1. Is NMUN for high school students?
No, our conferences are for college and university students. High school students looking for a Model UN can obtain information from the National High School Model UN (NHSMUN). Please note that the NHSMUN is not affiliated with the NMUN Conference.
2. What are the dates of the NMUN Conferences? When can we register?
Please familiarize yourself with the "Important Dates" links found on each conference page.
Dates of future programs are:
NMUN•NW (Portland, Oregon) 2014: 14 - 16 February 2014
NMUN•NY 2014: 30 March - 3 April & 13 - 17 April (Sheraton and Hilton; Sun-Thurs)
NMUN•DC 2014: 31 October - 2 November 2014
NMUN•NY 2015: 22 - 26 March & 29 March - 2 April (Sheraton and Hilton; Sun-Thurs)
NMUN•DC 2015: 30 October - 1 November 2015
NMUN•NY 2016: 20 - 24 March & 27 - 31 March (Sheraton and Hilton; Sun-Thurs)
NMUN•NY 2017: 19 - 23 March & 9 - 13 April (Sheraton and Hilton; Sun-Thurs)
NMUN•NY 2018: 18 - 22 March & 25 - 29 March (Sheraton and Hilton; Sun-Thurs)
3. Where are NMUN Conferences held?
NMUN•NY: These conferences are held at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City on two different weeks. A few committees are held at the Hilton Hotel across the street. Each week has identical committees and topics, equal access to the UN, and offers smaller committees/more assignment options. The Closing Ceremony is traditionally held at United Nations Headquarters.
NMUN•DC: Committee sessions are held at the Wardman Park Marriott Hotel located in Washington D.C. near many embassies and the National Zoo.
NMUN•NW: The conference will be held at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel in Portland, Oregon
Visit the specific conference web pages to learn more.
4. Is our delegation required to stay at the host hotel?
NMUN•NY: No, delegations can stay wherever they choose. However, each year NMUN negotiates competitive New York City rates at the conference hotels where the conference occurs. There will be a facility fee assessed to any school that chooses not to stay at the conference hotel. For additional information, please check the New York Hotel Information page.
NMUN•DC: No, delegates can stay wherever they choose. However, every year NMUN and the Osgood Center negotiate very competitive DC rates at the conference hotel. For additional information, please check the DC Hotel Information page.
NMUN often offers unique international programs. Please check the hotel page for your conference to see NMUN’s housing recommendations/requirements.
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» Registration Questions
5. When/how do I register?
Conference registration is completely online. Go to the conference main page and click on the Register button.
6. How do we request a country assignment?
All country requests must be made through the conference’s online application/registration process.
NMUN•NY: All applications received by the preferred deadline will be given equal consideration. Applications received after this date are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Country Selection Guidelines:
• Select countries that have a maximum size close to the number of delegates you will bring (see the country matrix posted on the conference main page).
• In addition to the maximum listed you may bring 1-2 head delegates that will not participate in committee.
• To request countries on committees of particular interest, consult the country matrix and the committee topics, posted on the conference main page.
• No more than three (3) selections can be members of the Security Council – denoted by (SC).
• If we are unable to assign any of your top choices, we will try to follow your regional preferences.
NMUN•DC: Country assignments are made as complete applications are received (including school registration fee). This is often the case, as well for NMUN’s international (non-US) conferences.
7. What is the minimum number of delegates required?
NMUN recommends that delegations bring at least one person (minimum) to cover each committee assignment for their country. The smallest country assignments require as few as two delegates. This minimum number varies depending on the country assignment. Schools may find it advantageous to form joint delegations with other schools to represent a country.
8. What is the maximum number of delegates that can attend NMUN?
The maximum number of delegates that can attend varies depending on the country assignment. The country/committee matrix, which can be found on each conference page, indicates the minimum and maximum number of delegates per country assignment. There are never more than two delegates, per country assignment, allowed in any committee. If you assign Head Delegates, he/she/they may attend in addition to the maximum number of delegates, if they provide conference support to the delegates but do not participate in any committees. Additionally, NMUN allows a total of three delegates “floaters” that can rotate into committees and relieve committee members. This is particularly helpful to those delegates that need to leave for religious or personal reasons, etc., during the conference.
9. Do we need a faculty advisor or head delegate in order to participate?
Each school must provide a primary contact for the purposes of conference registration and communication. However, a school is not required to bring a faculty advisor or head delegate. Schools are invited to bring both if they are able. Please see the Policies & Codes (Code of Conduct) for more information on the roles of head delegates and faculty advisors.
