomacy. Featured speakers represent a wide variety of perspectives, opinions and backgrounds. We believe every point of view matter – we embrace and mandate heathy respectful debate leading to collaborative learning and growth. Your role is to distill information, identify priorities and develop defining skills to both lead and cooperate with others from different cultures to reach workable solutions.

At the 2021 seminar, you will:

  • Look at Urban Life from many points of view.
  • Work with delegates from around the world to define issues and problem areas.
  • Discover what you can do to make your environment and the world a better place.
  • Explore how traditional roles and new opportunities come together as international society adjusts to the needs of the future.
  • Examine how existing social systems are affected by urbanization.
  • Determine the role personal behavior has in both perpetuating and solving urban problems.

“The World Affairs Seminar gave me the best week of my life. I am so grateful to have met hundreds of amazing people, and I’m able to say that I have friends from all over the world. I feel that I’ve changed for the better as a person, and I’ve become more educated on issues affecting our society. My life would be completely different if I hadn’t decided to go to WAS, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. “

Brooke H.

WAS 2019 Attendee, Waupaca, Wis.

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.

Virtual Experience Fees & Discounts

  • Standard Rate: $365 per delegate.
  • Group Discount: Support of four (4) or more virtual delegates get an additional $25 discount per attendee.

Virtual Seminar Fees Include:

  • Sessions specifically designed for participants to tune in and engage/interact virtually,
  • All seminar materials, including Guidebook access,
  • Instructional materials and expenses (includes keynote speakers & materials),
  • Admission to all virtual activities,
  • 24-hour access to trained and qualified staff counselors & facilitators.

Virtual Attendance Requirements

Participants will need consistent access to a computer, tablet or another mobile device with internet connectivity. Most interactive sessions will take place on the video-conferencing platform Zoom. A web-camera and microphone are highly recommended, although not required. Alternatively, you can use your phone to call into each Zoom meeting.

Note: All fees listed in U.S. Dollars. Discounts may be combined if they meet all applicable criteria. Group discounts based on the total number of sponsored attendees, regardless of modality/experience.


Registration Closed: Event has passed.

The 2021 World Affairs Seminar will be hosted virtually via an online collaboration software.

We look forward to returning in-person for 2022.

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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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