SUNY Model EU Conference (SUNY Students)

  • New York City, United States
SUNY Model EU Session
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Have you ever wondered how the European Union makes decisions? Are you curious about governance and national leadership? Do you want to meet students from EU countries who have the same interests as you? Come join us for SUNY Model EU 2019 in New York City. The SUNY Model EU is the longest established, continuous simulation of the European Union in the United States, bringing together over 150 students from EU member states and accession countries with students from New York State. At SUNY Model EU, you and your team will have the chance to debate the biggest questions facing Europe. You will role play real EU leaders and officials, drafting and debating a policy agenda that reflects the real contemporary problems faced by EU member states and the EU Presidency. There are no bystanders here. This is your chance to solve problems, write policy, negotiate deals, and have fun socializing with students from all over Europe. SUNY Model EU alternates its meetings between Brussels and New York City. Like many international simulations, students and universities represent country delegations in preparing to attend a European Council Summit. 

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  • New York City

Program Term

  • Spring

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Program Details

Academic Program

SUNY Model EU is a project funded by the Institute of European Union Studies at SUNY (IEUSS), through the Office of Global Affairs, SUNY System Administration. Like many international simulations, students and universities represent country delegations in preparing to attend a European Council Summit. Usually, these delegations are comprised of four person teams, with each student playing an actual political figure from that country’s government. These roles are generally the Head of Government (Prime Minister or President), the Foreign Minister, the country’s ambassador to the EU (COREPER II), and a Finance Minister. Larger teams can also bring an additional deputy minister for Europe or deputy Prime Minister. Host teams will generally chair the Head of Government and Foreign Minister meetings, playing the roles of Council President and High Representative for Foreign Affairs. Additional delegation assignments also play the role of the European Commission and Secretariat, as well as the SUNY Model EU Press corps.

Once assigned “roles,” country teams work to prepare a single-page proposal for an item to be discussed at the summit, and submit it to the presidency team a little over a month prior to the simulation and the presidency team works with the secretariat to generate an initial agenda of items to be debated in each functional group setting. We try to debate the most important and timely issues confronting Europe, from the crisis in the Eurozone, to the military action in Libya, and problems integrating recent immigrants into European society. Students debate the issues and come to common positions on items before them, working first in small groups (of just their partner ministers) before putting the final conclusions of the presidency to a vote of the whole.

Model EU has proven to be an enormously rewarding experience for our past participants, and a visit to our SUNY Model EU Facebook page will confirm this. Students from all over the SUNY system and northeast have an opportunity to meet and work with students from all over Europe, to learn about one of the most complex and important actors in the international arena today, and to develop their social capital in learning how to present their views before both a small group and plenary setting. Smaller than most Model UN simulations, it is a more participatory experience for all those who do come, and there are fewer “spectators” given the small size and the importance of each country in EU Council decision making.

Country assignments and rooms at the conference hotel are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis, so register early to reserve your place! 

SUNY Model EU Faculty Advisors

Universite Lille 1, France

Hadjila Krifa-Schneider

SUNY Buffalo State

Laurie Buonanno

Sarah Matilda Norrevik

Monique Owens

SUNY Fredonia

Alexander Caviedes 

Drake University, Iowa, United States

Eleanor Zeff

University at Buffalo, SUNY

Collin Anderson

Coastal Carolina

Mariam Dekanozishvili

SUNY New Paltz

Kathleen Dowley 

SUNY Fredonia

Elmer Ploetz

University at Albany, SUNY

Zakhar Berkovich

Irina A. Chindea

Jamestown Community College

Greg Rabb

SUNY Fredonia

Raymond Rushboldt

Ithaca College

Juan Arroyo

SUNY Cortland

Alexandru Balas

Henry Steck

Vesalius College

Dario Cristiani

Schmalkalden University

Sven Muller-Grun


You will reside in hotels near the SUNY Global Center in New York City.
More information coming soon!


The following meals are included in the cost of the program:

Thursday, April 4

  • Opening Reception – SUNY Global 

Friday, April 5

  • Continental Breakfast – SUNY Global
  • Box Lunch – SUNY Global
  • Student Mixer (limited hour d’orves & 1 drink) 
  • Faculty Dinner (restaurant)

Saturday, April 6

  • Continental Breakfast – SUNY Global Center
  • Lunch – SUNY Global Center
  • Closing Reception – SUNY Global Center

Spring 2019

Estimate of Costs

The Spring 2019 Estimate of Costs is forthcoming.

Academic Requirements

To participate in SUNY Model EU must be selected by your institution. Questions about the terms of the agreement between your university and SUNY or UAlbany should first be addressed to your university.

Accompanying Faculty Mentors and staff should also complete this application.


The Spring 2019 itinerary is forthcoming.

