Model United Nations Summer Institute



June 21 - June 26, 2021
UCLA Course Credit: GLBL ST 10
One Week Online Program



UCLA offers an exciting and intensive in-residence Model United Nations Summer Institute (MUNSI) for high school students who are interested in international diplomacy and foreign affairs.  With the 21st Century becoming increasingly interconnected, international organizations like the United Nations are increasing their involvement and importance within the global community. The UCLA Model United Nations Summer Institute allows students to mirror the United Nations, and take on the role of delegates representing countries in debate on international topics.

This week-long program is a perfect way for students to learn to work cooperatively to accomplish substantive goals that benefit the world, learn about pressing global issues, and explore the way the world’s governments work together in a very realistic simulation.  If you are passionate about international relations and want to improve your public speaking, negotiation, leadership, research and debate skills, then the UCLA Model United Nations Summer Institute is the perfect opportunity for you!

UCLA MUNSI is suitable for all levels of Model UN experience.  Students with little or no MUN exposure will be taught the essentials needed to be a successful delegate, including learning about draft resolutions and directive writing as well as international relations theory, and will be able to test their newfound knowledge and skills during general committee sessions. Students who are seasoned delegates will expand and refine their MUN skills to the exploration of international flashpoints.  Advanced students, in particular, are highly encouraged to participate in one of our fast-paced crisis committees.

UCLA MUNSI offers an impressive 1:6 staff to student ratio, which allows for individualized guidance and feedback throughout the session, maximizing the students’ experience.

Our staff members are award-winning collegiate MUN delegates, who are passionate about helping students gain confidence and master Model UN.

Beyond Model UN, participants will also have ample opportunity to attend sessions on college admissions, hear about college preparation, and sample life as a college student.  In addition, participants who successfully complete UCLA MUNSI will be awarded 2 units of college credit through Global Studies 10 – International Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs, which will be noted on an official UCLA transcript


Program Eligibility

To participate for the Model United Nations Summer Institute, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • 14 years of age or older prior to June 21, 2021
  • Enrolled in grades 8th – 12th during Spring 2021

Students who do not meet the minimum program requirements should not register and should consider other summer opportunities.

How to register

Registration for the Model United Nations Summer Institute can be done conveniently online using the steps below.

  1. Access the Summer Institute Online Registration Form starting February 15. Read all terms and conditions, then scroll to the bottom and “Continue to Registration.”
  2. Complete the first page of the online registration form by answering all mandatory questions, then, select “Continue” at the end of the first page.
  3. Provide responses to all questions on the second page of the online registration form, then “Submit”.
  4. Once your form is submitted, you will be redirected to the retrieve registration page, where you can select “Pay Now” to proceed with payment of the non-refundable registration fee . Continue with the payment instructions to reserve your space in the program.

A space in the program is not reserved for you until valid payment of the non-refundable registration fee* is completed. Those who are not prepared to pay after program acceptance can submit their registration form, log out, and retrieve registration at another time to make payment, however you risk losing a space in the program if program reaches capacity prior to the ability to pay. An email with instructions to retrieve registration will be sent within an hour of submitting your registration.

This fee is not refundable under any circumstances including, but not limited to, drop for non-payment and withdrawal, even if you withdraw from the program before it begins.

If the program is full, you will not be prompted to make payment. When your application is accepted from the waitlist, you will be notified by email with instructions for methods of payment.

If registering after May 1, full payment of all fees including the non-refundable registration fee but excluding any applicable document and IEI fees is required to reserve your space in the program.

How to Make Registration Changes

Already submitted the online registration form but need to make a change or finish your registration? You can easily do so by retrieving your registration. To retrieve registration, please complete the steps below:

  1. Access the Summer Institute Retrieve Registration Form here.
  2. You will need your five-digit registration number that was sent to your email address. Fill out the form, then “Submit”.

Many changes and additions can be made using retrieve registration including: Payment submission of the non-refundable deposit

  • Uploading required documents
  • Dropping a current program
  • Adding a second program
  • Switching to a new program


Student Quotes

The UCLA Model United Nations Summer Institute (MUNSI) is truly an international experience. In past Summer Institutes, we have welcomed students from all across the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, as well as Armenia, Australia, Bahrain Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Fiji, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere!

MUNSI draws interest from high school students across the world who are looking to form valuable allies while debating in committee, and also provides a wonderful opportunity for students to live with, hear from, and have fun with students who are different from themselves, with many even forming lifelong friendships.  Past participants have found the MUNSI to be an unforgettable experience. Below, please find statements from former students.

"I loved the MUN summer institute. The institute as a whole was amazing and a really great experience. I had a ton of fun and I still keep in touch with many of the friends that I made. I fell in love with UCLA during the institute, as well, and I REALLY hope that I'll be accepted when I apply in two years!!!"

"It's instilled an even further love of MUN and helped me in gaining further MUN skills. I hope to use these skills and become a better debater, diplomat, and person. One day, I hope to become an ambassador or go into law, and this MUN summer institute has taught me a lot about both professions. Thank you!"

"This Institute has given me a stronger sense of world dynamics and has heightened my interest in globally impacting the world. I learned an incredible amount and met people (campers and counselors alike) who had an impact on the way I viewed just about everything. I am so happy I attended."

"Thank you so much for putting together and coordinating the MUN Summer Institute at UCLA. I'm leaving with a greater curiosity of what's happening in the world surrounding me and an excitement to learn more about the different governmental/ international theories. (I'll definitely incorporate those theories in my AP Gov essays!) I met great people, got to get acquainted with the UCLA campus, and inherited a pretty superb college support group too. Thank you for putting so much time and effort into's greatly appreciated."

"I would personally like to thank you and the rest of the counselors for giving me an amazing experience this summer! The passion and the knowledge you guys illustrated has motivated me to start MUN at my school."

"I just wanted to say a sincere thank you to you and the rest of the MUN team that made my week amazing at UCLA's MUN Summer Institute. I truly enjoyed learning about MUN and the issues the UN faces, and I had a blast meeting new people that will undoubtedly be lifelong friends. None of this would have been possible without you, and so once again, thank you for all your hard work to make this happen!"


Program Dates

JUNE 21 - JUNE 26, 2021

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15 - APRIL 1: Summer Scholars Support for California High School Students Application Period

FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

MAY 1: Payment due in full

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline - Refund Deadline for Summer Institutes

JUNE 21-26: Model United Nations Summer Institute

UCLA Summer Sessions 2021 will be remote. Learn More.