We are now accepting applications for the 2019 delegation until June 17th. You can find information about the application process and the experience of past delegations on this website and on our facebook page.

Application Procedure for Elective for Fall 2018 (Deadline June 17th 2018)

The course will be credited with 6 ECTS to your independent electives[1]. The grade is given only in the spring semester after the NMUN conference in New York.

1           Profile of Candidates

  • Students at Bachelor’s level who do not graduate before spring 2019 and are not on exchange in fall 2018
  • All majors are welcome to apply
  • Students will be expected to fundraise independently

2          Requirements

  • Interest in international affairs
  • Continued dedication throughout the year
  • Strong communication skills and good knowledge of English
  • International experience is a plus

3          Required Documents – all documents in PDF format

  • CV in English without picture, but with relevant proof of English language
  • skills (if available like TOEFL etc.)
  • Current HSG grade transcript
  • Short essay of no more than a page; see section 4
  • IMPORTANT: Submit your entire application as 1 single PDF document.
    • Incomplete or incorrectly formatted applications will not be considered.
  • Send your application to
    • Deadline: June 17th 2018

4          Short Essay

  • You are an advisor on political affairs at the Swiss Mission to the United Nations in New York. For a visit by the Federal Councillor of Foreign Affairs, you are asked to prepare a memorandum on the role that the United Nations can and should play in the context of the crisis between Iran and the United States of America.
    [max. 1 page]

[1] Unfortunately, BLE students won’t be able to receive credits for this class.

Assignments & Course Efforts

Leader Paper [35% of final grade]:

  • short paper in the style of The Economist leader papers on a subject related to the UN and/or the country our Delegation will represent;
  • to be submitted after the fall break 2018.

Position Paper [50% of final grade]:

  • 2 page-paper to be submitted to the NMUN conference;
  • presents our country’s views and suggestions on the issues to be discussed in your respective committees;
  • written in groups of two;
  • usually needs to be written during the Christmas break; deadline depends on NMUN timeline.

Reflection Paper [15% of final grade]:

  • 1 page on the lessons learned at the conference; to be submitted one week after the Spring 2019 break.

Organization of the NY trip:

  • Each participant will assume a role within the delegation, which will contribute both to the delegation’s preparation for the conference and to each delegate’s experience at the conference in NYC;
  • Examples are:
    • Fundraising: pursuing the goal of reducing the travel costs of the individual delegates through the acquisition of financial sponsors.
    • Accounting: managing the bills and fees connected to the conference of the entire delegation.