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Student Stories

Developing a Global Perspective on Human Rights

"My first study trip was to Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where I met with representatives from international organizations and media outlets to learn about the war and post-conflict reconstruction."

A Valuable Education on Two Continents

"As someone who grew up in Southeast Asia, it is fascinating for me to analyze the region as a field of inquiry while critically engaging with peers and experts to explore its significance in global politics."

Gaining Deeper Insights into European Security and Defense

"I appreciate that the school requires its students to take classes in economics and pass a proficiency in a foreign language, which is indispensable for foreign service careers."

Gaining Many Valuable Insights on China and International Law Through a Flexible, Fast-Track Degree

"Attending the Hopkins-Nanjing Center allowed me to advance my Chinese at a policy and economics level and gain a more nuanced understanding of Chinese history and political developments from Chinese academics in their native language."

Gaining Insights on Africa’s Economic Growth

"The African Studies Program has provided me with an impressive platform for research on the economic relationships among African countries."

Maximizing the SAIS Europe Experience

"With a strong background in Italian, I was eager to employ my speaking skills in everyday life to better understand European politics from a closer point of view. "

Gaining a Competitive Edge in the Field of Korean Affairs

"I attended two study treks, one to Japan and one to South Korea which provided me with a a richer understanding of the country and issue at hand through professional, diplomatic, and cultural experiences."

Acquiring the Knowledge to Build a Peaceful and Sustainable Future in the Heart of Washington, DC

"The opportunity to study alongside leading practitioners in the heart of international affairs in Washington, DC, has exceeded my expectations of what I would gain from a master’s degree."

A Strong Sense of Community and Enriching Opportunities in the Latin American Studies Program

"Access to individualized career coaching and internship placement as well as a tight-knit community within my program makes me feel incredibly in place."

Maximizing the Johns Hopkins SAIS Experience

"I have been able to build a holistic and rich life at the school by participating in experiences that speak to my personal passions and aspirations."