Thursday, December 22, 2016

Happy Holidays from the Office of Admissions!

Happy Holidays! The Washington, D.C. Office of Admissions will be closed Friday, December 23, through Monday, January 2, due to the holiday break.

Additionally, the office will be closed to walk-ins Tuesday, January 3, 2017 through Friday, January 13, 2017 due to application processing. We will, however, continue to answer inquiries via email and telephone during this time.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

7 Memorable Johns Hopkins SAIS Moments of 2016

1 | Madeleine Albright's Visit. On October 3, Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State, shared lessons from her long career in government with Professor John McLaughlin and students:

2 | Matteo Renzi's Visit. On October 19, Prime Minister of the Republic of Italy, His Excellency Matteo Renzi joined the Johns Hopkins SAIS community for a Conversation on Trans-Atlantic Relations, Global Security and the Future of the European Union:

3 | The 2016 SAIS Day of Service. On September 2, more than 300 incoming students at the Washington, DC campus participated in the SAIS Day of Service on the National Mall while getting to know their classmates before the start of the academic year:

4 | The 2016 Cherry Blossom Ball. On March 26, we held our annual Cherry Blossom Ball at Arena Stage, hosted by the Student Government Association:

5 | The GPP Cohort's Trip to India. In November, GPP 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:

6 | The 2016 International Dinner. In November, students prepared foods representing their culture, dressed up in traditional cultural garb, and performed in a school-wide talent show:


7 | Snowmageddon 2016: Need we say more?

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Questions about the Application Process?

Wondering how to enhance your personal statement, how long your resume should be, or if that study abroad transcript is required? We invite you to attend a virtual session hosted by the Office of Admissions on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Eastern time.

An Admissions staff member will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the application process and give you some insight on how to enhance your application.

To access the virtual information session at the scheduled time, please use the following link: If you have never used Adobe Connect, ensure your computer and network connections are properly configured to provide you with the best possible experience beforehand here.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Admissions Office Hours Update

Walk-In Office Hours
Happy Holidays! The Washington, D.C. Office of Admissions will be closed Friday, December 23, through Monday, January 2, due to the holiday break.  Additionally, the office will be closed to walk-ins Tuesday, January 3, 2017 through Friday, January 13, 2017 due to application processing. We will, however, continue to answer inquiries via email and telephone during this time.

Master of Arts in Global Policy Program Admissions Open Office Hours
The Washington, D.C. Office of Admissions will host open office hours specifically for prospective students for the Master of Arts in Global Policy Program (GPP) on Saturday, December 17, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Office of Admissions in the Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington DC,  Room 317.

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 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

Friday, November 18, 2016

Event Recap: Johns Hopkins SAIS International Dinner 2016

Given that international students make up 43% of the MA class, it is no surprise that the International Dinner is one of our favorite annual traditions here at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Featuring a lively talent show, a smorgasbord of cultural cuisine, and a number of students dressed in traditional cultural garb, the International Dinner allows students let loose before time comes to buckle down and study for midterms.

This year, students brought a vast array of cultural dishes including Chicken kothu, latkes, Som Tam, and Brazilian cheese breadeither as part of a cooking team, as a partner to a student organization, or as individuals. Stage performances ranged from dance to music to acrobatics.

At the end of the night, after having tried food from 19 SGA-sponsored cooking teams, students voted for Best Dish of the Night and Best Performance of the Night. Looking at photos from the night, I would venture to guess that it was a pretty close call.

Thanks for reading!
Jessica, Admissions Coordinator

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Join Us For Today's Events: Graduate School Fair & Taster Lecture

Howard University Graduate and Professional School's Fair, 1pm

We invite you to participate in Howard University's 2016 Graduate and Professional School Fair scheduled for Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at Howard University's Armour J. Blackburn University Center. Forty graduate and professional school programs, including Johns Hopkins SAIS, will be present.

Please submit your registration here.

Prospective Student Taster Lecture, 6pm

This evening, see firsthand how Johns Hopkins SAIS lecturers inform and engage students in critical international relations issues by joining us for a Taster Lecture delivered by Jessica Fanzo.

Jessica Fanzo is the Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Ethics and Global Food & Agriculture at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins, Jessica was an Assistant Professor of Nutrition in the Institute of Human Nutrition and Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University in New York. She also served as the Senior Advisor of Nutrition Policy at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute.

