Where and when do you meet?
The IAA holds general meetings every Wednesday from 7:00 - 8:00 PM in Miller Hall 156. Sometimes, the constituent programs of the IAA will hold their own meetings at other times and locations. Updates on these meetings can be found on the News page.

What does the IAA do?
Strictly speaking the IAA is the managing group of three University programs; Model UN, Borderline, and Services & Events. The IAA provides logistical, organizational, and financial support to these groups. As all three of these areas relate to international affairs, the IAA helps to coordinate students with similar interests and passions.

Can I (or do I have to) belong to more than one IAA program?
While all members of Borderline, Model UN, or Services & Events are IAA members, not all IAA members belong to all three of these programs. While the IAA encourages members to be involved with the association, members are free to enter or leave IAA programs as they see fit.

How much does it cost?
The IAA does not charge dues to its members. The IAA primarily relies upon existing financial arrangements with the University and its own internal fundraising apparatus. That being said, the IAA does charge members a fee to attend certain (mostly Model UN) events. The IAA does, however, provide needs based scholarships that can shrink or even eliminate these fees.

Does my major matter?
No! While the majority of IAA members come from Western's Political Science or Economics departments, many members (and a disproportionate number of officers) come from other backgrounds.

I saw the Community Model UN episode, is it like that?
Yes.


I missed a few meetings, is it too late to join?
The IAA is always open to accepting new members. Whether it be in mid fall or late spring, the doors to the IAA is always open. Stop by a general meeting, talk to an officer, or email us to introduce yourself.

Is there anything that I should do before attending to prepare?
The IAA has no expectations of members to be working during summer quarters or prior to joining. That being said, most members constantly maintain at least a passing interest in international affairs. In short: read, watch the news, and stay up to date.

Can I get college credit for attending?
At the present, Western does not offer course credit to members.

What is the Association's relationship with the University?
Something of a rarity, the IAA is a completely student run association. The IAA is not a part of the Associated Student, but rather a self-governing member of Western's Departmentally Related Activities Committee, where its interests are represented alongside those of music, debate, dance, and publications. The IAA is co-represented on this committee by a Political Science department faculty member. 

I'm not a student can I contact you?
Although it is a student run organization, the IAA considers itself as just a part of a much greater ecosystem, not only at Western, but also Bellingham and the world beyond it. As such, the IAA frequently works with alumni, professors, companies, recruiters, graduate schools, and speakers on a variety of projects. If you would like to contact us, please direct your queries to the relevant address found on our contact page.