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  1. They have a student create it every year. You'll receive an email about it. Today's the may deadline, so probably sometime next week.
  2. It seems like you're very uncertain on the direction you want to take in life, but I think you're asking all the right questions. So that's good. It's hard to give advice without knowing the particulars of your situation, but what has stood out to me is that you have relatively little work experience. Do you have any? (regardless of whether it's not in the IR field). I ask because you mentioned concerns about finding work after the program without any experience in IR beforehand. I would say that it's not strictly necessary to have experience in the field, but I do think it's very important
  3. Post-acceptance info doesn't really go out until after the May deadline. Anyone who didn't receive aid still has a couple weeks to respond, so they hold off on substantive information until then.
  4. How much work experience do you have already? If you have a decent amount of work experience on the IR world already, and are just looking to do a track change, where you get your Masters will matter much less, and will be more ticking the box. If your relevant work experience is much less, then I could see the brand name mattering a bit more/helping you get your foot in the door. My only word of caution is that from your description, it does not sound like the school giving you a free ride would help you with what you're interested in. I could be wrong, but just going off of what you've writt
  5. The campus numbers for SAIS are: Washington ~675/Bologna ~200/Nanjing ~180. DC has all the year 2 students, and roughly half of the year one students (with roughly the other half being in Bologna), so the first year DC cohort is between 200-300.
  6. That was only my experience, on that particular year, so take it with a grain of salt. This year's accepted students day might be completely different. The impressions I got from my particular day aren't universal, and doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad program or anything. But in any case, I went to the accepted student's day, and it just left me with the impression that it was a somewhat fluff program. At the open house, the only thing the Dean really talked about GW's location. Really kept harping on being across the street from the World Bank, but without really mentioning if students
  7. SAIS is close to a metro stop (Dupont Circle) on the red line. It is very easy to live further away on the red line in cheaper (relatively speaking - DC is an expensive city) housing areas and still have a short commute. Or even on a completely different metro line, and transfer over to catch the red line to get to campus. Living in the more residential areas outside of Georgetown would mean taking the bus or driving. And living further outside Georgetown would also mean it's more difficult to get to internships, etc. in the city. That being said, commuting difficulties obviously won't be the
  8. SAIS language courses are included in the tuition. Most people take four classes plus a language course. You aren't charged extra for language courses which is a big plus, in my opinion. There's also a really wide selection of languages to choose from (though some concentrations specify what language they want you to have proficiency in). If I were to pick one major plus that MSFS has over SAIS is that its career services is known for being pretty hands on and supportive. Which makes sense, because it's a bit smaller of a school, but I think you get more individual attention.
  9. These are all spot on points. I understand wanting to attend a dream school, but it's really not wise to take out six-figure debt for a degree that does not command the same salary as an MBA or JD. It is true that people can and do attend very expensive schools all on loans, and I personally do not judge people who make that choice, because I don't know their career plans or the factors that went into their decision. But for me, I personally could not take that high of a loan burden. Debt is an unfortunate reality of education today (at least in the US). Most people will have to take substanti
  10. I would agree with this assessment. Elliot probably is seen as being more prestigious than SIS, and it is better located. BUT, I do not think it is a significantly better school or program. I have heard mixed reviews about Elliot and I don't think it's reputation is so amazing that it trumps money. Elliot and SIS are similar enough where it is not worth going into significant debt for (especially when you say that they gave you no funding). When looking at similarly ranked schools, I think it's worth it to go where the money is and to focus on distinguishing yourself. Not to mention, American
  11. Switching to the DC campus is difficult, but do-able. The formal policy is that it is not allowed, but it has been done. It depends a lot on what your funding status is, if you have outside scholarships, etc. Much of the institutional aid is tied to your location. As for African Studies, do you plan on doing a dual-focus or uniquely African Studies? It is tricky to do in Bologna because there are limited course selections and the center as a whole skews towards Euro Studies (unsurprising given the location). It is possible to spend time fulfilling requirements, but at a certain point, you
  12. You can usually transfer to any concentration except IDEV. You have to specify IDEV at the time of application.
  13. Currently 24, graduated undergrad at 21 and have been working for the last 2.5 years. My quant. GRE wasn't the best, but I think work experience and GPA made up for it, thankfully!
  14. I'd probably contact the Financial Aid office and explain the situation and see what they say.
  15. I probably wouldn't go about it from the route of bringing up a deferral (for most schools, financial reasons aren't sufficient to receive a deferral anyway, unless it's tied to a medical or family emergency). But it doesn't hurt to reach out and say that while you're very excited to attend Fletcher, that the aid you received is short of what you would need to feasibly attend and ask politely if there's a way to have your aid package re-evaluated. If you ask politely and respectfully, the worst that can happen is that they say no. It's probably more difficult to get more money without another
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