What is the United Netherlands Delegation program?
The Delegation is an exclusive program where you get taught the theory and practice of multilateral diplomacy. For six months, every Friday, you will train your public speaking, negotiation and leadership skills. The Delegation stands out compared to other student programs, as it not only includes skills training and international MUN conferences, but also an academic course accredited by the Radboud University with 10 ECTS.
The Delegation – Skill Training & MUN Conferences
As a ‘delegate’ in the Delegation, you receive lectures and practical skills training regarding diplomacy. Every Friday, the training sessions challenge you to put the theoretical knowledge into practice immediately, while developing skills such as your public speaking, negotiating and personal style of diplomacy. The Delegation is focused on self-development, meaning that your progress is evaluated throughout the course by feedback from your trainers as well as your fellow delegates. The combination of theory, practice, and personal goals prepare you for the Model United Nations Conferences of Oxford University and Harvard University, where you will compete against some of the best and brightest students in the world!
Academic course – Lectures & 10 ECTS
When you participate in the Delegation, you will be automatically enrolled as a student in the academic course United Nations and Multilateral Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (UNMD). The UNMD is an inter-university course at a BA3 level. Throughout the course, you will get academic lectures from professors from a wide range of universities and institutions on all aspects relevant to international diplomacy – such as, but not limited to, the United Nations, Political Economy and International Law. This course is accredited with 10 ECTS by the Radboud University and runs during the first semester of every year (September – February). As it is an accredited course, student attendance is expected as well as performing academic work such as research papers and an exam. The UNMD application is open to (international) students from all Dutch universities, and approximately 30 students are accepted per year. We believe diversity is a large asset to The Delegation and thus encourage students with different (study) backgrounds to apply!
When does the Delegation take place?
The Delegation takes place every Friday from the start of the academic year in September to mid-February from 10 in the morning until 6 in the evening. In November, you will visit Oxford University for your first international Model United Nations experience with your fellow delegates. The program will conclude in February with a final training week in New York City, after which you will participate in the most prestigious Model United Nations conference in the world: Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN).
Where are the Friday sessions?
The Delegation mainly takes place at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, with the exception of special sessions that may take place at locations throughout the Netherlands, and of course the international trips. Aside from the regular training sessions, The Delegation also visits international institutions to provide more insights into diplomacy as a practice. For example, visits from previous years include the Clingendael Institute, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassies of the countries represented at Harvard.
How does the selection work? Throughout the year there are 2 selection rounds for the Delegation.
For both selection rounds, United Netherlands requires you to hand in your:
- Motivation letter (300 words);
- An essay of approximately 400 words about a topic that is to be announced;
- A picture of your passport.
Summer Selection: From May to July the first wave of students for the Delegation will be selected. The Summer selection process consists of three rounds, of which the first two 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 consists of an interview, in which we hope to get to know you on a more personal level.
Fall Selection: In August and September we will select the final additions to the Delegation. This will be done through a shorter and more intensive procedure which consists of a single MUN round (again, no prior preparation is required) as well as an interview round.
What kind of students does United Netherlands look for?
United Netherlands looks for a very diverse group of students from all academic fields, ranging from physics and medicine to law and social sciences and everything in between. The only mandatory requirement for joining the Delegation is being enrolled in a Dutch University (as a regular or exchange student) during the course of the program. The core characteristics we look for are ambition, drive and the ability to think and reflect critically on oneself and others. So, if you are ready for a new challenge alongside your studies; ready to learn about yourself and from others; and ready to devote time to the Delegation – do not wait any longer and apply now!
More Information about the Delegation
United Netherlands gave me the chance to develop and hone all the skills I hope to use in my future career. I was trained in diplomacy, practiced with incredibly talented fellow delegates, and then used those skills to compete against people from across the world. Plus, I had a lot of fun along the way!André Harris, Delegate 2015-2016
When working together within United Netherlands, friendships are bound to occur. The program offers many social activities to get to know each other better, until you realize that you have made friends for life.Niels van Rosmalen, Delegate 2013-2014