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International Events

These international events, held in different European cities each year, provide our students with the opportunity to expand their world view by competing, problem-solving, debating and sharing knowledge with hundreds of students from other European schools.

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  • The Model United Nations

    The Model United Nations, an academic simulation of the United Nations educates participants about real world events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda. Each semester, small groups of NJC students are selected to participate. They travel to another city, typically Berlin in the Fall term and St. Petersburg in the Spring, for a four-day mock session with students from international schools around the world. Participants role-play as diplomats representing a nation or NGO in a simulated session of an organ (committee) of the United Nations, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to real world problems.
  • The New European Speech, Debate and Acting Association (NESDA)

    The New European Speech, Debate and Acting Association (NESDA) gives our 
students another enriching opportunity. NESDA was conceived in 1985 to promote
 speech activities in the English-speaking schools in Europe. Tournaments give
 students a chance to improve their speaking, listening, communicating and performing 
skills. All participants are urged to seek the personal growth and development
 that come from participating, with the aim being to learn rather than to win. Each 
NESDA tournament will consists of five events: Debate, Duet Acting, Impromptu 
Speaking, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Original Oratory. In March 2012, when
 NJC hosted the Tournament, the Debate Resolution was: Modern Media Make Fair
 Trials Impossible.

International Guest Speakers

Geneva is home to over 200 international organizations including the European United Nations, the International Red Cross, and the World Health Organization. The proximity of NJC to this vibrant city means that we have access to some of the most interesting guest speakers in the world. Marc Kielburger '95, an NJC alumnus and co-founder of Free The Children, spoke at the College in 2010. More recently, Her Excellency, Jennifer MacIntyre, Canadian Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, addressed the NJC community, as did actor R. H. Thompson and Dr. William Maddux of INSEAD at the class of 2016's graduation ceremony.

Sasha Cove ‘16

NESDA is an experience that I will always cherish. I made worldwide connections with other English speakers studying abroad, much like me, and I got to compete against so many talented people.
A Canadian high school in Switzerland | Grade 12 & Gap