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SAIS: A Global Reputation of Excellence

I could see how unique the community at SAIS was, which extended far beyond the classroom. SAIS alumni are deeply engaged and committed to supporting the community of current students and recent graduates.

‘My Choice Was Easy’

I have always wanted to pursue a graduate degree in international relations and, because SAIS is one of the top schools in international relations and policy, my choice was easy.

Studying China's Engagement in Latin America

With my degree, I am hoping to build a career that would allow me to give back to my community, to give back to Colombia. As a Chinese Colombian, I would like to be part of that bridge that connects the two countries and the wider Latin American region.

SAIS Gives Students Unparalleled Access to Global Network

I was drawn to Johns Hopkins SAIS due to its impressive post-graduation outcomes and multiple campuses. SAIS’ career treks were also a big draw — they give students unparalleled access to professional networks across the U.S., Europe, and beyond.

A World-Class Education and Practical Skills

I knew I would thrive and evolve at SAIS, all while gaining a world-class education and the practical skills I would need to ground my future career.

A Strong Sense of Community

The Master of Arts in International Studies really appealed to me, because it was the only one of its kind that provided an opportunity to broaden my understanding of China in a bicultural and bilingual context and advance my Chinese language skills by writing a thesis in Chinese.

The SAIS Community Lasts a Lifetime

I knew at SAIS I would be joining a program that offered more than just academic rigor — I would be joining a diverse student community with unparalleled resources and stellar faculty.

Making the Most of Learning; both Inside and Out of the Classroom

Alexander Guglia, a MAIA Cooperative student from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, discusses learning at SAIS, and how this occurs both in and out of the classroom. Guglia speaks about past events and gatherings that he has been able to join, as well as a future study trip he plans on taking.

SAIS: An Extraordinary Experience

Through spirited debates, I learned so much about the recent democratic crisis in the U.S. and shared my knowledge on the challenges in India. It hit me in that class — SAIS is such an extraordinarily diverse school, with so many valuable perspectives to learn from.

Learning in Chinese, Being Taught in Chinese, Living in China

Living on campus has been fantastic...it felt like walking straight into a community that you are automatically accepted into.