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  1. Hi you all, So I have been admitted to the International Studies master program at Josef Korbel College at U of Denver with an annual scholarship of $10,000 and I'm really struggling with my decision as the deadline approaches!!!! Can anyone help me if I should choose Korbel?? Someone can give me some info on its course/professor/employment situations and just the general info of the program?? Is it worthy? Also, it would be the best if there's any alumnus that can talk to me about their experience at Korbel!! Plus, I'm an international student, just some background info. Please helpppp! And congratulations on everyone's offers too! Thanks!!:)
  2. I got accepted to Berkeley’s Master of Development Practice and Johns Hopkins’ SAIS DC. I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2015 with a degree in Environmental Economics and Policy. Though I haven’t had relevant professional work experience, I attended community college meanwhile to take classes for my own interest. Berkeley’s tuition is about $48k/year and offers small funding ($3k/year) while SAIS DC’s tuition is about $47k/year with no funding. Cost of living in DC and SF bay area are similar. I know UC Berkeley very well and it seems like I may have some advantage getting campus jobs that I may be able to graduate debt-free. While these two programs are not exactly the same, they will help my career goal, which is to work in international organizations focusing on Latin America in the long-run. Here are pros and cons I see from each school: Berkeley Pros: Campus jobs that will help me financially Bigger campus, more departments such as ERG and Latin American studies Fellowship opportunities for the second year Cons: I spent 4 years there. I am not sure if there’s much I can get out of this school. But Berkeley is a big school and being a graduate student is different from undergrad. So I’m not sure if it’s a big con. SAIS: Pros: Being in DC SAIS is more known and prestigious than MDP. Emphasis on quant skills Cons: I have no clue how I can minimize student loan (or if possible at all). What do you think? I would like to get some advice from others.
  3. Hello, everyone. We have reps from the Schwarzman Scholars program coming to my school later this month. According to their website, they pay for your tuition for a one year master program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. I know of Tsinghua as being a top university in China (I've heard it being compared to their version of MIT for excelling in STEM), so as far university brand, it sounds compelling, but I've never heard of this program. They have Michelle Obama and previous US Secretary of States all over their page. Any thoughts?
  4. Hello, all! I'm currently an IR grad student at an APSIA school outside the US. As an American, I didn't really want to pay exorbitant tuition fees for a graduate program when I can gain international experience at a lower cost to boot with my masters abroad. I'll be finishing my requirements in the middle of this year, but I have the option of continuing my studies for another year at a top 10 FP school to gain a dual degree in IR. So, basically, I'll have 2 IR degrees from abroad and in the US. My concern is this: For my IR degree here, I basically paid roughly ~$10k/year for my 2 year program. The partner institution will rake me about ~$37k/year for a 1 year continuation of my program. That's almost 4x the price of my degree here. Is it worth having 2 IR degrees--from one being abroad with most likely very, very, very little name recognition and from one being a top 10 FP school? I'm afraid of being viewed as a "degree collector", which is not really my intention. I just feel that the US school would help me get my foot in the door. To be honest, my current school isn't really doing much for networking as they leave us to fend for ourselves. I should also add that I'm not completely solid about staying in the US for work and would be very open--maybe even prefer--to working abroad.
  5. Hello, My intention is to attain a masters degree in international studies/relations (or related) within the next couple of years. My aim is for it to be from a prestigious school with a unique experience. Preferably overseas or at a prestigious American university (for example, the dual degrees that SciencesPo offer are probably my top choices). I attained a B.A. in international studies from a Big Ten school almost five years ago. I had a weak overall GPA, but a decent major GPA. Throughout undergrad I was a member of Navy ROTC. This helped me professionally; however, I did not venture into any sort of academic research or even honors courses during my time as an undergrad. Upon graduation I became an officer in the U.S. Military and worked in special operations. My profession had its own prestigious selection process and dealt with numerous international issues from a unique perspective. Some further supplementing information: Undergrad GPA: 3.42 (I took some calculus and physics classes that I struggled hard with and absolutely destroyed my GPA) Major GPA: 3.9 (international studies/history related courses) GRE: Not taken yet, will be taking soon So my issue currently is that I have a relatively weak academic background that does not meet the high standards of the prestigious schools/programs I would like to apply to. Because of my academic weakness, I currently am banking my entire application on my professional background, which I feel will help but is not yet enough. My ultimate question is this: I have some time before I intend to apply (at least 2018). What can I do between now and then that could further supplement my application and particularly fill in the prominent holes in my application? Internships? Jobs? Research? Any opportunities at all really Where/how do I go about finding opportunities that would help bolster my academic credibility on paper? Thanks for the help in advance.
  6. Hello all! Looking for some advice. I´m researching programs for an International Relations Masters Degree and I want a focus on Latin America. I majored in IR and LAS at Conn College and have been working as a history teacher at a bilingual high school since then in Peru (for five years now). When I do my research, of course all the top programs pop up but I´m worried because I didn´t stay in the academic field or IR field post undergraduate I am not a highly qualified candidate. Can anyone suggest some second or third tier International relations schools that have a focus on Latin America? Thanks!
  7. 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?
  8. Who else applied for Korbel this year? They said we'd hear back early March and I'm hoping it's sooner rather than later!
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