Please note that this FAQ is from 2017. It will be updated as soon as details on logistics for this year are finalised.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here are some questions you might have about OKMUNC
Who is eligible for OKMUNC?
University and high-school students are eligible to participate in OKMUNC. You do not have to be studying in Japan, and we welcome students from international backgrounds to apply and participate. We expect that the camp will be largely university students at undergraduate level. There are also no requirements in terms of your major or area of specialisation. Even if you are majoring in a subject that seems unrelated such as mathematics, if you are interested in the camp and its contents, you are more than welcome to apply. All applicants are also automatically considered for scholarship.
I am concerned that my English is not good enough. Can I still apply?
Whilst we expect people to have a basic understanding of English, we also do not expect anyone to be perfectly fluent or able to understand everything. This is partly the purpose for asking you to answer some short essay questions to apply for the camp. Furthermore, our camp is about breaking barriers and overcoming challenges that you might face when communicating in English. We believe, therefore, that although the camp does not directly train you in English, it will help you overcome your fear of speaking English and provide you with skills to overcome and compensate for any weaknesses you may have in your English.
I have no MUN experience. Can I still apply?
Of course! We are looking to get all students, varying from those with no experience at all, to those who have participated in many MUN conferences or even been part of the dais. Because the focus of the camp is primarily on skills and learning, as opposed to knowing the rules and then competing, we are not particularly concerned with experience. Furthermore, as MUN in Japan often differs significantly from international-Style MUN, even those with significant experience will most likely be unfamiliar with some parts of the MUN at OKMUNC.
When will I hear back from OKMUNC on whether I have been accepted or not?
We will process all applications after the deadline of 21st July has passed. We will then get back to you as soon as possible with confirmation by 28th July. Please do not book flights or make arrangements assuming that you have been accepted unless you receive an e-mail confirming your place.
Why is OKMUNC called a camp and not a conference?
We believe that Model United Nations is a tool for learning and that the atmosphere within conferences can limit learning. Instead of competing to win awards which is common in MUN conferences, OKMUNC sees Model United Nations as an activity that helps train and equip students with skills necessary to become global leaders of the 21st century.
What language is the camp going to be conducted in?
The camp will be conducted in English only. This means that whilst participants are not expected to be perfectly fluent, they should be competent in the English language.
Is the camp purely academic? Can I still learn and have fun at the same time?
We believe that learning should be fun! The camp aims to make learning immersive and interesting, rather than passive and repetitive. MUN embodies this by engaging students to think on the spot and be proactive, and we will also complement this with social activities in the evenings. However, we also appreciate that participants will want to take part in social events, and so we have organised a range of activities in the evenings such as BBQs and quizzes to provide some balance instead of always thinking about MUN.
Is the camp just going to consist of a Model United Nations?
No, the camp will consist of two parts. The first half will be dedicated to providing vital skills in the 21st century ranging from public speaking and debating to critical thinking. We are not able to disclose detailed information on the exact programme, however, students can expect to experience a broad variety of workshops each carefully designed by the Secretariat. It is only the second half that will be focused directly on Model United Nations.
What food will be available at the camp?
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included in the participation fee and will therefore be provided at the camp. The food at Kuju Mountain Cottage is traditional Japanese home-cooking. Outside meal times, students may use the vending machines available at the venue. However, for those of you worried about getting hungry, we recommend you bring some snacks and drinks if you wish as there are no shops or convenience stores nearby. We may be able to provide a limited amount of snacks and drinks, but we cannot guarantee there will be enough for everyone.
What does the fee cover?
The fee is all-inclusive and covers food, accommodation and facility costs. The fee also covers the cost for travel to the venue from Kyushu University and back. Unfortunately, whilst the venue is close to the campus of Asia Pacific University Ritsumeikan, we cannot provide any transport from APU to the venue.
How do I pay the participation fee?
Details for payment will be sent out once places have been confirmed, including a deadline by which all payments need to be made. For students who do not own a bank account in Japan and have to make an international transfer, there may be an extra charge included. All payments will have to be made to the OKMUNC bank account.
Do you provide any financial support to participants?
Thanks to some generous donors and financial supporters, we are able to provide scholarships for up to 4 students. 1 scholarship will be provided to a university student who is studying abroad, and will cover up to ¥50,000 in air fares as well as making participation free. 3 scholarship places will then be provided to students based in Japan and those chosen for the scholarship will also be able to participate for free. If you apply through our regular application page here, then you will automatically be considered for the scholarship and there is no need to make a separate application. We may ask to conduct a Skype interview if there are many strong candidates.