Sample Itinerary from SUNY Model EU 2017

Wednesday, April 3

International Teams arrive in NYC

  • Hotel Check In

Thursday, April 4

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  • US Teams Check-in

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

  • Registration and Delegation Check-in at the SUNY Global Center

5:00 pm – 5:15 pm

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks
    • Kathleen M. Dowley, Director, SUNY Model EU Program
    • Sally Crimmins Villela, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs, SUNY

5:15 pm – 6:00 pm

  • Keynote Address:

    Ambassador João Vale de Almeida, EU Mission to UN

    Ambassador Vale de Almeida previously served as the first EU Ambassador to the United States of America, from 2010 to 2014. In Washington, he actively engaged in strengthening EU/U.S. relations and was critical to the launching of negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Prior to his appointment in Washington, Ambassador Vale de Almeida served as Director General of External Relations of the European Commission, the European Union’s executive body. As the most senior official under the authority of the High Representative/Vice-President, he helped formulate and execute the EU’s foreign policy and played a key role in preparing for the new European External Action Service (EEAS) introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon.  He was appointed EU Ambassador to the UN in October 2015.

6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

  • Light Reception Following the Address in the SUNY Global Center

7:15 pm – 8:30 pm

  • Presidency Teams Formally Open Simulation 

    EU Council President Tusk and the Maltese Prime Minister will introduce their teams, and make a brief speech laying out their goals and priorities for the summit.  They will additionally review the four agenda items to be debated on the first day.  The Presidency will make it clear what it wants the functional meetings to achieve and also indicate a target schedule. All agreements reached “below” the European Council will ultimately have to be approved by it.  After the Presidency teams have spoken, delegations should be given a chance to ask procedural questions. Following this, Council President Tusk will call upon sponsors of additional agenda proposals to speak for two minutes each on their proposals.  Voting on additional proposals will take place at end of day on Friday.
  • Preliminary Functional Group Meetings 

    The Chair of each council configuration and its corresponding Secretariat will convene a brief meeting with all the ministers in their functional group, to lay out plans for their morning sessions, make introductions, and set the tone and establish rules by which debate will be conducted.
  • Ceremony Concludes by 9 pm

Friday, April 5

8:00 am – 9:00 am

  • Students/Faculty depart hotel for Global Center
  • Bagels and Coffee 

9:00 am – 11:15 am

  • Functional Meetings
    • HOGS and EcoFin: Global Classroom (1)
      • First Half Hour will see HOGs and EcoFin Ministers briefed on Brexit conditions by Michel Barnier, EU Chrief Brexit negotiator
    • Foreign Ministers:Global Classroom (2) 
    • EcoFin (following morning briefing):Tiered Classroom
    • COREPER: Multipurpose Room
  • Press Corps: Touchdown Space 

10:00 am – 11:30 am

  • Graduate Student Research Panel – Global Center Boardroom 

    This panel is scheduled as a faculty seminar. Open to faculty, graduate students, and visitors to the Global Center
  • Collin Anderson, “Russian Propaganda Techniques: A Comparative Analysis of Russia and the Soviet Union” (Doctoral candidate, Political Science, University at Buffalo – SUNY) 
  • Sara Matilda Norrevik, “Class Cleavages, Interest Groups, and Trade Policy Voting in the European Parliament” (Doctoral candidate, Political Science, University at Buffalo – SUNY) 
  • Monique Owens, “Tackling Corruption in Romania: The European Commission and NGOs” (MPA Candidate, SUNY Buffalo State and Documentation & Learning Specialist, Open Buffalo) 
  • Moderator: Laurie Buonanno (SUNY Buffalo State)

11:15 am – 11:30 am

  • Break while Presidency team Prepares for First Press Briefing

11:30 am – 11:50 am

  • Council Presidency Press Conference and Briefing, Global Classroom

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

  • Lunch: Global Center reception space, 3rd floor café also available

1:15 pm – 4:30 pm

  • Functional Meetings
    • HOGS:Global Classroom (1)
    • FMS:Global Classroom (2)
    • Eco Fin:Tiered Classroom
    • COREPER: Multipurpose Room
  • Press Corps:Touchdown Space

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

  • Distinguished Faculty Panel Brexit: British and Irish Perspectives – Global Center Boardroom
  • Neill Nugent, Emeritus Professor of Politics at Manchester Metropolitan University, 2013 UACES Lifetime Achievement Award winner in Contemporary European Studies
  • Ruan O’Donnell, Senior Lecturer/Professor of History, University of Limerick

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm

  • Break and Presidency Team Prepares for Press Briefing

4:45 pm – 5:15 pm

  • Press Conference and Voting on Additional Agenda Items
  • Location:Global Classroom
  • Update delegates on progress made to date and allow each group to report on progress
  • Vote on new agenda items, as introduced during Thursday’s plenary 

