Monday, December 18, 2017

The SAIS Application Deadline is Fast Approaching!

The SAIS application deadline for Regular Admissions is fast approaching. Don’t forget to submit your application materials by January 8, 2018.

As highlighted on our website, all our application instructions are listed by specific program and campus. Be sure to consult them.

Below are some specific questions that we have received queries on in the past weeks.  Many of our questions can we answered by consulting our website. Some recurring questions are listed below.

What is the difference between an analytical essay and a statement of purpose?
Our previous blog postings explain in detail the difference between a statement of purpose and an analytical essay. Remember, one is about your personal journey, and one is "an issue of national or international importance and its concern to you.” Our detailed blog postings are a good source for guidance.

When is the financial aid application due?The financial aid application is due on February 15, 2018. This is a PDF document which you would download from the application portal and send back to us via email.

As a prospective student in the MA (or MAIA) program, I haven’t taken principles of economics. Should I be worried?
Prospective students for the MA or the MAIA program who have had no previous introductory courses in economics can still apply to SAIS Europe. Should they be admitted, however, their official enrollment would be conditional on meeting this requirement. There are a number of ways to meet this requirement. SAIS offers an on-line principles course in the spring, where students can enroll and satisfy this requirement by receiving a grade of B- or higher. Students can also enroll in other online courses or university programs before arriving. (Remember to check with us first to ensure the course meets our requirements.)

When are we informed of our financial aid and admission?
Prospective students in the Regular Admissions cycle are informed of their acceptance into SAIS Europe on March 9, 2018. If a student is accepted, and has applied for financial aid, he/she will be informed in a separate email on the same day of their financial aid status. Please be sure to check your spam filters, to avoid missing this important information.

Does SAIS Europe provide housing?
Admitted students to SAIS Europe are responsible for finding their own housing. However, we provide ample resources before the student’s arrival. These resources include local real estate consultants, private university residence services, and various websites that have helped students immensely in the past.

I still have questions. What should I do?
If you still have questions after consulting our website, you can always send us a question at: SAIS Europe Admissions Office

We wish you the best of luck during the admissions process.

Happy holidays,
SAIS Europe Office of Admissions

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Prospective Students Invited to Bologna for SAIS Europe’s Open Day

Thinking about applying to study at SAIS Europe in Bologna?  

On Monday, December 4th, SAIS Europe will open its doors to prospective students who are considering their post-graduate school options by offering them an opportunity to get to know the faculty, staff and students. Open Day is the best way to learn about SAIS Europe's Master's programs and get a first-hand look at the campus before applying.

During the day, prospective students will have the opportunity to hear from faculty and attend classes with current SAIS students. In addition, senior  administrators will speak about career services, the admissions process and how to apply for financial aid. 
The Student Government will also be on hand to share their experiences  on student life. Prospective students will meet with Club leaders during the lunch and happy hour. The day will end with a seminar lecture by Vali Nasr, Dean, Johns Hopkins SAIS, who will be visiting from Washington, DC and will speak on the "Middle-East Challenges Facing the US Administration."

For a full description of the day, including registration, please visit our website here

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to Bologna on December 4th.

The SAIS Europe Office of Admissions

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Learn more about Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe

The academic year at Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe started last week with Orientation. It's now time for us to focus on recruiting the next class.

In the coming months, we will hold a number of in-person and virtual events to help prospective applicants learn more about SAIS Europe and the programs we offer. You can find the list of events below. As some of the locations have not been confirmed yet, we recommend that you keep an eye on our website for updates.

We understand the majority of our applicants live far from the locations we will visit and may not be able to attend the virtual events. If you are interested in more information on our programs and have questions, know that we are available on email at or by phone at  +39 051 29 17 811


- Master of Arts in Global Risk (MAGR) - October 3, 2017 from 2-3 p.m. Italian time (8-9 a.m. EST)
Applicants interested in the MAGR are encouraged to attend this online information session hosted by Prof. Filippo Taddei, Academic Director of the MAGR, and Daniela F. Coleman, Director of Admissions and Recruting at SAIS Europe.  The session will last one hour and it will provide a unique forum to ask questions directly to Prof. Taddei  and Daniela Coleman on the MAGR program and the application procedure. Here is the link to connect to the session. 

- All programs
We encourage applicants interested in learning about all the graduate programs offered at Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe, to attend one or more of the following information sessions:

October 5, 2017 from 4-5 p.m Italian time (10-11 a.m. EST)
November 15, 2017 from 3-4 p.m Italian time (9-10 a.m. EST)
December 7, 2017 from 3-4 p.m. Italian time (9-10 a.m. EST)


- Amsterdam University College, Amsterdam, The Netherlands - October 12, 2017 from 12-2 p.m.

