Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The basics of applying to SAIS

It's the dog days of summer. But if you're considering applying to graduate school, it's a very good time to start planning.

In coming weeks we'll publish posts detailing some of the procedures for applying to SAIS Europe. This will lay the groundwork for subsequent posts on the elements of an application: the CV, undergraduate transcripts, the statement of purpose, the analytical essay, standardized tests, letters of recommendation.

Here are some basics:

All candidates use the same online application; the updated application for 2014-15 will be available starting next month. The deadline for applications is January 7, 2014.

SAIS's internal procedures route some applications to the Admissions Office in Washington and others to Admissions in Bologna. It's important because there are some differences in the application requirements between those handled in DC and those in Bologna.

Which applications are routed to DC and which to Bologna?

- U.S. citizens: Their applications are handled by DC Admissions, regardless of where an applicant wants to start their studies.

- non-U.S. citizens: Those wanting to start in Bologna or open to starting at either campus are handled by Bologna Admissions. Those wanting to start in DC are handled in DC.

U.S. applicants who have a second citizenship -- dual citizens -- are routed to SAIS DC if they want to spend their first year in Washington and to SAIS Europe if they want to start in Bologna.

Here are the main differences in application requirements for those being handled by SAIS DC and those handled in Bologna:

- SAIS DC requires its applicants to submit the results of either the GRE or the GMAT. Also there is an application fee.

Note: Non-U.S. citizens open to starting at either campus pay an application fee and must submit the results from either the GRE or the GMAT.

- SAIS Europe does not require the GRE or the GMAT of applicants handled by Bologna Admissions, but we do recommend that all applicants take one or the other. There is no application fee. Finally, candidates handled by Bologna Admissions are interviewed as part of the application process; the interviews generally take place in late January and February, after the January 7 application deadline.

Although there are some differences in the application procedures, due mainly to historical and cultural reasons, the Admissions Committees in DC and Bologna apply the same standards to ensure that the incoming class lives up to SAIS's reputation and expectations.

We receive a good many questions about our internal division of labor, and we realize our procedures can seem complicated at first. We try to make sure that all applicants understand how we operate, and so we are glad to answer any questions you might have.

Here's how you can get in touch with us:

Skype: jhubc.admissions
Telephone: +39 051 29 17 811

Nelson Graves

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