NMUN Bachelor Course

NATIONAL MODEL UNITED NATIONS COURSE

The applications for the NMUN 2020 Delegation are open from May 15 until June 30. You can find experience reports of past delegations here.

Application Procedure for Elective for Fall 2019 (Deadline June 30 2019)

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 2020 and are not on exchange in fall 2019
  • All majors are welcome to apply
  • Students will be expected to fundraise independently.

2          Requirements

  • Interest in international organisations
  • 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
  • Relevant skills (if available e.g. TOEFL)
  • 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 modelun@unisg.ch
    • Deadline: June 30th 2019

4          Short Essay

  • You represent a least developed country, and you are asked to persuade a skeptic delegate from an OECD member state that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are just as important for the latter as they are for the developing parts of the world. [Times New Roman, 12 pt.; 1.25 spacing, max 1/2 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 [40% 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.

Participation and Organization of the NY trip [10% of final grade]

  • Attendance and active participation during sessions
  • 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.
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