What is CIAS?


The Cornell International Affairs Society (CIAS) is a student-run umbrella organization dedicated to enhancing student's understanding of international affairs while developing their skills in public speaking, leadership, and diplomacy at Cornell University. Under CIAS, you will find three Model UN conferences, a regular publication on international affairs, Cornell's official Model UN traveling team, and some really cool people.

CIAS can trace its roots to 1914 and has since become the largest international organization at Cornell with over 150 active student members. Every year we host numerous on-campus events, from Career Expos for those interested in public service, to luncheons with Nobel Laureates and recognized diplomats. We also run Cornell's competitive Model United Nations team traveling to numerous prestigious competitions across the country. 


What does CIAS offer?

Global Family

With 150 active members and a substantial number of alumni from 14 countries, CIAS offers a unique, global family where members can find their closest friends on campus as well as guidance on classes, extracurricular activities, and careers. We focus on fostering a cohesive organization so that members make life-long bonds with each other. Our alumni network and career placement list help members pursue careers in government and the private sector around the world.

Intellectual Debate

The Cornell International Affairs Society offers students an opportunity to engage in weekly rigorous and intellectual discourse on international topics. CIAS is a forum for all members to share opinions and discuss with experts issues including arms control, human rights, national sovereignty, and much more. No other organization on campus offers a regular chance for students to engage with the world at large.

Leadership Opportunities

The Cornell International Affairs Society offers a variety of opportunities for undergraduates to play a significant role in operating one of the largest student organizations on campus. With roles involving design, technology, business, finance, policy creation, and debate, CIAS draws from all majors and skill sets.

Intercollegiate Competition

The Cornell International Affairs Society organizes Cornell's Model UN travel team, one of the best in the country. CIAS members have the exclusive chance to travel across North America competing against other universities while representing Cornell and winning individual and team awards. This rare opportunity allows for amazing academic and social development as travel team members debate advanced topics.

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