1. What is MUN?
Model United Nations is a debating form wherein sessions of the United Nations are simulated with a specific ruleset. In MUN you will represent a country in a certain committee and you will have to debate topics based on the policy of the country you are representing. You could be France in the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) which could discuss topics from cybersecurity regulation to conventional arms control for example. Likewise, there is a diversity of topics in different committees including human rights, environmental protection, maritime security, humanitarian crises, and more.
2. Do I need to have previous experience before joining LeidenMUN?
No! Everyone is welcome to join LeidenMUN, experienced or not. What we are looking for is the motivation to learn and develop your skills.
3. Do I need to study International Relations to join LeidenMUN?
Not at all. The United Nations consists of multiple committees that could discuss topics ranging from the legal spheres to medical topics (e.g. World Health Organization) to terrorism. Having said that, some knowledge of current international relations and current affairs is appreciated as those topics will be useful within all committees. We've had delegates who study a diversity of degrees including History, Psychology, Business, and more.
4. Can I join one of your sessions to see how it works?
Unfortunately, you cannot join one of our sessions individually, but we are happy to help you with any questions you have. This is because our sessions are tailored to the delegates in any given delegation, and we want to make sure to give them the best possible experience in a small-group environment. You can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach us through our social channels on Facebook and Instagram.
5. I want to apply to one of your delegations, but I am not sure how the procedure works?
Our applications are always specifically for one conference. In general, you will have to send in your CV and a motivation letter, after which you might be invited for an interview. After all the interviews are concluded, you will hear from us if you are selected to join the delegation or not. This is a recurring process per delegation and each selection process is unique. Therefore, even if you have experience with LeidenMUN in the past, it is not automatic that you would be accepted in the future. Likewise, even if you have not been selected in the past, we still encourage you to apply again for another delegation.
6. When does the application procedure for any conference open?
Keep checking our website and/or social media to stay up to date as to when it will open! We will announce it with plenty of time for you to prepare your application.
7. How do you teach your delegates?
We teach based on four pillars: research, negotiation, public speaking, and resolution writing. We do this through weekly Skills Labs on Tuesdays and through Mock sessions on Wednesdays, wherein we simulate a UN committee and topic. Furthermore, we have a unique system in which you will get a board member assigned to you for individualized development. This is called the Personal Development Programme, or PDP, in which you will be personally guided to develop your skills.
8. Do I have to study at Leiden University?
Definitely not! In almost every delegation we have a few delegates who come from different universities around the Netherlands. As long as you can commit to making it to our weekly sessions (Skills Labs and Mock Sessions), it does not matter where you study or where you live in the Netherlands. Likewise, exchange students are also welcome to apply!
9. Do you accept international students?
Yes, we do! We always have a mix of international and Dutch students.