Saturday, October 31, 2015

Matt, what are you looking forward to this year?

Today we have a student blog post by Matt.  Enjoy!

Matt, what are you most looking forward to this year?


As a first year MA candidate at SAIS I am most looking forward to getting to know my professors and fellow students. Two of the greatest draws of SAIS are the promise of top-ranked faculty who care about their students and the opportunity to study together with a determined and motivated cohort. One of the real strengths of SAIS is the fact that the school’s faculty represents a wide array of experiences within both academia and the policy community (and sometimes both simultaneously). While some professors’ careers are of a more traditional variety, having primarily worked in academic institutions, some have spent the majority of their careers working in the government or in the private sector. Indeed, some members of the faculty continue to work outside of the university. This wealth of academic and policy experience is then carried over into the instruction given here at SAIS, benefitting students by equipping them with an education that is not exclusively academic nor merely policy oriented but is an enriching combination of both. This rich array of backgrounds is not limited to the faculty of SAIS, but is also characteristic of its students. In just my classes alone I sit with mid-career professionals with years of experience in the private sector, former Peace Corps volunteers, U.S. Military Foreign Area Officers, and 22 year olds fresh out of their undergraduate institutions. The faculty and students of SAIS are among SAIS’s greatest strengths. Getting to know them is what I most look forward to this year. 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Student Spotlight: Dennis Hong

For our second Student Spotlight, we interviewed Dennis, a BA/MA student who spent his first year at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.

Dennis at the 2015 HNC Career Day in Shanghai, China.
You are a SAIS BA/MA student. Can you tell our readers about the BA/MA program, and why you pursued it? 
The 5-Year BA/MA program between Johns Hopkins School of Arts and Sciences (Homewood) and School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) allows selected groups of undergraduate students to pursue both Bachelor's and Master's degree in International Relations in consecutive 5 years. About 8 to 10 students are chosen each year with an option to spend his or her senior year at the SAIS Europe or SAIS Nanjing campuses, followed by the final year at SAIS Washington DC. Applied to the program during the spring semester of my sophomore year at Johns Hopkins, the BA/MA program with SAIS was a perfect opportunity for me to accelerate my studies in international relations and set myself into a fast and competitive track to personal and professional developments.
Most BA/MA students spend their SAIS years at the SAIS Europe and/or DC campuses, but you opted to spend your first year at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC). Why did you choose to attend the HNC? What are some of the benefits of incorporating the HNC into your education?
While the SAIS Europe and DC campuses were certainly appealing, I have purposefully chosen to spend my first year at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC) to deepen my understanding and appreciation on China. I think one must understand China to appreciate international relations of today's world. As a student of China Studies, I have always wanted to take my Chinese language skills to a professional and near-native level and make meaningful connections in China. Along with its strong graduate-level curriculum in Mandarin Chinese with course offerings on nearly all aspects of China, HNC has also taught me how to better understand the country and interact with Chinese from different backgrounds. More importantly, some of the benefits of incorporating the HNC into my SAIS education, after studying with Chinese professors in Chinese, was a natural development of my abilities to understand multifaceted global issues from Chinese perspectives. Establishing friendships and connections with Chinese students and professionals across China was another take-away from my time at SAIS Nanjing campus.
You're the HNC representative on the SAIS Student Government Association. What is the role of the SGA in the SAIS community overall, and what is your specific role in the SGA entail?
The role of the Student Government Association at SAIS is to serve as a main liaison between student body and administration. We also aim to help SAIS grow in a positive direction in all aspects, reflecting student inputs and ideas. About 10 students serve on the Student Government Association, representing different campuses and programs, and as the Nanjing campus representative in the organization, I work to represent voices of my classmates from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. I also work with other student representatives to plan events and activities across school, ultimately with the vision of creating a stronger and more unified SAIS student body across all three campuses.
What are some other activities you're involved in at SAIS? How do they enhance your student experience?
Besides my role in the Student Government Association, some of the other activities I am involved in include China Club, Korea Club, and working for the Admissions Office as an M.A. student interviewer. I find that my classmates are very active and passionate about what they do, and different club organizations and events here at SAIS not only add so much to my academic education, but also help me to foster a strong bond with my classmates whom I believe will go into the world to make a lasting contribution to our society.
What do you see yourself doing after graduation? How about 5-10 years from now?
Upon my completion of the BA/MA program, I plan to serve in the South Korean military for about 3 years to fulfill my duty toward my country. I hope to utilize my English and Chinese skills to help contribute to strengthen the US-Korea alliance and China-Korea strategic partnership, in the midst of uncertainty in the Korean Peninsula. Within 5 to 10 years from now, I see myself working in either China or the United States to strengthen South Korea's relations with these countries as a prospective diplomat. As a student who have benefited from studying in both China and the United States, I would like to use my valuable education I have received from Johns Hopkins University to give back to the future of my country. I dream of becoming a South Korean diplomat versatile on both Chinese and American affairs, with the vision of ultimately helping Korea to play more active role on the world stage as a respected and exemplary member of the global community.
Thanks for reading!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

