The Department of International Studies (INS) proudly sponsors the AUS-Model United Nations. Student run under the supervision of INS faculty members, the event attracts delegates from local and regional high schools as well as teams and individual participants from India, Pakistan and even Great Britain. United Nations delegates discuss issues ranging from nuclear proliferation to global food policies. Founded in 2007, the annual gathering has grown from 180 delegates in 2014 to 730 in the spring of 2016.
The AUS-MUN conference represents a major undertaking by both students and faculty. The preparations begin in September and are led by a team of AUS students and two faculty advisors (additional faculty take part during the actual conference days). The organizing committee includes students from all majors at AUS, but students majoring in international studies are particularly well represented. For the students who organize the event, the experience helps build leadership skills and confidence, while also allowing them to test the validity of the ideas and concepts that are covered in the courses offered in the department.