Friday, February 4, 2011

Weekly quiz!

First, welcome to friends of the Johns Hopkins SAIS Admissions Facebook page. We hope you'll come back often to visit.

As the subtitle above says, this blog aims to inform and entertain readers interested in studying at the SAIS Bologna Center. The Bologna Center is part of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, which has two campuses -- in Washington, DC, and Bologna, Italy.

We launched this blog in December and have used it to provide a window on the Bologna Center and the SAIS experience. We've provided information on how to apply, on what it's like to study at SAIS Bologna, on the kinds of careers SAIS graduates choose.

There is also a weekly quiz that is mostly just fun. It so happens to be today.

Before this week's test, we'd like to repeat something we've said several times before but which merits emphasis: some SAIS Bologna candidates apply to the DC Admissions Office, others to the Bologna office.

If you want to start your studies at SAIS DC, you apply to the Washington office, no matter your nationality. About one half of SAIS students start in Washington, the other half in Bologna.

If you'd prefer to start at the Bologna Center, where you apply depends:

- if you are a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident, you apply through Washington;
- if you are not a U.S. citizen and not a U.S. permanent resident, you apply through Bologna.

Clear? Good, now for the week's fun.


Last week, Ilektra intrepidly tackled the Internet in Italian to find the answer to our weekly quiz. It was no easy task, but she had already proven herself up to the challenge by winning our very first test in December.

Giulio himself
This is our seventh weekly quiz, which adds up to a lot of free lunches at Giulio's bar. For our newcomers: that's the prize -- a free lunch at Giulio's bar on the ground floor of the Bologna Center. But it's for a good cause, the host is yours truly and the food is buonissimo.

So with no further ado, today's quiz:

SAIS Bologna students come from a great number of countries. Our alumni represent 110 nations, and this year we have 34 different nationalities.

What are the three countries which have sent the most students to SAIS Bologna? Please rank them one, two, three.

Got the answer? Drop us a comment below.

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Next week:

- Monday, Feb 7: Economics -- Theory and Real Life
- Tuesday, Feb. 8: Pre-term and waiver exams
- Wednesday, Feb. 9: Democratic development
- Thursday, Feb. 10: What next with your application?
- Friday, Feb. 11: Weekly quiz

Nelson Graves


Steven Arjonilla said...

1. United States of America
2. Italy
3. Germany

Góes said...

1 - USA;
2 - Italy
3 - Germany.

Carlos Goes

Nilshan said...

1. United States
2. Italy
3. Germany

Nelson Graves said...

Steven Arjonilla is the winner by a whisker, just ahead of Góes and Nilshan, who also had the right answer: the U.S. (3,232), Italy (493) and Germany (421). In fourth place is Austria (367), fifth the U.K. (301), sixth Belgium (203). We had a post on this on January 20, with maps showing where alumni and our current students come from. This is the first time we've had three correct answers for a quiz. Congratulations to all three. Lunch on me, Steven. Góes and Nilshan: I'll be glad to buy you each a cappuccino at Giulio's. Nelson

NVM said...

Mr Graves,

I hope this comment finds you well. As I was reading the latest blog I noticed the statement, "The Bologna Center is part of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, which has two campuses -- in Washington DC, and Bologna, Italy." The Chinese campus was not mentioned here. This could have been intentional, but in case of the contrary, I wanted to bring this to your attention.

Nelson Graves said...

Thank you, NVM, for that perceptive comment. Indeed the Hopkins-Nanjing Center is part of the SAIS "family". Founded in 1986, the Center has more than 2,000 graduates working in diplomacy, business, academia, journalism, government, finance and nonprofit organizations in China, the U.S. and elsewhere. If I grouped SAIS DC and SAIS Bologna together, it is because they share an English-language curriculum, whereas the Hopkins-Nanjing Center has a distinct program and requires proficiency in Chinese. Hopkins-Nanjing students do have the option, if admitted to SAIS DC, of obtaining an MA from SAIS after two semesters in Nanjing and three in Washington. So, yes, SAIS's footprint extends to Asia as well. Thank you, NVM.

NVM said...

Mr Graves, Thank you for your response!