What is BMUN?

Berkeley Model United Nations is a student run organization on the UC Berkeley campus dedicated to continuing its six decades of excellence as the world’s premier — and very first — United Nations simulation. Every March, over 2,000 high school students from all over the world come to Berkeley to participate in Berkeley Model United Nations. Entering its 68th session, BMUN’s mission is to spread awareness of international issues and the spirit of diplomacy through UN simulations. We also aim to create an educational experience for high school students, to help them realize their potential in areas such as public speaking and policy debate. We do this by serving as head chairs on a diverse group of committees in which we help to facilitate delegate education through substantive diplomatic debate.


+ A Teaching Conference

As one of the largest conferences in the world with over 2,000 delegates, it is easy for each delegate to get lost in a sea of motions. By extending the BMUN experience beyond the three day conference through the use of position paper feedback, blogs, and other interactive media, we ensure that each delegate receives a unique experience that they can learn from. Through repeated interactions, not only can our chairs get to know each delegate, they can also help delegates develop their ideas to make sure they make the most of their time at Berkeley. As subject matter experts our chairs seek to cultivate a holistic perspective to the topic by sharing their academic research in the form of micro-lectures, inviting professor speakers, and encouraging socratic dialogue among the delegates themselves.

+ On Campus

UC Berkeley is a university open to all fields of research and thinking, it embraces an open forum for all walks of life, all schools of thought, and all opinions. It is this mindset that has led UC Berkeley to win 104 Nobel laureates, 20 Academy Awards, 14 Pulitzer Prizes, 207 Olympic medals, and the discovery of 16 elements! BMUN is proud to be apart of this rich tradition and is honored to be able to host our conference on our campus every year. All of our committees and events throughout the conference weekend take place within campus classrooms and venues, allowing delegates to experience the vibrant campus life while debating pressing topics in halls filled with such rich history of changing and influencing the world.

+ Outreach and Education

BMUN's Outreach and Education wing actively assists local high schools in building their Model UN programs through scheduled in-class visits to clubs and classrooms across the Bay Area. Our sessions consist of a wide range of activities, building upon public speaking and research skills as well as advancing knowledge of current affairs. In addition to Outreach sessions, BMUN hosts an annual Delegate Workshop in the Fall, during which delegates participate in a day-long lecture and simulation experience. BMUN is also working hard to build additional services in conference consulting and remote educational opportunities.

+ International

BMUN brings our unique brand of Model UN across the globe to countries like China, Japan, and Malta. We focus on providing our chairing and debate expertise to conferences around the world, such as at a BMUN China conference every August, at a BMUN Malta conference every May, and at the Pacific Rim International Model United Nations conference in Tokyo, Japan every March.

Who attends?

117 Schools

2,034 Delegates

5 Countries

Alameda High
Albany High School
Ambassador School of Global Leadership
American High School
Aptos High School
Aragon High School
Archbishop Mitty High School
Armijo High School
Bainbridge High School
Bangladesh International School and College
Basis Independent Silicon Valley
BASIS Scottsdale
Bellarmine College Preparatory
Berkeley High School
Burlingame High School
California High School
Cardinal Newman High School
Carmel High School
Carondelet High School
Castilleja School
Cerritos High School
Concord High
Crossroads High School
Cupertino High School
Davis Senior High School
De La Salle
Developing Virtue Girls Secondary School
Dougherty Valley High School
Dublin High School
Eagle Rock High School
East Mountain High School
El Toro High School
Foothill High School
French American International School
Gahr High School
Gimnasio Los Portales
Glenbard West High School
Granada Hills Charter High School

Granada Islamic School
Henry M. Gunn High School
Heritage High School
Holy Martyrs Armenian High School
Homestead High School
Huntington Beach High School
International School of Los Angeles
Irvington High School
Korean American Coalition
Laguna Hills High School
Las Lomas High School
Leadership High School
Livermore Valley Charter Preparatory High School
Long Beach Polytechnic High School
Los Alamitos High School
Los Altos High School
Lowell High School
Lynbrook High School
Marcos de Niza High School
Marin Academy
miami country day school
Mills High School
Mira Costa High School
Mira Loma High School
Mission San Jose High School
Mission Viejo High School
Monona Grove High School
Monta Vista High School
Mountain View High School
New West Charter School
Northgate High School
Northwood High School
Novato High School
Oakwood School
Pacific Collegiate School
Palo Alto High School
Palos Verdes High School
Palos Verdes Peninsula High School
Polytechnic School
Rancho Bernardo High School

Redwood High School
Riverstone International School
Sacred Heart Preparatory
Saddleback High School
Sage Hill School
Saint Marys High School
San Domenico School
San Francisco University High School
San Mateo High School
Santa Margarita Catholic High School
Santa Teresa High School
Scituate High School
SF Waldorf High School
Shasta High School
Silver Oak Montessori High School
Sir Francis Drake High School
Sonoma Valley High School
Soquel High School
St. Bernard High School
St. Francis Catholic High School
St. Francis High School
Stuart Hall High School
Summit Shasta
Tamalpais High School
The Harker School
The Highlands School
The Marin School
The Urban School of San Francisco
Tilden Preparatory School
United Network
University High School
Upper Canada College
Washington High School
Willow Glen High school
Wood River High School
Woodrow Wilson Classical High School
Yerba Buena High School
York School