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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:

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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A VALUABLE AND FLEXIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN EXPERTISE IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Tarela Osuobeni (HNC Certificate’17/ MA’19)

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FORMING LIFELONG FRIENDSHIPS WHILE EARNING A GRADUATE DEGREE

Henry Rawlings (MA ’20)

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Henry Rawlings
MA ’20
International Development

Joel Jaeger (MA ’19)

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Joel Jaeger
MA ’19
Energy, Resources and Environment
Recipient of the DACOR Bacon House Foundation Fellowship

Rony Chowdhury (SAIS Europe)

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“I had a short list of objectives when searching for a graduate school and when I came across SAIS Europe I knew I found what I had been looking for all along.”

Kayla Marra (MA ’20)

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A STRONG SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND ENRICHING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES PROGRAM

Yizhen Han (MA ’19)

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A WEALTH OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR A FUTURE IN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT

Khashayar Shay Khatiri (MA ’20)

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TACKLING REAL-WORLD PROBLEMS THROUGH DONOR SUPPORT

Dhrupad Nag (MA ’19)

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MAXIMIZING THE JOHNS HOPKINS SAIS EXPERIENCE

Kimya Nia, MIEF ’19

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ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Mende Thuji Yangden

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Mende Thuji Yangden: Bhutan