UNISCA is unique in its kind. It not only offers its participants a thrilling Model United Nations, but also an amazing lecture week and fun social activities in the evening. UNISCA is officially recognized by the University of Amsterdam as an academic course. As such, participants can earn 6 ECTS credits by passing four elements:
(1) A position paper in which the participant clarify their stance on the topics relevant to their committee;
(2) An exam on articles belonging to the participants' committees topics literature as well as general conference literature;
(3) A speech in the participants committee in which is clarified what their stance is on the topics discussed;
(4) A participation grade for the overal conference.
The course literature is carefully selected to support the participants' involvement in the lecture and conference weeks. In the week preceding the start of the conference, participants will write their position paper based on literature relevant to their committee. By doing so, the participant will be able to start the lecture week prepared. Following the position paper, in the first week of the conference the participants will attend a fill of fascinating lectures daily. Our speakers list is comprised of professionals working in fields that are highly relevant to the topics in the committees, ranging from speakers working for NGO's to UN Officials. These lectures will bring the articles to life in a way that regular courses often do not. At the end of the first week participants will take the exam, in which they are given the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gathered during the lecture week. This way, participants are fully prepared to enter the second week in which the conference will take place!
At the start of the second week, students will take on the role of either a delegate, lawyer or journalist. The second week will kick off with the participants giving a concise presentation on the stance of their country, client or newspaper on the topics or case discussed. This is a vital element, since it allows the participant to communicate their stance on each subject to their peers. The conference will then have officially started. With the presentation participants can contribute to their final course grade, which is based on their involvement in both the lecture week and conference week.