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Students at APSIA member schools contribute to global peace, prosperity, and understanding even during the course of their programs.

They believe the world can be a better place – and they are prepared to do the hard work needed to actively bring about that brighter future.

APSIA students are ready to solve the world’s problems. They are flexible enough to navigate the world as it is now and in the future.

Learn about some of our students and their work to transform the world:

Bush School Auditing Interns Receive Distinguished Award

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This past summer, Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA) candidates Jake Bronson ‘23 and Carling Repass ’23 contributed to an audit report that earned an internationally-recognized award.

LINA HERRERA

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I am a proud and outgoing Colombian who loves meeting new people and exploring new cultures. I also love to read and all things food—both cooking and eating! Sustainability is what I am truly passiona

GIANCARLO FALGUERA SILVA

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I am a third culture kid, growing up in the US to parents who immigrated there from the Philippines before I was born. I have a naturally competitive spirit and have competed in different sports for a

Addressing Gender-Based Violence

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We spoke with Elli Wachtman, SIS/MA ’22, about how the Sikhona Research Centre came to be, the center’s work, and why she is pursuing both a master’s degree and Social Innovation for Global Impact gra

A Unique Doctoral Program

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The DIA program also further helped Jeenho build his expertise by allowing him to delve into issues and focus on research for two years, with support from the top experts in the field.

Empowering Women Globally

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Through her studies, she has been able to incorporate a gender lens in conflict analysis and in class discussions, which has enabled her to utilize the skills she has gained from her past experiences.

From a BA to an MA at Johns Hopkins

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After graduating from SAIS, Austin hopes to use his degree to combine his interest in public policy with his background in migration, Latin America, development, and economics…

Gaining Expertise in US-China Relations in a Close-Knit Community

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My favorite part about studying at The HNC was the community, which made learning so much more rewarding.

Building Expertise on US-China Relations

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Morgan particularly liked how the program offered a more extended experience in China, rather than just a study abroad program.

An Enriching Education in the Heart of Europe

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My favorite experiences are really those where I am hanging out with other SAIS students.

An Engaging Education on Two Continents

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She wants to help people in both urban and rural communities of developing countries secure employment and educational opportunities that can sustain economic growth and development.

Gaining the Knowledge to Strengthen Communities

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Now a student at Johns Hopkins SAIS, Aurelia has enjoyed being introduced to so many different perspectives from both professors and classmates.

Broadening My Expertise in Policy Making

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Juliane has always been passionate about public policy, and she is hoping to translate her graduate degree into a career where she can apply her expertise in political economy and development.

A Cross-Cultural Dual Degree Program

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Through her studies, Mikaela often finds surprising overlaps among different subjects, which makes her appreciate the practicality and inter-disciplinary aspects of the courses she taken thus far.

A Cross-Cultural Dual Degree Program

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Through her studies, Mikaela often finds surprising overlaps among different subjects, which makes her appreciate the practicality and inter-disciplinary aspects of the courses she taken thus far.

From MTV VJ to GPS grad student

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MPP candidate Belinda Panelo traces her path from a global acting career to pursuing a master’s degree at GPS

Diving into the Causes of Environmental Issues

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SIS student and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Lia Cheek has formed a career in conservation and an interest in environmental justice.

Building Camaraderie at SAIS Europe

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“I chose Johns Hopkins SAIS not only because it housed one of the top international relations programs in the U.S>, but it specifically offered a much raved-about Latin American Studies program”

A Multidimensional Graduate School Experience in the Heart of Washington DC

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” I am…a type of person who likes to “have a lot of life in my years, as opposed to a lot of years in my life.” The responsibilities, that translate into achievements, which MIEF holds us account

Van Wie and Walden awarded the 2020 Eckstein prize for interdisciplinary research

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The students saw a disconnect between academic theories on civil conflict warning against employing mechanized units and narrative accounts citing their effectiveness in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

InternGram: Kyle Jarrett MPP ‘21

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This summer students scattered across the globe for first-hand professional experience in their internships. Students are recapping their experiences to recap the what, where, and wow!

Bringing home the ‘solar power’ of education

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Learn how one University of Washington Jackson School doctoral student in international studies is using his education and awards to impact lives here and abroad.

Climb on! Examining the impact, potential of rock climbing

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A Jackson grad student’s research is exploring the opportunities for building a new global initiative tied to this growing sport.

Interview with Tyra Beaman

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Tyra Beaman is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Foreign Service at Georgetown University’s Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Interview with Alessendro Lee

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Alessendro Lee is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in International Affairs at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, concentrating in International Development and specializing in Infrastructure Finance.

Sanaa Vika (Certificate in IS)

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