2019 EU Simulation

This fall, the Department of Political Science and the Center for Global Engagement will support the participation of 10 JMU students in the 27th annual Mid-Atlantic European Union Simulation (http://eu-simulation.org) in Washington, DC from Nov. 20 through Nov 23, 2019.

Funding has been arranged to cover the participating students’ transportation to Washington; three nights of hotel accommodation (sharing a room with other students); a working lunch at JMU's Washington Center; and an awards reception at the simulation.

Over 100 students from colleges and universities throughout the mid-Atlantic region will participate in the simulation. The simulation will deal with two important issues currently on the EU’s agenda – consumer protection and energy policy.

All students coming from a particular university will represent decision-makers from a single state. But students may be assigned to a particular role within one of the EU’s four major decision-making institutions (the European Council, the Council of the EU, the European Commission, and the European Parliament). In 2019, students from JMU will represent actors from ITALY, a founding EU member whose recently reconfigured government is attempting to influence EU agendas in a range of policy sectors.

Students who are chosen to participate will enroll in a one-credit class (POSC 498, Research in Political Science) for the second block of the fall 2019 semester.  Second block courses begin on October 14, 2019.  Participating students will have to do research on the positions of their assigned actors and other actors who will be participating in the simulation.  They should plan to meet and/or correspond about their preparations 1-2 times per week in the period between October 14, 2019 and November 20, 2019 and to meet once to debrief on the experience after the event concludes.

Applications & Itinerary Details

To apply to participate in the EU Simulation event, please follow this link:


Submit the application by **MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2019 at noon.**


The tentative itinerary for students participating in the simulation will be as follows:

Wednesday, November 20, 2019: Departure from Harrisonburg in university van/s (late afternoon).

Thursday, November 21, 2019: Meeting with policy officers at the Embassy of Italy to the United States of America to discuss issues related to the simulation's substantive agenda (morning; to be confirmed); networking luncheon at JMU’s Washington Center (early afternoon; to be confirmed); opening ceremonies, substantive kickoff of the simulation, and working dinner.

Friday, November 22, 2019: Simulation sessions in DC (all day); awards ceremony (evening).

Saturday, November 23, 2019: Simulation sessions in DC (all day, concluding at 5:00 PM), return to Harrisonburg in university van/s (estimated time of arrival in Harrisonburg: 8:00 PM).

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