Dr. Fanzo has worked in sub-Saharan Africa for a decade as well as South and East Asia in the last five years. Jessica’s area of expertise focuses on the multi-sectoral and system approaches to ensure better nutrition and diets. Her research is concentrated in three areas: (1) on the linkages between agriculture, water, and health to improve diversity and quality of maternal and young children’s diets in low-income rural communities, (2) the importance of regaining livelihoods in post-conflict regions through better nutrition governance (3) metrics for the emerging area of equitable, sustainable diets and value chains.

To register for this evening's event, please visit our Eventbrite page.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Student Profile: Andrew Kovtun

We would like to share today a student spotlight featuring Andrew Kovtun, a second year Master of Arts student from Cleveland, Ohio who completed his first year of study in Bologna, Italy. Before coming to SAIS, Andrew served as a Political Affairs Intern at U.S. Mission to NATO. He speaks English, Russian, French, Spanish, Czech, and Ukrainian.

Name: Andrew Kovtun
Program: Master of Arts | Class of 2017
Concentration: International Development
Specialization: International Finance
Minor: Energy, Resources, and Environment

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Ben, What Clubs and Organizations Do You Participate In?

I take part in more social student organizations than I do professional and career clubs. For example, I co-lead SAIS’ LGBT student organization (SAIS Pride), participate in SAIS’ Diversity Council, and attend events by the Global Women in Leadership (GWL) group. All these organizations are fairly active on campus and strive to make the SAIS community more welcoming to students from all backgrounds. 

SAIS Pride, in particular, has become more prolific recently due to greater interest from current students and administration. The group generally hosts a mix of social, professional, and academic events, both on and off-campus. We try to take advantage of DC’s LGBT community, as well as the schools’ LGBT alumni network. This semester, we’ve hosted two off-campus Happy Hour networking events, co-sponsored an event with the GWL, and hosted US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius, one of the first openly gay State appointees.

Current students and alumni gather at Trade for SAIS Pride Happy Hour.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The SAIS Advantage in Regional Studies

Choosing a concentration is one of the many ways in which Master of Arts students shape their academic experience. A concentration has the power to determine curriculum requirements, influence academic and professional interests, and even broaden job prospects post-graduation. Given that Johns Hopkins SAIS offers 22 concentrations, each offering a unique sets of benefits, it is crucial that candidates do their research to determine which is the best fit intellectually and professionally.

Today we will host a themed information session that will focus specifically on Regional studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS, and how choosing to concentrate in a specific region can give you a professional edge and help you advance your career. This session will be led and moderated by Dr. Christopher Sands, Senior Research Professor and director of the Center for Canadian Studies. Professor Sands will be joined by a panel or current students and alumni who chose to pursue their studies in a variety of different regions. Please register for this event via our Eventbrite page.

For a complete list of our information sessions and recruiting events, please see the SAIS Admissions recruiting schedule. For a complete list of Johns Hopkins SAIS concentrations, please click here. We hope you will be able to join us!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

18 SAIS Admissions Events To Attend This November

This month, the Johns Hopkins SAIS admissions team is visiting a number of colleges and universities across California, and hosting a number of informational and networking events. Being that the January 7 application deadline is steadily approaching, we recommend attending one or more of these events, which will provide insights into the curriculum, student life, and the application process. Such insights will come in handy when time comes to polish your application.

On Campus Events
November 2     MA On-Campus Information Session: The Regional Studies Advantage
November 7     MIEF Admissions Open Day
November 7     MIPP & GPP On-Campus Information Session
November 17 Admissions Taster Lecture: Jessica Fanzo

Virtual Events
November 10   MIEF Virtual Information Session
November 15   MIPP & GPP Virtual Information Session
November 16   Virtual APSIA Graduate School Fair
November 14 SAIS-Tsinghua Dual Degree Virtual Information Session
November 22   Group of Five Virtual Information Session

College Visits
November 7     University of California, San Diego
November 8     Claremont McKenna College
November 9     Mount St. Mary's University
November 9     Pepperdine University
November 9     Occidental College Alumni & Current Student Mixer
November 10   University of California, Los Angeles
November 10   University of Southern California, Los Angeles
November 10   Loyola Marymount University

For more information on these events and to register, please visit our recruiting calendar.