DaQuan, what are you looking forward to this year?

Today we have a student blog post by DaQuan.  Enjoy!

DaQuan, what are you most looking forward to this year?

Due to the fact that I am in the middle of my 2nd year at SAIS, I consider this time to be somewhat daunting because it is the beginning of the end of my SAIS experience. As a nostalgic person I naturally have sentiment about my SAIS experience thus far. Before I began my studies, I never had the benefit of experiencing life outside of the continental United States due to my background in foster care. Nevertheless, since becoming a student at SAIS I have traveled internationally twice – working in Liberia and Indonesia – and I have two more trips planned.  Some of my favorite moments at SAIS have been both inside and outside of the classroom. However, my most unique and possibly meaningful experiences were spent abroad and/or with my classmates.

"Relaxation and more work in the rain forest." Reading a United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) 'World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2014' report after tubing down the Batang River in Tangkahan, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

Myself and other SAIS International Law students head home after a weekend in the Indonesian rain forest.
SAIS International Law students pose at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia during their summer 2015 research trip which investigated Indonesia's palm oil industry.
At my summer internship with Action Aid Liberia - Monrovia, Liberia.
After several weeks of work and no play, I enjoy some time on the Liberian beach at Monrovia's Kendeja Resort.

Inspired by West Africa's ability to endure the Ebola epidemic, I pose with a mural on Tubman Blvd in Monrovia, Liberia. 

I am looking forward to traveling with SAISers and making the most of our remaining time at our institution.  Firstly, I am finally eligible to enroll in my capstone course within the International Law and Organizations department, and as a result I will be participating in the International Law 2015-16 Human Rights Clinic, which features a fact finding trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Secondly, I will be participating in a Spring Break Trek to Israel. Since I have never visited the Middle East or Caribbean and I have intentions of making a career substantiating human rights and investing in civil society, I am looking forward to having awesome professional development experiences during each trip.

--DaQuan, Admissions Student Blogger

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

What Are You Looking Forward To This Year, Jahanara?

Hi again!

In addition to making it through my first year of grad school this year I am most excited about being a part of the SAIS Global Women in Leadership (GWL) conference committee. GWL is a student-run organization that helps equip SAIS students and future leaders with the skills necessary to address the challenges facing women globally.

Joining student-led organizations and clubs was always an integral part of my undergraduate career and I definitely wanted to bring that into my graduate experience as well. Even prior to joining SAIS I knew I wanted to work with GWL and was drawn to their focus on women’s voices in development spaces. As a graduate of a women’s college seeking out a community of women at SAIS was very important to me and GWL has been crucial in providing me with that space. I love that GWL facilitates women helping other women in a world where society often works against such partnerships. And I’m excited to join its legacy of promoting diversity in development and policymaking!  

One way GWL does that is through our annual conference. The conference aims to provide a forum for women in different stages of their career to have deeper conversations about current challenges and opportunities confronting women around the world. Past conferences have focused on the growing power of women entrepreneurs as agents of change, the impact of technology on women’s personal and professional lives, and promoting women in emerging markets. This year’s conference is definitely going to be interesting and I’m excited to be a part of it!

–Jahanara, SAIS Admissions Student Blogger

Monday, October 26, 2015

The PPIA Deadline is November 1!

Are you currently in the junior year of your undergrad, and interested in pursuing a career/higher degree in international affairs?  If so, you should consider applying for the PPIA Fellowship!