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» Cost & Payment Questions
10. How much does the Conference cost?
There are two types of registration fees. There is the school registration fee, paid in Part I of online registration. This is a one-time nonrefundable fee. The second type of fee is the delegate fee. This is a fee paid for each delegate that will attend the conference. This fee is paid during Part II of online registration. To identify final conference costs please see “Costs” on the conference page of your choosing.
Please remember conference registration fees do not cover: housing/hotel fees, airfare, passports, visas, travel insurance, emergency evacuation insurance, cultural excursions or food.
11. Is there a head delegate fee?
Yes, NMUN conferences charge the same amount for a head delegate fee as would be paid for a regular delegate fee. If you are not currently enrolled as a college student, you are not eligible to attend our conferences.
12. Is there a fee for faculty advisors and guests?
There is a $100 fee for faculty advisors to attend the NMUN•NY conference. NMUN’s other conferences generally do not charge a faculty fee.
Students are not eligible for the faculty fee no matter what their role in their delegation, they must pay the delegate fee.
Each school is limited to no more than three guests at NMUN•NY. Guests serve as observers. They cannot be enrolled college students or faculty advisors and do not provide any support to a delegation. A guest is typically a school official, spouse/partner of a faculty advisor or a funder who is interested in gaining exposure to NMUN•NY as an observer of the conference. Guests are required to uphold the same Codes of Conduct as all other conference attendees. Guests do pay a guest fee. The guest badge allows them access to Opening/Closing Ceremony but does not allow them to attend the faculty programs/receptions.
13. Where and how do I submit these payments?
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- Visa or MasterCard. Use our online registration forms. For the New York conference, there is an additional 3.5% credit card processing fee.
- Check (from the school or faculty advisor) or Money Order. Payable to NCCA and mailed to:
2945 44th Ave. S., Suite 600
Minneapolis, MN 55406 USA
- Wire Transfer. You are responsible for paying all bank fees. Contact us for details.
- Western Union. You pay all fees. Contact us for details.
» Committee Questions
15. When does time stop for our committee?
Time freezes at 12:01 am the morning before the first committee sessions for all committees except the Security Council simulations. After this time, delegates will not be able to introduce real world events to committees. The Security Council is an exception because they have an open agenda that allows them to introduce topics in addition to those in the background guide as world conditions warrant.
16. Where do I send position papers?
Instructions are listed on the "Position Paper” pages for each conference.
17. Who can I ask about the committee rules of procedure?
Email the Deputy Secretary-General or the committee staff of your conference. Email addresses are usually posted on the conference Committee Topics & Background Guides page. Optional rules training is provided at most of our conferences. Check the conference program for time and place.
18. What are the NMUN Dress Code Guidelines?
The NMUN Dress Code adheres to professional business attire guidelines. Typically, delegate and faculty wear business suits to the Opening and Closing Ceremony and western business attire to all committee sessions. All clothing must adhere to guidelines that portray professionalism and modesty. International delegates in whose native countries traditional cultural dress is appropriate may dress in "professional business dress". These delegates are the only individuals to whom this applies. Any delegate attempting to use cultural costume to portray a "character" will be asked to leave the committee chamber and change into clothing that is more appropriate. If a delegate's attire is deemed inappropriate by the NMUN staff, the delegate will be asked to leave the session and return with the appropriate attire. As role models, faculty should dress in business attire. Also, note that it is inappropriate for delegates to display any national symbols such as flags, pins, crests, etc. on their person during committee sessions. UN symbols, however, are acceptable. Dress Code Guidelines are as follows:
Women: Standard female delegate attire for the conference is business jacket, skirt or slacks, button blouse, and dress shoes. Shirts that expose excessive bare skin on the chest, stomach or are otherwise revealing are inappropriate. Clothes that reveal undergarments are inappropriate.
Men: Standard male delegate attire for the conference is business jacket, slacks, button down shirt with tie and dress shoes. Shirts that expose excessive bare skin on the chest, stomach or are otherwise revealing are inappropriate. Clothes that reveal undergarments are inappropriate. Facial hair should be shaved or trimmed neatly. Dress sweaters are generally considered too casual, as well as shorts, ball caps, jeans, sneakers and sunglasses.
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