The exact location will be confirmed soon.

- Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands - October 13, 2017 from 11:15 a.m.

This session is dedicated to students interested in learning more about the cooperative agreement between Leiden University and Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe.

- University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK - October 16, 2017 from 1-2 p.m.

The session will be in the Career Services Seminar Room at the University of Edinburgh.

- University of Dundee, Dundee, UK - October 17, 2017 from 1-2 p.m.
The session will be in the Office of Career Services  at the University of Dundee.

- University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, UK - October 17, 2017 from 5-7 p.m.

The session will be at the Art Lecture Theatre of the School of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews.

- School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London,
UK - October 18, 2017 from 5-7 p.m.

The session will be in the Brunei Suite at SOAS. For more details click here.

- University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
These sessions are dedicated to students interested in learning more about the cooperative agreement between the University of 
Bologna and Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe.

October 24, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Facoltà Scienze Internazionali e Diplomatiche in Forli
October 26, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the School of Economics, Management and Statistics in Bologna
October 27, 2017 from 2-3 p.m. at the Facoltà di Scienze Politiche in Bologna

- Sciences Po Lille, Lille, France - November 9, 2017 from 2-3 p.m. 
This session is dedicated to students interested in learning more about the cooperative agreement between Sciences Po Lille and Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe.

- Open Day at SAIS Europe - December 4, 2017 
Open Day is a full day dedicated to prospective applicants who will have the unique opportunity to learn more about our programs, meet students, faculty, and staff. For more details click here.

Amina Abdiuahab

Friday, August 18, 2017

Summer School in Montenegro: A Once-in-a-lifetime Opportunity to Gain Different Perspectives on the EU Project and its Future

Every summer, the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development (CCSDD) and the Institute of Social Sciences in Belgrade organize a week-long European Union & Legal Reform (EULR) Summer School in Igalo, Montenegro.

Utpala Menon, a student pursuing the International Law concentration, who completed her first year of the Master of Arts (MA) at SAIS Europe, tells us about her experience.

Utpala Menon
Before attending Johns Hopkins SAIS, the Balkans was an unfamiliar place, both in terms of its geopolitical and cultural intricacies. Hence attending the EULR Summer School in Montenegro was more than just an academic exercise. The decision stemmed out of genuine curiosity about the region, fomented by the timing of the start of my journey at Johns Hopkins SAIS in 2016, a year marked by radical alterations in the EU project, and in attitudes towards populism politics and migration.

The Summer School’s lectures and round-table debates covered an array of subjects. We began the week discussing Brexit, especially through the lens of the UK's and other European countries' historical vision for the EU project. This was particularly interesting as students from the Region voiced a certain sense of unprecedented ‘Euro-skepticism’. The discussions exposed the full impact of Brexit, including its legal and economic implications on both Europe and the world.

We participated in a stimulating debate on whether candidate countries should express caution in their integration, asking questions like: "Are they ready for integration?" and "Is the EU ready for them?" In the wake of Brexit, this meant truly questioning the socio-economic consequences of EU integration for candidate and potential candidate countries, which include economies of the former Yugoslavia such as Montenegro, Serbia, and Albania as well as Eastern European economies like Ukraine.

Utpala (third from left) and
her classmates in Igalo, Montenegro
We also learnt about the legal nature of preambles and more abstract concepts of identities. These nuanced lectures proved useful in understanding what motivates some countries to move towards greater integration and differing attitudes towards the migration crisis. What is more, the expertise and contributions of faculty such as Prof. Justin Frosini, Director of the CCSDD, and Marko Milenkovic, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at SAIS Europe, added depth and breadth to this already enriching experience.

The Summer School was a once in a lifetime experience for me. It brought together students from diverse backgrounds with intriguing and inspiring experiences as prosecutors, lawyers, and economists. It allowed us to make new friends and to take field trips around the coast of Montenegro and to Tito's villa. Above all, in an age of transforming political and economic landscapes, the insightful faculty presentations, round-table discussions, and challenging debates provided a unique and unforgettable opportunity to learn about different perspectives on the EU project and its future.

Utpala Menon
MA Student
SAIS Europe 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Online Application is Now Live

Prospective applicants interested in the graduate programs offered at Johns Hopkins SAIS can now open an account to begin an application for the 2018-19 academic year. 

You can start your application now by clicking on this link, you can save it and return to it as many times as you like. As you complete the application form, be sure to have the instructions at hand, which you can find on this page.

