Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Response Deadline is May 2

The May 2nd response deadline is fast approaching. All non-fellowship recipients have until May 2, midnight EDT to accept their offer of admission. You can respond by completing the Candidate Reply Form found in the ApplyYourself module.

Candidates who accept their offer will receive their Johns Hopkins University email address, identification number and access to the matriculated student portal in the second week of May. This portal includes a checklist to complete prior to enrolling at SAIS. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the SAIS Admissions Office at 202-663-5700 or email us at

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Student Profile: Lorena Americano Valente

Lorena Valente is a prime example of a student taking full advantage of the opportunities offered by a graduate school education, and we couldn't be more proud to have her as a SAISer. In her two years at SAIS, Lorena has successfully juggled full-time studies with leading two student organizations, serving as a research assistant, interning, and working on and off campus. Prior to joining the SAIS community, Lorena studied Political Science and Sociology at George Washington University. In addition to traveling internationally to address political and economic relationships, Lorena traveled to several countries during her tenure as a professional tennis player.

Name: Lorena Valente
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Program/Class: MA/2016
Concentration: Latin American Studies

When considering graduate school, what was appealing about SAIS?
I chose SAIS due to many different reasons. First, SAIS has a high rank and incredible reputation among academics and employers in the field of international affairs and business. Second, SAIS has an extensive alumni network that is always willing to help. Third, its employment outcomes were outstanding, and when talking to current students, they all emphasized the quality of career services staff and resources. Fourth, its economic focus was very important to me. I wanted to not only learn economics, but also gain advanced expertise that would be recognized in any field. Fifth, SAIS has a wide range of skills courses that focuses on professional skills, such as, policy memo writing, consulting skills, excel, stata, and public speaking, among others. Sixth, its location in the heart of Washington DC was very attractive to me. At SAIS you are just a few minutes from the White House, the World Bank, the IMF, and many consultancy firms, which makes interning and working while at SAIS much easier. Finally, due to its location and reputation, SAIS is able to get a variety of high-level speakers to talk about current events to its students and alumni.

Can you tell us about your concentration, and why you chose it?
I am a Latin American Studies concentrator. I chose my concentration due to my personal interest in Latin America (I am from Brazil), as well as for the many resources that the program has to offer. LASP not only has a strong reputation, but it also counts with world-class faculty, like Dr. Gonzalez and Dr. Roett. Moreover, since LASP has a focus on sending its students to Latin America for their summer internships, the alumni connections are amazing and the program has a specific person – Anne McKenzie - that helps students throughout career and personal development. In addition, LASP has a range of tracks that students can pick from, which allows one to focus on an policy area, those include, political economy, finance and emerging markets, energy and the environment, international development, and foreign policy. Finally, LASP has study trips that allow students to have first hand experience on several current themes. I have recently traveled to India to address India-Latin America’s growing political and economic relationships.

What are some other activities you're involved in at SAIS?
SAIS has so much to offer and I try to get involved as much as I can. I currently serve as the Treasurer for the Student Government Association and as Chair for the Clubs Committee. I also serve as a leader of two clubs (SAIS Corps and Latin American Studies Club), as a SAIS Student Ambassador and MA Applicants Interviewer for the Admissions Team, and as part of the Career Services Development Team. Being involved helps me build strong relationships with faculty, staff, and students. Students at SAIS are the most incredible people you will ever meet, and being involved allows me to talk to a majority of them and to learn about their exceptional backgrounds.

Where are you interning/working, and what type of work do you do?
During my entire time at SAIS I have been interning/working. On my first semester I worked as a research assistant to the Latin American Studies Department. By doing so, I collected, analyzed, and summarized data to be used as statistical and analytical references to support statements and opinions to be implemented in Dr. Roett’s future publications. On my second semester, I worked as an associate at Albright Stonebridge Group in the Latin American and Brazil practice. While at ASG, I conducted political and economic risk analyses for the management of Fortune 200 companies, allowing them to make informed decisions to capitalize on Latin American markets. During the summer and the fall semester of my second year at SAIS, I worked as a graduate fellow at McLarty Associates for the Brazil and the Southern Cone practice. There, I monitored political and economic developments and performed open-source research in multiple languages, including Portuguese and Spanish, to provide concise analyses to clients in various industries, including energy, financial services, technology, oil & gas, and health. Finally, in my last semester, I am doing a consultancy for the Inter-American Development Bank where I research, analyze, and write recommendations to government leaders in Latin America about the efficiency of their state-owned enterprise system.

What has surprised you the most being at SAIS? 
What has surprised me the most about SAIS is how collaborative it is. Coming into SAIS, I was concerned that among such a great pool of students the environment would be very competitive, not only in classes, but also when it comes to job search. It was actually just the opposite. I cannot tell you how many times I had fellow students help me prepare for interviews, or send me job postings they believed I was a good fit for. Moreover, economics does not come easy to me, but I found a great study group that has truly enhanced my learning experience.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I believe that people would be surprised to know that I used to play junior, collegiate, and professional tennis. I started playing tennis when I was four years old and by the time I was eleven, I was playing national tournaments in my home country of Brazil. When I was fifteen I became the number one player in Brazil, which caused me to move to Paris, France to play professional tournaments. Tennis allowed me to constantly travel to different countries and to be exposed to a variety of cultures enhancing my global perspective. Upon realizing that I wanted a career in international affairs I was recruited with a full scholarship by many Division I schools in the US, which is what brought me to the George Washington University for my undergraduate degree.

