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Student Stories

SAIS Has Always Been the Dream

"I cannot imagine a more valuable and meaningful contribution to my society than being part of progress," said SAIS Public Service Scholar Ángel Chica Sánchez.

Passion for policy-oriented research and European affairs

The SAIS path with a passion for policy-oriented research and European affairs.

Using a Non-Western Lens to Redefine Global Conflict

Every day when I walk past embassies and prominent think tanks, I feel the importance of what I am studying and the power of where I am.

Reorienting Back to International Policy

Situated perfectly in Washington D.C. and boasting a number of distinguished faculty members – it just ticked all the boxes.

Leveraging the Relationship Between Development and Sustainability

As someone who did not have as many opportunities in my undergraduate school to pursue quantitative skills, Johns Hopkins offered a way to gain the skills necessary to pursue a career in monitoring and evaluating international development programs.

Learning the Full Story

In my concentration, I wish to gain a better understanding of how these institutions work across borders, and how states interact, both with each other, but also with IGO’s and NGO’s.

Navigating the Complications of Sustainable Development

SAIS allowed me to choose my own functional and regional focus areas so that I could tailor my education to my interests and career aspirations.

To gain skills in Transitional Justice, Peacebuilding, and Conflict Prevention

The school’s focus on economics as an integral part of conflict resolution primarily motivated me to apply to the school following my acceptance to the Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

Strengthening My Expertise in the Politics of Eurasia

The diversity of the SAIS community, the opportunities to meet with exceptional politicians and ambassadors, and the wider possibilities for networking motivated me to join the school.

Gaining the Skills to Beat Poverty

SAIS has a great atmosphere and resources for China studies and IPE and passionate and creative students. As a first-year student, I look forward to working on student-run publications, such as the SAIS China Studies review, to communicate and learn from students with similar interests.