5:30 pm

  • Students and Faculty return to the Hotel 

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  • Faculty Dinner

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  • Student Mixer

Saturday, April 6

8:15 am – 9:15 am

  • Students/Faculty depart hotel for light breakfast at SUNY Global Center 

9:15 am – 11:30 am 

  • Functional Meetings
    • HOGS:Global Classroom (1)
    • FMS:Global Classroom (2)
    • Eco Fin:Seminar Room 109
    • COREPER:Multipurpose Room
  • Press Corps: Touchdown Space

10:00 am – 11:30am

  • Model EU Faculty Council Meeting: Global Center Boardroom
  • Planning for Model EU 2018 in Brussels

11:30 am – 11:45 am

  • Country Delegations meet to update HOGs on progress
  • Presidency teams and secretariat convene to prepare statements

11:45 am – 12:15pm

  • Plenary Session and Press Conference

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

  • Lunch
  • Educational Opportunities Tabling

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

  • Final Functional Meetings
    • HOGS:Global Classroom
    • FMS:Multi-Purpose Room
    • Eco Fin:Seminar Room 202
    • COREPER:Seminar Room 109

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

  • Break and time for Presidency team and secretariat to prepare the conclusions

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  • European Council Presidency Conclusions
  • Delegates gather and vote on final version of presidency conclusions; 
  • Press has final opportunity for questions and photos during signing of the conclusions

6:00 pm – 7:30pm

  • Closing Ceremony and Reception at the Global Center

Sunday, April 7

  • Departure from Hotel 

Funding Opportunities

Contact your school’s program coordinator to find out whether there is funding available for your participation in this program.

In Their Own Words

“The Model European Union simulation was an experience unlike any other I have had thus far at this University. It was an experience that allowed for me to meet the elected official whose actions I was simulating; Foreign Minister of Bulgaria, Ekaterina Zakharieva. It allowed me to understand the politics of Europe via the differing viewpoints of students who were representing member states.  Furthermore, it allowed for me to co chair my first conference internationally, in a committee that I have a strong interest in: the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC). Chairing the FAC allowed me to truly appreciate the challenges that the European Union faces on a constant basis.

The study abroad experience added to this exposure to international relations. In the short span of two weeks, myself and my colleagues were able to visit the United States mission to NATO, the International Court of Justice, and the International Criminal Court just to name a few locations. We were also able to visit a variety of different European institutions such as the European Parliament, the European Council and the Belgian and Flemish Parliaments. I could not be more grateful to the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, SUNY New Paltz, and Vesalius College for putting together such an amazing experience that allowed myself and other students to be exposed to such amazing careers in international relations.”

Brian P.

“This year’s Model European Union simulation and study mission was enlightening in so many ways. While I had previously found European politics to be interesting, becoming fully immersed in the culture added a completely new level of depth. Being able to see, first hand, the complexity of the European Union, yet how it works together for the good of all Europeans was truly impressive. By meeting European students, I was better able to understand their concerns and relate them to my own back home. By the end of the trip, I was eager to return to Europe, as well as, research careers with involvement in international policies and political systems. My thanks go out to Rockefeller College for their contributions assisting in making this trip possible.”

Michaela P.

“Going to Belgium with a bunch of strangers forced me to make friends I didn’t think I would make. If I could do it all over again I would because those two weeks were some of the most fun of my life.”

Aayush D.

“The educational experience provided by the school is worth applying for alone, but the friendships you’ll form by spending two weeks with people you may not have gotten the opportunity to meet otherwise make it worth every penny.”

Matt M.

“I would have to say this trip was one of the best experiences of my life. It proved to not only to be a great cultural opportunity to learn and engage, but also gave me a chance to befriend some incredible people.”

Haven S.

“Through the Model EU simulation and meetings with European and international governmental institutions, the trip provoked an interest in foreign service I previously did not have. I did not know what to expect out of the study mission, but I gained invaluable insight into the inner workings of the European Union, NATO, and international court systems.”

Hannah S.

“Hands down one of the best experiences of my college career. The faculty and staff members really outdid themselves this year.”

Max H.

Program Advisor

Moody, Rachel

About the City

This program will take place at the SUNY Global Center in New York City, NY, home of the United Nations and over 500 international governmental and non-governmental organizations. The Global Center was built in 1927 and is designated as a historic landmark. It is situated in the heart of midtown Manhattan, steps away from restaurants, hotels, parking, public transportation, and local attractions.

Application Availability

Applications will become available on September 10.

Academic Year 2018/19

Program Dates

Spring 2019

04/04/2019 to 04/07/2019

Program Schedule

April 4, 2019

U.S. Teams Hotel Check-in

April 4, 2019 to April 6, 2019

Model EU Conference

April 7, 2019

Departure from Hotel