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NMUN Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to commonly asked questions. Click on the questions below to go to the answer. If you have other questions, contact info@nmun.org or search our site:

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General
  1. May high school students attend?
  2. What language is used?
  3. What are the conference dates?
  4. Where are conferences held?
  5. Must we stay at the host hotel?
  6. Who organizes our Mission/Embassy Briefing?
Registration
  1. When/how do we register?
  2. How do we request a country assignment?
  3. What is the minimum number of delegates required?
  4. What is the maximum number of delegates that may attend?
  5. Are faculty advisors or head delegates required?
Cost & Payment
  1. How much does the conference cost?
  2. Is there a head delegate fee?
  3. Is there a fee for faculty advisors?
  4. How do I submit the payments?
  5. Do you have any fundraising suggestions?
Committees
  1. When does time stop for our committee?
  2. Where do I send position papers?
  3. Who can I ask about the committee rules of procedure?
  4. What are the NMUN Dress Code Guidelines?

General Questions


1. May high school students attend?

No, our conferences are for university/college students only. High school students looking for a Model UN experience can obtain information from the National High School Model UN (NHSMUN). Please note that the NHSMUN is not affiliated with NMUN.

2. What language is used?

English is used at all NMUN conferences. You must be able to speak, read, and write in English in order to participate in our conferences.

3. What are the conference dates?

NMUN•NY (NY Website)

  • 2017: 19-23 March & 9-13 April
  • 2018: 18-22 March & 25-29 March
  • 2019: 24-28 March & 14-18 April
  • 2020: 29 March - 2 April & 5-9 April

NMUN•DC (DC Website)

  • 2016: 11-13 November
  • 2017: 3-5 November

NMUN International (Website)



4. Where are conferences held?

NMUN•NY: These conferences are held at the Sheraton and Hilton Hotels in New York City on two different weeks. Each week has identical committees and topics, equal access to the UN, and allows more assignment options. The Closing Ceremony is traditionally held at United Nations Headquarters.

NMUN•DC: This conference is held at the Wardman Park Marriott Hotel located in Washington D.C. near many embassies and the U.S. National Zoo.

International Programs: Check the specific conference home page to learn more. 

5. Must we stay at the host hotel?

NMUN•NY: No, delegations can stay wherever they choose. However, there will be a facility use fee assessed to any school that chooses not to stay at the conference hotels. NMUN negotiates competitive New York City rates at the conference hotels. For additional information, please check the New York Hotel Information page.

NMUN•DC: No, delegates can stay wherever they choose. However, there will be a facility use fee assessed to any school that chooses not to stay at the conference hotel. NMUN and the Osgood Center negotiate very competitive DC rates at the conference hotel. For additional information, please check the DC Hotel Information page.

International Programs: check the hotel page for your conference to see our housing recommendations/requirements.


6. Who organizes our Mission/Embassy Briefing?

Delegations must arrange for their own Mission (NY) or Embassy (DC and International) briefings. Additional information can be found on our Mission and Briefings page.

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Registration Questions


1. When/how do we register?

Conference registration is completely online. Go to the conference main page linked from www.nmun.org and click on the Register button. The date registration opens is posted below this button. You must pay the nonrefundable registration fee before your application will be considered.

2. 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 priority 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 and International: Country assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. We make assignments in the order we receive complete applications, including payment of the school registration fee.

3. What is the minimum number of delegates required?

You must bring at least one person to cover each committee assignment for your country. At New York you should have two people on each committee. Smaller delegations may find it advantageous to form joint delegations with other schools to represent a country together. Individual delegates are welcome to apply but must do so under their school name. They will be given a shared country with a specific committee assignment.

4. What is the maximum number of delegates that can attend?

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, 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. They may fill in for students who get sick or need to be absent due to religious reasons.

5. Are faculty advisors or head delegates required?

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 of Conduct for more information on the roles of head delegates and faculty advisors. Consult our NMUN Faculty/Team Leader Prep. Guide for preparation tips.

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Cost & Payment Questions


1. How much does the conference cost?

Cost considerations are listed on the 'Costs' links found on the left side of each conference page. Basically, there are two types of fees. The nonrefundable school registration fee, paid when you first register. The other is the delegate/faculty fee which is paid for each person who will attend the conference. It is paid after you confirm your delegate numbers. Please remember these fees do not cover your hotel, airfare, passports, visas, travel insurance, emergency evacuation insurance, health insurance, cultural tours, meals, souvenirs, etc.

2. 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 university student, you are not eligible to attend our conferences.

3. Is there a fee for faculty advisors and guests?

There are faculty advisor fees at NMUN•NY and at NMUN•DC. You will find the amount on the NY Costs page or the DC Costs page. NMUN’s other conferences generally do not include a faculty fee. Students are not allowed to register as faculty, even if they are leading the delegation. They must pay the delegate fee and are considered head delegates.

Each school is limited to no more than three guests at NMUN•NY. Guests serve as observers. They cannot be university/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 as an observer of the conference. Guests are required to uphold the same Policies & Codes of Conduct as all other conference attendees. Guests at NMUN•NY 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.

4. How do I submit these payments?
  • Visa or MasterCard. Use our online registration forms. An additional credit card processing fee may be added.
  • Check (from the school or faculty advisor) or Money Order. Payable to NCCA and mailed to:
    NCCA/NMUN
    2945 44th Ave. S., Suite 600
    Minneapolis, MN 55406 USA
  • Wire Transfer. You pay all fees. Contact us for details.
5. Do you have any fundraising suggestions?

Check out our Fundraising Ideas page.

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Committee Questions


1. 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.

2. Where do I send position papers?

Instructions are listed on the "Position Paper” pages for each conference.

3. Who can I ask about the committee rules of procedure?

Email the Deputy Secretary-General. Email addresses are 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. The NMUN Rules of Procedure are found on the Preparation Guides & Resources pages for each conference.

4. What are the NMUN Dress Code Guidelines?

All clothing must adhere to guidelines that portray professionalism and modesty. If a delegate’s attire is deemed inappropriate by NMUN staff, the delegate will be asked to leave the session and return with appropriate attire. Standard delegate attire for the conference is business jacket, slacks/skirt, dress shirt (with tie for men), and dress shoes. Read our Policies & Codes of Conduct-Dress Code section for more details.

Faculty advisors/team leaders, guests, and volunteer staff serve as role models for delegates. Thus they are required to dress in western business attire while participating in scheduled conference sessions.

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