North Central College - Naperville, IL

Model UN

For an entire term, you’ll immerse yourself in the history, culture, economics, foreign policy and politics of a particular country. In recent years, students have focused on Uganda, Sudan, Peru, Malaysia, Croatia, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Rwanda, Myanmar, Equatorial Guinea and Nicaragua.

You’ll learn parliamentary procedures of the United Nations (UN) so you can participate in two four-day national simulations—one in Chicago and another in New York City—that replicate the UN agenda. You’ll draft resolutions that benefit the country you represent and learn the art of diplomacy and negotiation in order to pass those resolutions. During the winter simulation, you’ll meet your represented nation’s ambassador or delegates.

You will also:

  • Develop critical thinking skills.
  • Gain confidence sharing ideas with large groups of people.
  • Understand and see the world from the perspective of a different country.
  • Learn the arts of diplomacy, negotiation and consensus-building.
  • Immerse yourself in the culture of another country, viewing documentaries and enjoying cuisine unique to that culture.
  • Focus on one country during fall term and attend the American Model United Nations Conference in Chicago.
  • Focus on a different country during winter term and attend the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City, where you’ll meet that country’s ambassador or delegates.
Model UN

Nicole’s involvement with Model United Nations (UN) grew out of her study abroad experience. Her new-found interest in international politics and cultures led her to complete coursework in Model UN and its simulations.

“Model UN challenged me to be a global citizen, to think about global issues from a different country’s viewpoint. That required reading and learning about the cultures, history and political systems of countries very different than my own.”

When North Central was assigned to represent Afghanistan for one UN simulation, Nicole and her class partner focused on human rights and trafficking. “We studied these issues from that country’s experience and its position in the global system....

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