International Travel Team
Upcoming International Conferences
2022, November 20-27: NMUN•Japan - Kobe
2023, November 19-26 NMUN•Germany - Erfurt
Mission of the International Travel Team
The foundation of the International Travel Team is the premise that complex global challenges need interdisciplinary approaches and we work towards that goal by providing the following skills to students:
- Training in negotiations
- Conducting research on existing global policies
- Learning to behave like a professional in a global setting
- Practicing diplomacy by engaging in negotiations within the UN framework
- Learning from experts, civil society, and other stakeholders about a variety of perspectives and approaches to solving complex global challenges
- Working effectively in groups
- Building skills in communication (written and oral)
- Developing intercultural competencies in attitudes and skills [source]
- Developing oneself as a Global Citizen
Therefore, we seek students from a variety of majors to work on global challenges in their area(s) of interest. In the past, Nursing students have served on the World Health Organizations (WHO) committee, Sustainability students have served in the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Environmental Studies students have served on ECOSOC and UN-Habitat, Health Sciences students have served on UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) discussing refugee camps and women’s rights, CRIM students have worked on transnational crime and arms control treaties in the General Assembly (GA), Physics students have focused on using expertise from the scientific community to inform work in the GA, POLS Pre-law students have served on Non-Proliferation Treaty committees dealing with international law, and several pre-med (BIOL) students have served on the Security Council, Committee on the Status of Women, and United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).
The International Travel Team is generously funded by President Dr. Harvey Kesselman after receiving pilot support from the 2020-Learning Initiative Team.
INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY
Applications for Kobe, Japan will be posted in January 2022.
Criteria for Selection:
- Be fully vaccinated for COVID-19: students who are exempt from the vaccine requirement are not eligible to travel abroad to this conference.
- A 3.0 minimum GPA or an explanation of academic achievement.
- Demonstration of skills in research, written communication, and ability to synthesize large amounts of information into a coherent, evidence-based argument.
- Ability to succeed in an international academic competition based on a description of relevant experiences that might prepare you to successfully represent a non-U.S. country, research global policies, effectively communicate (written and verbal), work with people from a variety of backgrounds, and overall function as a professional in a global setting.
- Personal interest and commitment to solving complex global challenges from an interdisciplinary approach is strongly weighted.
- The degree to which you will benefit from this unique learning experience, as described in the application and in recommendation forms.
- Holistic evaluation from letters of recommendation.
Accepted students will:
- Enroll in GSS 2635: UN Experience and attend ALL class sessions (attendance is mandatory)
- Participate in all conference-related events while traveling (a no tolerance policy)
- Contribute to the team's e-publication