Explore how the world’s governments work together in a realistic simulation
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!
Fees and Payment Info
The program fee includes the unit fees for the UCLA coursework offered as part of the program and thus varies by UC student status. In addition to the program fee, students are assessed other campus and administrative fees during the summer. This is a summary of fees that commonly apply to the selected student type.
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Meet your instructors
Dr. Jennifer Jung-KimProgram Director
Dr. Jennifer Jung-Kim became director of MUNSI in 2023 and she has been instituting many changes to the program to enhance the Model UN learning experience for both novice and experienced students, especially to help them build leadership experience. She is a Continuing Lecturer in the UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and also teaches in the International and Area Studies Program and Honors Program. Dr. Jung-Kim, whose PhD is in modern Korean history, enjoys teaching courses on a wide range of issues, such as those covering East Asia, women’s history, and popular culture. She is a recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Lecturer Award in recognition of her outstanding and innovative teaching at UCLA. Over the past fifteen years, Dr. Jung-Kim has been involved in active learning pedagogy, teaching Reacting to the Past historical role-playing games, including one that she co-authored, and has also developed a Korean War Peace Treaty simulation for her UCLA courses. She has also been a volunteer speech and debate coach and took her teams to Nationals four times in six years (!).
Joining as Peer Learning Facilitators will be stellar members of the Model United Nations at UCLA, one of the top 10 most comprehensive MUN collegiate programs in the country.