systematicallyskewed Posted March 27, 2014 Share Posted March 27, 2014 I know there are several threads on this already but I would still request everyone to answer if possible, keeping in mind the fact that I am an International student and have specific questions: I have been admitted to MPA (EPD concentration) at SIPA with 20k$ funding (non-renewable) and MA at SAIS with no funding. I was turned down by the International Department program at SAIS (which was my first choice) and I have been asked to pick up any other concentration. Also, SAIS is very strict about re-appealing to ID; they just don't permit it. In terms of personal preference, I lean more towards International development and economic policy but I am slightly flexible that way. So I could essentially take up things which lets me explore sustainable development and equitable growth. I am not fixated upon any organization or institution as such. I have experience in an bilateral development firm in the field of environmental policy, sustainability and resources. (But I am not planning to specialize in environmental policy) Now my questions: - The estimated expenditure of both these schools is mind boggling! SIPA (75k$) and SAIS (66k$) so I will have to strike a fine balance between pursuing things that interest me and things which provide better employ-ability. I don't come from a very rich family and hence student debt is a very important factor. - While SAIS seems to hold more prestige in the field of I.R. and International Economics, how easy or difficult is it for an international student to find a job in Washington (or NY for that matter). Clearly the working VISA issue has made things difficult - Is it true that SAIS, owing to its better policy connections works better for domestic students and SIPA might open more options for International students? - While the Quant and Eco content at SAIS is A-grade, is the structure less flexible compared to SIPA? - Why is SAIS so choosy about ID? (I don't have a background in Eco. perhaps that's why I was turned down. However my quant skills are good because I am an engineer by training) - How does the second year student aid at SAIS compare with SIPA What should an International Student choose? People keep saying D.C. is the place for policy and keep referring to the World Bank, IMF and think-tanks a.) Not everyone from SAIS ends up in the world bank. Do they? And I am not sure what is it like for international students (I know an international student who is currently on contract though) b.) Think tanks pay less! don't they? So while I might prefer the work compared to the private sector (I left the private sector to join the development sector!), I can't see how will I sustain with a huge student loan Sorry for the long message, but I am having sleepless nights here! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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