Congratulations! I am delighted to learn of your admission to The Fletcher School and hope that you will enroll.
As Academic Dean and a member of the Fletcher faculty, I may sound biased, but I can tell you that you will truly find Fletcher the ideal graduate school to advance your interests and competency in international affairs. Our professors are recognized throughout the world for their contributions to international affairs, both as scholars and policy advisors. Our curriculum provides a comprehensive set of analytical and professional tools for people aspiring to careers in international affairs. Fletcher students weave law, history,political science, economics and management into personalized curricula, thus creating a unique interdisciplinary learning experience.
Learning does not happen only in the classroom. Fletcher offers a wealth of activities, including a very active speaker series and many social events. But the main thing about Fletcher is the learning that occurs among students. In all my years as a student (too long ago) and as a professor, I have never been in a place where there exists such a joy of horizontal learning between students: they are constantly working together, discussing, and helping each other. Finally, if you still have time left, other universities in the neighborhood, such as Harvard and MIT, host interesting events as well, and provide course offerings for Fletcher students.
In addition to the rigorous academic program, Fletcher’s Office of Career Services is an active partner for students seeking to identify career opportunities. Offering assistance throughout the search process, the Office of Career Services starts the partnership early in the year with workshops to enhance your professional development. We offer information sessions with faculty, alumni, and mentors, all helping students to sharpen their focus and capitalize on opportunities presented during the recruiting season. We also organize much-appreciated yearly career trips to New York and Washington, DC.
I sincerely hope you will choose to attend Fletcher. It is a great school, where you can tailor your learning experience to your needs, dreams, and experiences; where you will positively enjoy the learning process; and where you will make connections that last a lifetime. Fletcher graduates have played enormously influential roles in the shaping of international relations since our first class graduated in1934. We look forward to having you join this tradition.
Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies