Testimonials

"The School of International Affairs stands ready and willing to take you to the next level of your career. With smaller class sizes, professors are willing to get to know you on an individual level. Finally, when you become a student of SIA, you become a member of the Penn State family both here in Happy Valley as well as throughout the world."

Tony Hudson '19
  Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State


"History is made by those who show up and put in the work. I firmly believe that SIA gives you the education you need to be ready to tackle the world's toughest problems. Everyone at SIA, from your fellow students to the professors to the administration, is a valuable resource and a friend."

Ian Harrison '20
  Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State


"If you are seeking a small, family-like cohort full of diverse people, ideas, and staff—SIA is the program for you. My objective in life is to make a difference everywhere I go. Being at SIA gave me that opportunity and also reassured me that no milestone is unreachable."

Berenice Beltrán Maldonado '20
  Community Organizer, Voces de la Frontera


"I look back very fondly on my time with SIA. I had the incredible opportunity to learn from some of the leading experts in their fields, and the amount of life experience and skills I learned were crucial to my professional development. I would absolutely recommend SIA to other students."

Sarah Fusco '19
  Business Development Specialist, Center for Naval Analysis


"The most integral part of my experience with SIA was the professors. Not only do they have a wealth of knowledge, but they genuinely care about each of their students. After graduation, I reached out to them to ask for guidance and advice as I was starting my first job and they were still incredibly supportive."

Megan Egan '17
  Analyst, U.S. Department of Defense


"Throughout my studies at SIA, I enjoyed the challenge of applying new knowledge to the discussion of contemporary global issues. The experience has allowed me to hone the critical skills necessary for a successful career at the OSCE Mission in Kosovo and the flexibility to pursue different projects and roles in international development."

Kaltrina Hoxha '16
  National Programme Officer, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Mission in Kosovo


"Working with SIA gave me critical thinking skills that are invaluable. It was an amazing experience. Every class was different. Students were so engaged, and it was a vibrant community. Years later, I have run into fellow students while abroad. It really is a global community."

Shadi Ghrayeb '12
  Nuclear Engineer, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)