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An Incoming Graduate Gives Invaluable Advice to Prospective Students

I hoped to gain skills that could help me become a policymaker that respects the agency of those in need. I also chose this program since it offered a chance to apply these skills through its capstone practicum project.

On the Crossroad of Tech and Development

SAIS offered a diverse range of international development courses and faculty, as well as a number of technology-related classes that sounded intriguing. The secondary economics concentration was also a big draw for me, and I knew that the robust econ curriculum would set me apart from my peers at other schools.

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.

From Kansas to Canada and Back

When it came time to pick my region of focus at SAIS, it was a no-brainer. The Canadian Studies program at SAIS gave me an in-depth understanding of Canadian policy issues and helped me develop my skills in policy writing.

Combining Business and International Development Studies

The SAIS experience could not be more different from the INSEAD experience, which is what I love about it. SAIS is much more traditional and academic, encouraging us to dive deep into the subject matter of our classes and really build rigorous academic expertise.

To Gain New Work Experiences and International Perspectives

I was attracted to the program’s rigorous econometrics curriculum as well as its emphasis on technical skills and professional development. In addition, the opportunity to undertake a STEM-designated graduate degree within an international studies institution was of great interest to me.

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

To Sharpen My Statistical and Programming Skills

While several challenges still need to be solved, I expect my programming skills to be improved when exploring the solutions. Besides, through the project, I have become familiar with trade data, international classification systems as well as the product quality mode

Understanding International Relations Dynamics and History

I realized that the school's ideal location could inspire students and provide them with limitless opportunities. Furthermore, as an international student, I value the diversity of students at SAIS as well as the school's positive attitude toward students from diverse backgrounds.

Balancing a SAIS MAIR & Tsinghua Dual Degree

The MAIR program is aptly designed for students to build a strong foundation in the general concepts and practices of IR horizontally, while vertically delving into the two chosen areas of specialization, dovetails perfectly with my lifelong goal of balancing “exploration and extrapolation”.