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.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The 2016 SAISLeads Retreat

The SAISLeads retreat on August 29 & 30, 2016 offered 37 SAIS students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the study of leadership. Guided by coaches from Incite Learning, through group activities and independent reflection, students discovered their own leadership style and explored the dynamics of different personality types in team building.  The group included MIPP, MIEF and MA students and several dual-degree candidates.  Four of the participants spent last year at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center and nine spent their first year in Bologna.  Among the group was the founder of the SAIS Europe Debate Society, the Vice President of the SAIS China Club, an Assistant Editor of SAIS Review, many students who have served as student government leaders on their respective campuses, and several leaders from career clubs including the ERE Club, Defense & Intelligence Club, and Global Women in Leadership.