Frequently asked questions
Q: Can I have a scholarship? Will my travel costs be reimbursed?
A: The United Nations Society Nuremberg e.V. (host of BayernMUN) established a scholarship in cooperation with the Diakonie Neuendettelsau. For further information please go to www.unsn.de/model-un/stipendium/
Q: Can I have a letter of invitation for the visa? Can you help me getting the visa?
A: We will offer a letter of confirmation that confirms your registration for the conference and states explicitly that you have paid for all relevant associated costs during the conference. Please ask for it once you have completed your registration. This may aid in the visa application, but it is no guarantee. Obviously, we can only confirm your participation after we have received your payment. If you are unsure about your chances for a visa, please check with the embassy or consulate. You can find the text of the letters of confirmation that we provide here. The visa application process is different depending on the country you are applying from and your personal circumstances. This is the reason why we can’t directly help you getting the visa. The only reliable source of information concerning your visa application will the German embassy or consulate responsible for your area. We cannot issue an official letter of invitation because it would mean that we cover any expenses and are legally responsible to ensure that you comply with the visa terms and conditions.
Q: Is the conference open for any participants ?
A: Yes, BayernMUN is open to anyone that is familiar with and interested in Model UN, speaks English, pays the conference fee and is able to obtain a visa and travel to Germany. You should have some Model-UN experience before being a Delegate at BayernMUN. If you do not have MUN-expereince we kindly ask you to participate in our introduction seminar shortly before the conference begins.
Q: Will I be refunded if I have already paid the fee but can't make it to the conference (e.g. due to illness or rejected visa)?
A: Yes, in most cases: If you need to withdraw your registration after you have paid the higher fee of 149€, we will be able to refund your fee minus a 20€ service charge and the transaction cost of the refund if given notice of your withdrawal until December 21st 2017. If you withdraw AFTER that date and have booked the accommodation option, a refund will not be possible for the additional 80€ of hotel and breakfast because we will already have the rooms reserved and will need to pay a penalty to the hotel. The rest of your 149€ fee (means the basic 69€) are still refundable until 30th of January 2018 (minus the already mentioned 20€ cancellation fee). No refunds for the basic fee can be given after 30th of January 2018.
Q: Can I pay the conference fee via Western Union or a similar service?
A: No, due to their Terms of Service, BayernMUN can not use Western Union or similar services to process payment of the conference fee. These services are to be used only for private purposes, and while BayernMUN is a non-profit conference, it is not private in the sense of the law. Please use international bank wire transfer instead; in most cases, it is actually cheaper than a similar Western Union transaction. We made credit card, PayPal, SEPA direct debit mandate and payment via invoice available too! Have a look at the bottom of the regsitartion form.
Q: What do I need to do to participate? Do I need to send a CV?
A: All that is required formally to participate is to complete the online registration, to pay the conference fee and to get to the conference. In addition, participants should be familiar with the goals and intentions of a Model UN conference and with Rules of Procedure in general (the exact Rules of Procedure for this specific conference are made available to the participants). Also, we expect participants to prepare for the topics on the provisional agenda and to represent their chosen/assigned country realistically. We do not need a CV or other documentation.
Q: How many people can represent a country?
A: At BayernMUN, either a single delegate or a pair of delegates can represent one country. A team of three may be possible in rare cases; if you wish to form a team of three please contact us and tell us the reasons. In general, we would advise that you find a fourth person or – if that is not possible – that the person who feels most confident takes the challenge and represents a country alone.
Q: Will the conference be in English?
A: Yes. The BayernMUN conference and all information will be run and made available in English. Basic knowledge of German can be helpful outside of the conference, but is not necessary to participate or to be successful.
Q: Can I do any sightseeing while in the area?
A: Yes and no. The conference will be in the fantastic medieval city centre of Nuremberg. You should take a look at “Discover Nuremberg”, our offer for an additional tourist program! A Guided tour through the city centre of Nuremberg is already part of the conference. But: the conference fee does not cover any expenses outside of the conference. On the other hand, any participant is welcome to extend their stay before or after the conference and explore Nuremberg and the surrounding area according to their own wishes. While we are happy to give tips on what to see or where to stay, any such endeavour is solely the responsibility of the respective participants.
Q: What should I bring with me?
A: You will need material to work with (e.g. pen and paper or a tablet PC) and two or three sets of Western Business Attire to wear. Also, you should bring a laptop if possible and personal hygiene equipment (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc). Bring some money for personal spending, e.g. alcoholic beverages or personal shopping. There will be a break on Friday shortly before the conference begins. Lunch in this break is not included in the conference fee. The hotel provides sheets, blankets and towels. You will have full board from Friday night to Sunday afternoon. Unless you have chosen the 69€-fee. Then there will be no hotel and breakfast. We provide name badges and other conference material.
Q: Can I present my thesis at the conference?
A: BayernMUN is not an academic conference, so there will be no panels or presentations or peer-review sessions. It is a Model UN conference, where participants representing countries’ delegates attempt to formulate a resolution in diplomatic ccoperation that takes “their” country’s interests and positions into account as much as possible. It is intended to teach about the workings of political and diplomatic interaction as well as to hone soft skills in rhetorics, negotiation, team work and other fields. Delivering formal speeches and convincing other delegates of your ideas through skillful presentation is part of that experience.