Frequently Asked Questions

General Conference Information

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When does BEIMUN take place?

BEIMUN is usually held between the end of February and start of March. BEIMUN XXVIII will be held from February 25-28, 2021.

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Where is BEIMUN held?

BEIMUN is hosted on the International School of Beijing campus.

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Who can attend BEIMUN?

BEIMUN is a high school conference for students from grades 9-12. Students must attend as a part of a teacher-led delegation from their school.

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What is the language of the conference?

The entire conference will be conducted in English.

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What is the theme for the BEIMUN conference?

BEIMUN's theme this year is "Discourse in a fragmented world". More information can be found on the Home page.

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What are the committees and topics for BEIMUN XXVIII?

The BEIMUN XXVIII committees and topics can be found in the Committees and Topics tab on our website.

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Where can I find my delegation assignments?

Your school directors should have already notified you of your delegation assignment. In addition, our committee chairs have sent out emails to the delegates confirming which committee they are in. Also, we have included a delegations page for directors to check which country assignments have been assigned to their respective schools.

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Registration

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How do schools register to take part in BEIMUN?

Please refer to the Form 1 tab on our website.

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What are the registration deadlines?

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Chair Applications and Director Recommendations for Applying Chairs is due on October 9, 2020. Form 1 will be due on November 2, 2020. Form 2 will be due on December 4, 2020. For more information please refer to the Important Dates tab on our website.

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What is the registration fee?

Due to our recent decision of moving BEIMUN XXVIII completely online, there will be no registration fee. We will offer the online version of BEIMUN XXVIII for free.

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Will BEIMUN issue a fapiao to schools that request it?

For this year, due to the fact that BEIMUN XXVIII is free, we will not offer a fapiao. Even in pre-COVID times, BEIMUN does not issue a fapiao. However, we can provide an official receipt with a financial chop. These are usually given to the directors in physical form at the conference.

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Can students from participating schools apply for leadership positions?

Yes. While the secretariat and head admin positions are always held by ISB students, students from other schools may apply for chair positions through the Student Officer Applications page under the Registration tab. 

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Travel, Accommodation, and Sightseeing

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Are visas required for visitors to China?

Visas are required for visitors upon entry to China; however, BEIMUN will not be offering any assistance with visa letter requests this year. We recommend those outside China wanting to attend BEIMUN to sign up for the online option of BEIMUN.

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Where can I find information on accommodations, hotels, and busing to and from the conference?

Due to the fact that BEIMUN XXVIII is completely online, we will not be offering any accommodation, hotels, or busing

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Does BEIMUN offer home stays to visiting students?

No. The International School of Beijing will not be able to offer homestays to visiting students.

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Does BEIMUN have a recommended tour operator for sightseeing opportunities?

Due to COVID-19, BEIMUN will not be offering any tour or sightseeing opportunities this year.

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Will BEIMUN arrange airport transport and daily transportation for participating schools?

While BEIMUN will not arrange for transport to and from the airport, we will be offering daily transport from to and from our recommended hotels to ISB. We recommend that you contact HunTours, our recommended tour operator, for transport from the airport. Their contact information can be found in the Transportation tab.

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Conference Preparation and Participation

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Does BEIMUN follow THIMUN rules of procedure?

Yes. BEIMUN is a THIMUN affiliated conference, and all debate is run according to THIMUN protocol which can be found here.

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Are formal attires required for the conference?

Yes. Formal attire is required for the conference. Delegates are expected to dress in a manner that is professional; please see this slideshow for more details. It should be noted that male delegates must wear a blazer when speaking at the podium. 

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Do delegates need to prepare any documents before the conference?

Delegates need to at least have a draft resolution prepared before the conference for lobbying.

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Do delegates need to give opening speeches?

In order to maximize lobbying and debate time, BEIMUN will not have delegate opening speeches.

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Do ambassadors need to be appointed for each delegation?

There is no need to appoint ambassadors as BEIMUN XXVIII does not require opening speeches.

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Does BEIMUN publish resources for delegate preparation and/or topic preparation?

For basic rules of procedure and resolution writing, we recommend downloading the education materials from the official THIMUN Singapore Conference website. For topic preparation, we recommend checking out the research reports in the Committees and Topics tab.

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Can I access YouTube/Google Drive in Beijing?

Unfortunately, due to restrictions imposed by the Chinese government, YouTube and Google Drive cannot be accessed in Beijing. If it is imperative that you must access these sites, it is recommended that you purchase a VPN service before arrival in Beijing.​ At the conference itself, you will be able to access Youtube/Google Drive through the school wifi provided. 

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Are meals provided at the conference?

Due to the fact that BEIMUN XXVIII is online, we will not provide any meals to the participants.

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Are there vegetarian/kosher/halal/vegan dining options?

Due to BEIMUN XXVIII being online, we will not offer any special dining options. In normal times, while we work with our vendors to accommodate specific meal requests, they are often lost in translation and, therefore, cannot be guaranteed. We do our best to offer a variety that will suit all dietary restrictions. Still, those needing gluten-free, halal, dairy-free, or any other nutritional needs should ask the director of the secretariat prior to consuming anything to ensure that the ingredients are acceptable.

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Do MUN directors and chaperones need to be online for the whole duration of the conference?

For directors attending the online version of the conference, we recommend periodically observing the committee sessions throughout the duration for the conference. In addition, if you have signed up for a slot in the approval panel, you are required to be online in the approval panel for that duration of time.

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COVID-19

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What technology will we be using for online BEIMUN?

We will be using a combination of Microsoft Teams and MUN One. Microsoft Teams will be used in order to host committee sessions and approval panel. MUN One will be used for note-passing, submitting amendments, voting, and submitting resolutions to the approval panel. Please have Microsoft Teams downloaded before the conference. Further information regarding MUN one will be posted at a later date.

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Will I still need to dress formally for the online conference?

Formal attire is a must in BEIMUN, even if it is online. For more information regarding formal attire, please read this presentation.

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How will the online version of the conference be run?

Further information about the online version of the conference will be posted on the Announcements page and through directors emails.

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How will lunch operate in the online version of the conference?

Attendees in the online version of the conference will be given breaks and lunchtimes.

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How will the schedule work for online committees work?

Please check out the Schedule tab for more information

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