Monday, July 17, 2017

Summerfest 2017

Looking to jump start your graduate school search? Join us for Summerfest! Alumni, students and staff from five top graduate programs in international affairs invite you to attend a reception this summer in New York City and Washington, D.C.  Join us to hear about graduate programs, career opportunities and to network with professionals in international affairs. Light refreshments will be served.

Representatives from the following graduate international affairs programs will be available:
  • Columbia University – School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
  • Georgetown University – Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
  • Johns Hopkins University – The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
  • Princeton University – The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
  • Tufts University – The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Registration and tabling will open at 5:30 pm, and the presentation and alumni panel begins at 6:00 pm.
Summerfest 2017 New York City will be held Thursday, July 20, 2017 at:
Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
International Affairs Building
420 W 118th St, Fl 15
New York, NY 10027

Summerfest 2017 Washington, D.C. will be held Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at:
Georgetown University Law Center
Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor
600 New Jersey Ave
Washington, DC 20001

For other upcoming recruiting events view our recruiting calendar here.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

You're Invited To Summerfest!

Getting a head start on the application process begins with doing your research. Summerfest is an opportunity to learn how an education at a top international affairs school can help you advance in your career, what kind of professional skills you’ll gain in a graduate program, and what the application process entails. You can speak with alumni of the five schools about their personal experience, or you can speak with an admissions officer one-on-one to ask questions about the application process. Each event will include a panel presentation with alumni from each program, as well as a networking reception where you will have the opportunity to speak with current students, alumni and admissions representatives from each school.

Institutions represented include:
  • Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
  • Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
  • Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public Service
  • Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

This year, three receptions will be held:
  • Register for the June 22  Boston reception here.
  • Register for the July 25 Washington, D.C. reception here.
  • Register for the July 20 reception, held in New York City here.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Q&A With Recent Graduate Itt Thirarath (MA'17)

Recently we sat down with Itt Thirarath, a Master of Arts alumnus from Bangkok who, despite having walked across the commencement stage just seven days ago, is already set to work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand. During his time at Johns Hopkins SAIS, Itt was at the top of his program academically and served as president of the student-run Thai Club. Itt will begin working in his new position this month.

Where are you from and what brought you to Johns Hopkins SAIS?

I am from Bangkok, Thailand. I came to Johns Hopkins SAIS right after I finished my undergraduate degree at Chulalongkorn University. I chose the school because of its great reputation and its rigorous economics and language program. Another reason is because of the tight-knit group of alumni in Thailand (Johns Hopkins “SAIS Siam”) who kindly hosted a welcome party for the newly admitted students. They told us wonderful stories about their time at the school and their career. Their professional expertise and their strong sense of community certainly factored into my decision to come.

What are your academic and professional interests?

I have always aspired to become a diplomat. As an undergraduate student, I interned at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand in Bangkok and at the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Frankfurt, Germany. When I graduated from Chulalongkorn University, I received a scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand to pursue a degree in Middle East Studies. Hence, I was a dual concentrator, concentrating in Middle East Studies and Southeast Asia Studies (in addition to International Economics, which is required for all MA students). I focused on the relations between the two regions in general and between the Middle East and Thailand in particular. Such linkages include energy markets, food security, the role of Islam, terrorism, and maritime security.

What are some activities you were involved in as a student?

I was the president of the Thai Club during my second year. The Thai Club organizes a wide range of activities such as lecture series, movie night, cooking class, and trivia. I also participated in the Israel Trek during my second year, and it was one of my best experiences at Johns Hopkins SAIS. It was fascinating to learn about the country, its history and its people, to drive an ATV in Golan Heights, to explore a kibbutz next to the Gaza Strip, and to walk down the streets in the historical city of Jerusalem among many other things.

What advice would you give our new incoming students? Any special advice for international students?

My advice would be that they try to find a balance between school and life. While school is certainly very demanding, they should try to spend as much time as they can with their friends. In fact, it is the sense of community and long-lasting friendship that make Johns Hopkins SAIS so great and so special. For some international students, it might take a while to get used to the cultures in the U.S., but once you get used to it, you will find that life in the U.S. can be very enjoyable and that you would be able to call it a home. The environment is also very international and very accommodating to students from diverse backgrounds.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

When I graduated, I was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, which is the oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences in the U.S.

What has surprised you the most being a student?

I came to Johns Hopkins SAIS knowing that I would meet some very talented individuals; however, the things that students had done prior to coming to the graduate school never ceased to amaze me. It is both an honor and a privilege to be among such talented peers, and it is even more interesting to see what great things they will be doing for the world in the future! 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

This Summer: Meet Alumni and Faculty Around The World

This summer, prospective students are invited to attend one of the following events around the world, to engage with alumni and faculty. Take this opportunity to do further research on Johns Hopkins SAIS and learn why our alumni chose to study economics, politics, security, and diplomacy at one of the most prestigious graduate schools of international affairs. Visit our Around the World web page for more details and to register for an event near you.

