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  1. I'm going to sound like a total jackass here, but voila the issue I've run into in "typical" American programs i.e. wondering if it's worth jumping the gun on SAIS (pros: location, great program; cons: expensive, can potential gain entry into a more selective program). Otherwise your description seems what I would expect at best from SAIS, which seems overall like a solid program with good (but not tier 1) exit options. I think I will see how the job goes for now and continue working through the decision as things develop.
  2. Hi all, I've done some posting but have been met with a dilemma that I am hoping others can chime in on. I've recently been accepted to the MAIA program offered @ SAIS Bologna (€50,000 funding) with a research thesis topic in mind. I am 4 years out undergrad. XP: 2 years Fulbright ETA, 1 year Peace Corps experience, work towards MA in German. GPA 3.8 (International Relations/German), GRE 162V 158Q 5.5W. Will be 26 at the start of the Fall 2019 semester. Fluency in German/French, working knowledge Russian/Italian. My dilemma is two-fold: 1) I am facing some some major appr
  3. You're going to want to bump those test scores up big time. The writing score is always nice, but your essays are more significant. I'm not sure where the doctorate in clinical psychology is applicable, but maybe others can chime in.
  4. Late to the game, but for future reference: I cannot reiterate this more. Without sounding too negative, most of the ETAs in my cohort were extremely disappointed with the program's management, insufficient funding (€800/month in Europe), and lack of infrastructure regarding anything academic. The award will look excellent for your graduate school applications, but is not by any means a golden ticket if this is not backed up my excellent GRE scores etc. Those outside of academia will probably have never heard of Fulbright and instead, you will be explaining to people that you taught Engl
  5. I am not advanced in the field so I can only offer my limited view, but a few thoughts: 1) If you did not get into your top program choice at SAIS and did not receive funding, Tufts/IHEID might be a better option. 2) I would seriously look into joint degrees @ Fletcher/IHEAD as Fletcher has several cooperative programs with St. Gallen in SWZ, for example. I'm not sure if having a European master's would *hurt* your chances of getting into an American PhD program, but generating a network with American academics for the master's seems to make more sense if your goal is to do your doct
  6. Hi all, who's going to Bolgona/DC this fall? What are your impressions on the program? My situation: US student, 4 years out from undergrad. €50,000 scholarship from SAIS Bologna campus for two years (MAIA). 2 years Fulbright ETA, short term PC service, internships at UN & Goethe Institut. GPA 3.8, GRE V 162/Q 158/W 5.5. Fluent in German/French, working knowledge Russian/Italian. Age 25. Did not have LOR's in place by the deadline last cycle to ship out a full array of applications. Rejected by LSE/pre-accepted to College of Europe. Uncertain if it's better to tak
  7. US student, 4 years out from undergrad. €50,000 scholarship from SAIS Bologna campus for two years (MAIA). 2 years Fulbright ETA, short term PC service, internships at UN & Goethe Institut. GPA 3.8, GRE V 162/Q 158/W 5.5. Fluent in German/French, working knowledge Russian/Italian. Age 25. Uncertain if it's better to take the offer or wait and accept a position as a research coordinator at a top business school (HBS) for 1-2 years before trying for Wilson/Jackson or simply combining said coordinator experience with an MBA down the road. A life in Europe/European Affairs is
  8. I appreciate your reply. Frankly, I never focused too much on Jackson/Wilson as 1) I assumed I was not competitive with my scores/undergrad institution (run of the mill private lib arts) 2) I assumed I would receive no funding and 3) I was more focused on the SAIS curriculum/location (which I am now re-considering as potentially short-sighted). EDIT: Yes. This HBS job is a godsend. I count my lucky stars and shall sacrifice a figurative goat in some great deity's honor. I'm pumped!
  9. Hi all, Somewhat new here. I'll try to keep this short. I've just been accepted to SAIS (MAIA/Bologna campus) with €25,000 funding per year which comes out to about a solid 50% scholarship. I've had my eyes on this program for years and have essentially been doing my best to keep my life and career in Europe (hence the European campus). I am fluent in German/French with intermediate Russian/Italian. The "problem" is that I'm not sure if I realistically have "better" options long term. Here's a quick look at my profile: GPA: 3.8/4.0 GRE: V: 162/Q: 158/W: 5.5 (I t
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