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We’ll be in the U.S. PNW soon — and a Spring application deadline reminder

The Columbia SIPA admissions team is still traveling to attend various graduate school fairs around the world. We’ve met a lot of fantastic future candidates and are looking forward to talking to more of you!

If you’re unsure if you want to come to these (free!) grad fairs, remember that Just a few minutes of conversation could lead to an opportunity that’ll change the course of your career. Keep up with us on our Off-Campus Recruitment Events calendar.

And a reminder for you Spring applicants that the application deadline is October 15th, 11:59pm ET. If you have any final questions, you should reach out to us at the Office of Admissions on Monday. Best of luck!

Upcoming Graduate School Fairs

The Columbia SIPA admissions team will be attending several upcoming events around the U.S., and we want to talk to you. A few minutes at a graduate school event could change your life forever and lead to great advances in your career. If you’re unable to come to these, don’t worry – keep updated on where we’ll be around the world with our Off-Campus Recruitment Events calendar.

QS Grad School Event

New York City
September 15, 2018, 12:30pm – 6pm

APSIA Graduate School Fairs

September 11, 2018, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

September 12, 2018, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

New York City
September 13, 2018, 5:15pm – 9:00pm

Washington D.C.
September 18, 2018, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

4 ways to prepare for a graduate school fair

The travel season kicked off in September, and things have really started to pick up. If you’re planning to meet us while we’re on the road, then these tips from the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) will be useful.


  1. Research: Before attending a Graduate School Fair, research the participating schools. Prepare a list of questions that cannot be answered by their website. makes researching the leading international affairs graduate schools easy. At, you will find lists of degree programs, fields of specialization and other details on 60+ member s and affiliate school programs. Reading profiles will help you learn specifics about each program.
  2. Prioritize: After your research, prioritize which schools you want to speak with. Create a printed or digital list to focus your time. At the same time keep an open mind. Speak with other schools you might not know about. Schools you have overlooked may specialize in your area of interest or offer better financial aid.
  3. Engage: At the fair remember these three easy tips: show direction, convey your interests and express concerns. Showing direction helps counselors recommend specific programs or tracks of study. Sharing your interests helps you determine which schools share those interests. Expressing your concerns helps you understand what schools have to offer and what their expectations are of incoming students. These three easy tips will help you conduct a positive discussion with admissions counselors. After the Fair, follow up and thank the school representative. Find out if you can visit campus to continue the conversation.
  4. Apply: After you attend a Graduate School Fair, finalize your list of schools and apply. Before applying, we always recommend listening to our webinar on “Best Practices in Applying to Grad Schools” which highlights: an application timeline, common application mistakes, frequently asked questions, funding options and much more.

Visit APSIA’s website to find upcoming fairs and presentations. To see where SIPA will be this travel season, view our Recruitment Calendar.

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