Francis J. Gavin is the Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and the inaugural director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

Beijing: June 1 

Join Johns Hopkins SAIS alumni and Roger Leeds, Director of the Center for International Business and Public Policy, who will lead a discussion on China-specific topics covered in his recently published book, “Private Equity Investing in Emerging Markets.” 

Singapore: June 7 

Join Johns Hopkins SAIS alumni and Roger Leeds, Director of the Center for International Business and Public Policy, who will lead a discussion on “Private Equity Investing: Risks & Opportunities in Emerging Markets Compared to Western Countries."

Cape Town: June 22 

Join Johns Hopkins SAIS alumni and Francis J. Gavin, Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and the inaugural director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, who will lead an informal discussion on “The United States, Peace, and World Order” over dinner. 

Tokyo: August 5

Join Johns Hopkins alumni and Francis J. Gavin, Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and the inaugural director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, who will lead a discussion on “The United States, Peace, and World Order” over dinner and drinks."

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Office Closure Alert: May 26-May 29

In observance of Commencement and Memorial Day, the Office of Admissions will be closed Friday, May 26 through Monday, May 29. Normal operations will resume Tuesday, May 30.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

On Delivering Official Transcripts

As you should know, all incoming students must eventually provide the Office of Admissions with final, official transcripts. Some of you may have done so already as part of the application process; others may have been unable to do so for a variety of valid reasons. If you fall into the latter category, here's what you need to know about submitting your final, official transcripts.

In order to be accepted as official, physical transcripts must be sent to us in an envelope sealed by the school or university

1. Not All Transcripts Are Created Delivered Equal

Again, all incoming students must provide final, official transcripts to the Office of Admissions. The key words here are "final" and "official." Delivering transcripts in a way that automatically renders them unofficial is a common mistake made by incoming students. To avoid having to request the transcript a second time (and paying the subsequent fee), make sure to deliver it to us correctly the first time around. 

What will our office accept as official?
  • Physical transcripts delivered in an envelope sealed by the school or university
  • Electronic transcripts delivered directly via an official online transcript provider 
  • Electronic transcripts delivered directly from the school on your behalf

What will we not accept as official?
  • Physical transcripts that have been opened and/or unsealed 
  • Downloaded or scanned copies of transcripts that you, the student, email to us

2. Electronic Delivery Is Quick Delivery

We prefer to receive electronic transcripts, whenever possible—they arrive faster, and are less likely to get lost in the mail, but physical transcripts are acceptable as well.

3. Final Means Final

If you submitted any in-progress transcripts to us during the application process, you will need to send the final official version, demonstrating your studies have been completed successfully and a degree was conferred. This applies to those graduating in Spring 2017. Additionally, if you were admitted with an economics condition, you will need to send the official transcript which verifies that you've met the economics condition.

4. You Should Check Your Email Periodically

If we are missing any required transcripts from you, you will be notified via email in the coming weeks, so please check your inbox periodically. In the meantime, review the enrollment To-Do List available in the matriculated student portal -- you'll find that this answers a lot of your questions about the next steps.

Friday, May 19, 2017

2016-2017 International Human Rights Clinic Students Present Findings on Peru, Kenya, and Sri Lanka Forest Defenders

On May 16, International Human Rights Clinic students hosted a roundtable discussion on their forthcoming report, "They Protect the Forests. Who Protects Them? The Intersection of Conservation, Development, and Human Rights of Forest Defenders." The team discussed lessons from Kenya, Peru, and Sri Lanka.

The International Human Rights Clinic is a course offered by the International Law and Organizations program designed to teach students skills for careers in international human rights advocacy and protection. These skills will be taught through the use of simulations, discussions, case studies and clinical work. Each student taking the course has the opportunity to gain practical experience in international human rights through clinical work with The Protection Project. Such work may include, writing a human rights report, drafting a model law or fact-finding mission, developing human rights education materials and programming, conducting research, etc. While engaged in clinical work, students in the course will have an opportunity to collaborate with other students in clinics at universities both domestic and abroad. Moreover, students in the course may have the opportunity to participate in conferences and panels on international human rights issues.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Doing All the To-Do’s

Fall classes will begin before you know it. So you're prepared, student blogger Daphne P. shares her method for managing time during the semester.

I am the Queen of To-Do Lists! Every week, I type up a long list of the assignments I have to get through for all of my classes. Then, I break that list down into daily lists that populate a monthly calendar. This allows me to look ahead at what’s coming (am I going away for a weekend? Do I have a special event one night?) and smartly pace myself that week. At the same time, I keep a slip of paper posted on the wall above my desk where I jot down tasks unrelated to school: doctor’s appointments, special errands, applications, volunteer meetings, etc. These are things that don’t need to be done immediately, but at some point in the mid- to long-term. I usually have a general timeline in mind but just tackle them as I can, trying to cross a couple off each week. Finally, on especially busy days, when I have more than the usual errand, in addition to my assignments, I sometimes create yet another list for that day. I combine all the things I have to do loosely in the order I expect to do them, making it easy to track my progress throughout the day.