Monday, October 31, 2016

MA Early Notification Application Deadline: November 1

Quick reminder—the MA Early Notification application deadline is November 1. If you have any final questions, today is the day to ask. To ask a question, you can leave a comment below, message us on Facebook or Twitter, email us at or call us at 202-663-5700. We're looking forward to receiving your applications!

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Lindsay, What Do You Enjoy Doing in Washington, DC?

I love outdoor/adventure activities, so my favorite weekend trips thus far have been to Shenandoah National Park; the park is pristine so hiking, camping, and backpacking are very easy. For my birthday this year my friends and I did the Old Rag trail located about two hours from D.C.; it was strenuous but the view from the top can’t be beat! I also like cycling the Mt. Vernon trail that travels from Washington D.C. to George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate. Within DC proper, I enjoy experiencing the city’s budding gastronomic culture—new restaurants pop up daily. My favorites thus far have been the Red Hen (Bloomingdale), Komi (Dupont), Le Diplomat (14th Street), and Bad Saint (Columbia Heights). My sister owns a PR company that represents restaurants in the DMV, so I have been lucky to try some of the more popular locales in the area. Lastly, I religiously attend the D.C. farmers markets on Sundays. They are a great way to meet local producers and to create sustainable consumption habits –the Dupont and Bloomingdale markets are my favorites.

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Paddle boating alongside the Jefferson Memorial

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Group of Four International Affairs schools met in Jakarta, Indonesia on Tuesday, October 25 with Mr. Mokhamed Mahdum, Director of the LPDP, The National Indonesian Endowment Fund. The program provides excelling Indonesian nationals with funding for full master's and Ph.D. studies abroad. We look forward to developing a fruitful relationship with the LPDP in the years to come.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Ben, What Are You Looking Forward To This Year?

This semester, like most at SAIS, seems to be packed with exciting on-campus guest speakers. Some guest lecturers are invited by a professor and speak to a specific class, while others are campus-wide and open to all students. For example, this past week I had the pleasure of hearing Henry Kissinger and Michael Bloomberg speak for the inauguration of the Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, organized a roundtable discussion with Professor David Lampton, David Dollar (Brookings), and Scott Kennedy (CSIS) on the U.S. elections, and had a conversation with U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius about LGBTI issues in foreign policy. Next week, Professor John Lipsky is coming to one of my classes to talk about IMF operations and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is on campus to speak on the future of U.S.-E.U. relations.

Thanks for reading,
Ben, Student Blogger

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fellowship Lead: Donald M. Payne Fellowship

The U.S. Agency for International Development, in cooperation with Howard University, invites outstanding individuals interested in international development and careers in the USAID Foreign Service to apply for the 2017 Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship. Candidates can be graduating seniors or college graduates with strong academic records and a desire to promote positive change in the world.

The Payne program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Selected fellows will receive support for graduate school and gain employment with USAID in an exciting and rewarding career in Foreign Service.

Program Benefits:
  • An orientation to the Program and the USAID Foreign Service at Howard University in Washington D.C.
  • Two fully funded summer internships, on Capitol Hill and overseas at a USAID Mission.
  • Up to $36,500 annually toward tuition, fees, and living expenses for a two-year master's degree in international development, international affairs, public administration, environmental sciences, public health, agriculture, or other relevant area of study.
  • Mentorship from a USAID Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship.
  • Employment in the USAID Foreign Service.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must be seeking admission to enter
  • a two-year graduate program in the fall of 2017 at a U.S. university.
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
  • Note: Applicants are not required to be Howard University students or applying to Howard for graduate school.

The application for this fellowship is open from October 1, 2016 to January 20, 2017. Additional information and online application available at

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Meet Ben Pollok, 2016 Student Blogger

Hello everyone! My name’s Ben Pollok, and I am a second year MA candidate at SAIS, pursuing a concentration in China Studies with a specialization in Emerging Markets. I’m a San Diego native, but attended college in upstate New York (Colgate University) and worked for a total of four years prior to enrolling at SAIS. Two of those years were in China, where I worked for Peking University in international recruiting and admissions.

