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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What does it mean by that BEIMUN XXVIII will be a hybrid conference?

BEIMUN XXVIII will be a hybrid conference meaning that it will have both an in-person and online conference simultaneously. In our hybrid conference, some of the Committees in the Committees and Topics tab will be online committees so that schools outside China may participate in BEIMUN this year. For more information, please scroll down to find the COVID-19 section of the FAQ.

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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?

There is a registration fee of 700 RMB (100USD) per attendee for the in-person conference, whether that person is a participating delegate, MUN director, chaperone, or other.  All registration fees should be paid by bank transfer. On the other hand, the online version of the conference will be completely free.

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Will BEIMUN issue a fapiao to schools that request it?

BEIMUN does not issue a fapiao. However, we will provide an official receipt with a financial chop. These will be 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?

For accommodations, hotels, and busing, please refer to the Accommodation and Transportation tabs.

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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 there are no 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?

Meals are included in the registration fee and will be provided at the conference.

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

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 on campus for the whole duration of the conference?

For those attending the in-person conference, yes. Under school and conference policy, one responsible adult from each school needs to remain on campus during the conference. The only exception to this rule is the Student Officer training session on the first day, during which student officers are allowed to be at school unaccompanied. For those directors attending the online version of the conference, we recommend periodically observing the committee sessions throughout the duration fo the conference.

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COVID-19

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Will masks be required for those attending the in-person conference?

Yes. Anyone attending the in-person conference must have a mask on all times with the exception of lunchtime in which attendees may take off their masks after they have established themselves in a safe distance from others

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Will those arriving to Beijing be required to quarantine?

Depends on the situation. For those coming outside of China, the People's Republic of China has required a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon entry, so we recommend foreign attendees to attend the online version of the conference. For those inside China, it'll depend on whether or not if you are coming from a low, medium, or high-risk area. Those coming from a low-risk area are not required to quarantine upon arrival. Those who are coming from medium or high-risk areas should contact the Director.

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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.

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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?

The schedule for online committees will be approximately the same as in-person committees. Please check out the Schedule tab for more information

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