April 8, 2012

Model United Nations Summer Institute for High School Students

The UCLA International Institute will be offering a Model United Nations Summer Institute, a week-long intensive program for high school students who are interested in international diplomacy and foreign affairs. This will take place from June 24 - June 30, 2012.

During the Summer Institute, high school students will take on the role of diplomat, engage in independent research, and debate a country’s position on one of the many committees of the United Nations. This week-long program is a perfect way for high school students to not only enhance their public speaking skills and learn to work cooperatively to accomplish substantive goals that benefit the world, but an excellent opportunity to learn about the world, its history, its peoples, and the way its governments work together in a very realistic simulation. Debating in committees, students cover topics such as demilitarization of conflict regions like Kashmir, HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, international human trafficking in Southeast Asia, loss of bio diversity through climate change, and even historical crises such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Napoleonic Wars.

Students participating in the Model United Nations Summer Institute will work closely with current members of the MUN at UCLA Team, one of the top 10 most comprehensive MUN collegiate programs in the country, including its Executive Board Members. In addition, the Model United Nations Summer Institute provides high school students with the following:

• College Credit: Students who successfully complete the program will receive 2 units of Pass/No Pass University of California credit.

• One Week In-Residence Program: Due to the rigorous and intense nature of the program, the residential plan, which includes housing, a meal plan, a schedule of activities, and supervision, is mandatory for all students.

• Scholarship Opportunities: The UCLA International Institute is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities for students participating in the Model United Nations Summer Institute. A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available to qualified California high school students for summer study at UCLA.

More information on the Model United Nations Summer Institute, as well as information on registering for the program can be found at http://www.summer.ucla.edu/institutes/Mun/overview.htm

Leicester, E. [ASIATEACH] Announcing the Model United Nations Summer Institute for High School Students. ASIATEACH listserv (ASIATEACH@NEWLISTS.SSCNET.UCLA.EDU, 6 Apr 2012).

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