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What is SAIS?


About SAIS in Washington D.C.

About SAIS in Bologna


Introduction to SAIS

The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a division of The Johns Hopkins University. It is a prominent and respected graduate school of international affairs, with three campuses in Washington, D.C., Bologna, Italy, and Nanjing, China. Taught by distinguished faculty, students acquire both a critical framework for analysis of international issues and essential professional skills in economics, languages and regional expertise. Today, SAIS alumni are political, business and organizational leaders in more than 140 countries around the world—including more than 130 graduates who have served as ambassadors for their nations.

The SAIS Education

The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of The Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., is a world-renowned graduate school devoted to the study of international relations. Since its founding in 1943 by statesmen Paul H. Nitze and Christian Herter, SAIS has provided a professional education that adheres to the highest standards of scholarship while taking a practical approach to training students for international leadership.

Students conduct scholarly research on topical issues confronting governments and organizations around the world and disseminate their findings to a broad audience of policy leaders engaged in international political and economic affairs. SAIS also offers unique educational opportunities for mid-career professionals already engaged in international affairs.

The SAIS interdisciplinary program allows students to concentrate in either a region of the world or a functional area of international relations while pursuing studies in international economics and language. This unique program offers a solid foundation in economic and policy analysis skills coupled with a second language proficiency and cultural appreciation. SAIS is truly international, both in its perspective and in its presence, providing a graduate professional education in the dynamic settings of campuses on three continents—in Washington, D.C., Bologna, Italy, and Nanjing, China.

Elements of SAIS

A sound grounding in the principles and analytical tools of economics is essential to understanding international relations. This preparation is required to comprehend not only the conventional issues of trade and finance, but also poverty and development, management of the global climate and other transnational resources and the process of political modernization and good governance. SAIS requires studens to complete undergraduate-level course work in economic principles before enrollment, and then makes the commitment to train these students in economic theory, policy and the quantitative tools necessary to enhance their professional career potential.

SAIS is a pioneer in regional studies, first offering a Middle East Studies Program in 1946. Since then, the school has developed strong programs in regional studies representing all corners of the globe. SAIS prepares its students with excellent programs in international relations and with a thorough understanding of the culture, theory and history required for effective leadership in international affairs.

SAIS graduates are known for their language capabilities. Because SAIS is deeply committed to the premise that professionals in international service need strong communication skills to work effectively with their counterparts, all M.A. and Ph.D. candidates must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. The SAIS Language Studies Program offers courses in 16 languages, with each course designed specifically for the professional needs of SAIS graduates.

In each of these areas—international relations, regional studies, economics and languages—the training at SAIS is rigorous, demanding and rewarding. SAIS welcomes applications from those willing to meet the challenge. SAIS offers three degree programs and enrolls about 580 full-time students at the campus in Washington, D.C., 190 students at its Bologna campus and 140 students at the campus in Nanjing. The majority of applicants pursue the two-year Master of Arts (M.A.) program in international relations. A one-year course of study leading to the Master of International Public Policy (M.I.P.P.) degree serves the advanced educational needs of mid-career professionals with substantial experience in international affairs. Selected programs accept a small number of candidates in the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program.

SAIS also provides several joint-degree options for students wishing to combine the strengths and benefits of the SAIS education with the particular offerings of another professional program.

What do SAISers do after graduating?

A problem-solving approach to the conduct of foreign policy has benefited more than 15,000 SAIS alumni who work in the public, private and nonprofit sectors around the world. SAIS alumni work for government agencies, international organizations, investment firms, charitable organizations, financial institutions and businesses and in the fields of diplomacy, education, finance, research, consulting and journalism.

Some prominent US alumni of SAIS are Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, CNN news anchor Wolf Blitzer, the CEO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, John Hamre and Nicholas Burns, former US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs.

A number of German Alumni hold distinguished positions in the German Foreign Service, business and academia. Among them are Wolf-Ruthart Born, State Secretary for Europe in the Federal Foreign Office, Josef Joffe, Editor of "Die Zeit" and the German Ambassador to Indonesia, Norbert Baas. In addition to diplomacy, many German SAISers have started careers in the fields of consulting or development assistance, working for companies such as McKinsey, the World Bank or the GTZ.



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On Feb 20 German Club goes Carneval. Join us @ Local 16 at 8:00pm. Tickets will be sold in the SAIS Lobby.
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