From the PPIA website:

"For nearly 35 years PPIA has been supporting students in their pursuit of graduate degrees in public policy and international affairs. The PPIA Fellowship begins with the completion of a Junior Summer Institutes (JSI). JSI is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for graduate programs in public and international affairs and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service."

The JSI program is a great way to get a feel for what it's like to be a graduate student in international affairs, and gives its alums an excellent academic preparation to move forward in the field.  Additionally, PPIA fellows receive guaranteed partial fellowships from PPIA partner schools (subject to admission to those schools, of course)--one of which is Johns Hopkins SAIS.

But don't delay--the application deadline for PPIA is on November 1.  For more information and to apply, check out the PPIA website here.

Thanks for reading!

--Erin Skelly, Associate Director of Admissions

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Next Week at SAIS: October 26-30, 2015

SAIS hosts events each week, many of which are open to the public.  Even more events are exclusive to SAIS students, faculty, and staff.  The events and speakers on campus are an important part of the SAIS student experience, adding another dimension to a SAIS education. We hope we’ll see you on campus at an event this week!

MONDAY, OCTOBER 26
"20th Anniversary of Dayton Peace Accords Series - The Balkan Wars of the 1990s: Reflection and Reconciliation"
10:00 a.m. – Kenny Auditorium, Nitze Building 
Thomas Miller, former U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Robert Hunter, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO will serve as panelists of this discussion. Register here.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27
"U.S. Policy Toward North Korea: The Case for Instituting a More Effective, Human Rights-Centric Approach"
9:30 a.m. – Kenny Auditorium, Nitze Building 
The International Bar Association (North America), Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Defense Forum Foundation, North Korea Freedom Coalition, The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, US-Korea Institute at SAIS, Yonsei Center for Human Liberty and Freedom House are convening this conference to bring together decision-makers on Capitol Hill and in the Administration, as well as civil society, to discuss the importance of making human rights a central pillar of U.S. policy toward North Korea.  A keynote speech will be delivered by Justice Michael Kirby, who was appointed by UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon to chair the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea. The event is hosted by The International Bar Association (North America), Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Defense Forum Foundation, North Korea Freedom Coalition, The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, US-Korea Institute at SAIS, and Yonsei Center for Human Liberty and Free. Click here to RSVP.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28
“Minorities in the Syrian War and Implications for US Policy”
12:30 p.m. – Room 206, Rome Building
Faysal Itani, Resident Fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council will speak on this subject.  Media and members of the public should RSVP here.

“Elections and Political Instability in Latin America”
6:00 p.m. – Kenny Auditorium, Nitze Building
Join us for LASP Samuel Z. Stone Seminar panel event featuring Dr. Riordan Roett, Director, LASP, JHU SAIS; Dr. Cynthia McClintock, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University; Dr. Harold Trinkunas, Director, Latin America Initiative, The Brookings Institution; Mr. Daniel Kerner, Latin America Practice Head, Eurasia Group. RSVP here.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29
“Confronting Climate Change: the 'Tragedy of the Horizons’”
5:30 p.m.—Room 806, Rome Building
Over the last twenty years, the global re/insurance sector has integrated consideration of climate extremes and other risks into its mainstream operations. The upcoming 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (Paris, December 2015) offers a unique opportunity to bring the lessons learned in the re/insurance sector process to the center of the dialogue on policy and international business.  This presentation will show how the techniques developed in the re/insurance sector can illuminate pathways for climate resilience in the context of the new Sustainable Development Goals. Media and members of the public should RSVP here.

If you’ll be in the DC area next week, come check out some of the great (and open to the public) events going on at SAIS.

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Student Blogger: Matt F.

Allow us to introduce you to Matt F., today's student blogger. Enjoy!


My name is Matt and I am a first year MA candidate concentrating in Strategic Studies. Originally from California, I moved to Washington DC about 3 years ago when I graduated from college. Prior to starting at SAIS I was working for a SAIS affiliated think tank called the US-Korea Institute. It was there that I came to understand the immense amount of hard work that goes into running a think tank and producing work that is intellectually rigorous and respected. The importance of being conversant in international economics as well as the various functional and regional particulars of certain international conflicts was made quite clear to me. Now, as a SAIS Strategic Studies concentrator, I not only have the chance to learn about strategy and policy from incredible faculty, but I am also enrolled in courses that will equip me to better understand international economics as well as the quantitative methods I will need for my career. My hope is to take the skills that I will have gained at SAIS and work for the Federal Government in the area of East Asian diplomacy and security.

