oikos Model WTO 2015 [April 19-24, Switzerland]; Apply by Feb 8


Do you want to learn more about international economics, experience the inner workings of the World Trade Organization firsthand and cooperate with top students from around the world to meet today’s challenges in global trade?

The Model WTO is a one week simulation of WTO high level negotiations involving 60 students from all over the world, assisted by trade experts, WTO officials and ambassadors of the represented countries. The simulation is officially supported by the World Trade Organization.

The oikos Model WTO provides an opportunity for future decision makers to face important global issues in the simulation framework of
the WTO ministerial negotiations.


Every year since 1997, students from around the world have been invited to Switzerland to debate and exchange creative ideas in the realistic context of the World Trade Organisation.

A multiplicity of cultures and interests is ensured through the participation of ten countries. Students represent nations by groups of six delegates. Each of them takes part in one committee. In total, six committees will engage students to actively debate on trade related issues through various perspectives.

While delegates defend their national interests, two chairpersons in every committee try to lead them to an agreement. These key participants have received specific training at the University of St. Gallen before the negotiations.

The oikos Model WTO offers a unique experience for students to get involved in a high-level training and benefit from the expertise of WTO professionals.

The diversity of opinions reflected by students coming from various continents and distinct backgrounds provides an exceptional environment to actively exchange and rethink the role of international institutions such as the WTO in the global transition towards sustainable development.


The application process of the oikos Model WTO 2015 is now open!

It will stay open until February 8th, 2015 (midnight CET).


You must be enrolled at a recognized university or an educational institution that is affiliated to a university, and you must be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate program (e.g. Bachelor, Master, MBA, Ph.D., postgraduate Diplomas)

If your are no longer enrolled at the university, your last degree must not be older than 2 years and you must be born after 1983.

You must submit a 3-4 page essay treating one of the proposed questions.

This is the most important part of your application. You can find the questions and guidelines on the essay page.

There is a registration fee of 250 CHF. We have possibilities for a fee waiver as well as limited financial support. Find out more here.

The process

To apply, just go through the following steps:

Write your essay. Take your time, make it count!

Use the online registration form to register and submit your essay and all other required documents

If you require financial support, please fill out the financial support form as well

Payment of the participation fee, choice of country and committee will be done once you have been accepted into the event.

If you have any questions regarding the application feel free to send an email to participants@model-wto.org

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