Life at SFS
Graduate students at Georgetown form close bonds with their peers throughout their time at one of the School of Foreign Service’s eight unique master’s degree programs. Beyond connection in the small discussion-based classes, graduate students interact with their peers through internships in the D.C. area, speaker events and workshops, on-campus club and organizational involvement and happy hours and intramural sports.
“I will miss the intellectual challenge the most. It seems to me that it is difficult to find an atmosphere outside an academic institution where you are encouraged to think about issues in such depth. At Georgetown and SFS specifically, the level of commitment to doing this is extraordinarily high.” – Charles Jamieson (MAAS ’17)
In addition to the specific opportunities afforded to graduate students within their programs, the extensive networks of Georgetown faculty and public events lie at our graduate students’ fingertips. From small discussions with former U.S. diplomats on the faculty to run-ins with domestic and foreign leaders, sporting events with other graduate programs in the area, and internships and research across the world, Georgetown graduate students have hundreds of opportunities to deeply engage with their international studies on a personal level.
“I loved attending events – nowhere else do world-class leaders come to see not only other important people but talk to students as well. It feels like D.C. is almost an open-house for everyone to exchange opinions and ideas, and I have even made great friends at talks and conferences thanks to these common interests.” – Lina Zdruli (MAGES ’17)
Georgetown graduate students come from a wide variety of professional and educational backgrounds including many who have spent time abroad studying and working. This diversity fosters a breadth of perspectives for graduate students to learn from each other as they take advantage of all Georgetown and Washington, D.C., have to offer outside of the classroom.
“My favorite part about going to school in D.C. has been the immense amount of cultural diversity. Coming from the Midwest, I never imagined meeting so many people from different countries that I didn’t even know existed on a map. I think it’s really great how I can walk down the street and hear people speaking Spanish, walk into an Ethiopian restaurant, and hang out with my roommate from Rwanda, all in the same day.” – Marvin Saccucci (GHD ’17)