Applicants to SAIS Europe will be able to apply to one of the five programs offered at our campus in Bologna, Italy:

- Master of Arts (MA)
- Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA)
- Master of Arts in Global Risk (MAGR)
- Master of International Public Policy (MIPP)
- Diploma in International Studies

The programs have different requirements for admission as well as for graduation. In coming months we will host different online and in-person events to help prospective students learn more about our academic offerings.

Click here for a calendar of events. The next event will be an online information session on September 7, 2017 from 12-1 p.m. CEST during which you will have the chance to learn more about our programs, our application procedures, and you will be able to ask us any questions. To connect click on this link and enter as a guest. All you’ll need is a computer and an internet connection.

Amina Abdiuahab

Monday, July 31, 2017

Reflections on the MAGR Degree: A Life Changing Year in Bologna

After completing his academic coursework in the Master of Arts in Global Risk (MAGR) in Bologna, Aleksandr Skop is spending his summer working at Global Guardian in McLean, Virginia. Below are his reflections on the summer experience and his year in Bologna.  For more information on the MAGR program, please visit our website.

Aleksandr Skop at Work
As what I can only describe as a life-changing year in Bologna drew to an end, I had to reluctantly leave Europe and return back to the Washington, DC metropolitan area. As the final part of the MAGR degree, I would spend this summer interning at Global Guardian in McLean, Virginia. Global Guardian is a global travel security provider, which offers tailor-made security, monitoring, and emergency response solutions to clients, ranging from 24/7 surveillance of properties, to medical evacuation in over 80 countries around the globe. At Global Guardian, I work under the Lead Intelligence Analyst, helping to produce intelligence briefs, safety reports, and real-time analysis, as well as cyber-security solutions. The internship is full-time, with flexible hours, and two months in duration.

The MAGR degree gave me the tools necessary to conduct qualitative and quantitative risk analysis in finance, international relations, economics, and other subjects. The most important aspect of risk analysis is the ability to not only properly assess, but to be able to communicate and deliver the analysis in a clear, concise manner. Among the most crucial “hard” skills the MAGR program has helped me develop is an effective writing style. At Global Guardian, my primary responsibility is writing weekly analytical briefs on the most pressing world events pertaining to clients’ personal and business interests. Some examples include: terrorist attacks in Europe, global cyber-security risks posed by ransomware attacks, the threat of North Korea’s nuclear program, and economic and security impacts of falling oil prices. Other tasks included open source research and analysis of a high-profile client’s online presence in order -to assess potential threats to their family and business. 

The work environment at Global Guardian has been welcoming and friendly. The company is incredibly flexible and accommodating in terms of hours, and the staff is eager to answer any and all questions about the business model, operations, and mission of Global Guardian. I am incredibly satisfied with my decision to complete my Capstone Project here, and believe it is a hugely positive experience in my professional growth and development.

Aleksandr Skop
MAGR Student
SAIS Europe 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

MAGR Curriculum Provides Students Ideal Setting to Learn and Test Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches Towards Understanding Risk and Uncertainty

The Master of Arts in Global Risk (MAGR) is an intensive 13-month, cohort-based program offered at SAIS Europe, which gives students the necessary skills to become experts in the field of risk. Students spend ten months in the classroom and three months completing the capstone project, which can be fulfilled by working an internship or by writing a 10,000-words original research paper. 

Following her academic year at SAIS Europe, Angelina Magal, a student in the program's first cohort, is doing her summer internship at Philips, in The Netherlands. Below are Angelina’s reflections on the experience.

Angelina Magal
I was offered the opportunity work on a project at Philips, where I am interning with the Risk Management, Markets and Business Development support (RMMBDs) team. RMM&BDs supports and advises Country and Markets on the proactive identification, prioritization and mitigation of risks (strategic, operational, financial, compliance) related to new business-models, solutions, strategic partnerships and entry strategies in high-risk countries. The internship is four months long and based in the Philips headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

During the academic year, we covered qualitative and quantitative approaches towards understanding risk and uncertainty. My summer internship is an ideal setting to apply these skills in a business context.  One of the most interesting takeaways from this experience is that the MAGR degree ultimately provides you with a holistic, multifaceted understanding of risk. I constantly combine a variety of skills, methodologies, and theories that are sourced from the different classes I took.  For example, when analyzing country risks, I draw upon knowledge from economics and international relations courses for the overall context. However, to tailor my assessment towards Philips in particular, I simultaneously utilize the ability to incorporate “point of view” in risk assessment, and depend on a thorough understanding of corporate finance.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The environment in the RMMBDs team is engaging and supportive, and everyone brings a self-motivated, collaborative and positive attitude to the office.  This atmosphere is pervasive throughout Philips, and I am looking forward to the remainder of the internship.

Angelina Magal
MAGR Student
SAIS Europe 2017