Model United Nations Summer Institute



Participants of the Model United Nations Summer Institute will receive UCLA credit for the following course(s):

  • Global Studies 10 – International Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs (2 units)

The UCLA Model United Nations Summer Institute is offered under the auspices of the International Institute, which serves as the focal point for international research and teaching at UCLA. Through its multidisciplinary centers and programs dedicated to the study of world regions and global issues, the Institute fosters learning about and active participation in the contemporary world.

The academic programs offered through the UCLA International Institute focus on the modern and interdisciplinary study of many of the world’s regions (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East) and important international thematic issues (global health, globalization, international development, and international migration) facing the world today.


For an overview of the mandatory academic components of the Model United Nations Summer Institute, please view the program schedule below.

If you have questions about the program's schedule, please email

NOTE: The program schedule and syllabus are subject to change.

Faculty and Instructors

Michael Thies

Professor Michael Thies is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Chair of the Global Studies and International & Area Studies Academic Programs. His research focuses on political economy and political institutions in advanced industrial countries, with a primary focus on Japan.

Isaiah Gutierrez

Isaiah Gutierrez is the Program Coordinator for the UCLA Model United Nations Summer Institute (MUNSI). He is double majoring in political science and sociology, and minoring in labor and workplace studies. Isaiah has previously staffed MUNSI as a Counselor, where he developed a love for the MUN culture and the student participants. He has also staffed the BruinMUN high school and the LAMUN collegiate conferences for Model United Nations at UCLA, an award-winning student organization, as well as competed for the club’s competitive and highly renowned Travel Team. Isaiah is also serving as the current President of Rieber Hall, one of UCLA's Residential Halls, to facilitate community engagement and professional development which he hopes to translate into this summer’s MUNSI curriculum.

Additional Instructors

Joining as instructors will be the Executive Board and other stellar members of the Model United Nations at UCLA, one of the top 10 most comprehensive MUN collegiate programs in the country.



Participants of the Model United Nations Summer Institute will be awarded 2 units of Pass/No Pass credit after the successful completion of the program.

As a participant, you are expected to complete all assigned coursework, take all examinations, attend class regularly, and submit all required work by the end of the program. No part of the coursework may be continued beyond the close of the program unless prearranged by the student and the instructor.

The program instructor is required to assign a final grade for each student enrolled in a course. This program is offered on a P/NP grading basis. The following grades are used to report the quality of student work for this program:

P Passed (achievement at grade C level or better)
NP Not Passed (achievement at grade C- or lower)

Courses in which students receive a P grade may count toward satisfaction of degree requirements but will be disregarded in determining a grade-point average.

Credits / Units

UCLA is on the quarter system. While some schools are also on the quarter system, most colleges and universities are on the semester system. As a general guide to transferring quarter units to a semester system school, one semester unit or credit is worth 1.5 quarter units (e.g., 4 quarter units = 2.5 semester units).

UCLA courses are generally accepted for transfer credit, but all decisions on transferability rest with the home institution. Students should get advance approval of their UCLA Summer Sessions course selections from the home institution prior to registration.

For more information on grades, see the UCLA General Catalog.


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Ordering a transcript can be done online through MyUCLA. Those requiring expedited or special delivery can submit a Transcript Request Form.

Requests are not processed if students have outstanding financial, academic, or administrative obligations to the University.

NOTE: Current or newly admitted UCLA students will have their grades appear on their UCLA transcript immediately after grades are submitted by the course instructor. Current or newly admitted visiting UC students will have their grades appear on their home UC campus's transcript in October or November.










Program Dates

JUNE 21 - JUNE 27, 2020

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

JUNE 5: Payment due in full

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline

JUNE 21-27: Model United Nations Summer Institute

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