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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:

Professor Muhammad Yunus Meets with Elliott School Students

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Muhammad Yunus on a visit to GW, hosted by the Elliott School of International Affairs, graciously agreed to spend the day meeting with students and faculty prior to his public speaking event.

Elliott School Women Take on UN Resolution 1325

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Professor Aisling Swaine recently invited three Elliott School women to accompany her to attend the UN Security Council’s open debate on Women, Peace, and Security.

No Lost Generation Finds Its Voice

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The No Lost Generation Student Initiative, founded in 2013 at GW, focuses attention on the plight of children affected by the Syrian crisis.

Why GPS: A place to call home in a foreign land

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As part of an ongoing series, we give students the creative liberty to opine on their favorite memories from the School and “why GPS” is a solid fit to pursue their graduate education

New study abroad program opens up world of possibility for students

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“This was a very important experience for me, both as a student and as a person,” said Alkhiami, who spent a semester studying at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. “Even just coming back

SIA students make connections with employers, alumni in New York City

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Over two days in New York City, students at the Penn State School of International Affairs saw firsthand the diverse careers they can pursue after graduation, gained valuable insight on jumpstarting t

Up to snuff

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Travis Lindsay, 2017 MIA candidate, reflects on the ways in which his first year at GPS primed him for the accomplishments that followed, such as being published in The Diplomat

Sam Nunn School Intern Spotlight – Elvina Ganbarova

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Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and Georgia Tech in general is a place where everything you thought you knew is challenged at some point.

Cultured to foster U.S.-Japan connections

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Granted participation in the Kakehashi Project in 2016, GPS sent a cohort of students to Japan to absorb the culture and make memories to last a lifetime

A day in the life of an MPP student

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In a Q&A complementing our Storify tour of a day in the life of Shadi Matar, the 2018 MPP candidate paints a picture of what attending GPS looks like today

Why GPS: Going beyond expectations

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As part of an ongoing series, we give students the creative liberty to opine on their favorite memories from the School and “why GPS” is a solid fit to pursue their graduate education

Ensuring students are ahead of the curve

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Working behind the scenes, GPS’s Professional Development Committee is dedicated to dreaming up how to make students stand out in the workforce

Interning near and far: Ford School student internships in 2016

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Read more about these and other policy-relevant internships at fordschool.umich.edu/careers-internships/field-reports

Why GPS: Genuine support for your future career

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As part of an ongoing series, we give students the creative liberty to opine on their favorite memories from the School and “why GPS” is a solid fit to pursue their graduate education

Bush School Students to Aid International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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Eighteen students at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University will aid that effort by designing and preparing proposals for the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

How I Learned Diplomacy Amidst Nuclear Tensions

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I recently participated in negotiations to solve a major global issue. And while I can’t say I was completely successful, significant headway was made.

Korbel Undergraduate Cameron Hickert Named a Schwarzman Scholar

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Cameron Hickert, an International Studies undergraduate at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, was named a Schwarzman Scholar earlier this year.

MA Candidate Ayesha Hamza wins Critical Language Scholarship

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Ayesha Hamza, a second-year International Studies MA candidate, was recently awarded the nationally competitive Critical Language Scholarship.

A leg up on Japanese language literacy

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Matthew Matsuyama, 2018 MIA candidate, spared time from his studies in Tokyo to opine on his Boren Fellowship, including how its readying him for a civil service career

Protecting the planet through fellowship

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Larissa Basso, a Ph.D. candidate at University of Brasilia, is visiting GPS on a Fulbright Fellowship to explore the politics of energy decarbonization under Professor David Victor

A day in the life of a Ph.D. candidate

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Through the eyes of Luke Sanford, learn what being a Ph.D. candidate in GPS’s joint program with the UC San Diego Department of Political Science entails today

Putting Global Studies to Work at the U.S. Treasury

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Andrew Watrous spent the summer of 2016 in Washington, DC, as a Harold W. Rosenthal Fellow in International Relations. He was one of 30 students nationwide selected for the program.

Abele Award Winner Finds His Mission Where Two Roads Meet

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For Sanford MPP student Bahari Harris, having an impact on others’ lives is crucial.

PSIA: hearing from our Alumni.

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Hear from some of PSIA’s alumni about their unique student experiences at the school.

Our 2016-17 Dean’s Fellows

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Three students selected as GPS’s 2016-17 Dean’s Fellows share the experiences that qualify them for this special distinction

Students get a sneak peek at careers related to STEM

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Three students affirm GPS’s emphasis on quantitative methods positioned them for success in internships related to STEM, plus granted them confidence to pursue careers in the sector

Bush School Alexander Hamilton Society Wins Major Award

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Earlier this summer, the Bush School chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) received the award for “Most Improved Chapter” in the nation for the 2015-2016 school year.

Bush School Students Engage in Summer Internships, Language Immersions

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With financial support from the dean’s office, the Department of International Affairs, the Department of Public Service and Administration, and the Mosbacher and Scowcroft Institutes, Bush School stu

Jill Huang (MA 2015)

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Meet Jill Huang, a second year Johns Hopkins SAIS student from China. Jill is president of the Student Government Association and she is concentrating in China Studies.

Meet Marguerite “Mame” Tall (MIEF 2016)

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Meet Marguerite “Mame” Tall, a Master of International Economics and Finance (MIEF) student from Senegal.