–Matt Foerster, SAIS Admissions Student Blogger

Friday, October 23, 2015

Student Spotlight: Sheimaliz Glover

Our very first Student Spotlight this fall features Sheimaliz Glover, a second-year SAIS MA student concentrating in International Law and Organizations. Glover is a Pickering Fellow, MA student interviewer, and former State Department Intern.

















You’re a Pickering Fellow. For our readers who aren’t familiar, the Pickering fellows are appointed as Foreign Service Officers after completing grad school. Why did you choose to pursue a career with the Foreign Service?
From an early age, my parents instilled in me the importance of service and giving back to the communities where we lived in the U.S. and abroad, a commitment I have carried throughout my academic and professional career working in municipal government, business, and research.  In the Foreign Service, I knew I would have the opportunity to combine both my passion for service with my experience in international business and economics to help the U.S. foster stronger relations with other countries and to develop strategies and policies for the socio-economic development of local and global communities.
Can you tell us about your summer internship with the State Department? What kind of work did you do, and did you find yourself drawing on what you’ve already learned at SAIS?
This summer I interned in the Office of Intellectual Property and Enforcement in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs where I researched intellectual property issues related to trade negotiations in TPP, T-TIP and in social entrepreneurship; drafted U.S. WTO  inter-agency reports for  best practices in technology transfer for least developing countries;  and helped to coordinate a U.S. –China Innovation Dialogue on innovation and intellectual property rights and enforcement.  Over the course of the summer, I found myself drawing upon my legal research and brief writing skills developed through the International Law and Organization courses. These skills, in addition to my economics coursework,  helped me to better comprehend the complexities and challenges to countries who may desire to enact and enforce international property law and regulation, but are unable to do so,  which has had a negative  impact on their countries’ labor force and entrepreneurship, growth in foreign direct investment, and overall economic development.  This understanding allowed me to draft more comprehensive reports and policy recommendations for my senior directors and foreign policy officials in the protection of intellectual property and rights.
You’re an International Law and Organizations concentrator. Why did you choose this particular concentration?
I chose the International Law and Organizations concentration for the practical skills and knowledge I would develop imperative to my development as a Foreign Service Officer and career in international relations. In International Law and Organizations courses, research seminars, and study trips, I learned and actively engaged in the international negotiating, bargaining of treaties, handling dispute settlements between countries and business, drafting treaties and policy, as well as met with senior members of foreign governments, corporations, and NGOs. In addition, I grew in my understanding of the hard and soft law involved in engaging stakeholders around development and human rights issues, important to my growth as a global citizen and future role in foreign policy and diplomacy.
You’re very active in extracurricular life at SAIS. For example, you’re on the SAIS Criminal Moot Court Team—how do your extracurricular activities complement your educational experience?
My involvement with the International Criminal Court Moot Court Team, in addition to participating in the SAIS Accelerator Fund for social enterprises and the Human Rights Clinic, have provided un-paralleled practical experiences that have increased my  professional acumen in international affairs-related concepts and my ability to converse and work on diverse and complex issues in international development.  I also co-founded the SAIS Diversity Council, a student organization whose core mission is to: 1) create a safe and open environment for students, faculty, and staff to engage in discussion and provide institutional feedback on diversity issues most important to them in the SAIS community; and 2) provide students with resources to deal with issues of diversity and inclusion, integral to their professional and personal development.
You are also an MA student interviewer and work in the Admissions Office, so you interact with prospective students and applicants quite a bit. What is the one piece of advice you would give to someone applying for the MA program at SAIS?
The one piece of advice I would give to prospective students is to be yourself. I encourage applicants to use the application process to look introspectively into personal goals and career aspirations and how this investment into a new community and network will propel them to the next level--intellectually, professionally, and personally. Prospective students should not be afraid to highlight their achievements, speak freely about their passions, and demonstrate their drive and resiliency—especially in their interviews and personal statements.
For more information about the Pickering Fellowship, click here.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Preparing Your Application: Statements of Purpose

This is the fourth in a blog series discussing best practices for preparing your application for Johns Hopkins SAIS. Today, we'll be covering the Statement of Purpose.