Like many, I came to SAIS with the intention of pivoting to a different career path. I’m primarily interested in US-China cooperation in international development, and China’s growing role in the IFIs (including the newly-established AIIB and NDB). After graduating, I hope to work for a development organization, such as the World Bank or the Asian Development Bank, in social development and inclusion issues, preferably in Asia.

When I’m not doing coursework, I can probably be found playing tennis, taking advantage of one of DC’s free museums, or playing bocce in Logan Circle. I co-lead SAIS’ LGBTI student organization, and am involved in planning some of the on-campus China lectures and events.

Thanks for reading,
Ben Pollok

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Meet Us in Bangkok, Jakarta, and Singapore

Next week,  admissions representative from four graduate schools of international affairs will touch down in South East Asia to discuss degree offerings, career and networking opportunities, and admissions requirements. The series of events will open with a brief presentation given by admissions representatives. A question and answer and networking reception will follow the presentation. Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to attend.

Institutions in attendance will include:
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
  • Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
  • Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
  • Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. 

October 24: Singapore
321 Orchard Rd
#02-01 Orchard Shopping Centre
Singapore 238866
Monday, October 24, 2016
6:00 p.m. Check-in; 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Presentation
Register here.

October 25: Jakarta
Pacific Place Mall, 3rd Floor, #325
Jalan Jendral Sudirman Kav. 52-53
Kebayoran Baru, Central Jakarta 12190
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
5:30 p.m. Check-in; 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Presentation
Register here.
October 27: Bangkok
American University Alumni Language Center (AUA)
21st Floor Auditorium, Chamchuri Square
319 Phayathai Road (Above MRT station: Samyan)
Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: 02 657 6411
Thursday, October 27, 2016
6:00 p.m. Check-in; 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Presentation
Register here.

Monday, October 17, 2016

One of my favorite things to do in Washington, DC...

One of my favorite things to do in Washington DC is go paddle boating alongside the Jefferson Memorial and the Japanese Cherry Trees. As someone who has lived close to the DC area for the past ten years, I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by all of the historical monuments and sites this wonderful city has to offer. Every summer, my close friends and I make it a point to travel to DC and dedicate and hour to paddle boating and enjoying the different views DC has to offer from the comfort of our boat. There is something very serene about paddle boating when the water is calm and the weather isn’t too hot and it’s a great way to relax and catch up with friends. Since DC is usually bustling, paddle boating allows me to take a step back and enjoy the view without any of the stressors associated with living in a big city!

Thanks for reading,

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Lindsay, What Are You Most Looking Forward To This Year?

This year at SAIS I am most extremely excited to participate in the ERE practicum program. I am assigned to work for the Center for Integrated Modeling of Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition Security (CIMSANS) where my team will be researching sustainable alternatives to animal-based products. This project nicely aligns with my aspiration to work on food security issues in the future. In the spring, I am looking forward to taking another class with Professor Jessica Fanzo. Jessica is a Bloomberg distinguished fellow from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and brings a wealth of knowledge on issues of food systems, nutrition, and rural development.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Inside the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs Launch Celebration

On October 6, 2016, Johns Hopkins SAIS celebrated the launch of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, an international policy center which specializes in long-term strategic analysis. The center features a cohort of distinguished scholars in international affairs, and will serve as a focal point for scholarship and public debate on international affairs and policy. A number of distinguished special guests attended the center's launch celebration, including Johns Hopkins SAIS leadership and Henry Kissinger himself.

The celebration, which took place at a historic Beaux-Arts hotel located in North West Washington, opened with remarks delivered by by Michael Bloomberg, former three-term New York City mayor; Ronald Daniels, current President of Johns Hopkins University; Vali Nasr, Dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS; and Henry Kissenger.  A panel discussion on geostrategy and the challenges facing U.S. foreign policy followed.

Johns Hopkins SAIS was pleased to welcome the inaugural cohort of Kissinger Center scholarsHall Brands, Niall Ferguson, Christopher Hill, John Lipsky, and Margaret MacMillan.

Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean Vali Nasr delivering welcoming remarks at the start of the celebration.
Moderated by Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, the panel discussion featured several distinguished scholars, including Hal Brands, Francis Gavin, Stephen Hadley, and Carla Hills.
The celebration took place at the Willard, a historic luxury Beaux-Arts hotel located in North West Washington, D.C.

