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We bring the world to SPA, and SPA to the world. Our location in Washington, DC, makes us a hub for leaders in public administration and policy, government, justice, law, and criminology. There is no better place for engaging scholars and policymakers in dialogue and educating the leaders in public affairs who will succeed them. But we are not confined to our campus or our hometown. Our faculty disseminate ideas and research at events worldwide, launching conversations that contribute to critical public discourse.

Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Events Calendar

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Save the Dates!

Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018

International Graduate Student Orientation covers important immigration, employment, and cross cultural sessions, as well as academic information specifically of interest to all international students beginning in Spring 2018 at American University.

Website: http://www.american.edu/ocl/isss/Graduate-Orientation.cfm

Questions: intlorientation@american.edu or 202-885-3358

Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018

Please save the date! Orientation is your opportunity to prepare for your new academic career, and have the opportunity to be introduced to the SPA faculty, student, and staff community. This event should be considered mandatory for all new SPA master's students beginning in Spring 2018. Additional details are forthcoming.

Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Your new academic and professional career commences!

School of Public Affairs: Top Prospect Day (Special Invitation Only-All Master's Programs)

Start: Friday, February 9, 2018, 10:00 AM (EST)
End: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 5:00 PM (EST)

Registration Close Date: February 6, 2018

An Exclusive Invitation Event-SPA Top Prospect Day

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) will host Top Prospect Day that will begin with a social reception on Friday evening to be followed by a full day on campus on Saturday, February 10 2018; 10:00am-5:00pm (EST). SPA's Top Prospect day is designed for candidates who have demonstrated strength through a compelling application file and/or priority affiliation. Top Prospect Day offers prospective Fall 2018 master's students an opportunity to explore academic fit, engage with faculty and their future peer network, as well as experience the beautiful American University (AU) campus and the excitement of Washington, D.C. The experience is sure to enable students the privilege to envision themselves as part of the vibrant AU and SPA community.

The SPA Top Prospect Day agenda will begin with a social reception in the vibrant D.C. area on the evening of Friday, February 9. The experience continues on Saturday, February 10 that will include faculty mini-class presentations, research centers, labs, and professional institute panel, a career service professional outcomes and networking presentation, current student/alumni panel, as well as a session devoted to the application process and SPA merit aid.

Fall 2018 prospective graduate students will be identified and extended an exclusive invitation. Travel vouchers are available. More details including a detailed itinerary and travel logistics will be offered to invited participants closer to the event.

To make inquiry and/or to request an invitation to this special visit day: SPA_GradEvents@American.edu

School of Public Affairs: Ph.D. Admitted Student Day (Political Science/Public Administration/ Justice, Law, & Criminology)

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018, 9:00 AM (EST)
End: Thursday, March 22, 2018, 5:00 PM (EST)

Registration Close Date: March 19, 2018

Join us for SPA Ph.D. Admitted Student Day

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) will host Spring Ph.D. Admitted Student Day that offers a full day on campus on Thursday, March 22, 2018; 10:00am-5:00pm (EST) with a social reception to follow. SPA's Ph.D. Admitted Student Day offers Fall 2018 admitted doctoral students an opportunity to engage with SPA faculty as well as their faculty mentor, meet their peer network, as well as experience the beautiful American University (AU) campus and the excitement of Washington, D.C. The experience is sure to excite new students about the vibrant AU and SPA community.

The SPA Ph.D. Admitted Student Day offers a robust agenda that will include curriculum review and orientation with Chairs, Faculty Program Directors, faculty mentors and current doctoral students. The Ph.D. Admitted Student Day will culminate with an early evening, social reception.

All Fall 2018 SPA admitted doctoral students are invited to attend. More details including a detailed itinerary will be offered to admitted students closer to the event.

Questions: SPA_GradEvents@American.edu

School of Public Affairs: Spring Engagement Day (All Master's Programs)

Start: Friday, March 23, 2018, 9:00 AM (EST)
End: Saturday, March 24, 2018, 5:00 PM (EST)

Registration Close Date: March 20, 2018

Join us for SPA Spring Engagement Day

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) will host Spring Engagement Day that will begin with a social reception on Friday evening to be followed by a full day on campus on Saturday, March 24, 2018; 9:00am-5:00pm (EST). SPA's Spring Engagement Day offers Fall 2018 admitted master's students an opportunity to explore academic fit, engage with faculty and their future peer network, as well as experience the beautiful American University (AU) campus and the excitement of Washington, D.C. The experience is sure to enable students the privilege to envision themselves as part of the vibrant AU and SPA community.

The SPA Spring Engagement agenda will begin with a social reception in the vibrant D.C. area on the evening of Friday, March 23. The experience continues on Saturday, March 24 with a robust agenda that will include faculty current issue talks, departmental meetings with Chairs and Program Directors, a career service professional outcomes and networking presentation, alumni panel, as well as a session devoted to financial/merit aid.

All Fall 2018 admitted graduate students to SPA are invited to attend. Make your travel plans now to join us! More details including a detailed itinerary and travel logistics will be offered to registered participants closer to the event.

Questions: SPA_GradEvents@American.edu

School of Public Affairs: SPA JumpStart (All Master's Programs)

Start: Thursday, June 21, 2018, 9:00 AM (EST)
End: Friday, June 22, 2018, 5:00 PM (EST)

Registration Close Date: June 18, 2018

Join us for SPA JumpStart

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) will host SPA Jumpstart that will offer a robust agenda that will cover two days on the beautiful American University (AU) campus. The agenda will be designed to cater to all of SPA's traditional, master's degrees and will "jumpstart" new students' academic, professional and social engagement in graduate student life. The agenda will offer a faculty panel addressing a current issue/topic, campus resource fair, housing bus tour, professional networking session, current student/alumni panel as well as a culminating social reception with skyline views of Washington, D.C. or on the banks of the Potomac (based on venue choice). SPA's Jumpstart offers Fall 2018 enrolled master's students an opportunity to further engage with: SPA faculty, staff and current as well as incoming students; campus and community resources; and their new Washington, D.C. home. The experience is sure to affirm for the SPA's incoming cohort that their graduate school choice was absolutely ideal!

All Fall 2018 enrolled SPA master's students are strongly encouraged to make plans to attend. More details including a detailed itinerary and travel logistics will be offered to registered students closer to the event.

Questions: SPA_GradEvents@American.edu