A common question I hear from applicants is, "What's the most important part of an application?" I always answer that we look at applications holistically, rather than having specific weights for specific components.

That being said, the Statement of Purpose essay (sometimes also referred to as the Personal Statement) is an integral piece of your application. I like to think of the Statement of Purpose as the keystone of an application--when executed well, it pulls all those pieces together to create a cohesive whole. Without a strong Statement of Purpose, the application itself becomes weaker.

So, what is the Statement of Purpose? It's your story. Who you are, where you are and where you're going, and how Johns Hopkins SAIS fits into that picture. Your Statement of Purpose is how you personalize your application--it allows you to show the Admissions Committee the real person behind the transcripts, recommendations, and test scores. With the Statement of Purpose, we expect you to not only show us why we should admit you, but also why Johns Hopkins SAIS is the best fit for you.

A couple of tips for your Statement of Purpose:
  • Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement essays questions can be pretty similar from school to school. Resist the temptation to write one generic essay and submit it to every school, using cut and paste to swap out the school name before submitting your application. International relations schools are each different, and we each look for different things in an essay. A good essay for SAIS might be a poor fit for another school. Plus, you don't want to be caught with the wrong school name in your essay!
  • The first rule of writing anything--not just an essay--is this: think about your audience.  Your audience?  The Admissions Committee.  Ask yourself, what does the committee want to know about me?  What information are they looking for?  Write for your audience.
  • Good writing is concise writing.  A concise writer can express more in 500 words than a mediocre writer can express in 2000.  The word limit on the Statement of Purpose is 600 words.  You can go over by a few words, but don't send an essay that is 1000 words.
  • On a similar note: revise, revise, revise.  Your first draft can be 1200 words--that's fine.  But you'll need to keep revising and refining until it's down to the requested word count.
  • Revision means that you'll end up spending a lot of time working on this essay.  Don't expect to dash off your essay a few nights before the application deadline and think it will be the best representation of your abilities.  Start brainstorming now, give the essay the amount of time and attention that it deserves, and submit the best version of the essay--and you--as possible.
Thanks for reading!

--Erin Skelly, Associate Director of Admissions

Do you have questions about the Statement of Purpose?  Post them below!

More in this series
Letters of Recommendation
Class Visits
Interviews
Standardized Tests
The Analytical Essay

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Student Blogger: Meet DaQuan

We’re pleased to introduce a new student blogger.  Enjoy!



My name is DaQuan Lawrence and I am a 2nd year International Law and Organizations, and Conflict Management student at SAIS, aspiring global civil servant and humanitarian who hails from New York City. I was raised in foster homes by an orphaned teenage mother until relocating to Maryland.  A devout social justice activist and human rights aficionado, I earned a B.A. in Sociology, specializing in Philosophy and Criminal Justice from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland in the spring of 2013. I’m interested in international public policy and the politics of race, gender, education, class stratification and urban development. Moreover, I am extremely passionate about developing and empowering underdeveloped states and civil society.

Prior to SAIS I served Baltimore via the AmeriCorps Volunteer In Service To America (VISTA) program, and founded a nonprofit organization that aims to educate, develop, empower, and organize impoverished and at-risk males during their public school or college matriculation. My experiences have created an insatiable desire to work with the world’s marginalized populations. Post SAIS I intend to work on human rights issues and human development projects in underdeveloped states and eventually institute progressive international public policy. I plan to work for international non-government organizations and multinational organizations, and to eventually leverage resources to found my own non-governmental organization (NGO) or civil society organization (CSO) aimed at investing in civil society via urban development projects and human rights campaigns in communities with a high population of women and youth.

–DaQuan, SAIS Admissions Student Blogger

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Student Blogger: Meet Jahanara

We’re pleased to announce that we have three new student bloggers this fall.  Over the next week, each student blogger will introduce themselves here. Enjoy!




Hi! My name is Jahanara (but most people call me Jay) and I am a first year MA student at Johns Hopkins SAIS, concentrating in South Asia studies. Born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan, I graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Diploma in hand, I always knew graduate school was on the horizon--I just didn’t know when.