For more information on the Henry A. Kissinger Center, please visit

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Libba, What Are You Looking Forward To This Year?

I am most looking forward to the Conflict Management trip to Beijing in January. A group of 17 Conflict Management and China Studies students will travel to Beijing over the winter break holiday for roughly 12 days to discuss and debate the South China Sea conflict. We will engage with academics and government officials while in Beijing, touching on subjects such as the current state of this issue and how the international community can formulate a more coherent response to South China Sea activity. Following our time in Beijing, each student will write an academic article on a specific aspect of the trip. My topic will focus on how economic pressure creates, or does not create, avenues through which greater negotiation is made possible. I will also focus on whether or not negotiations stemming from economic pressure can produce sustainable, meaningful outcomes. This trip will be full of strong opinions on both sides, and I am excited to be a member of the SAIS delegation.

Thanks for Reading! 
Libba King, Admissions Student Blogger

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Fall 2016 Career Fair

The Johns Hopkins SAIS Office of Career Services offers students a number of networking and professional development opportunities, such as global career treks, career counseling appointments, on-campus workshops, and professional skills courses. Among the wide array of opportunities offered by Career Services is the is the annual Career Fair, which brings employers from across the international relations field to campus. This year, the fair was held on Friday, September 30 and featured more than 30 employers, including:

  • The Department of Homeland Security, Office of Policy
  • The Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
  • The U.S. International Trade Commission
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • The National Security Agency
  • International Foundation for Electoral Systems
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • IFC International
  • The World Bank
Check out some photos from the Career Fair below.

To see where students from our most recent graduating class are working, please review our Class of 2015 employment outcomes brochure here. To read more about the Career Services offered at Johns Hopkins SAIS, please click here.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Denise, What Are You Looking Forward To This Year?

As someone who just recently begun her graduate school experience, there are so many different things that I have yet to experience at SAIS and that I am really looking forward to. One of those things in particular is the direction in which my Introduction to Development Course is going. As an Economics and Sociology major, I had taken numerous development courses within the economic and sociological fields but I had never taken a course that intertwined various aspects of development into one course. The Introduction to Development course does just that and provides me with a framework with which to approach development issues. Although the course has mostly revolved around theory, it will soon start branching out into different aspects of development and I cannot wait to discover the new material that lies in store for me.

The International Development department suite, located in the Bernstein-Offit Building

I am also really looking forward to taking other courses such as “ Basic Education in Low and Middle Income Countries”, “Improving Service Delivery in Developing Countries” and the IDEV Practicum which allows students to work directly with public, private, and non-governmental organizations on a specific project. With all the different course options available in the International Development concentration, I am sure that I will be adequately prepared to tackle any of the development challenges that may be hurled my way after graduation!

Thanks for reading!
Denise Bonsu, Admissions Student Blogger

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Introducing Lindsay Lockhart, Student Blogger

My name is Lindsay Lockhart and I am originally from just outside of San Francisco, California. After graduating from the University of Southern California, I moved to South Africa where I worked for a refugee advocacy organization in Cape Town. From there I completed two and a half years of service with the U.S. Peace Corps in Morocco. Upon returning to the California I worked for an agriculture-based start-up—The Climate Corporation—in the Bay Area, which used climate models as an input for agricultural yield models. Now at SAIS I am concentrating in Energy, Resources and the Environment and have focused my studies on agricultural policy, food systems, and food security issues. After graduation, I hope to work for a high impact development firm whose goal it is to fix the global issue of food distribution inequality. My hobbies, when I have time, include hiking, kayaking, cycling, Crossfit, and travel!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

A Visit From Madeleine Albright

On October 3, 2016, Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State, visited campus to share lessons from her long career in government. Dr. Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 1997, she was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. Check out some pictures below from Dr. Albright's visit below.

While this event was exclusive to the SAIS community, we host many guest speaker events throughout the that are free an open to the public. To register for an upcoming event, please visit our Events Calendar.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Meet Libba King, Student Blogger

My name is Libba King and I am currently a second year student Master of Arts student. I am in the five year BA/MA class, and I spent last year at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. My concentration at SAIS is Conflict Management and my specialization is Quantitative Methods. My goal post-SAIS is to work for the United States government as an international economist focusing on East Asia, hopefully at the Treasury or the Fed. Prior to enrolling at Johns Hopkins SAIS, I was studying International Relations at at one of Johns Hopkins' campuses in Baltimore. In my spare time, you can find me hunting down DC’s best chocolate chip cookie (pro tip: a great place to start is Dupont’s Teaism).

