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A Global Institution and a Global Alumni Base
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A Global Institution and a Global Alumni Base

"When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills." -- Chinese Proverb

Always moving, SAISers belong to the latter crowd. They hail from all corners of the globe, vary diversely in their experience and age, speak dozens of different languages, and embody an ideal of purpose. In short, they are tomorrow's leaders. For three reasons, I chose SAIS – its policy-oriented curriculum, the caliber of its faculty, and its main perch in Washington, DC. In my time here so far, I have immersed myself in national security issues and Arabic; I have attended countless forums on geopolitical topics filled with senior government officials and leaders such as Zbigniew Brzezinski, Madeline Albright and Eric Schmidt to name a few; and I have trekked down the Western Front in Belgium and France to study the end of WWI. There is never a dull day at SAIS. Regardless of your campus – Washington, Bologna, or Nanjing – you belong to a global institution and a global alumni base. The diversity in classes, clubs, and career paths after SAIS is as myriad as the students themselves. When reflecting on what this institution offers, it is easy to see why SAIS is one of the world's leading IR programs.

Jameel Khan, M.A. '15
Shanghai, China

Study International Relations within an International Community

Members of the Chai Club perform at SAISapalooza, the annual SAIS talent show, on March 1, 2014

A Rigorous Curriculum and Unmatched Professional Network
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A Rigorous Curriculum and Unmatched Professional Network

The rigorous curriculum and unmatched professional network SAIS offers has proved it an optimal choice for me. Coming here with a clear goal on Sino-Latin American relations, I was exposed to numerous academic and networking opportunities, including a study trip to China to visit Latin American entities and companies in East Asia. SAIS's location in the heart of Washington also allowed me to attend various events and to get the latest updates on international affairs. I am grateful that SAIS has considered every part of my career building from academic preparation to job securing. With the generous summer internship funds provided by the Latin American Studies Program (LASP), I was able to work with the Colombian-Chinese Chamber of Investment and Commerce in Bogotá. After the internship, LASP approved my proposal on extending my internship experience into an independent studies project and even wrote a thank-you letter to my internship supervisor for having received me. It is such considerate actions that have sustained the great name and world-renowned fame of SAIS.

Yanan Zhao, M.A. '14 
The Border of Brazil and Colombia

Each Day Something Happens at SAIS That Can Improve the World

Students at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) do more than study global politics and interactions among nations—they live international relations. Across our three campuses, more than 1,000 full-time students create a close-knit community where lifelong relationships, both personal and professional, are formed. Our student body represents approximately 75 nations, promoting a diversity that lends richness and vitality to academic life.

At all three SAIS campuses (Washington, D.C., Bologna, Italy and Nanjing, China), students share a desire to help others and a commitment to community service. They volunteer assistance to many local and international humanitarian projects, such as running a water supply and sanitation project in Panama, teaching high school students in the Balkans, launching the student-run Migrant School Learning Initiative in Nanjing, and helping in the aftermath of earthquakes in China, Haiti and Japan.

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The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies is a member of the Public Policy in International Affairs (PPIA) Graduate School Consortium and the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA).

  

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