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A Top-Notch Education

"Every week, the school brings some of the top minds in international relations and related fields to speak on campus. From Wolf Blitzer to Francis Fukuyama to the President of Afghanistan, there is no lack of clout or diversity from the speakers."

On the Fast-Track to Advancing My Career

"While studying at Johns Hopkins SAIS, I was very impressed with the faculty and coursework, which gave me an unprecedented learning experience."

Expanding My Academic Breadth

“I have been very impressed with the diversity of the student community, the employers that recruit from campus, and the on-campus events.”

Gaining First-Hand Insights on Latin America

"I heard of the amazing opportunities offered by the school's Latin American Studies Program, especially the study trips and funded internship program, and that made it even easier to choose LASP as my concentration."

A Cross-Cultural Education

"Bologna was great because you get to know everybody in the program well, and for someone like me who had never studied European politics that closely, you’re exposed to a whole new history and political system that helps to give you an international perspective."

Building My Network

"Meeting people from all around the world at Johns Hopkins SAIS has been a great experience. It has allowed me to learn more not only about the world, but also about the field that I am studying in in ways that a classroom cannot teach."

A Year of Personal and Academic Growth in the Heart of Europe

"Looking back at my year in Bologna almost seems surreal. It was all about living local and becoming local. A city which made it easy to detach from the sometimes very high-paced grad school life."

Gaining Global Expertise on Energy and the Environment in the US and China

"While studying at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, I participated in two study trips which were a great way to combine my interests in energy, the environment, and China, and gain access to really interesting organizations in China."

Gaining Expertise on Africa

"Johns Hopkins SAIS has been the perfect fit in that it has allowed me to gain valuable economics skills and focus regionally on Africa."

Building Expertise to Address Future National Security Challenges

"I've really enjoyed the Strategic Studies Program's Staff Rides, which has put me in the shoes of the actors of past battles and conflicts and provided me important lessons that will shape my decisions and analysis in my future career."