Logistics and Travel
What is the accommodation like?
Each participant will have their own bed, and we will do our best to accommodate the preferences in terms of Western-style and Japanese-style beds as you state in your application. Please note that the rooms are shared and some of the larger rooms will have as many as 10 people staying in them. If you have any special arrangements to be made, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do I have to bring to the camp?
Please bring your laptop, a notepad, your phone and some pens and pencils at the very least. It is particularly important that you bring your own laptop (and charger), as you will be expected to conduct some of your own research whilst you are at the camp. We also recommend you bring some snacks and drinks if you wish, as we will not be providing much, if any food, other than the daily breakfast, lunch and dinner and there are no shops or convenience stores nearby. You may also bring alcohol to the camp, but consumption will be strictly prohibited to minors, and restrictions will be in place for the times at which alcohol can be consumed. Participants must not get intoxicated through excess drinking as this will be a safety hazard for everyone, and given the remote location, we cannot guarantee that medical care will immediately available.
Where do we need to be and at what time on 11th August?
There will be a minibus picking up students from two separate locations. These are a) the Hakozaki Campus at Kyushu University and b) the Ito Campus at Kyushu University. Those riding the bus from the Hakozaki Campus will be picked up at around 11.50 and those getting the bus from the Ito Campus will be picked up around 11.00.
When will the camp finish on 14th August?
The camp will finish around 14.30 at the Kuju Mountain Cottage, and we will then make our way back by minibus. The two drop-off points will once again be the Hakozaki Campus and Ito Campus of Kyushu University. The expected return times to the Hakozaki Campus is around 16.40 and for the Ito Campus, around 17.30. However, there is a possibility of delays due to the festive season, This may mean that the arrival time is delayed significantly, perhaps even by as much as an hour or two. If you have any issues arranging your flights so it meets these timings, please contact us at email@example.com.
I don’t want to get the bus and instead want to make my own way there. Is this possible?
Yes, this is possible, but if you wish to make your own way there or own way back, you must immediately inform the Secretariat this at firstname.lastname@example.org once your place has been confirmed. We strongly recommend that you join us at Fukuoka as this will provide an opportunity for you to get to know everyone else, and also as public transport to the campsite is limited and unreliable. If we do not hear from you, we will assume that you will be meeting the rest of the participants at Fukuoka.
I need a visa to get to Japan. Can you help me with my visa application?
We may be able to provide a letter of support for your visa application, but we cannot promise that your visa application will be accepted as that is at the discretion of the embassy. However, if you do need a visa, we strongly recommend you email email@example.com, so that we are aware that you are applying for a visa and may need our support. Please note, however, that for most countries, a visa is not required as you will not be staying in Japan for more than 30 days.
Model United Nations
What is so different about OKMUNC in comparison to other MUNs?
As OKMUNC places the emphasis on learning, the camp will consist not only of a simulation of the United Nations but also workshops to train students with skills such as public speaking and critical thinking. Furthermore, the conference aims to introduce a more international style of MUN in comparison to those held in Japan to provide students with a platform from which to engage in MUNs that take place abroad.
What are the Rules of Procedure for the MUN?
The Rules of Procedure (RoP) will be made in the international-style and will therefore differ significantly from most MUNs in Japan. To get an understanding of the kind of RoP to expect, you can check the RoP at international conferences such as Oxford International Model United Nations (OxIMUN). Participants will, however, find that some of the rules are simplified, as we focus not on knowing the rules from front to back, but learning and acquiring skills through participating in MUN. This will allows for both experienced and first-time delegates to participate fully.
I can see that North Korea and Sustainable Urban Development are the two topics for the MUN. Will we all be discussing both?
No, you will debate on one of the two topics. Once we have decided who to accept onto OKMUNC, we will send you an e-mail with more information on which topic you will be debating on. You may get the opportunity to express your topic preferences before we allocate you to a country and committee.
Will I be debating on my own in the MUN?
No, you will be part of a double delegation. This means that you will be representing a country with another student attending the camp, and that you will need to work together with them throughout the MUN. We will inform you of who your partner will be at the beginning of the camp, and we will try to pair experienced delegates with first-timers so that at least one of you will be partly familiar with how MUN works.
Are we expected to research prior to OKMUNC for the MUN?
Whilst you are not expected to do significant research before attending OKMUNC, we suggest that once your topic has been decided that you make sure you have some basic information on the topic. At OKMUNC, you will be provided with a more detailed study guide (often referred to as BG) and there will be at least 3 hours if not more, in which you can conduct some more thorough research.