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  1. I've gotten a few responses from some people who did IR at IHEID, they said really good things about the program, and that they thought it was a great program for PHD preparation. Also, found out more about the complicated process for my parter to get a visa/job. Not a lot of feedback from Georgetown though. Did you catch the panel discussion for IHEID today?
  2. Hi, I noticed from some of your responses on different threads that you went to Georgetown. I was admitted to the program in CR and I was wondering if you would tell me a little bit about your experiences there! 

  3. Hi everyone! This is my second post and I wanted to start a new thread because I've managed to reduce my options down to two schools. I'm deciding between: Georgetown University's Conflict Resolution Master's program (no funding) The Graduate Institute in Geneva's Master's program in Political Science/International Relations (no funding) I'm considering the cost difference, but its not a huge factor because I have a SO who will be working while I'm in school, as long as he can get a job (he is a teacher and has never had a problem finding employment). We have joked that he is my scholarship. We are US citizens so that makes Geneva a little more complicated because he would need a work visa and I believe the job market is more competitive for employers that will sponsor him. Geneva's tuition is much cheaper (8000 a year), but cost of living in Geneva is much higher, particularly if my SO can't work there. (If anyone has job leads or has gone through the work visa process in Geneva, I'd appreciate your thoughts) In general living in Geneva might be more complicated, work visa, we have two large dogs which makes getting housing hard (harder than it already is in Geneva). However, I like challenges and know Geneva would be a fantastic place to live for a number of reasons (networking in the international field, location for travel, ability to improve my french). DC is DC, networking is great, I can live just outside the area for cheaper rent (maybe even get a backyard), my SO can private tutor or get a full time job without a visa. In terms of the programs, what I'd like to know is, what are the strengths and weaknesses of each program? Are there any alumni or current students who can comment on the programs and maybe the prospects for work or PHD programs after? I'm planning on working immediately after my masters (possibly in Foreign Service) and someday getting my PHD. Would one of these programs be more ideal? Thanks for the help in advance! Also, if you have some general information that you think might be useful about the cities, living, the programs, or funding tips, I'd love to hear it!
  4. Members 1 9 posts Location:California Application Season:2016 Fall Program:Poli. Sci/IR/Conflict Res/Int. Studies Posted just now · Report post Hi! I'm currently deciding between the International Studies program and programs at Georgetown and IHEID. For those of you who ended up going, what are some of the strengths and weaknesses of the program? Also, did you guys get funding/what are prospects for funding for your second year? Thanks in advance:)
  5. Hi everyone! I'm still stuck deciding between programs (IHEID VS Georgetown VS Denver) and I figured I would try my luck on this forum:) Are there any current students or alumni in the Political Science/International Relations who can tell me a little about the strengths and weaknesses of the program? Advice they would give to people who are about to go into the program? Anything they discovered after they started? Thanks for the help:) (if you know of a better place to post or people to contact, please let me know!)
  6. Hi! I'm currently deciding between the Georgetown Conflict Resolution program and programs at Denver and IHEID. For those of you who ended up going, what are some of the strengths and weaknesses of the program? Also, did you guys get funding/what are prospects for funding for your second year? Thanks in advance:)
  7. @Saheim I think I'm going to try emailing some alumni from IHEID and see what they thought were the strongest and weakest points of the programs. I'll let you know if I find out anything that helps me:)
  8. Still working on a decision. Thinking about flying to Geneva for the open house though haha and my partner emailed the embassy to see about getting a visa. So far I've contacted all three schools to see if I can get more funding, but I won't really find out about that until after the deadline. I think I might be leaning towards Georgetown vs Geneva unless I hear something soon about funding from Denver. I just have so many unknowns and these are all programs that I think I would be really happy with. :/ Have you visited Geneva?
  9. Any idea if they told people whether they have been wait listed for aid? I'm crossing my fingers haha...
  10. Hi! Just a quick question:) I just talked to the Korbel School about funding and they said that students with funding have an earlier decision deadline than students without and once their decisions are made any left over funding might be disbursed to other students. Is there anyone on here who got funding? Could you tell me when your deadline is? I'm trying to make choices about schools and I'm really anxious to see if I'll end up getting funding after all:)
  11. Hi everyone! I just got admitted to the Political Science/IR MA program and I have a couple questions that I'd love some help with:) First: Does anyone know how difficult it would be for my fiancé to move to Geneva with me? He is a teacher (basically all subjects up to high school level) and has U.S. citizenship. Second: We have two large dogs...how impossible will it be to find housing? And do you have any recommendations for areas that would be best to live in considering this? Leaving them in the United States isn't an option, so I figure I better get to work finding accommodation! Lastly, not sure if this is the place for it, but I wouldn't mind having roommates! Just have to like dogs and be relatively laid back and we'd get along great!
  12. Problem: I've been accepted into some incredible programs and now I'm having a truly difficult time deciding between them. I honestly didn't expect to get into more than one or two programs (my undergrad GPA wasn't amazing), so while I'm pleasantly surprised, I'm overwhelmed! I have been accepted at: Georgetown University - MA in Conflict Resolution, No funding University of Denver - MA in International Studies, No funding The Graduate Institute in Geneva - MA in Political Science/International Relations, No funding Here are my thoughts: I'm primarily concerned with international conflict and have particular interest in studying genocide and the implications of genocide when looking at a conflict (hope this isn't too vague). Alright so here is what I'm considering so far, U. Denver and Georgetown are basically the same price, and IHEID might be cheaper unless cost of living proves to be formidable. However, my fiancé is going to work while I'm in school (he is a teacher), so finding a job in the United States might be easier for him. (Also if anyone has any advice on getting him a work visa for Switzerland, I would appreciate more information:D) I'd like to do my PHD later on, but between that and my master's I would like to either work in field, possibly State department, UN, or another reputable large NGO (I'm a very optimistic person). Which programs would help me with this? I know technically all of them seem to have great placement records for jobs , but are there differences in the types of jobs I could get? Would going to a European school exclude me from jobs in the State department? Could going abroad for masters also impact potential future PHD programs? I'm not really sure if an MA from Europe or the States would be weighed the same. And how concerned should I be about prestige? All of these schools are highly influential in this field, but do you think one is "better" than the others?
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