Thanks for reading!
Libba, Student Blogger

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

What You Should Know About Early Notification at SAIS

Early Notification is an accelerated application process which allows candidates to receive an admission decision before the new year. Early Notification can be beneficial for candidates who have a clear preference for Johns Hopkins SAIS, for candidates who need a decision early to satisfy specific fellowship or military requirements, and for candidates who simply want a decision as early as possible.

  • At Johns Hopkins SAIS, applying for early notification does not increase or decrease one’s chances of admission.
  • SAIS early notification decisions are non-binding. This means that, if admitted, you are not required to accept our offer and you are not required to withdraw your application to other institutions. 
  • We do not deny candidates during the early notification cycle; if you are not accepted, your application will automatically be moved to the regular decision pool, where it will be weighed against the remaining applicants'.
  • Being that MA Early Notification applications are due November 1, we would suggest sitting for the GRE/GMAT as soon as possible. According to ETS’ website, “if you take the computer-delivered GRE General Test, your official scores will be available in your ETS Account and sent to the institutions you designated approximately 10–15 days after your test date.” Please plan accordingly.

To view the Early Notification admissions timeline, please click here.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Meet Denise Bonsu, Admissions Student Blogger

Hi everyone! My name is Denise and I am a first year student studying International Development with a focus in social policy and programs. I am originally from Ghana and spent the first twelve years of my life residing in Accra prior to immigrating to the United States. Witnessing poverty on a day to day basis definitely drew me to International Development and helped shape my desire to work towards alleviating poverty through capacity building and social programming.

Prior to coming to SAIS, I was an undergraduate student at the College of William & Mary. I just received my bachelor's degree in Economics and Sociology this past May. Although I jumped straight from undergraduate school to graduate school, I had significant internship and study abroad experiences prior to coming to SAIS. Outside of international relations, I did competitive ballroom dancing during my undergraduate years and it is a hobby that I am still very much passionate about.

I have recently become very interested in the role that non profit organizations play in poverty reduction and am interested in exploring this avenue further during the internship opportunities I will have at SAIS and after graduation. I am also very interested in Francophone Africa and would love to concentrate in that region after graduation. Although my time at SAIS has just begun, I am excited for all of the future experiences I will have and can’t wait to share those experiences with all of you.

Thanks for reading!
Denise Bonsu, Admissions Student Blogger

Also by Denise:
Denise, What Are You Looking Forward To This Year?

Friday, September 23, 2016

Campus Visits in Georgia, South Carolina, & North Carolina

Next week, the Group of Five Schools will travel to a series of universities across Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina to discuss application processes, admissions requirements, financial aid, and career opportunities in the field of public policy and international affairs. Admissions representatives from Columbia, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, and Tufts will be present.

Monday, September 26

Kennesaw State University, Information Session:
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Leadership Room, Carmichael Student Center
395 Cobb Ave., Kennesaw, GA

Atlanta Reception and Graduate School Panel:
6:00pm to 8:00 pm
The Center for Civil and Human Rights
100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30313
Please register in advance here

Tuesday, September 27

University of Georgia, Information Session:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tate Student Center, Room 137
45 Baxter St., Athens, GA 30602

Clemson University, Information Session:
4:00pm. to 5:30pm
Brackett Hall, Room 211
321 Calhoun Drive, Clemson, SC 29631

Furman University, Information Session:
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Johns Hall, Room 109
Greenville, SC 29613

Wednesday, September 28

Davidson College, Information Session:
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Alvarez College Union, Room 209
Faculty Drive, Davidson, NC 28036

Winston-Salem State University, Information Session:
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Donald Julian Reaves Center
Campus Hall 100, Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Wake Forest University, Information Session
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Benson University Center, Room 409
Winston-Salem, NC 27109

Thursday, September 29

North Carolina Central University, Information Session:
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Biomedical/Biotech Research Institute, 202 Auditorium
Durham, NC 27707

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Information Session:
4:00pm to 5:30pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1009
301 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Duke University, Information Session
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Rhodes Conference Room, Sanford 223
201 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708

Friday, September 30

North Carolina State University, Information Session:
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Honors Commons Bldg, Multipurpose Room
2221 Dunn Ave, Raleigh, NC 27607

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

So, What's a Prospective Student Taster Lecture?