In several ways, the simple act of writing things down provides a huge stress relief for me. Sure, putting something onto a list doesn’t mean that I’ve actually finished the reading or run the errand! However, it does ensure that I won’t forget to do it, and thereby allows me to expend my energy on whatever task I’m currently working on, rather than on trying to remember everything I have to do! Second, separating my school- and non-school-related responsibilities helps me to prioritize and balance; I can see that I should put off a trip to the dry cleaner to finish the problem set due the next day, or plan to pay some bills between readings to give my brain a break. Finally, writing everything down somehow makes it all seem less overwhelming. By first laying out the “big picture” and then breaking it up into daily goals, it makes the amount of work seem, actually, manageable! Indeed, I credit this approach to staying organized with my ability to manage grad school without neglecting the other important things in my life.

I’m sure you’ve all mastered your own time-management strategies by now! For anyone considering adopting mine, I have two final thoughts: first, keep the calendar view of your assignments on your computer (for easy editing!) and allow yourself the flexibility to rearrange things throughout the week. Your statistics problem set might end up taking twice as long as you thought it would or you might find out about an amazing speaker coming to campus; if some of Tuesday’s tasks have to be shifted to Wednesday, so be it. Consider these lists to be (ambitious?) statements of your intentions, not rigid rules. Second, get yourself a good, bright highlighter. Crossing things off those to-do lists is the best, most satisfying part!


Monday, May 8, 2017

5 Tips For New Students, From Current SAISers And Alumni

It's been one week since the reply deadline, and the admissions team is still giddy about seeing the offer acceptance letters pour in. We're honored to be able to welcome such a intellectually talented and driven group to the Johns Hopkins family. Since you're officially soon-to-SAISers, we thought you might be interested in reading a few tips from the people who were once in your shoes.

1. Take Advantage of Social Activities

Denise (MA'18) says: "Although it is undeniable that academics are important, it is also important to note that networking and making connections is very valuable to your graduate school experience. Take advantage of of the social activities (networking sessions and happy hours for example) that Johns Hopkins SAIShad to offer."

2. Come With An Open Mind

Daphne (MA'18) says: "Come to Johns Hopkins SAIS with confidence and an open mind. Remember that you were admitted not just because the selection committee thought you could get something out of this program, but because they believed you could contribute something meaningful to it. So think about what it is that you can bring to SAIS, as well as what you want to learn from your peers and professors, and come ready to shape your education." 

3. Don't Be Afraid Of Faculty

Zach (MA'17) says: "Every professor has been very willing to meet with me to discuss topics related and unrelated to their area of expertise. I have even found professors whom I am not taking classes with receptive to meeting."

4. Share Your Diverse Perspective

Taina (GPP'16) says: "One of the most rewarding aspects about SAIS is the opportunity to study in a diverse environment. So international students should know that their participation is one of the things that makes SAIS great."

5. Use The Classroom As A Platform For Discussion

Julian (MA'14) says: "You will benefit so much if you are open to new ideas, conversations and friendships. Johns Hopkins SAIS is hard work but set aside time to form your personal and professional connections from the start. One thing I learned—the hard way—is that being direct about your career and professional goals will get you a long way. Finally, don’t believe everything you read and use the classroom as a platform to engage in meaningful debates and express your personal opinion. You will be discussing them with the brightest young minds in international affairs."

Friday, May 5, 2017

You're Invited: Open Events at Johns Hopkins SAIS May 8-May 12

Johns Hopkins SAIS hosts hundreds of events each year, many of which are free and open to the public. Offering a wide spectrum of viewpoints on current global issues, these events give students the opportunity to interact with thought leaders in various industries. While many of these events are exclusive to Johns Hopkins SAIS students and alumni, a number are free and open to the public. We invite you to join us for some of the events below.

Monday, May 8

Cultural Diplomacy to Tackle Today's Global Challenges with Midori
Vali Nasr, Dean of the School of Advanced International Studies, and Fred Bronstein, Dean of the Peabody Institute, invite you to join world class violinist and UN Messenger of Peace Midori, and a distinguished panel, for a 360 degree reflection on how cultural diplomacy can help better address today’s most pressing global challenges.

Thursday, May 11

Unmasked: Corruption in the West Book Release with Laurence Cockcroft
'Unmasked: Corruption in the West' examines corruption in political finance, lobbying, multinational companies, the judiciary and the police, environmental regulation, and sport. This a unique analysis of corruption in Europe and America showing how far the west has to go to clean its own house – while the world is watching. 
Dean Nasr and the Johns Hopkins SAIS Distinguished Scholar Antony Blinken will moderate the discussion.