MUN Online Debates
Model United Nations Online Debates is an interactive program for students to learn about the world and develop their public speaking, debating, and negotiation skills -- all from the comfort of their own room!
Model UN is more essential than ever at home so that students develop their speaking and social skills, gain global awareness and different perspectives, and do something interactive with old and new friends.
This program is open to all high school (ages 14-18), middle school (ages 11-13), and upper elementary school (ages 9-10) students. Model UN experience is recommended but not required.
How do Model UN Online Debates Work?
Students can choose to attend the Weekday MUN Online Debates and/or the Saturday MUN Conference. Students will do their research about their assigned topic and country beforehand and then spend six hours in an interactive Model UN simulation where they will make speeches, debate, negotiate in breakout groups, present solutions, amend them, and ultimately vote on which ones should pass! The class format and schedules are explained below.
For both programs, students will receive an email on Monday morning with their Learning Resources (Background Guide, Country Assignment, Videos, and Workbook) so they can start researching their topic and country policy.
All students will receive a Certificate of Completion upon finishing each debate.
Students in the Saturday Conference option are also eligible to be considered for Delegate Awards for delegate performance: Best Delegate, Outstanding Delegate, or Honorable Mention.
Weekday MUN Online Debates
These take place from Tuesday-Thursday for two hours each day (six hours total), which covers the equivalent of a Model UN simulation.
This option is recommended for students at all Model UN experience levels who want to practice their debate skills, and is open to high school (ages 14-18) and middle school (ages 11-13). There are also a few weeks open to upper elementary school (ages 9-10).
Prior Model UN experience or training from the Virtual MUN Institute is recommended but not required. Students will be sorted by or combined together for experience levels (and occasionally grade levels) based on enrollment numbers in order to maintain a class size conducive to a lively debate.
The debate schedule is:
The summer class times for the Americas are:
Saturday MUN Conferences
These are like going to a one-day Model UN conference, and takes place on Saturday spanning seven hours: with three hours in the morning, an hour for a networking meal break, and three hours in the afternoon.
This is a competitive conference with awards for delegate performance, and this option is recommended for high school Model UN students at the intermediate and advanced levels, and middle school students at an advanced level to participate with high school students.
The conference schedule is:
The summer class times for the Americas are:
Upcoming Debate Topics
Each weekday Model UN Online Debate and Saturday Model UN Conference will feature a different world issue. The topics are the same for every grade level each week, but will be written and framed at the grade-appropriate level. Students who participate on a regular basis will gain a well-rounded understanding of world issues and perspectives from different countries.
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Weekday Model UN Online Debate Topics
The summer theme for the weekday Model UN Online Debates is the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Saturday MUN Conference Topics
The Saturday Model UN conference topics will focus on Security & Political issues.
Tuition for Online Debates
Tuition: the tuition for each MUN Online Debate is $70 per debate. The tuition covers the cost of staffing the live online debates for six hours, the Model UN learning resources, and the Certificate of Completion.
Scholarships: Please fill out the Contact Us form if you fall under one of these eligibility criteria for scholarships that are meant to help certain communities participate in Model UN during these times.
- Students whose parents are doctors, nurses, first responders, or other front-line healthcare workers are eligible to receive tuition waivers for all classes during the Summer period. Thank you for their service during COVID-19.
- Schools that serve Black communities in the USA are eligible for scholarships for their students. We hope to amplify Black student participation in Model UN given their underrepresentation in the activity. Advisors/teachers can fill out the Contact Us form to receive more information.
Group Enrollment: If you have a group of 10 or more students that would like to enroll together or would like us to facilitate a private MUN Online Debate Class at a time of your choice please Contact Us.
Students should enroll by Thursday 11:59pm to join the next week’s Weekday MUN Online Debate and Saturday MUN Conference.
Choose Your Add-ons
Students can opt for two hours of private, 1-on-1 coaching on public speaking, debate, and research in addition to participating in the MUN Online Debate. They will be matched with a MUN Mentor and can schedule a time that works for both. This could be before or during the debate week, or afterward to get feedback and improve. The two-hour private coaching package is $120.
Experienced Model UN students can also purchase the How to Win Awards in Model United Nations e-book written by Best Delegate Co-Founders Ryan Villanueva and Kevin Felix Chan. The e-book is $20.
Meet Your Teachers
Best Delegate is a global education company that has provided online Model UN resources to more than 3 million participants and runs the Model UN Institute for nearly 1,000 students every summer. Our Online Debates are led by MUN educators - meet just a few outstanding members of our team below!
Enroll by Thursday @ 11:59pm ET to save your spot in the next Model United Nations Online Debate! Click on your chosen level below.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT ARE THE TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE?
Students are highly recommended to have the following: a laptop or tablet with a video camera, a microphone, headset or earphones, high-speed Internet access, a quiet space, and their own email address. We will be using Zoom as the online platform.
HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM THE MODEL UN INSTITUTE?
This is an after-school online program to provide access to Model United Nations education and practice while students are at home during the coronavirus pandemic. The on-campus MUN Institute is planned to take place this summer – please see our latest updates here. Parents may apply credit from the Model UN Institute to the MUN Online Debates by emailing email@example.com.