Model United Nations Summer Institute


Residential ONLY
Program Start: Sunday, June 24, 2018, time and location TBD
Program End: Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 3:00 PM


UCLA offers a week-long intensive in-residence Model United Nations Summer Institutes for high school students who are interested in international diplomacy and foreign affairs.

The 21st century has so far shown that we live in an increasingly interconnected world, one in which organizations such as the United Nations will become more and more important. Model United Nations is an international organization in which students compete as delegations representing countries or people to debate international relations. If you are passionate about international relations and history and enjoy or want to improve your skills regarding public speaking and debate, then the UCLA Model United Nations Summer Institute is the perfect opportunity for you!

This week-long program is a perfect way for 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 have covered topics that have included human rights in Myanmar, self-determination in Kosovo, international wildlife trafficking, Mexico and the war on drugs, the crisis in Syria, and nuclear weapons in Iran. The Summer Institute is perfect for students interested in careers such as law, international relations, public policy, government, diplomacy, as well as students interesting in studying accompanying subjects in college such as political science, history, global studies, international development studies, law, public affairs, communications, and more!

The UCLA Model UN Summer Institute draws interest from high school students across the nation and across the world. In past Summer Institutes, we have welcomed students from across the United States (Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico), and the world (Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Fiji, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, The Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates).

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.


To participate for the Model United Nations Summer Institute, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • 14 years of age or older prior to June 25, 2018
  • Enrolled in grades 8th – 12th during Spring 2018

Students who do not meet the minimum program requirements should not register and should consider other summer opportunities.

Registration for the Model United Nations Summer Institute can be done conveniently online using the steps below.

  1. Access the Summer Institute Online Registration Form. Read all terms and conditions, then scroll to the bottom and “Continue to Registration”.
  2. Complete the first page of the online registration form by answering all mandatory questions, then, select “Continue” at the end of the first page.
  3. Provide responses to all questions on the second page of the online registration form, then “Submit”.
  4. Once your form is submitted, you will be redirected to the retrieve registration page, where you can select “Pay Now” to proceed with payment of the non-refundable deposit . Continue with the payment instructions to reserve your space in the program.

A space in the program is not reserved for you until valid payment of the non-refundable deposit* is completed. Those who are not prepared to pay after program acceptance can submit their registration form, log out, and retrieve registration at another time to make payment, however you risk losing a space in the program if program reaches capacity prior to the ability to pay. An email with instructions to retrieve registration will be sent within an hour of submitting your registration.

This deposit is not refundable under any circumstances including, but not limited to, drop for non-payment and withdrawal, even if you withdraw from the program before it begins. If you withdraw, this deposit will appear as processing fee charge on your BruinBill account.

If the program is full, you will not be prompted to make payment. When your application is accepted from the wait list, you will be notified by email with instructions for methods of payment.

If registering after May 1, full payment of all fees including the non-refundable deposit but excluding any applicable document and IEI fees is required to reserve your space in the program.

Already submitted the online registration form but need to make a change or finish your registration? You can easily do so by retrieving your registration. To retrieve registration, please complete the steps below:

  1. Access the Summer Institute Retrieve Registration Form here.
  2. You will need your five-digit registration number that was sent to your email address. Fill out the form, then “Submit”.

Many changes and additions can be made using retrieve registration including: Payment submission of the non-refundable deposit

  • Uploading required documents
  • Dropping a current program
  • Adding a second program
  • Switching to a new program

Student Quotes

Past participants have found the Mock Trial Summer Institute to be an unforgettable experience. Below, please find statements from former students.

"I loved the MUN institute. The institute as a whole was amazing and a really great experience. I had a ton of fun and I still keep in touch with many of the friends that I made. I fell in love with UCLA during the institute, as well, and I REALLY hope that I'll be accepted when I apply in two years!!!"

"It's instilled an even further love of MUN and helped me in gaining further MUN skills. I hope to use these skills and become a better debater, diplomat, and person. One day, I hope to become an ambassador or go into law, and this MUN camp has taught me a lot about both professions. Thank you!"

"This Institute has given me a stronger sense of world dynamics and has heightened my interest in globally impacting the world. I learned an incredible amount and met people (campers and counselors alike) who had an impact on the way I viewed just about everything. I am so happy I attended."

"Thank you so much for putting together and coordinating the MUN Institute at UCLA. I'm leaving with a greater curiosity of what's happening in the world surrounding me and an excitement to learn more about the different governmental/ international theories. (I'll definitely incorporate those theories in my AP Gov essays!) I met great people, got to get acquainted with the UCLA campus, and inherited a pretty superb college support group too. Thank you for putting so much time and effort into's greatly appreciated."

"I would personally like to thank you and the rest of the counselors for giving me an amazing experience this summer! The passion and the knowledge you guys illustrated has motivated me to start MUN at my school."

"I just wanted to say a sincere thank you to you and the rest of the MUN team that made my week amazing at UCLA's MUN Summer Institute. I truly enjoyed learning about MUN and the issues the UN faces, and I had a blast meeting new people that will undoubtedly be lifelong friends. None of this would have been possible without you, and so once again, thank you for all your hard work to make this happen!"


The UCLA Student Code of Conduct has been developed to maintain a safe, supportive, and inclusive campus community that engages students in order to foster their academic success, personal growth and responsible citizenship. Therefore you are expected to conduct yourself in a manner which demonstrates respect for yourself, your fellow Summer Sessions students, UCLA's faculty members, and members of the local community.

Behavior governed by the UCLA Student Code of Conduct includes:

  • Academic honesty
  • Treatment of others
  • Health and safety
  • Use of resources
  • Use of alcohol and controlled substances

UCLA’s reputation for academic excellence and institutional integrity is among the most valued assets; as such, academic integrity is of paramount importance and UCLA does all within its power to maintain its standards.

During the summer, matriculated UCLA students and visiting students alike are members of our diverse and inclusive True Bruin community. For more information on the student code of conduct, please visit the Dean of Students' website.

Program Dates

JUNE 24 - JUNE 30, 2018

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15: Summer Institutes Registration Opens

MARCH 1 - APRIL 1: Summer Scholars Support for California High School Students application available

MAY 1: Full Payment via MyUCLA due for Precollege Summer Institutes

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline for Precollege Summer Institutes

JUNE 24-30: Model United Nations Summer Institute