Thursday, January 16, 2014

Some Q&A as SAIS candidates catch their breath

Some nuts and bolts as we begin reviewing applications and candidates prepare for the next stage of the admissions process.

Q: How do I know if SAIS has received all of my documents?
A: We are reviewing files to see if they are complete. If something is missing, we will inform the candidate.

Once a candidate has submitted an application, the applicant can no longer upload documents to the online file. However, if the candidate indicated on the application that a referee would be submitting a letter of recommendation by uploading it to the candidate's dossier, the referee can still do so.

Otherwise, candidates should submit any missing documents to the Admissions Office via email or post.

If you have questions, you can contact the relevant Admissions Office:


Q: How do I know if I am going to be interviewed?
A: All non-U.S. citizens applying to start in Bologna and some non-U.S. citizens who are open to starting at either campus will be interviewed. Amina Abdiuahab of the Bologna Admissions Office will be in touch with all those who will be interviewed to set up a venue, date and time.

We conduct face-to-face interviews in a number of cities in Europe as well as in New York and Washington, DC. As our candidates come from the four corners of the globe, most interviews are conducted over the phone or via Skype. There is no inherent advantage in doing an interview face-to-face, and we do not expect candidates to travel long distances for interviews, which are conducted by members of the Bologna Admissions Committee.

Q: What if I need financial aid?
A: SAIS provides financial aid in the form of grants to a sizable number of students. The deadline for requests for financial aid from SAIS is February 15. The financial aid application form can be found in the candidate's online application.

For more information on financial aid and tuition, click here.

We will be publishing a post next week on financing one's education at SAIS. It's obviously an important matter and deserves discussion and transparency.

Nelson Graves

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