Frequently Asked Questions

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Below you will find questions that students and advisors have asked about TIMEMUN.  They are in no specific order.  You can filter them by categories or search for a key word.

The conference lasts for three days: Sunday through Tuesday, February 14-16. In addition to the regular menus, kosher, vegetarian and vegan options are available.

  • On Sunday, afternoon treats are served.
  • On Monday, breakfast and lunch are served in the cafeteria, and a Gala Dinner is served in the Gym. Snacks are served mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
  • On Tuesday, breakfast lunch and morning snacks are served.

In addition, advisors have light food and drink available in the Teachers’ Lounge.

No; students should bring their printed policy statements with them to the conference.

No. All clauses and amendments submitted to the Chairs must be on paper — either handwritten or pre-printed since we do NOT provide printing access during TIMEMUN.

During formal committee sessions, delegates are not permitted to use any electronic devices (no phones, iPads, laptops, iPods). Any such electronic resources may be used only during meal breaks and “lobbying time”. Free wi-fi internet access will be made available throughout the weekend.

On the TIMEMUN website, several hotels will be recommended.  If you are staying at one of those hotels,  bus transportation  will be provided on Sunday and Monday nights, and on Monday and Tuesday mornings.

In all the TIMEMUN committees, because the students represent UN delegates, we ask them to wear suits and ties, and that the girls should also come in business attire.  In the Conflict Resolution committee, you may dress less formally.  All students should bring dressy attire for the Gala Dinner and dance on Monday night.

Students who are not registered for the conference can come to the opening ceremonies but they cannot stay throughout the event.

Registration closes on November 1, 2015. After this date, there is no guarantee for receiving a delegate position, and all applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

While we try to accommodate as many delegates as possible, the maximum number of positions available upon registration is 18. The possibility of registering more delegates will depend upon space availability. Please be aware that 18 is a maximum number–but some delegations will be smaller, depending on the countries to which they are assigned. Delegation can consist of 8, 9, or 10 students, depending on the chosen country’s eligibility for the Crisis Committee and Security Council.

This possibility exists, but is not guaranteed, for students with prior Model United Nations experience. Please contact Orit Hai (ohai@wbais.net) for more information on this.

Financial aid is available to schools and delegates who demonstrate need. Financial aid requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please click HERE.

Officer and chair positions are typically filled by the May prior to the conference. However, on rare occasions there may be openings throughout the year. If a student is interested in becoming a chair or officer, they should contact Kara Mohler (kmohler@wbais.net)

Prior experience in MUN is helpful but is by no means required. There are Sunday afternoon training sessions held throughout the year specifically designed for delegates without experience. During these sessions, TIMEMUN chairs and officers will personally work with delegates to prepare them for the conference.

Delegate training sessions are held on select Sunday afternoons, from 15:00-18:00, prior to the conference (specific dates to be determined). Delegates will work in small groups with a chair who will go over Model United Nations basics such as what to expect from a conference, policy statement and clause writing, procedure, and debating skills. Light refreshments are provided for breaks.

Yes. The official language of TIMEMUN is English, and all debate and dialogue will be conducted in English. While it is understandable that English is not a native language to most TIMEMUN delegates, delegates should be proficient in reading, writing, and speaking.

Issue summaries are posted online on the committee pages.

Delegates should come with a sound knowledge of their committee’s issues and their assigned country’s policies. Delegates should come prepared with policy statements and two to three sample operative clauses per issue. Delegates should know that they are not guaranteed time to read their policy statements and that their policy statements should not be longer than 40 seconds to a minute reading time. Similarly, just because a delegate arrives with operative clauses they are not guaranteed debate time. Delegates should be prepared to be flexible and work with others.

Yes, chairs will provide their emails on the TIMEMUN website as the conference approaches.

After conference registration there is an opening ceremony. Afterwards, delegates follow their committee chairs and open committee session with a short overview of the conference and icebreaker. Committees will then proceed with debate of their issues until the closing ceremonies. Staggered lunches and refreshment breaks occur in between committee sessions. On the second day of the conference there is typically a social event in the evening. The conference concludes with a closing ceremony.

The opening ceremony begins with a procession of flags of countries represented at TIMEMUN. Administrators of the American International School, the TIMEMUN supervisor, and the Secretary-General follow this with welcome remarks. There is then a keynote speaker who speaks about relevant issues in international affairs. Finally, the chairs are introduced and lead delegates into their committee rooms.

TIMEMUN does not officially distinguish ambassador positions.