Model United Nations Course

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Model United Nations Course

Our 2017 delegation will represent Switzerland at NMUN-NY! 

Model UN conferences bring together students from across the world to simulate sessions of United Nations bodies, such as the Security Council and General Assembly committees. Students represent different countries and advance their foreign policies, as they debate the issues and crises that face the world today.

The Model United Nations course will cover a variety of subject matter, from development to environment to international security. Students will learn about the UN system, a country’s domestic and foreign policy interests, and multilateral diplomacy. They will develop their research, analytic, public speaking, as well as diplomatic skills.

The course is sanctioned by three university credits. Through participation in the in-class activities, students will gain understanding and experience of international diplomacy, familiarity with current issues, and confidence in their communication skills.

To cap off the course, students will participate in the prestigious National Model United Nations conference, held in New York City in the spring. During this five-day simulation, delegates get the opportunity not only to meet students from around the world, but to debate in the UN General Assembly itself!

The course is offered during the Winter 2017 session on Tuesdays from 2:30  p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Contact information:

Madeleine Roy
International Internship and Field Placement Coordinator
Social Sciences Building, room 3001F

Application Process for the Model United Nations Course

Administrative Procedures

1. Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must meet certain requirements:

  • Must be registered in an Honours Bachelor offered at the University of Ottawa
  • Have completed a minimum of 54 credits in their program at the time they submit their candidacy
  • Be able to speak fluently in English
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 6.0 (5.0 if from Faculty of Law)
  • Have an in-depth knowledge of international relations or international law
  • Be able to defend ideas in public
  • Be able to participate in a 6 hour preparatory meeting in November if necessary
  • Be able to participate in a preparatory conference (Quebec Model United Nations) and at the National Model United Nations conference in New York City
  • Be able to travel legally to the United States

2. Application Process for SCS3195

Interested students are required to submit their candidacy no later than October 7, 2016. Candidates will be selected according to their experiences and knowledge that could be deemed useful to Model United Nations conferences. An interview with the candidates may be necessary.

If you are accepted into the course, you will receive an email at the beginning of November informing you on the next steps. You will need to confirm your participation by a return e-mail as soon as possible.

To apply:

  • You must apply to SCS3195 by completing the application form. Please open the form in Acrobat Reader.
  • Along with your application form, you must include the following:
    • résumé (curriculum vitae)
    • letter of interest (500 words maximum)

The completed form along with the required documents must be returned no later than October 7, 2016 to:

Madeleine Roy
Faculty of Social Sciences
Social Sciences Building, Room 3001J
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1N 6N5

Note: Registration for this course is not possible through uoZone.

3. Documents to be Completed Before Departure

In addition to your course registration form, you will have to complete certain documents before your departure to New York. Please submit the following by the stipulated dates (see the Important Dates section):

4. SCS3195 A - Model United Nations Course Registration 

If accepted for the course, we will provide the registration form by email. The completed form must be returned in person at FSS 3001 or by email if the form is scanned (if you choose the last method, please make sure that the information is legible).

*Please note that for some students, this course could possibly count towards your program's optional courses (DVM, ECH, ECI, EIL, EPP, EPV, PAP, POL).

5. Transportation and Accommodations


The Faculty will handle the purchase of the bus tickets and medical insurance (mandatory). No other alternative transportation or travel insurance will be accepted. The departure and return dates will be the same for each student. This means that the entire class will travel together to New York. The travel costs are non-refundable.


All student-delegates will have rooms booked at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers (hotel to be confirmed for 2017). Please note that all student-delegates will have to share a hotel room with two or three other class students. No exceptions will be allowed. Hotel costs are non-refundable.

6. Passports and Visas

You must have a valid passport and must be able to travel legally to the United States. You are responsible for securing your passport and/or visa. You must have a valid passport before leaving the country as well as a visa if necessary. You must begin the process of obtaining these documents immediately once you are accepted in the course. You must provide us with a photocopy of your passport.

If you are refused legal entry into the U.S., you will not be reimbursed the costs associated with NMUN.

If you are a Canadian citizen, please consult the Passport Canada website for information on the necessary steps.

If you are not a Canadian citizen, you are responsible to undertake the appropriate steps to consult your embassy or consulate to find out about your travel requirements and fees to the United States.


Fee associated with the course and the National Model United Nations-NY

Expenses for the trip are the responsibility of the students, and normally range around $1,300 CAD.

Please note that the fee may vary. The total cost for the NMUN in New York will be confrmed in January.

The fee includes:

  • QMUN 2017 : Transportation and accommodations (1 night)
  • Round-trip transportation to New York
  • Hotel accommodations in New York (6 nights)
  • Travel insurance
  • Delegate fee

Additional costs not covered by the $1,300 fee:

  • Food: students should budget approximately $60 USD per day
  • Personal expenses/Sightseeing/Souvenirs: Variable
Important Dates

Please note that some dates may change.

Information Meeting Tuesday September 13, 2016 at 12 noon in FSS 4004
Deadline to submit application form and other required documents October 7, 2016 at 5 p.m.
Course registration (if admitted) By November 18, 2016 (to be confirmed)
Names and contact information in case of emergency First day of class
Code of conduct First day of class
Consent Form First day of class
Photocopy of your passport and health card First day of class
QMUN and NMUN-NY payment January 27, 2017
NMUN in New York City March 17 - 24, 2017 (Conference A)
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