Monday, December 5, 2016

Denise, Why Did You Choose Johns Hopkins SAIS?

Choosing a graduate school was definitely one of the toughest decisions I have ever had to make in my life. Since I didn’t have any full time work experience (being that I was still an undergraduate student), I wasn’t expecting to get into the majority of the schools that I applied to and when I did I was faced with the reality of having to factor in the quality of education, surrounding area, finances, and my long term goals when weighing the pros and cons of each school.

At the end of the day, I chose Johns Hopkins SAIS because of its strong International Development program and because I felt very welcomed when I came to its Open Houseday after I had gotten admitted. The International Development Program provided the perfect mix of economic and social courses that I thought would make me competitive in the job market. I also really appreciated the fact that the school was in DC since I knew that there would be a great number of internship opportunities in the surrounding area. In terms of personal factors, I liked the fact that my parents and my close friends lived in the area and that I was familiar with the area. At the end of the day though, the decisive factor for me though boiled down to how comfortable I felt when I visited the campus and how I just felt like it would be the best fit out of all of the other schools I applied to.

Thanks for reading!
Denise Bonsu (MA'18)

Friday, December 2, 2016

Experienced Professionals, Meet Our Director of Executive Education Recruitment and Outreach This Saturday

On Saturday, December 3, we are will hosting office hours specifically for prospective students interested in our Executive Education degree programs. During open office hours, prospective GPP and MIPP students can meet with the Director of Executive Education Recruitment and Outreach.

To make an appointment during our Saturday office hours, please email the Admissions Office at sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu. Time slots are avaiable between 10:00 a.m and 2:00 p.m. Please be advised that our Executive Education programs are designed for experienced professionals with seven or more years of professional work experience.

If you are unable to visit us this Saturday, plan to attend our MIPP & GPP On-Campus Information Session which will be held on December 9. For more information and to register, please click here.

On a visit to the Hopkins Homewood campus, GPP students participated in a simulation residency students on the 1971 meeting in Geneva




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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

GPP Cohort Begins Capstone Residency with a Trip to India

During the final module of the Global Policy Program, Johns Hopkins SAIS students work in teams to complete a project for an overseas client and travel abroad as a cohort for site visits, interviews and consultations. This November, students traveled to India to finalize research projects on issues such as US-India trade policy, democratic reforms, renewable energy, defense diplomacy, and information economies.  Five teams met collectively with representatives from over 35 organizations across sectors including many corporate CEOs and government officials including India’s Defense Minister.




Capstone residencies are essential components of the Global Policy Program. These intense, multi-day exercises take students outside the standard classroom and challenge them to apply lessons learned from their coursework.

Our first GPP cohort began their capstone residency by exploring 400 years of Indian history

The GPP is designed as an executive program, and all applicants must have a minimum of seven years of work experience after completion of an accredited undergraduate degree. For more information on the Global Public Policy program, please visit our website, attend an MIPP/GPP Information Session, and visit us during our Saturday open office hours.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Johns Hopkins SAIS featured in Foreign Policy’s Guide to Leaders in Higher Education

Foreign Policy’s 2016 Guide to Leaders in Higher Education is now live, and Johns Hopkins SAIS is featured. In this year's report, Foreign Policy takes a look at the International Development Practicum. You can read the article here, and you can read more about the International Development Practicum here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Don't Miss SAIS Europe's Open Day -- December 5

SAIS Europe opens its doors to prospective students who are considering their post-graduate school options to offer them an opportunity to get to know the faculty, staff and students. Open Day is the best way to learn about SAIS Europe's Master's programs and get a first-hand look at the campus before applying. The Open Day date is Monday, December 5, 2016.

Click here for the day's schedule and to register.


Happy Thanksgiving!

We wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving! In observance of the holiday, our office will be closed November 23 through November 27. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 28.




























While you're on your break, why not read some application tips from our Associate Director of Admissions?

1. Letters of Recommendation
2. Class Visits
3. Interviews
4. Statement of Purpose
5. Standardized Tests
6. The Analytical Essay
7. The Résumé/CV

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Ben, What Do You Enjoy Doing In Washington, DC?



DC is one of the most diverse, vibrant cities in the country. As a foreign policy wonk, it’s also an endless supply of events that can supplement a SAIS education. For example, I’m a big proponent of attending events at Brookings, CSIS, Carnegie, and DC’s other IR schools. If think tanks aren’t your style, there are also dozens of free events every day at museums, government agencies, community centers, etc. Subscribe to the listserv of any organization you may be interested in, just to keep an ear to the ground for noteworthy events.

Being a part of a non-SAIS community group in DC is also really advantageous. For example, I’m part of the DC Stonewall Bocce league, which plays every Thursday in Logan Circle. I’ve been able to make friends of different ages and career paths through the league, and it provides a way to unplug from the SAIS routine.

Finally, I’m a big fan of getting away from DuPont Circle. As great as DuPont is, it is also commercial and largely devoid of the local vibe that makes residential DC so great. On weekends, I spend my time in neighborhoods like Bloomingdale, LeDroit Park, and Shaw, simply because each neighborhood has a local appeal that is worth investigating. DC is a very walk-able city that changes from block to block; so hunkering down at the SAIS library rather than exploring it would mean missing out on everything the city has to offer.

Thanks for reading,
Ben, Student Blogger