In 1996, the Diplomacy Program was established at Florida Atlantic University. Since its inception, the program has offered students interested in international affairs unique opportunities to enhance their diplomatic skills in areas such as speech writing, public speaking, negotiation, dispute resolution and research.
Annually, the Diplomacy Program fields and trains a delegation of student diplomats to represent the university in collegiate competitions. FAU's Diplomacy Program has competed in diplomatic simulations in New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Chicago, Indianapolis and Maastricht, Netherlands.
Diplomatic competitions are simulations of major international organizations in which schools are assigned countries and students serve as diplomats of their assigned country. Student-delegates must remain in diplomatic and country character throughout the competition, and strive to solve the myriad of problems confronted by the organization. In preparation for the competitions, students compose a portfolio that contains country information, committee assignment documents and topic backgrounds. Additionally, students draft country profiles and resolutions that are judged by conference organizers.
Students are selected from a competitive applicant pool in the fall semester to participate in diplomatic competitions that are held during the spring semester. Selected students register for INR 4503 Advanced Diplomacy, an upper-division course offered each spring to prepare the delegation for the competitions. Students interested in applying for the program should complete an application and attend one of the information sessions listed on the application.
In 2007, the FAU Diplomacy Program received its first national award for academic excellence at the National Model United Nations competition in New York City. Each year since, FAU’s delegation has been honored with a national award.