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  • Locations: New York, United States
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Augsburg applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Leader: Underhill, Joe
Program Description:
Auggies at Model UN
Augsburg students participating in the Model United Nations in New York City.

"It was extremely fascinating to participate in a mock version of the United Nations. Needless to say, I learned an astronomical amount within an extremely small time, and I thought the experience was not only positive but also educational and fun."  --Augsburg Model UN Participant 


Addressing Global Issues in a Real World Context.  The Model UN in New York draws a diverse group of informed college/university students and faculty from around the world to address current global issues. The conference provides experiential learning programs that enable students to develop a better understanding of the inner workings of the UN and a forum to hone skills in diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, writing, and research. NMUN’s New York conferences culminate at UN Headquarters with thousands of students in attendance.

Over 5,000 college/university students, more than half from outside the United States, come to New York City each spring to discuss current global issues. Delegates come prepared to solve three pressing issues relevant to our 21 simulated UN committees. Outside conference sessions, delegations enjoy the proximity to Permanent Missions to the UN, the United Nations itself, as well as world class museums, architecture, shows, restaurants and shopping. NMUN's premiere conference is held with UN Headquarters as a backdrop.

The Priority Deadline for this program is 5 p.m. on Monday, November 13th, 2017.

The FINAL DEADLINE is 5 p.m. on Friday, December 15:  students may be accepted if there are still spots available on the delegation.

Fast Facts

Program Dates:  March 16-23, 2018
Credits:  4 credits in Political Science
Application Deadline:  November 1, 2017
Academic Calendar:  Spring Break
Population of New York City: 8.17 million


Pol 368:  Students register for Pol 368, which is offered as a regular course throughout the spring semester.  During the course, students will prepare for participating in the Model UN during the spring break in March. The course introduces students to the workings of the world’s most important international organization, and to the practice of negotiation and diplomacy in the 21st Century.  The aim of the course is to increase student ability in the “civic arts” of negotiation, advocacy, public speaking, technical writing, and policy analysis.  It is practice in the art of politics that you can use throughout your life in many settings.
Each year we represent a different country with delegates assigned to particular UN committees or organizations, each with their own set of issues. Delegates have to understand the challenges of representing that country with its particular history, culture, and current foreign policy priorities and diplomatic objectives.  At the same time, each delegate represents that country on a particular committee and will be researching issues such as climate change, human rights, trade, poverty, human trafficking, or arms control.
All students in the class will prepare for the National Model UN (NMUN) Conference, which will be held in New York City in late March.  You will miss a week of class and should inform your other instructors of this so you can make arrangements for the work you will be missing.  Attending the conference in New York is the highlight of the course, and is also generously supported by the college.  The conference is demanding, and thus requires your full commitment to preparation for it, and it is a privilege to attend.  The college’s support of your travel to New York is dependent on your full and active participation in the course and preparatory assignments, particularly the position papers.

Program Benefits

  • Engage with a highly diverse, international, and high-caliber group of 2,500 students at a prestigious conference in New York City
  • Meet and learn directly from United Nations staff from the country they represent each year
  • Foster intercultural competence and understanding by role playing as a representative of a different foreign country each year
  • Develop valuable skills in public speaking, technical writing, diplomacy, principled negotiation, and professional behavior
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of a different country and set of specific issues each year in their role as delegates representing that country on a specific UN committee

Program Activities

  • Explore New York City
  • Participate in a Career Fair
  • Board a ferry to Staten Island for a view of the NYC skyline
  • Be a part of the Opening Ceremony and the Closing Ceremony at the UN
  • Dance with student delegates from around the world at a closing dance

Housing and Meals

  • Centrally-located hotel, in mid-town, near to Times Square
  • Meals:  Students are responsible for all of their meals during the week


Students must have taken Pol 160 as a prerequisite.  Also, students must take the course Pol 368 in order to participate in and prepare for this program.  Students must be full-time and in good standing.

Program Cost

Program Fee:  $500 (A $500 fee will be placed on student account, in addition to regular spring semester charges, as part of registration for Spring Semester Model UN Course.)

Additional Expenses:
This program is significantly subsidized by Augsburg University and includes accommodations, flight, and conference fee. Students must pay for their own meals and transportation and should bring money for the following expenses:

Food:  $350 ($50 per day)
Subway:  $40 for subway pass
Airport Transport:  $80
Baggage fee:  $50
Total Personal Expenses:  $520



Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.