Friday, March 20, 2015

Congratulations, Part Deux!

Congratulations to the newest members of the SAIS family!  Decisions were released this afternoon for applicants to the SAIS MIPP and GPP programs for Fall 2015 entry.
We’re quite excited, because those admitted to the GPP program will be members of the GPP inaugural class.  We are very much looking forward to seeing you in the fall.
To learn your application decision, log in to your Apply Yourself account.  Financial Aid information will come via a separate email.
For our MIPP admitted applicants, we definitely encourage you to attend Open House on April 8!  It’s a great opportunity to get a feel for the SAIS community, and what it would be like to be a student at SAIS.
For our GPP admitted applicants, we have something special planned for you.  Look for further emails from the Executive Education office for more information. 
Again, congratulations!  And thanks for reading.
–Erin Skelly, Associate Director of Admissions

Friday, March 13, 2015


Congratulations to all the newly admitted students for the SAIS MA, MIEF, MAIA, and Diploma program!  We’re pretty excited, and we hope you are, too.
Don’t know if you were admitted?  You can log in to your Apply Yourself account to check on your decision.
For applicants who have been admitted, financial aid award notification will arrive via email under separate cover from the SAIS Financial Aid Office.  If you do not receive an email from the SAIS Financial Aid Office, be sure to check your spam/junk email folder before following up with the Financial Aid Office.
If you’ve been wait listed for admission, we’re so sorry for the wait, and hope you can be patient!  We will follow up with wait listed candidates as soon as we have more information about their status, which may be as early as late April.
Again, a big congratulations to all our newly admitted students!  Please be sure to review the Admitted Student  Website (available via a link in your admissions letter), and we hope you’ll join us for Open House on April 8.
Thanks for reading!
–Erin Skelly, Associate Director of Admissions
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tired of Waiting?

Don’t worry, the wait is almost over!  SAIS will be releasing regular admissions decisions for the MA, MIEF, MAIA, and Diploma on Friday, March 13 via the Apply Yourself application system.  Keep an eye on your email account—we’ll send you a notification when your decision has been posted.  Financial Aid decisions will be released shortly after.
Admissions decisions for the PhD program will be released on Thursday, March 19, and regular decisions for the MIPP and GPP programs will be released on Friday, March 20.
Thanks for reading!
–Erin Skelly, Associate Director of SAIS Admissions
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What I Did over January Break: Sirtaj K.

Classes have been back in session for a few weeks, so we asked our student bloggers what they did over their winter break.  Enjoy!

Sirtaj, what did you do over your winter break?
Ciao SAISers !
I hope the weather is treating you well. It looks like spring is around the corner here in DC as the snow melts and the birds start to chirp again. Since this is my final semester, it has been a challenging and exhausting one for me. (Not that I regret any of it!) One of the reasons is the Jessup Moot Court competition.
A moot court competition consists of a fictitious law court (in this case, the International Court of Justice) and fictitious legal proceedings in order to test one’s legal analysis and advocacy skills. Kind of like a Model United Nations, but for lawyers! This competition in particular, the Jessup Moot Court, is the biggest one in the world. Over 80 countries are sending their teams to Washington, DC for the international rounds this year!
SAIS is one of only two non-law schools which participate in the competition. This has been a SAIS tradition for 25 years. And what an experience it is! I studied law in India and I had heard of Jessup. When I came to SAIS, I decided to be part of the 2015 SAIS Jessup team. Our case concerned the secession and annexation of a territory of one country by another, as well as some international treaty issues. We had to argue for and against the secession and annexation.
The mid-Atlantic regional rounds for the competition took place in February. The SAIS team, consisting of 5 people – we spent all last semester as well as the winter preparing our written arguments. We then started practicing for oral rounds in January, for six hours every week.
We entered the regional rounds as underdogs. Everyone else there was in law school. But over 7 rounds, from the preliminaries to the finals, we stood undefeated, placed 2nd among 22 teams. We were the finalists in the regional round, ensuring that we get a coveted spot in the international rounds. It was an exhilarating experience, where all of us got to feel like lawyers in the International Court of Justice. We were discussing issues which are vital to international peace, stability and the state-structure that the international community has built for itself. I am so glad to have had the chance to participate in Jessup with this team and from SAIS!
Our international rounds are in the second week of April here in Washington, DC. Over 120 teams from around the world will be there. If you are interested in international legal issues and are in the city, feel free to drop by! And I will keep you posted on what happens in the competition!
–Sirtaj K., SAIS Admissions Student Blogger

Monday, March 9, 2015

What I Did Over January Break: Liz H.

Classes have been back in session for a few weeks, so we asked our student bloggers what they did over their winter break.  Enjoy!

Liz, what did you do over your winter break?
Over the winter holiday break I was fortunate to participate in a SAIS-organized trip to Myanmar, with eleven classmates and one professor from a fall semester class. The program was sponsored by the South Asia Studies department at SAIS, and was part of a course called The Rise of India and China. This course looked at China and India’s rise on the world stage, comparing the two countries’ government structures, education systems, economies and growing issues in both countries, such as growing inequality and the environmental impacts of such rapid industrial growth.
Each year this course includes a trip to a country in which China and India have investment interests, and this year we traveled to Myanmar. Having interned with USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) this past summer and fall, I actually had the opportunity to work with our Myanmar Program Manager and learn about the governance and political transition programs USAID is implementing in the country. So I was especially excited to see Myanmar for myself and learn more about the rapid changes that are happening there since the country re-opened to the world economy only four years ago. 
On the trip we had meetings with a number of companies, government agencies, and embassies. We learned about oil drilling and power plant projects that are being implemented by the Korean company Daewoo and the Indian company Tata. We met with the Myanmar Center for Responsible Business, a think tank run by the former UK Ambassador to Myanmar. We visited the US Embassy and heard from some SAIS alumni about their experience as Foreign Service Officers in Yangon. And we spoke with high level staff from the Myanmar Ministry of Commerce. 
The trip was a great opportunity to experience a new country and culture and to understand more about the business dynamics in Asia as a number of countries are entering the scene in Myanmar. I also thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the other students in my class! 
–Liz H., SAIS Admissions Student Blogger

Monday, March 2, 2015

What I Did Over January Break: Meredith P.

Classes have been back in session for a few weeks, so we asked our student bloggers what they did over their winter break.  Enjoy!

Meredith, what did you do over your winter break?
One of the great parts about SAIS is that winter break is over a month long so students have a wonderful opportunity to travel, either through SAIS-organized treks or on their own. Some of the trips that my friends went on that were organized by SAIS were to Israel, Columbia, Myanmar, and Texas. I took advantage of the month off by going to the west coast for the first time in my life to visit one of my best friends from undergrad who is currently living in Los Angeles. It was great to get a break from the work and stress of school and go on a vacation were I could really just relax. I enjoyed leaving snow covered DC and going to sunny, warm southern California for a week and that beak really helped me prepare for my last, hectic semester at SAIS. 
Last winter break I had the opportunity to participate in a SAIS and University of Bologna co-organized trip to Sarajevo. I will always value that trip as one of the best parts of my SAIS education. During our time in Bosnia we met with several international organizations and learned about the ongoing development in the country. Additionally, we had the chance to visit Srebrenica and listen to the wives and mothers of those who were killed in the massacre. Hearing their stories was one of the most moving experiences of my life and really helped me gain a better understanding of the region and conflict management. 
–Meredith P., SAIS Admissions Student Blogger