Model United Nations Opportunities At Harvard and in California

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Students from around the country are now able to apply to participate in the Harvard Model United Nations experience. Registration for the next session is scheduled to open on or about May 1st of this year and students who have an interest in being a part of Model United Nations and would like a chance to work with some of the best internationally-minded students from around the country should check it out. This is also a great opportunity for local Orange County high school students to get a taste of the Ivy League experience. In addition to learning from one of the best universities in America, students will have the opportunity to visit the exciting city of Boston. Current MUN students have plenty of time to plan and talk to their faculty advisors prior to May but the application process is likely to be grueling so don’t wait!

Participating in Harvard Model United Nations is a wonderful way for high school students from around the country to gain experience understanding what world leaders struggle through on a daily basis. In a time when parts of the world are in constant conflict, it’s important for America’s emerging generation to empathize with the complexity of working in the fields of political science or international relations or simply to be empathetic and global citizens (READ: “Extra Curricular Activities For Your College Resume”).

Important dates to remember:

May 1st (approximate) – Online registration opens

May 7th (approximate) – The financial aid application is available

May 28th (approximate) – Priority registration deadline

October 1st (approximate) – Special committee applications are due

October 8th (approximate) – Regular registration deadline and financial aid applications due

Check out their website throughout the year for important updates.

 West Coast Students

As part of the prospective HMUN team, student delegates may request a country that they wish to represent, however, it’s not guaranteed that any particular student or school will receive the country that they requested. Although going to Boston to represent a local high school is a fabulous opportunity and resume builder, many California-based students would like an experience closer to home. West coast students can apply to be part of one of two Model United Nation conferences in Los Angeles hosted by UCLA. UCLA offers two different Model United Nation experiences: The BruinMUN in the fall, which is a high school conference and the LAMUN in the spring, which is a college level Conference.

Regardless of which part of the country a student is based in, joining a Model United Nations club in high school is a great way to not only impress potential college admissions departments but also to become an experienced and global citizen at a young age. The majority of teenagers don’t have the opportunity to be Globetrotters at such a young age, due to the fact that they have a significant amount of obligations to their education right here at home (READ: “How to Get an A Before the End of the Term”). Participating in Model UN is a great way to have an international experience without ever leaving the state. Although any global exercise in empathy is a great opportunity, college students and adults with the means to do so are strongly encouraged to visit foreign countries in person when they are able to do so. Many internationally-minded college-level and grad school students choose to do a semester abroad or a year abroad as a way to see the world through all five senses.

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