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Achieving the Dream of Studying International Affairs in Europe

SAIS Europe Student Body President Alejandra Flores Renteria came to SAIS with goal of furthering her work in migration policy. She has made great memories along the way. Read her story to learn more about her experience.

There’s Something that Only the HNC Offers

When I first applied to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, I thought I would just be taking classes in Chinese, but they offer so much more. Having a place where activities are happening all the time and creating meaningful relationships with students and faculty is something that you might not always find easily in other programs.

Grateful for the Steadfast Support of Faculty and Staff

Before joining SAIS, I was working with the Central Bank of Uganda (BOU). I had just been transferred to the Statistics Department after 13 years in the Financial Stability Department.

Transforming Your Perspective

By the end of my program, I will be able to look at issues from a more open-minded perspective due to this constant interaction with people and readings that have a different perspective than my own.

Alumni Edition: Four Recent SAIS Grads Share Their Experience

Four recent grads share their insight and fondest memories from their time at SAIS.

Going Places that I Didn’t Even Expect

I have endless gratitude for my mom for always supporting my aspirations and for believing that there is no such thing as too much education

Nanjing Feels Like a Second Home

No longer am I learning the Chinese language in the classroom, but I’m in the classroom learning about China in Chinese.

Fostering Both Passions and Careers

I chose SAIS to learn from my fellow peers — who are activists, scholars, refugees, public servants, and experts — as much as SAIS’ world-renowned faculty.

SAIS Was the Perfect Fit

I wanted a program that had both a practical curriculum and specialized expertise … SAIS was the perfect fit.

Working in the China-Africa Space

In the next year I see myself completing my national service for Ghana, and going into the private sphere. I also see myself working closely in the China-Africa space, perhaps with Chinese enterprises on the continent, or in some sort of China Africa field.

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