A Taster Lectures is a special lecture specifically designed to introduce prospective students to academic life at Johns Hopkins SAIS. They are organized and hosted by the Office of Admissions and include a question and answer session. This fall, we are hosting three Taster Lectures, each featuring a different faculty member and topic of discussion. All Johns Hopkins SAIS Taster Lectures are off the record, so you want to be sure to attend these in person.

Our first lecturer this fall is none other than Pavithra Suryanarayan, who joined the Johns Hopkins SAIS faculty as an assistant professor of International Political Economy last fall. Suryanarayan specializes in comparative politics of developing countries with a focus on inequality, fiscal capacity, ethnic politics, and Indian politics; as well as political methodology with a focus on multilevel statistical techniques. In June, she received the GESIS Klingemann award for her research into voting disparities and how income may influence a person's participation in an election.

Fall 2016 Prospective Student Taster Lectures:
  • Thursday, September 22: Pavithra Suryanarayan
  • Thursday, October 13: Erik Jones
  • Thursday, November 17: Jessica Fanzo

To register for one of our Taster Lectures, please visit the following Eventbrite page.

Professor Erik Jones delivering a taster lecture in 2015

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fall 2016 Class Visit Registration Now Available

We are pleased to announce that the class visit registration calendar is now available. To sign up, click the following link to access the schedule. Under "Calendar View," please select "Class" and select the class you wish to attend. It’s as simple as that! Do keep in mind that you need to register at least one week in advance. Happy visiting.

You may also like:
5 Ways to Make the Most of Your SAIS Class Visit
Preparing Your Application: Class Visits

Monday, September 19, 2016

I Previously Declined My Offer of Admission, Will I Be at a Disadvantage If I Reapply?

Having previously declined our offer of admission will have no bearing on your chances of admission in the current application cycle. But if you do choose to reapply, know this: the application procedure for reapplicants differs from the traditional application procedure.

Because we retain application files for one year after a decision is rendered, candidates who applied for the previous academic year (in this case, 2016) do not have to resubmit all materials. They can instead follow the reapplicant checklist in the application instructions. An applicant who applied for an academic year before 2016 is not considered a re-applicant and, thus, must resubmit all application materials.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Student Spotlight: Zach Harris

This week's student spotlight features Zach Harris, a current Master of Arts student concentrating in Southeast Asia studies. Before coming to Johns Hopkins SAIS, Zach served as a Congressional Staffer and Consultant. Zach decided to go back to graduate school to pivot to a career working more directly in developing countries.

What is some advice you would give to someone considering applying to a program like SAIS?
As a prospective applicant, the best advice I can give you is to apply! More practically speaking, I would start the process now. That is to say you it is never too early to start considering your application to SAIS, or other graduate schools. The SAIS application contains many required items and It never hurts to start compiling or thinking about those early and often. The first item in applying is to prepare for the GRE. The GRE scores are an important part of the application but one you can prepare for. Unlike your undergraduate GPA, the GRE is in your hands and the sooner you prepare, the better score you will receive. Concurrently, I would start to consider who will write your letters of recommendation. You will have to spend time thinking about who you want to write your letter as it is important to chose someone that can speak to you as a person ready to pursue graduate studies. These people are likely quite busy so it is best to give them a heads up. Lastly (that I will discuss), you must write a statement of purpose. Like the GRE, the statement of purpose is a piece of the application you have full control over. I advise you to spend a lot of time crafting a statement that tells a story about why you want to attend SAIS, what SAIS can provide you, and how you can benefit SAIS. You will likely want to have a few friends or family members review your statement of purpose as fresh eyes always helps. The SAIS application, and the applications to many similar graduate program, contains many parts and the earlier you start the process the better off you will be.