Monday, April 18, 2016

What Happens After You Accept Your Offer

The admission response deadlines are approaching. All fellowship recipients have until April 20, midnight EDT to accept their offer of admission. All non-fellowship recipients have until May 2, midnight EDT to accept their offer. You can respond by completing the Candidate Reply Form found in the ApplyYourself module.

What Happens After You Accept Your Offer
Candidates who accept their offer will receive their Johns Hopkins University email address, identification number and access to the matriculated student portal in the second week of May. This portal includes a checklist to complete prior to enrolling at SAIS. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the SAIS Admissions Office at 202-663-5700 or email us at

Alumni Gathering Shanghai

A big thank you to SAIS alumni Tommy Li and Frank Tsai for welcoming newly admitted students to the monthly “Hopkins China Forum” held in Shanghai, China last Thursday, April 14. Events like this provide Johns Hopkins University alumni opportunities to network, socialize, learn and reminisce with other alumni in the Shanghai area.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Event Recap: Beijing and Networking Alumni Social

This week, fellow SAIS and JHU alumni got together for a social and networking gathering to welcome admitted students. They enjoyed appetizers and conversation at Golden Bridges Courtyard:

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Student Profile: Ted Chung

We couldn't be happier to have Ted Chung as a member of the Johns Hopkins SAIS community. A current MIPP student hailing from Chicago, Ted has done a phenomenal job in serving as co-MIPP representative for SGA and student interviewer for the Office of Admissions. Prior to joining the SAIS community, Ted served as a special education teacher through the Teach for America Program. Outside of SAIS, Ted practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is a craft beer enthusiast. If ever you're looking for great breweries around the city, or for self-defense tips, Ted is the one to ask.

Ted in Providence Canyon State Park when stationed at Fort Benning

Program/Graduation Year: MIPP/2016
Affiliation: Korea Studies
Language Fluencies: Korean and Dari

What has been your favorite class so far, and why?
Hands down, my favorite class so far has been North Korea: A Policymaking Primer with Dr. Mansourov. He not only had a unique perspective on North Korea and its systems, but showed a much larger historical context for Korea as a whole and how it effects both Koreas to this day. In addition, the guest speakers he brought in were current, lively and memorable. Even if you aren’t interested in Korea, take it as an elective it will not disappoint.

What are some other activities you're involved in at SAIS?
I’m on the SAIS SGA as co-MIPP representative, I’m a student interviewer through the admissions office and I’m a language exchange partner with the USKI here at SAIS. I’m also the unofficial social co-chair for the MIPP program. I’ve enjoyed all the other activities here at SAIS, and to me, it makes it a much deeper, enjoyable experience. SAIS is so much more than just classes and lectures, there are many great social and professional opportunities that really serve as broadening experiences.

What advice you would give someone considering applying to SAIS?
Research, research, research. Forewarned is forearmed, in a manner of speaking. Knowing more about SAIS, attending an information session either in person or virtually, contacting current students or alum, attending a taster lecture or dropping in on a class will help you get a better understanding of SAIS and its intangibles. Put it another way, researching programs will be like a scrimmage for research papers, policy memos or other projects.

What has surprised you the most being at SAIS? 
For me, the biggest surprise is how friendly and collegial everyone is. I imagined that grad school would be a Darwinian world with people fighting over course reserves or running each other over for an available seat in a class. In a similar vein, the staff here is friendly, I’m used to being a number when it comes to school administrators and everyone here from the security staff to those at the admissions office and advisors have been great and approachable.

What would be people be surprised to know about you?
I’m fairly introverted. I usually keep to myself, which says something about SAIS; because of the small close-knit community here it allows me to be able to be more open and outgoing than when I’m usually in a group. Despite having hundreds of students it really does feel very small.

Ted with a student when he went to Taiwan as a volunteer teacher

More in this series:
Student Profile: Aaron Pluto, MIPP
Student Profile: Joshua Ahyong, MA

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Our Favorite Moments From SAIS Open House 2016

Open House is one of Johns Hopkins SAIS' most treasured traditions. This year Open House was held on April 6. Our guests had the opportunity to attend student life and faculty panels, a department lunch, a student activities forum, Question & Answer sessions on SAIS Europe and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, a student club fair, several breakout sessions, and even an evening happy hour reception. Here are our five favorite moments from Open House 2016.

5. The evening reception:

4. Dylan, our newest member of the SAIS community:

3. The Latin American Studies table at the Academic Program Forum:

2. Dean Vali Nasr's welcome:

1. Professor John McLaughlin's magic trick:

What was your favorite moment from this year's open house?

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Event Recap: Alumni Brunch in Tokyo

The Johns Hopkins SAIS Office of Alumni Relations coordinated another wonderful alumni event, this time in Tokyo:

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Open House For Admitted Students Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the big day: the annual Open House for Admitted Students. The SAIS Open House will feature student life and faculty panels, a department lunch, student activities forum, Question & Answer sessions on SAIS Europe and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, and even a student clubs fair.

Today, the admissions team added some finishing touches to our gift bags. 

Review the schedule of events tonight.
Once you arrive, you will be given a booklet that contains the program schedule. But we still encourage you to glance over the schedule sometime tonight to get a general idea of what will be happening and when. The schedule of events can be accessed on the admitted student website.

Dress to impress.
A professional photographer will be on site to take head shots of those in attendance, so dress to impress. Most attendees will wear business casual. Keep in mind that you may need to walk one or two blocks since since breakout sessions will be located in each of our three buildings.

Bring a valid ID.
Even if you don't plan to drink at our receptions, bring a valid ID.

See you tomorrow everyone!