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Model United Nations Summer Institute

Explore how the world’s governments work together in a realistic simulation

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Take on the role of a delegate in debates on international topics

With the 21st Century becoming increasingly interconnected, international organizations like the United Nations are increasing their involvement and importance within the global community. UCLA Model United Nations Summer Institute (MUNSI) 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 this program is the perfect opportunity for you!

This program is suitable for all levels of Model UN experience. Students with little or no Model UN 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. Students who are seasoned delegates will expand and refine their Model UN 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 Model UN delegates, who are passionate about helping students gain confidence and master Model UN.

Fees and Payment Info

The fee for a summer course is calculated based on the unit value the course carries. In addition to the course fee, students are assessed other campus and administrative fees during the summer. Below is a summary of fees that apply to all UCLA students (both in-state and out-of-state).

For a complete description of fees including payment instructions, refunds, delinquency and financial aid, visit the fees, payment and financial aid section.

Program Fee $1,170
Registration Fee $350
IEI Fee $61
Document Fee (for first-time Summer Sessions students) $50

Meet your instructors

Dr. Margaret Peters

Associate Professor

Dr. Margaret Peters is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Chair of the Global Studies Academic Program at UCLA. Her research focuses broadly on international political economy with a special focus on the politics of migration. Her book, Trading Barriers: Immigration and the Remaking of Globalization (2017, Princeton University Press) examines the relationship between trade policy, outsourcing, and immigration policy and received the Lowi award for the best first book from APSA and IPSA, and the Best Book Award from the IPE and Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Sections of the International Studies Associations and the Migration and Citizenship section of APSA.

Nat Do

Program Coordinator

Nat Do is the Program Coordinator for the 2022 UCLA Model United Nations Summer Institute (MUNSI). Nat is a rising third year Human Biology and Society major and Anthropology minor and has been involved with Model UN since their freshman year of high school. Nat plans to apply leadership skills and intersectional perspectives from MUN to their future career in medicine with a focus on global health and serving patients’ diverse cultures. Nat was Secretary General of their high school’s MUN program before joining MUN at UCLA and becoming a member of the executive board, and also served as a Program Counselor for the 2021 MUNSI. Over the last six years, they have competed in conferences in California, the east coast, and even Europe. They love the collaboration and research aspects of MUN, and considers the club a second family. Nat aims for MUNSI to inspire (or reignite) a passion for MUN, international relations, and debate in an inclusive and friendly-competitive environment.

Additional Instructors

Joining as instructors will be the Executive Board and other stellar members of the Model United Nations at UCLA, one of the top 10 most comprehensive MUN collegiate programs in the country.