Dear Honors College student,
I am writing to you about a very promising foreign study venture for internationally-oriented students (regardless of academic major) now completing their first (or, in some cases, second year) at WVU. This is the largely funded opportunity to participate in The European International Model United Nations (TEIMUN) to be held in The Hague, Netherlands this summer in mid-July. For the past seven years the International Studies Program and the Division of Student Life have partnered to take students to this model UN conference. All this has been very successful. TEIMUN is run by graduate students from universities throughout the Netherlands and beyond (including past WVU participants), and it is academically very rigorous and internationally meaningful. This is true in two respects.
First, students participate in an intensive, week-long simulation of the United Nations and other international conferences. Each student is assigned to represent an individual country on a particular council/committee of the United Nations (not just the General Assembly). The sessions are rather small scale with about 40 students involved in each council/committee. There are lots of opportunities to participate and work with other student delegates.
Second, TEIMUN provides a wonderful opportunity to interact with students from throughout the world. Students from over seventy countries typically participate in TEIMUN—although WVU is usually the only US university to send students in recent years. In the evenings, there are organized activities and gatherings in which students get to socialize with their counterparts from the full array of countries. This is not entirely academic, and the experience of WVU students has been that it is a lot of fun as well as very educational.
If you are interested, you can access further information and the application at the following website of the WVU Office of Student Life: http://studentlife.wvu.edu/opportunities-abroad. The website includes further details about attending TEIMUN and the application form. Selection to participate in the conference (again, with funding) is competitive. Note: the final deadline for applications is next Friday, April, 22nd at 4:00 PM. They must be submitted to Dean Corey Farris (Corey.Farris@mail.wvu.edu) via email with the subject: TEIMUN Application.
Should you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.