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NMUN Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to commonly asked questions. You may scroll through the entire list or click on the questions below to go to the answer. If you have additional questions, please contact us at info@nmun.org.

General

1. May high school students attend?

2. What are the dates of the NMUN -
    Conference? When can we register?

3. Where are NMUN Conferences held?
4. Is our delegation required to stay at the host hotel? What is the cost of the hotel?

Registration

5.
When/how do we register?
6.
How do we request a country assignment?
7. What is the minimum number of delegates
    required?

8. What is the maximum number of delegates
    that can attend NMUN?
9. Do we need a faculty advisor or head
    delegate in order to participate?

Cost & Payment

10. How much does the Conference cost?

11. Is there a head delegate fee?
12. Is there a fee for faculty advisors?
13. Where and how do I submit these payments?

Mission & Embassy Briefings

14.Will the Conference organize our Mission/Embassy Briefing?

Committees

15. When does time stop for our committee?

16. Where do I send position papers?
17. Who can I ask about the committee rules of
     procedure?

18. What are the NMUN Dress Code Guidelines?
19. What language is used at NMUN?


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 the NMUN Conference.

2. What are the dates of the NMUN Conferences? When can we register?

The "Important Dates" links found on each conference page provide relevant dates.

Dates of future programs are:

NMUN•NY 2015: 22 - 26 March & 29 March - 2 April (Sheraton and Hilton; Sun-Thurs)
NMUN•DC 2015: 30 October - 1 November 2015
NMUN•Europe 2015-Olomouc, Czech Republic: 22-28 November 2015
NMUN•NY 2016: 20 - 24 March & 27 - 31 March (Sheraton and Hilton; Sun-Thurs)
NMUN•DC 2016: November 2016
NMUN•Japan 2016-Kobe, Japan: 20-26 November 2016
NMUN•NY 2017: 19 - 23 March & 9 - 13 April (Sheraton and Hilton; Sun-Thurs)
NMUN•NY 2018: 18 - 22 March & 25 - 29 March (Sheraton and Hilton; Sun-Thurs)

3. Where are NMUN 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 offers smaller committees/more assignment options. The Closing Ceremony is traditionally held at United Nations Headquarters.

NMUN•DC: Committee sessions are held at the Wardman Park Marriott Hotel located in Washington D.C. near many embassies and the National Zoo.

Visit the specific conference web pages to learn more. 

4. Is our delegation required to 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.

NMUN often offers unique international programs. Please check the hotel page for your conference to see NMUN’s housing recommendations/requirements.


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» Registration Questions

5. When/how do I register?

Conference registration is completely online. Go to the conference main page and click on the Register button.

6. 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.

7. What is the minimum number of delegates required?

NMUN recommends that delegations bring at least one person (minimum) to cover each committee assignment for their country. The smallest country assignments require as few as two delegates. This minimum number varies depending on the country assignment. Schools may find it advantageous to form joint delegations with other schools to represent a country. Individual delegates are welcome to apply.

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

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, he/she/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. Additionally, NMUN allows a total of three delegates “floaters” that can rotate into committees and relieve committee members. This is particularly helpful to those delegates that need to leave for religious or personal reasons, etc., during the conference.

9. Do we need a faculty advisor or head delegate in order to participate?

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.

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» Cost & Payment Questions

10. How much does the Conference cost?

There are two types of registration fees. There is the school registration fee, paid in Part I of online registration. This is a one-time nonrefundable fee. The second type of fee is the delegate fee. This is a fee paid for each delegate that will attend the conference. This fee is paid during Part II of online registration. To identify final conference costs please see “Costs” on the conference page of your choosing.

Please remember conference registration fees do not cover: housing/hotel fees, airfare, passports, visas, travel insurance, emergency evacuation insurance, cultural excursions or food.


11. 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.


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

There is a $100 fee for faculty advisors to attend the NMUN•NY conference. 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 enrolled 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 to NMUN•NY as an observer of the conference. Guests are required to uphold the same Codes of Conduct as all other conference attendees. Guests 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.


13. Where and how do I submit these payments?

  • Visa or MasterCard. Use our online registration forms. For the New York conference, there is an additional 3.5% credit card processing fee.

  • 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 are responsible for paying all bank fees. Contact us for details.

  • Western Union. You pay all fees. Contact us for details.
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» Mission Briefings Question

14. Will the Conference organize our Mission/Embassy Briefing?

No. Delegations must arrange for their own Mission (NY) or Embassy (DC) briefings. Additional information can be found on our Mission and Briefings page.

» Committee Questions

15. 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.


16. Where do I send position papers?

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

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

Email the Deputy Secretary-General or the committee staff of your conference. Email addresses are usually 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.

18. 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.
• Dress sweaters, shorts, ball caps, jeans, sneakers, and sunglasses are considered too casual. Clothes that expose excessive bare skin, reveal undergarments, or are otherwise revealing are inappropriate.
• It is not appropriate for delegates to display any national symbols such as flags, pins, crests, etc. on their person during sessions. UN symbols are acceptable.
• Western business dress is preferred. Traditional dress is only permitted for international delegates in whose native countries “professional business dress” includes traditional cultural dress. NMUN will not tolerate any delegate’s attempt to portray a “character” using traditional cultural attire as a costume.

As role models for delegates, volunteer staff, faculty advisors, and guests are required to dress in western business attire while participating in scheduled conference sessions.

19.What language is used at NMUN?

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.

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