Registration for the Yale Model UN Summer Camp opens on Monday!

by Ryan on March 7, 2012

Yale’s eagerly awaited Model UN summer camp — the Yale Model United Nations Institute (YMUNI) — is a one-week residential camp from June 16-23 for high school students that will teach Model UN skills, leadership strategies, and international relations. Students will be taught by Yale’s highly-ranked Model UN Team and Best Delegate!

The YMUNI website and application will be available on Monday, March 12.

Sign up for the priority registration list below and you’ll be the first to receive the YMUNI website link and application!

Click the button below to learn more about YMUNI, including programming, costs, and frequently asked questions.

Below is a preview of the information that will be available on the YMUNI website, which launches on Monday, March 12.

The Yale Model United Nations Institute (YMUNI) is a one-week residential camp for high school students, which focuses on developing participants’ Model UN skills, knowledge of leadership strategies, and understanding of general international relations issues. The camp will take place June 16, 2012 to June 23, 2012. This camp will provide an exciting opportunity for high school students to experience a rare look inside college life while learning a great deal about Model UN best practices and the basics of global political and economic dynamics.

YMUNI will feature:

  • Workshops on MUN skills and leadership styles
  • Critical analysis of current events and global political and economic dynamics
  • Day trips to the UN
  • Meetings with Yale professors
  • Advice on college admissions
  • A MUN simulation to practice new skills
  • Build confidence in public speaking
  • Develop research skills
  • Meet leaders in diplomacy & academia
  • Interact with Yale undergradutes
  • Live in Yale’s highly-rated dorms
  • Dine in the most beautiful college dining halls in America
  • Meet students from around the world

Program Fees and Financial Aid

The tuition and housing cost for the program is $1150. This payment covers housing, tuition, program materials, bedroom linens, three meals a day, as well as any transportation to and from field trips occuring during the program. Applications are due on April 15.

Financial assistance is available for students who demonstrate a valid need. Applications for financial assistance are due on April 30.

Q: Is there an age requirement for the program?

A: Yes, unfortunately, we can only accept students who are aged 16 and above. Because of the advanced and rigorous nature of the classroom material, students must have some Model UN experience before attending the camp.

Q: Where are students housed during the program? Is there supervision?

A: All students will be housing in one of Yale University’s residential colleges. Each student will be living in a room with a fellow classmate. Most students will be living in suites, which consist of two or three double rooms, a common room, and a bathroom. Yale University residential colleges have consistently been rated some of the best collegiate housing in the nation and will ensure that your stay at Yale for the Institute will be a comfortable one. Each room has two beds, two desks, and two closets and dressers. Three to four Program Counselors will be living near the students in the same residential college to provide any necessary support. Program Counselors will be responsible for the safety and security of the students for their entire stay and will be readily available to address any problem or need.

Q: Who teaches the classes?

A: The teachers for the Yale Model United Nations Institute come from two primary sources. First, members of the Yale Model United Nations team will be leading a series of classroom sessions utilizing their training from the collegiate level and the methods used by the Yale team. The Yale team is consistently one of the world’s best teams and has a long history of excellence at the collegiate level of MUN. In addition to the members of the Yale Model United Nations Team, individuals from Best Delegate, the premier source for training resources and Model UN news, will be present to lead sessions on global leadership and critical issues in the realm of international relations. All teachers and staff have undergone an extremely rigorous application process and training course.

Q: I am attending another program that overlaps with YMUNI. Can I arrive late or leave early?

A: Unfortunately, because of the extensive logistical planning that is required for the field trips and other program activities, students are not allowed to arrive late or leave early because of other commitments. Students will be allowed to leave in the case of emergency only if a parent or guardian is present to help the student depart. Another reason why students are not allowed to arrive late is because of orientiation, which takes place immediately after check-in is completed. Orientation is an extremely important component of the program and presence is mandatory at the orientation meeting, because of the safety, security, and logistical notes that will be reviewed at orientation.

Q: I am a vegetarian. Will I be able to eat in the university dining halls?

A: Absolutely. The university dining halls offer a variety of vegetable meal options including a salad and sandwich bar as well as hot vegetarian entrees. There are many vegetarians at Yale and the dining service does an incredible job catering to their needs. If you have further dietary requests or needs, this information will be asked for during the registration process which will take place after students have been admitted to the Institute. We will make sure to work as best as possible to accomodate all dietary needs and requests.

Q: I am a student who lives and attends school outside the United States. Can I still participate in the Institute?

A: Yes, definitely. Students who live and attend school abroad may still apply to and attend the Institute. However, it is important to note that all students must be proficient in written and spoken English. Moreover, students who are applying from overseas are responsible for completing and acquiring the appropriate travel documents. Furthermore, Yale University requires that all students have medical insurance that is in effect for the entire duration of the camp.

Q: Will I have access to Yale’s library and other facilities such as the gym?

A: Yes, all students have access to Yale’s library facilities and will be set up with a print account if necessary. Students may also access the gym for a small fee.

Do you have questions about the Yale Model United Nations Institute? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Jaemin Baek

    If we are coming in from another state and have to fly in to Connecticut, will there be transportation to and from the airport or is that the student’s responsibility?

  • Eesan Balakumar

    Hi Jaemin!

    Unfortunately, we cannot provide transport to and from the airport. However, we will be providing information concerning the various methods students can use to reach New Haven from any of the regional airports (Hartford, New York City, or New Haven Tweed Airport). These include shuttles that can be reserved in advanced, MetroNorth trains, and public transportation. If you have any other questions, feel free to e-mail

    Thanks for the question!

    Eesan Balakumar
    Executive Director, Yale Model United Nations Institute

  • Roch

    Eesan, this project had better be followed by a fatty Eurotrip. If you would like more information on how to spend your last summer of freedom, you know where to find me. – Wolfey

  • Aya Nimer

    I was really looking forward to it, but they only accept students aged 16 and above, and I am fifteen… 🙁

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