The following is a list of questions that have been regularly asked by attending teachers.
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Who can register to attend the GCIMUN Conference? How do we receive an invitation?
The Global Classrooms International Model UN conference (GCIMUN) is open to all high school/secondary schools in the United States and overseas. Schools do not need an invitation to be able to register. Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis when registration opens in September.
What is the most number of students that can come from one school?
To make the conference as accessible as possible, we cap the number of participants from one school at 30.
What if we have more than 28 students in our class?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and explain the situation prior to the registration deadline. The group will be issued 28 spots during the country assignment process, and be given any additionally needed spots after they are available via the waitlist. Students can also participate as part of the Press Corps.
I am the advisor for multiple Model UN programs. Does the cap apply to us?
Use separate email addresses per school or contact conference organizers prior to registering and alert us to how many students you would like to bring to the conference.
Conference organizers reserve the right to limit the number of students registered by a consortium (group of schools organized by one group).
Information for schools registering from overseas
How many students attended GCIMUN in the past? Where do they come from?
Last year, we had 2,300+ students, from 18 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin) and 21 countries (Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Dominincan Republic, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, India, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the USA).
We tried to register before the deadline, but the conference website says it is already full and there is a waitlist. What now?
Follow the instructions posted and add your school to the waitlist. We are usually able to offer at least the first ten schools on the waitlist spots at the conference during the initial country assignment process, or immediately afterwards. Last year we were able to accommodate about 80% of the schools on our waiting list.
Schools on the waitlist are normally offered 8-12 spots, and not the maximum 28. This is to invite as many different schools as possible.
If your school is added to the waitlist in the first few days, and you are really hoping to attend, do send us an email. When we know how eager you are to come to the conference, we do everything we can to find a spot for you.
What if we need to drop/add the number of students coming from our school?
Use your best estimate for the number of students attending from your program. We understand that circumstances can change the number of participants. Country assignments are based registration information. Schools will have until March 31, 2015 to adjust participant numbers and notify UNA-USA without financial penalty.
If an advisor thinks that a school may drop a large number of spots from their initial assignment, they must communicate with UNA-USA as soon as possible.
Schools Attending From Overseas
We are coming from a country that requires visas to come to the USA. Can conference organizers help us?
UNA-USA can draft a letter of invitation for each participant in the conference (registered students and adult advisors only). We will send out an email in January asking for those schools that require such letters. Schools are responsible for requesting letters in a timely manner; requests made in March will not be honored. Be sure that students have valid passports by January to expedite the process!
UNA-USA cannot assist in contacting embassies or consulates, scheduling visa appointments, or any other procedures associated with gaining permission to attend the conference. Schools MUST begin this process early, as it can take many months for visas to be issued in some countries.
We are bringing many students from different schools to the conference. Does the cap apply to us?
Yes. International groups travelling together are subject to the same cap as American schools. If you have questions or concerns, please contact conference organizers.
English is not my students' first language. Will this be an issue when students are debating?
Not at all. We have students and staff from around the world, and we understand that some schools use this event to practice their English. English is the official conference language and all debate/discussions are expected to be conducted in English. Last year, the staff spoke over 20 different languages!
How much does it cost to attend to the UNA-USA MUN conference?
The school fee is $150. The delegate fee is $90. One advisor for every ten students attends for free, but any additional advisors are $60 each. Payment information is listed on the registration page.
Is the total amount due at the time of registration?
No. We understand that schools often need time to raise the fees to attend the conference. The only amount due is the non-refundable registration fee of $150. We will send all schools an invoice via email in October for the balance, due by mid March. The balance can be paid by check, money order, or by credit card. Credit card is highly preferred.
Please do not pay for the full number of delegates attending at the time of registration unless absolutely sure your school will not be reducing numbers.
Due to financial constraints of travel and lodging, our school cannot attend opening ceremonies on Thursday. Are schools required to attend Opening Ceremonies?
No. While we encourage all schools to attend the Opening Ceremonies event on Thursday evening, we understand the financial constraints of schools staying an extra evening in the city. Instructions will be sent out to all schools in April about what to do if not attending Opening Ceremonies.
Are countries assigned on a first-come, first-served basis?
No. After registration is closed (either on the registration deadline or once capacity is met), all country assignments are done at one time. Priority is given to schools that request unusual countries and countries that exactly meet the number of students they are bringing to the conference. Learn more about country assignments here.
If we request a country on the Security Council, are we guaranteed a spot in one of them?
No school is guaranteed a spot on the Security Council. Priority is given to schools that attended the conference last year but were not offered spots on the Security Council for that conference. There are two separate Security Council committees and a third special committee, so while there are a good number of spots to be given out, we cannot guarantee being able to offer spots to all schools that request them.
If we are assigned a country that is on the Security Council, will we have the spots for that country in all of the Security Council committees?
No. If you are assigned a country that is currently on the Security Council (a permanent five or one of the ten rotating members), you will only be given a seat on one Security Council committee. For example, if assigned Mexico, your school would only have the Mexico Security Council seat in one committee. The other Mexico seats would be given to other schools.
How large is each committee?
The total number of countries and delegates in each committee is shown in the last row of the country matrix. A good rule of thumb is that the committees get smaller as the columns go to the right – the largest (the General Assembly committees) ones are closest to the country names, and the smallest (the Security Council committees) are on the far right. We strive to have a variety of committees and topics that will accommodate and interest any student.
Each committee is double delegation, meaning two students from a school will be paired up to represent one country in each committee.
Location/VenueWhere is the UNA-USA Model UN conference held?
The conference is held in New York City, at the UN Headquarters and Grand Hyatt hotel in midtown Manhattan. Opening Ceremonies will be held on Thursday evening at the General Assembly Hall of the UN. Committee sessions will be held on Friday and Saturday at the Grand Hyatt New York, the official conference hotel.
Does UNA-USA provide lunch for students?
Committees will be dismissed for 1.5 hours and students will be on their own for lunch. We will have a list of about 50 places in a 3 block radius where they can find a reasonably priced lunch. The Grand Hyatt is connected to Grand Central, which has a large food court downstairs.
Does our group have to stay at the Grand Hyatt hotel?
No, but it is strongly encouraged. We negotiate a group rate for our attendees, which is an excellent deal for New York City. Information about how to make hotel reservations at the Grand Hyatt will be posted in the fall. Up to four students can be accommodated in each double room.
Make your reservations early – the room block fills up quickly.
What are deadlines I need to know about?
All major deadlines are listed in the conference timeline. Deadlines are subject to change. Schools will be notified by email.