When considering graduate school, what was appealing about SAIS?
When considering graduate school, SAIS was at the top of the list for many reasons. I decided to go back to graduate school to help pivot to a career working more directly in developing countries. I also knew I wanted to focus on a region – Southeast Asia – while still gaining technical skills. Through research online and discussions with alumni it became clear quite quickly that SAIS was the best program given my interests. The abundance of economics and finance coursework coupled with a strong Southeast Asia department was compelling. Lastly, every SAIS student, faculty, or alumni I encountered before applying to SAIS was extremely nice and helpful.

What has surprised you the most being at SAIS?
I have been most surprised, and impressed, with the SAIS faculty. Every faculty member I have encountered has been very professional and capable in their field of expertise. But arguably more important, at least more important to me, 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. I am also very surprised at how close you become with your fellow students. I expected to meet new people but was surprised to see how close I have grown to many fellow classmates.

Coolest trip you have taken with your peers?
The coolest trip I have taken while at SAIS was a long weekend to Hong Kong. Myself and three fellow SAISers entered the Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge this past year. Our team was selected as a finalist and we were flown to Hong Kong to present our idea in front of a panel of impact investing practitioners (i.e., judges). The trip lasted four nights and was an amazing experience to interact with leaders in an interesting and fast-growing field. Further, we got to meet amazing graduate students from all over the world that we shared (many) beers with in the streets of Lan Kwai Fong. We explored the hills of Central, Lamma Island, and, of course, we ate great food.

The Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge is a pitch competition for graduate students (mostly MBA programs) focused on designing innovative financial vehicles that create sustainable impact without sacrificing financial returns. Our team’s was a fund designed to provide parametric weather-index based insurance employed to shield rice farmers in Thailand from the impacts of client change on farming outputs and revenue flows.

Friday, September 9, 2016

SAIS on the Road: 2016 Graduate Fairs, Campus Visits, and Virtual Information Sessions

The Johns Hopkins SAIS Washington admissions team will be traveling domestically and internationally to meet prospective students. See the list below to see if we will be visiting your city in the fall. You may visit our recruiting calendar for more information and to sign up for email reminders.

2016 Graduate School Fairs

  • New York City Idealist Graduate School Fair
  • New York City APSIA Fair
  • Washington DC APSIA Fair
  • Toronto APSIA Fair
  • Washington Center Intern Career Fair
  • Philadelphia Idealist Graduate School Fair
  • Boston Idealist Graduate School Fair
  • Washington DC Idealist Graduate School Fair
  • Houston Idealist Graduate School Fair
  • Minneapolis Idealist Graduate School Fair
  • Chicago Idealist Graduate School Fair
  • Seattle Idealist Graduate School Fair
  • Los Angeles Idealist Graduate School Fair
  • San Francisco Idealist Graduate School Fair

2016 Group of Five Schools Tour

Following a 40 year tradition, we will travel the globe with representatives from Tufts University Fletcher School, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. During our travels we will highlight what makes our schools both similar and unique and offer general graduate school advice.

  • Atlanta
  • Mexico City
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Ohio

  • California
  • Jakarta
  • Bangkok
  • Singapore

2016 Online Information Sessions

MA Virtual Information Sessions:
  • September 21 12:00-1:00pm EDT
  • November 9 12:00-1:00pm EDT

MIEF Virtual Information Sessions:
  • September 15 12:00-1:00pm EDT
  • October 13 12:00-1:00pm EDT
  • November 10 12:00-1:00pm EDT
  • December 1 12:00-1:00pm EDT

MIPP & GPP Virtual Information Sessions:
  • September 28 1:00-2:00pm EDT
  • October 26 1:00-2:00pm EDT
  • November 15 1:00-2:00pm EDT

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The 2017 Application is Open!

We invite you to access our online application for admission. All degree seeking candidates can obtain application instructions and deadline information on our website.

Additionally, throughout the fall we will be hosting on-campus and virtual information sessions, class visits (set to begin mid September) and taster lectures, as well as attending graduate recruitment fairs around the globe for prospective students. Click here for the full recruiting schedule. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and we hope to see you at an event this fall!

Monday, September 5, 2016

SAIS Day of Service 2016

The SAIS Day of Service is one of our most treasured traditions, each year offering students the opportunity to bond with their classmates off-campus while participating in a community service project. This year, students took part in beautification projects at the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials on September 2. With the weather in Washington being a breezy 76 degrees, we couldn't ask for a better day to be out and about in the city.