Wednesday, December 4, 2013

What's next? Candidates, mark your calendars

Wondering what's next in the application process? If so, carry on reading.

December 12: We will hold our final online information session before the application deadline. We will answer any questions applicants have before they push the submit button in early January.

The special focus will be on the analytical essay, a crucial part of each candidate's dossier. Current student Rebecca De Guttry will share tips in the session, set to start at 4 pm Italy time (1500 GMT).

If you'd like to participate, please send a note to and we will send you the instructions for connecting.

End-of-year holidays: Christmas is only a few weeks away, and SAIS Europe will be closed from December 21 through January 5. SAIS Europe Admissions will check email intermittently the week of December 23. Messages will receive a quicker reply starting the week of December 30. We ask for your patience during the break. Thank you.

January 7, 2014: The deadline for applications for 2014-15. Candidates should submit all required documents by that date. We recommend that you not tempt fate by waiting until the last day to submit your dossier.

Most material, including essays and even letters of recommendation, can be submitted through the online application. Some documents, including undergraduate transcripts, need to be sent via snail mail.

All hard copies should be sent to the same address, where they will be loaded into our computer system:
Admissions Office
Johns Hopkins SAIS
1740 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036
February 15, 2014: The deadline for financial aid applications, which are available as part of the online application. Please follow the instructions on the form to submit your request.

January and February: Non-U.S. candidates whose applications are handled by SAIS Europe Admissions will be interviewed by a member of the Admissions Committee, made up of SAIS Europe faculty and staff.

After the January 7 application deadline, we will contact candidates to inform them of interview dates and times. Interviews will take place between the third week of January and the end of February.

Interviews are conducted in person, over the phone or via Skype. Most of our applicants live far from the few locations we travel to and are interviewed by phone or via Skype. There is no advantage or disadvantage to being interviewed in person -- each interview is a chance for the candidate to put their best foot forward.

Mid-March: Candidates are informed of both the admissions and the financial aid decisions.
April 4: Open House in Bologna for admitted candidates
April 9: Open House in Washington for admitted candidates
April 20: Deadline for admitted candidates who received financial aid or who did not request financial aid to reserve their spot in the SAIS Europe program
May 1: Deadline for all other admitted candidates to reserve their spot.

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