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The Power of Photography in Highlighting the Ukraine-Russia Conflict

I did my undergraduate studies in international affairs at GW, so I have always been aware of the weight that the SAIS brand has in the international relations community. In addition, many of my colleagues have studied at SAIS and can highly recommend it.

Andrés: Challenging His Worldview in Bologna

After leaving the military to pursue an international career in diplomacy, Andrés applied to SAIS since he felt it was the clear choice to develop his professional skills to navigate the complex machinery of international and interagency relationships.

Colin: Searching for International Perspectives at SAIS Europe

When looking into graduate schools, Colin looked to two close friends and personal guides. Wanting to follow in their footsteps, Colin chose to attend SAIS

Nina: Once a Bolognese always a Bolognese

While working in supply chains, Nina became passionate about sustainability, particularly reducing greenhouse gas emissions in materials production and waste.

Gaining a Passion for Political Economy

The depth of SAIS’ reputation and access to career treks, alumni networks, panels, student organizations, speaker series, and career services has made SAIS an important experience in building an early career.

An Engaging Education on Two Continents

"All the former students I had met while interning at the US State Department spoke very highly of SAIS."

Developing the Skillset to Improve Policy and Infrastructure in Nigeria

"I was encouraged to apply to SAIS because I felt that the school’s international development curriculum would provide me with the relevant knowledge and best practices to work in the development field."

An Accelerated BA/MA Program

"I was very excited that SAIS offered an opportunity to take more global courses and expand on my studies in a more international context."

An Enriching Education in the Heart of Europe

"Talking with mentors and friends made it clear that SAIS was the best option for me to move forward in the international development field."

Developing the Skillset to Navigate Geopolitics, Public Policy Development, and Foreign Policy

"At SAIS Europe, I have had so many “once a lifetime” moments – from the Vienna Ball to attending a talk with former EU Commission President Romano Prodi."

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