Model United Nations Course

The deadline to submit the online application form is Friday October 11, 2019, at 4pm.

The course will be offered during the Winter 2020 session. Join us for the information session at noon on Monday, September 23, 2019 (FSS 4004).

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Model United Nations Course

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!

Contact information:

Application Process for the Model United Nations Course

Administrative Procedures

1. Eligibility Criteria

When applying, 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 
  • 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 SCS 3195

Interested students are required to submit their candidacy no later than October 11, 2019. Candidates will be selected according to their experiences and knowledge that could be deemed useful to Model United Nations conferences.

If you are selected for an interview, you will receive an email by October 25, 2019. Only selected candidates will be contacted.

To apply:

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. SCS 3195 A - Model United Nations Course Registration

If selected for the course, we will provide the registration form by email in November 2019. 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). Registration for this course is not possible through uOcampus.

*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 2020). 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 confirmed in January.

The fee includes:

  • Round-trip transportation to New York
  • Hotel accommodations in New York (6 nights)
  • Travel insurance
  • Delegate fee

Additional costs not included:

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

Please note that some dates may change.

Event Date
Information Meeting Monday September 23, 2019 at 12 noon in FSS 4004
Deadline to submit application form and other required documents October 11, 2019 at 4 p.m.
Course registration (if admitted) November 2019 (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 First day of class (by cheque or money order only)
QMUN - Attendance is mandatory February, date to be confirmed
NMUN in New York City March 29 to April 2, 2019
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