Washington DC & New York City, 6-15 November 2018
The National Model United Nations – Washington DC (NMUN•DC) is a strongly academic-oriented simulation of the UN yearly organized in the United States Capital, Washington DC.
The program is managed by the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA) in partnership with the Osgood Center for International Studies.
Schools and students come from all over the world. Every year over 1,000 delegates take part in the Conference. The Simulation includes briefings by distinguished speakers from the Washington DC diplomatic community.
After the Washington DC Conference you can spend 4 extra days in New York City
To benefit the most from the NMUN•DC, participants are required to possess specific knowledge and operational skills. Consules has therefore created a specific training program, entirely held in English, divided into the following modules:
- Intro to International Organizations
The principal focus of this lecture is the phenomenon of International Organizations (IOs) and how they operate at international level. Indeed, the principles that regulate their activities will be analyzed, with particular reference to the architecture of the United Nations system.
- UN Diplomacy and Research Methods
This class is an introduction to the methods and main features of international diplomacy, with a focus on the policy making of the United Nations. Participants also receive instructions to conduct their research activity on the topics of the simulation.
- Negotiation techniques
These classes introduce the participants to the art of negotiation. The focus is on the main strategies that negotiators use to reach a compromise with counterparts. Students will learn how to gain the support of other actors on their proposals and how to deal with the opposition.
- Public Speaking
Public Speaking class focuses on how to create a powerful speech and on the communication tools necessary to obtain/create consensus, with the aim of developing oral skills and the most appropriate and effective language and methods of communication during the Conference.
- UN Resolutions
Core objective of these classes is the development of writing skills through a deep analysis of examples of UN documents and acts, and the implementation of practical exercises that will allow students to understand structure, content, typical lexicon, and vocabulary of a resolution adopted by UN bodies.
- UN Rules of procedure
The aim of Rules of Procedure (RoP) is to explain to the delegates how the regulations of the committee are applied during the conference, underlining the logic behind the single rule that has the aim of simplifying the work of the members of the committee in a specific moment and with a specific purpose.
Training course calendar
The training course will start in the last week of September and it will end in the first week of November (24th September – 6th November). The course will take place in partner universities or via webinar, on the designated interactive educational platform. The detailed training course calendar will be published on 27th August 2018.
The staff in charge of the training course is part of the Consules Research Board. Experts from international institutions and eminent scholars will also take part in the initiative as speakers and advisors.
Certificates and Academic Credits
In compliance with the call for participation published by Consules, every participant will receive a certificate of participation issued by Consules and a certificate issued by the American organization. If agreed upon by the participants’ universities/departments, students can also receive university credits towards their degree, with the exact number depending on the decision made by each institution. The overall experience (training course, individual study, conferences, and institutional activities) amounts to 150 hours total.
To be accepted as a participant in the NMUN•DC program, students have to fill out the on-line enrollment form and pay a € 10.00 administration fee.
The applications will be examined on a weekly basis until all positions are filled, i.e. as the positions available are limited (up to 20 per delegation), once the limit has been reached, applications will no longer be considered.
Candidates will also have to demonstrate an adequate knowledge of English. The evaluation will be in the form of an on-line interview with a language expert.
Exemption from the oral examination
The candidates who send Consules a certificate proving their knowledge of English, through the application form or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org , will be exempt from the oral examination. Former Consules delegates who attended a MUN program within the last 5 years will be exempt from the oral examination.
Further information about the participation process can be found in the Call for participants available in this section.
The participation fee for the NMUN•DC project is €1290* and includes:
For students enrolled before May 31st. After that date the participation fee will be €1390*
- Training course
- Education material
- Delegate kit
- Academic tutoring during the training course
- Academic tutoring during the conference in Washington DC
- Operative tutoring during the conference in Washington DC
- Registration Fee for NMUN•DC to be paid to the American organization
- Set up of a meeting with the Italian Embassy in Washington DC (the activity depends on the Embassy’s availability)
- Set up of a meeting with the Embassy of the represented country in Washington DC (the activity depends on the Embassy’s availability)
- Roundtrip airfare to and from the United States*
- Hotel accommodation for 7 days and 6 nights at a 4 stars partner hotel in Washington DC
- Private airport-hotel transfers in the United States
- Health insurance while abroad
It is possible to extend the period abroad adding 4 extra days in New York City at the additional cost of € 399
*In order to facilitate participating students financially as much as possible, the participation fee will be divided in 4 installments which will have to be paid in a 6 months time span, i.e. in the period between the publication of the present call for participants and 40 days before departure for Washington DC, following the indications that will be provided via email.
*The participation fee does not include airport taxes and fuel surcharges.