Why SFS?

Commitment to Service

At SFS, service is not just a particular career path. It’s an approach to solving problems that is just as relevant in the private sector as it is in the public sector. Members of the SFS community utilize Georgetown’s Jesuit values no matter what they go on to do after they leave the Hilltop.

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Intersection of Scholars and Practitioners

At SFS, you can study with former Secretaries of State, with people who led huge multinational corporations or with renowned scholars in international affairs. Students can attend events with speakers who come from the top of their fields, across all sectors of foreign affairs. Both students and faculty bring their expertise into the classroom and onto campus, facilitating a learning environment that pushes students to constantly challenge big ideas with experience and practice from all over the world.

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Washington, D.C. As Your Campus

Living in Washington, D.C. and attending SFS provides unique access to speakers, internships and jobs.  You have access to one of the world’s greatest libraries, some of its finest museums and archives, connections to diplomats from just about every country, and of course, the seat of the U.S. government. In D.C., our students have opportunities to intern with a variety of notable organizations and businesses, including the State Department, White House and World Bank, as well as major private banks and consulting firms. Our location gives SFS the extraordinary opportunity for us to engage (and sometimes even influence) the debates that lead to real action.

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Understanding the Global Landscape

SFS graduate students achieve a depth of understanding of countries, regions and cultures. Many master a foreign language (18 languages offered) and spend their summers around the world doing internships and conducting research. On campus, students benefit from more than 20 different centers and programs that cover all regions of the world and key cross-cutting global issues.

Alumni Network and Benefits

When you join the School of Foreign Service, you not only tap into the alumni network of SFS and all of Georgetown University, you also gain access to the lifetime benefits of the SFS Graduate Career Center. The SFS Graduate Career Center provides students and alumni with individual career advising, targeted job search skills workshops and a regular Career Bulletin. The alumni network of SFS is vast and includes people working in leadership roles in many different areas. Some work in the private sector, in law and business while others go on to careers in diplomacy, multilateral organizations and humanitarian work, as and in scholarly pursuits as members of university faculties or research organizations.

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