Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs
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Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs
Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA)
Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs
FoundedDelaware (1989)
34 member schools and 36 affiliate members
Key people
President James Goldgeier Executive Director Carmen Iezzi Mezzera

The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) is a non-profit educational organization of graduate schools of international affairs, with 38 members around the world.[1]

Starting as a network of American graduate schools in the mid-1970s, APSIA was incorporated in 1989 and grew into an international association, with over 60 schools. Member schools meet on a regular basis to discuss educational issues and encourage contact among their students, faculties, and graduates.

APSIA schools

The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs comprises 34 member schools and 36 affiliate member programs in Asia, Europe, and North America. Full members of APSIA have undergone a rigorous review process and meet the following qualifications required for full APSIA membership:

  • an educational program of high academic quality;
  • a substantial and demonstrated commitment to the study of international affairs;
  • a commitment to graduate professional training;
  • at least one master's degree program requiring two years of academic coursework to complete;
  • at least three classes graduated from its two-year master's degree program; and
  • significant autonomy within a major university, e.g., as one would expect to find with a law school or graduate business school.

Affiliate members of APSIA have undergone a similar review process and meet some but not all of the full membership requirements.

The member schools of the APSIA are the primary sources of education for international affairs professionals in their respective countries. These schools provide multidisciplinary, policy-oriented, intercultural studies.


Education at an APSIA school prepares students for work in public service, private enterprise and nonprofit organizations worldwide. Graduates of APSIA schools hold positions in:

  • federal, state and local governments
  • international organizations
  • multinational corporations
  • international banking and financial institutions
  • media organizations
  • consulting firms
  • professional associations
  • colleges and universities
  • policy research centers
  • cultural and educational exchange programs
  • development assistance programs foundations

Degree programs

All APSIA schools offer two-year master's degree programs, covering international relations, public policy, and the world's countries and cultures. Students gain skills in economics, policy analysis, management, communications, and foreign languages.

Many APSIA schools offer joint and dual-degree programs that combine the study of international affairs with such fields as law, business, public policy, environmental studies, social work and public health.


Most students at the APSIA schools have studied, worked or traveled overseas. Half are women, and 30 percent are nationals of countries other than the school's.


Through their research, writing, teaching and media commentaries, APSIA faculty members contribute to international affairs scholarship.

Special Programs

Midcareer and non-degree programs are open to diplomats, government officials, journalists and other professionals interested in further academic training. APSIA schools sponsor a variety of conferences and seminars on foreign policy issues.

Student fellowships

Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations

The Fellowship provides graduate students at APSIA member schools the opportunity to spend a summer working on foreign affairs issues at a U.S. federal government agency or department.[2] Established in 1977 in memory of Harold Wallace Rosenthal, a US Congressional staffer and victim of international terrorism while on official duty, the Program had hosted 155 Fellows as of 2011. The European Union Visitors Program (EVP) has selected a minimum of one Rosenthal Fellow every year as an "EVP" Fellow since the inception of the program.

Fellows are selected based on their commitment to public service, education, interest in international relations, and experience.

Run in association with APSIA, the Rosenthal Fellowship receives support from a number of individual donors as well as the Rotary Foundation. It formerly received support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Fellows are current graduate students in international affairs of any nationality nominated by their schools.

Japan Travel Program for U.S. Future Leaders

The Japan Travel Program allows US graduate students interested in Japan, the U.S.-Japan relationship, and public service to spend ten days in Japan.[3] Program Fellows meet with experts and leaders from the business, government, non-profit, and policy sectors. Participants also engage in self-organized research activities in such areas as international economics, foreign policy, public diplomacy, national security, and environmental sustainability. They make excursions to historical and cultural Japanese sites.

The Fellows are graduate students from U.S.-based APSIA member schools who have been chosen through a highly competitive selection process. Students are nominated by their school (up to two nominations per school), with the final selection carried out by the Center for Global Partnership (CGP) in conjunction with APSIA.

Employer resources

APSIA serves as both a resource for employers who are looking to post job opportunities for students with an international affairs background and for students who are looking for career opportunities.[] Through APSIA and its member schools, employers can:

  • Submit a job or internship posting
  • Share vacancies via social media
  • Reach students and alumni through member career offices
  • Offer a webinar on hiring
  • Recruit in person at a career fair or recruiting day

Member schools

Affiliate member schools

External links

  1. ^ "Home - Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA)". Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). Retrieved .
  2. ^ [1], Rosenthal Fellowship Official Website.
  3. ^ [2], 2011 Japan Travel Fellows Announced, June 1, 2011.

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