University at Albany

SUNY Model European Union

Can Europe rebuild its economies after the crisis? How should EU members tackle pressing issues such as climate change, terrorism, and migration? The answers are in your hands!

Voting in the European Council

The SUNY Model EU is the longest established, continuous simulation of the European Union in the United States, bringing together over 150 students from 15 EU member states and accession countries with students from New York State. It is funded by the Institute of European Union Studies at SUNY (IEUSS), through the Office of Global Affairs, SUNY System Administration.

Every year, two teams of UAlbany students will join students from the SUNY system and top EU universities to debate the biggest questions facing Europe. Students roleplay 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 their chance to solve problems, write policy, negotiate deals, and have fun socializing with students from all over Europe.

The UK and Netherlands
Delegations Pose with
the EU Flag

Once assigned "roles" country teams work to prepare a single page proposal for an item to be discussed at the summit. Students representing the EU Presidency then work with the secretariat to generate an initial agenda of items to be debated. 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.

Our team at the opening dinner
Country assignments and rooms at the conference hotel are allocated on a first come, first served basis, so register early to reserve your place! As well as being a great experience for political science and public policy majors, journalism/communication majors are encouraged to join our SUNY Model EU Press Corps, which produces daily newsletters, as well as a conference blog and video of the simulation itself.

Application forms for the 2012 SUNY Model EU, to be held in New Paltz, NY will be available in late January on this site, and from the political science contact office in Humanities B16.

For more information, contact Professor Holly Jarman at