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UNISCA Summer Academy

Programme Unisca Summer Course

About the course

The UNISCA Summer Course is an international, interdisciplinary university course. By completing UNISCA successfully, Bachelor students can earn 6 ECTS, awarded by the University of Amsterdam (UvA).

UNISCA is a ten-day Summer Course consisting of two parts. The first week is comprised of many lectures on UN-related topics and a MUN introductory workshop. The second week is the actual conference week where a meeting of a UN committee is simulated. Both weeks are mandatory for all participants.


Approximately three weeks before the actual Summer Course commences, students will have to write an extensive essay, called position paper, on their role (Delegate, Journalist or Lawyer). During the first week students are obliged to make an exam regarding the compulsory literature. Participation (pass/fail) for the full program. Participation in the conference is compulsory. 


Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Identify important issues concerning the United Nations (UN);
  •  Explain interdisciplinary insights on international politics and diplomacy;
  • Use the structures of and processes within the UN in a simulation;
  • Explain the rules and procedures in a contemporary UN conference setting. This entails identifying rules of conduct in an official UN forum, UN resolution writing, and describing the policies of the States Parties of and committees within the UN;
  • Have the opportunity to join an International Criminal Justice Moot Court to participate as a delegate or as a judge. Only open to students with a background in Law;
  • Evaluate on the role of journalists during a conference, their work and their influence on the events that happen during a UN conference;
  • Develop their negotiation and debating skills and learn how to persuade and structure argumentation;
  • Reflect on improvements of their presentation skills;
  • Discover their own interests, believes and values within the field of diplomacy.