Thematic Network on Model Arctic Council

The Model Arctic Council is an experiential learning exercise in which graduate and undergraduate students from institutions across the Arctic and world convene to represent and simulate the work of Member States, Permanent Participants, and Observers of the Arctic Council (AC).

To learn more, see Model Arctic Council web page.


  • Maximize the educational benefit from each country’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council
  • Enhance collaboration and student mobility among Arctic and non-Arctic educational institutions
  • Expand students' awareness of the Arctic Council, Arctic issues, and international politics
  • Prepare students to assume leadership roles in the Arctic
  • Develop students' public speaking, diplomacy, negotiation, and deliberation skills


The Model Arctic Council is open to students from any higher education institution in the world. The program occurs biennially, taking place at a University of the Arctic in the country chairing the Arctic Council.

The program includes orientation, plenary lectures, and meetings in which participants simulate the work of Arctic Council working groups, Senior Arctic Officials, and Ministers. The outcome of the Model Arctic Councils are reported to Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and other Arctic Council officials.

Other Information

More information and past activities can be found here.

Video interview: Brandon Boylan, Lead, and Tyler Kirk, former Lead of the UArctic Thematic Network on Model Arctic Council