Welcome to the Northeastern University International Relations Council (IRC)!
The Northeastern University International Relations Council (IRC) is a student group for all those interested in foreign policy, international affairs, and the art of diplomacy. By attending class, conferences, and events hosted by the IRC, members learn the skills necessary to be effective in debate, as well as undergo professional and personal development.
Specializing in simulations, the IRC facilitates interactive mock experiences that include the United Nations (UN), NATO, and the League of Arab States. With these immersive debates, IRC members learn firsthand the challenges of international diplomacy while developing strong public speaking and negotiation skills.
Membership in the IRC is open to students of all majors – from Political Science to International Affairs to Engineering to Pharmacy. Everyone is able to play an active role in the club, regardless of your prior knowledge or experience with model programming. The topics we cover in debate are purposefully diverse. Undoubtedly topics that interest you and are related to your academic study will be debated. The IRC actively encourages those with diverse or atypical majors to please give the program a try. The differing perspectives and specialized knowledge that can be brought to the table makes for a more interesting and simply better experience for all participants.
In addition to the competitive Model UN, NATO and Model Arab League simulations we attend in Boston, Montreal, and Washington, D.C., we also host a number of conferences on campus for middle and high school students, as well as sponsor international-themed events here at Northeastern. The IRC is also committed to helping educate its members through workshops and opportunities for mentorship, and will make every effort to ensure that all are included and get the most out of their time with us.