After graduating from Smith I spent a year at a nonprofit in DC that focused on advocacy and community involvement. This experience helped me appreciate the importance of community engagement in policymaking but also made me realize that I wanted to apply these concepts to a more international setting. I then transitioned to a Pakistani research institute where I worked in the field of education policy development. During my time there I focused on projects related to the conceptualization of citizenship in the Pakistani high school history curriculum, as well as public-private partnerships in education in Pakistan. I concentrated primarily on qualitative research, which was beneficial but left me realizing I needed a foundation in quantitative reasoning as well. I knew that a strong grounding in both economics and international relations was what was necessary to get me where I wanted to go. And SAIS was the key to that.

My time at SAIS, albeit short, has nonetheless been crucial in helping me anchor theory in political, economic, and social realities. I am valuing the opportunity to specialize in areas both regional and thematic, as it will ensure that I am best equipped to enter the policymaking world at home and abroad. The strong emphasis on both qualitative and quantitative rigor at SAIS are an integral component of what makes it an ideal fit for me and I’m confident in its impact on my future career aspirations. I’m excited to chronicle my experiences for you, and I hope you will enjoy hearing about them as much as I will enjoy sharing them!

–Jahanara, SAIS Admissions Student Blogger

Friday, October 16, 2015

Job Hunting at SAIS: Today’s 2015 Career Expo

Career fairs are one of many career development opportunities offered by SAIS Career Services. This afternoon, SAIS Career Services hosted the Fall 2015 SAIS Career Fair, an opportunity for SAIS students and alumni to discuss internships and full-time career opportunities with employers from various sector areas. Often the recruiters at these fairs are SAIS alum looking to hire fellow SAISers. Stay tuned for future blog posts on Career Services at SAIS.
   


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Preparing Your Application: Interviews

This is the third in a blog series discussing best practices for preparing your application for Johns Hopkins SAIS. Today, we'll be covering Interviews.


There are a few ways through which you can personalize your application, the first being the Statement of Purpose (which we will cover in a future blog post), and the second being the Interview.

Did you know that Johns Hopkins SAIS offers optional interviews for MA applicants to the DC campus, open MA applicants, and U.S. citizen MA applicants applying for SAIS Europe? We do! (Non-U.S. citizens applying for the MA in SAIS Europe will be contacted by the SAIS Europe for an interview after their application is submitted.) This is the third year we've offered optional interviews, which are conducted by current students. both on-campus and via Skype (for applicants who are unable to travel to Washington, D.C.).

Interviews are a great way to individualize your application, help your personal strengths shine, and stand out from the applicant pool. In other words: an interview makes your application more competitive. It also gives you the opportunity to demonstrate you have the professional focus and preparation to thrive at a place like Johns Hopkins SAIS, as well as the chance to show your interest in SAIS, and to learn more about the SAIS experience.

If you're applying for Fall 2016, you should plan to complete your interview as soon as possible. Interviews are only offered through early December, and interview slots fill up fast, especially the Skype options. So it's best to do it now before time--and space--runs out!

Fall 2016 applicants can sign up for an interview online using their MySAIS account.

And if you're coming to campus for an interview, get the full experience and sign up for a class visit as well! You can find register for a class visit using the same link above.

Thanks for reading!
Erin Skelly, Associate Director of Admissions

More in this series
Letters of Recommendation
Class Visits
Statement of Purpose
Standardized Tests
The Analytical Essay

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Washington vs. Berlin? Photos from Last Night’s Taster Lecture with Matthias Matthijs

Last night, prospective students got a chance to hear Matthias Matthijs discuss the American financial crisis in comparison to the European financial crisis, including a comparison of national leadership. Dr. Matthijs was awarded the Max M. Fisher Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2011 and 2015.





If you couldn’t make it last night, you're invited to register for November 12’s Taster Lecture. Erik Jones, Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy and author of The Politics of Economic and Monetary Union, is our feature lecturer for the month of November. For more information or to register, click here.

To view our full event calendar, click here.

Friday, October 9, 2015

SAIS Joins Howard University for Black Professionals Career Expo!

The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies Office of Admissions was proud to be guest exhibitor at the Black Professionals for International Affairs’ (BPIA) Career Expo at Howard University. We were proud to be in such great company!