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Summer preparation

I hope you are enjoying the photo submissions from our new first year students.   Maybe next year your photos will appear in our blog as an incoming student.  However, first you need to apply and be admitted… and also take some great photos for submission.

Don’t start the application just yet since the 2013 application will not go live until August.  So in the meantime, I suggest you use the summer to learn more about the programs by visiting fairs (we’ll be in DC on July 19 & July 20), scouring school websites, and attending campus information sessions.  You should also prep for the GRE (and TOEFL/IELTS), reconnect with a professor and/or a professional associate who can write you a glowing recommendation and of course think about why you want to pursue a Master’s degree – specifically in international affairs or public administration. This will help you formulate your thoughts and explain to the various Admissions Committees why you are ready for graduate school.  Most importantly, you should explore and experience life — so your discussions in the classroom will be richer.

If you missed it, check out Megan’s post on the July 10th about how she used her summer prior to applying to SIPA.



APSIA Fairs In NYC and DC

Next week APSIA will hold graduate school fairs in New York and Washington DC.  The fairs provide a great opportunity to speak with representatives of graduate school programs focused on public policy and international affairs.  Free registration links for NYC and DC are below and the rest of the APSIA travel schedule can be found by clicking here.

New York City Free Registration:  Monday, October 3rd from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Washington D.C. Free Registration:  Wednesday, October 5th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Summer Recruiting Events

The blog has been focused mainly on incoming students recently but I did want to take a moment to highlight some opportunities for prospective students to gather more information about SIPA.

Next month SIPA will be participating in five different recruitment events.  If you are a prospective student and are available it would be great to meet you at one of these events.  Details on each event are below.

First, SIPA is participating in the Aid & International Development Forum taking place in Washington D.C. on June 8th and 9th.  The forum is free to attend and you can view the schedule and register by clicking here.

Second, on Monday, June 13th in Washington, D.C. SIPA will join four other policy schools for an evening reception featuring admissions representatives, alumni, and current students enrolled in our programs. The event will be held at the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

The doors will open at 5:30 P.M. for registration. The main event, featuring alumni and representatives from the schools, will take place from 6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. The event will start with some brief presentations followed by mingling with drinks and light hors d’oeuvres and should conclude around 8:00 P.M.

There is no charge to attend the event, but you must register to attend. You can register for the event by clicking here or by pasting the following address into your Web browser:

Third, SIPA will have a table at three graduate school fairs in San Francisco, New York, and Washington D.C.  Full details are available via the following links:

San Francisco Graduate School Fair – June 16th from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the San Francisco County Fair Building

New York City Graduate School Fair – June 22nd from 5:00 to 8:00 PM
at Fordham University

Washington, D.C. Graduate School Fair – June 23rd from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at American University

Please note that we also host information sessions at SIPA each Monday at 6:00 PM and each Friday at Noon, with some exceptions for holidays.  Registration is required and you can contact our office anytime to reserve a space.

Representatives from SIPA travel extensively in the fall and as our travel schedule firms up we will post updates to this blog so stay tuned.

APSIA Western Europe Graduate Fair Circuit

Next week the APSIA Western Europe Graduate School Circuit takes place, giving those living in or around Berlin, London, and Paris the opportunity to speak with admission representatives.

I hope to meet you if you are able to make it.  If you are going to attend, complete the free registration process and obtain the specific location of the events by clicking the links below.

Berlin: Monday, November 16th from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at the Hertie School of Governance

London:  Wednesday, November 18th from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at the Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury

Paris:  Thursday, November 19th from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. at Sciences Po – Institut d’Etudes Politiques


Recruiting in Chicago and Atlanta

Next week I will be traveling to Chicago and Atlanta as part of the APSIA recruitment tour.  If you are in the area is would be wonderful to meet you.  Full details, including free registration are available via the links below.

Chicago APSIA Fair – Tuesday, September 29th

Atlanta APSIA Fair – Wednesday, September 30th

"The most global public policy school, where an international community of students and faculty address world challenges."

—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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