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Georgetown Campus

Living on the Georgetown campus gives students access to all of the benefits of Washington, DC. With a constant line-up of high-profile speakers who come to both large and small events on campus, students can hear from the world’s leaders on current issues. Faculty members at the SFS are both scholars and practitioners, offering SFS students a view into how policy works in real life. And the Georgetown community is filled with clubs and activities for students across many different areas so students can explore their interests.

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. You’ll be able to 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.

Engaging World Leaders

SFS is unique in its capacity to span the worlds of public policy and academia. Studying at Georgetown means engaging directly with international leaders inside and outside of the classroom.

Guests bring expertise from throughout the world of public policy, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Mike Pence and former U.S. Representative Stephanie Murphy (MSFS’04). Annual events like the Bernstein Lecture—just one of many regular lecture series on campus—bring together some of the top practitioners in the field, with past guests like U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff (SFS’09) and Stephen Breyer.

The historic Gaston Hall stage has also hosted foreign leaders such as First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska, Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and a host of former foreign ministers from El Salvador to Sweden. At SFS, students not only get to hear from world leaders, but also to speak with them in classrooms, small group discussions and social receptions. Coffee chats, hosted by Dean Joel Hellman, allow students to speak directly with guests in an intimate, informal setting. In these chats, students have had the opportunity to meet with Stéphane Dujarric (SFS’88, P’23, ’25), Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General, Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Taranjit Singh Sandhu (P’23) and Tzipi Livni, Former Vice Prime Minister of Israel.

Clubs and Activities at SFS

The typical Hoya finds a vast array of clubs and organizations on campus to fit his or her interests, whether they lay at the intersection of international affairs and art, somewhere between sports, service and the economy, or on another topic entirely.

Over 300 organizations currently operate on campus, from those with over 1,000 members to others with only 10. Cultures and regions throughout the world are represented through clubs like GU PorColombia, African Society of Georgetown and the GU European Club.

Click here to find a full list of opportunities for organizational engagement on campus.