The information session for Fall 2024 was recorded and you can watch it here. The application will be due by 11:59pm on June 28th. 

Duke University’s U.N. Climate Change Negotiations Practicum is a hands-on course that explores international climate change negotiations and climate policy under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

This course is a Bass Connections-affiliated course that provides students with an opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of the issues at the heart of global climate change — from adaptation and mitigation to the political dynamics of the UNFCCC negotiations process. Students engage in independent coursework, classroom discussions, and guest lectures throughout the semester, all in preparation for the annual U.N. climate change negotiations. View the 2023 Syllabus here.

In the past, students have had the opportunity to attend the annual UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP). We may be able to travel to COP 29 in 2024, with half of the class attending from Nov 11-Nov 16 and the other half attending Nov 17-22. Please keep in mind that the opportunity for course travel is subject to change based on Azerbaijan’s policies surrounding COP attendance, Duke’s international travel policies, and the availability of funding.

The Fall 2024 Practicum

The UNFCCC Practicum (ENVIRON 592/PUBPOL 592) will be offered during the Fall 2024 Semester. Participation is open to graduate and upper-level undergraduate students at Duke University for 3 units and 1 unit, respectively. The faculty sponsor for the course is Dr. Jackson Ewing, and course leaders are graduate students Gabriela Nagle Alverio and Eni Owoeye.

For questions, please contact Gabriela Nagle Alverio ( and Eni Owoeye (