Overview: The Delegation
What is the Delegation program?
The United Netherlands delegation program stands out, because it does not only include the trainings and Model United Nations (MUN) conferences, but it is also an academic course accredited by Radboud University with 10 EC.
Delegation part – Training & MUN Conferences
As a student of the UNMD, or ‘delegate’ in the delegation, you will be trained for half a year in theory and practice of multilateral diplomacy. You will be able to translate your theoretical knowledge in to practice by developing your skills such as public speaking, negotiating and creating your own personal style of diplomacy. The program is focused on self-development, with your progress being evaluated throughout the program. The combination of theory and practice will get you ready for Model United Nations sessions in Oxford and Harvard and you will compete against the best students in the world.
Academic part – Lectures & 10 ECTS
When you participate in the delegation program, you will be automatically enrolled in the academic course United Nations and Multilateral Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (UNMD). The UNMD is an interuniversity course on the level of BA3. Throughout the course, you will get academic lectures from profound professors from a myriad of universities and institutions on all aspects relevant to international diplomacy – such as, but not limited to, United Nations, International Relations, Responsibility to Protect, and International law. The course is accredited with 10 ECTS by the Radboud University and runs during the first semester of every year (September – February). The UNMD is open for all students from all Dutch universities to apply to; however, there are approximately 30 students accepted every year to this exclusive course.
When does the Delegation take place?
The Delegation program takes place every Friday from mid-September to mid-February from around 10 in the morning until 6 in the afternoon. In November, you will visit Oxford University for your first international MUN experience with your delegation. The course will conclude in February with a final training week in New York City and after you will participate in the most prestigious MUN conference in the world in Harvard.
Where is the Delegation program?
The UNMD mainly takes place at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, with the exception of special sessions that may take place at special locations throughout the Netherlands and of course the international travels. Examples of visits from previous years are the Clingendael Institute, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassies of the countries represented at Harvard.
How does selection work?
Throughout the year there are 2 selection rounds.
For every selection round, United Netherlands requires you to hand in your:
- Motivation letter (300 words);
- An essay of approximately 300 words about a topic that is to be announced;
- A picture of yourself.
Summer Selection: From May to July the first part of the new delegation will be selected. This requires several rounds, of which 2 are MUN simulations (no prior preparation is required), in order to get a feel of your potential in this kind of setting. The final round is an interview round, in which we get the chance to get to know you on a more personal level.
Fall Selection: In August – September we will select the final additions to the delegation. This will be done through a shorter and more intensive procedure which consists out of one MUN round (again, no prior preparation is required) and an interview round.
What kind of people does United Netherlands look for?
United Netherlands looks for a very diverse group of people from all academic fields, ranging from physics and medicine to law and anthropology and everything in between. The core elements are ambition, motivation and the ability to think and reflect critically on oneself and others.