Alya Koraitem, 2017, Saudi Arabia

On the Fletcher community: One of the best experiences of being at Fletcher so far has been being introduced to our faculty. It’s definitely a great feeling to come back from a class and read an article written by one of your instructors in some of the most reputable magazines, newspapers, and journals. What's great about Fletcher is that despite the impressiveness of our instructors and students, there is an overwhelming sense of collaboration among everyone at the school. Instead of feeling intimidated, I feel motivated. Interestingly enough, the classes I feared the most have become the classes I most look forward to attending. Only a school like Fletcher could get me excited about quantitative reasoning and economics (maybe!).

The Road to Fletcher: Tufts University has a global and impressive reputation that I have always known and heard about as an undergraduate student. However, I came to know The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy when I started my job at Dar Al Hekma University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In 2012, Dar Al Hekma had just started the first ever Masters of International Relations for Saudi women in the Kingdom. This program was developed in collaboration with The Fletcher School after having worked with Dar Al Hekma on a very successful diploma program in 2008. I spent two years working to coordinate and deliver this program to our female graduates, and the more involved I became, the more motivated I was to come and earn my degree at The Fletcher School.

Favorite band:

Pink Floyd

Favorite landmark:

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey

Most pressing world issue:

Finding a solution to the crises in Syria and Yemen

Moment when you felt the furthest from home:

The time I lived in a little town called Lennoxville in Quebec

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:

Issues regarding human rights, security and capacity building in the Middle East

Fields of Study

Political Systems & Theories

Human Security

Activities involved in at Fletcher

International Negotiation & Conflict Resolution Club

Mediterranean Club

The Fletcher Mediation Practicum

Education before Fletcher

BA, Political Science, Minor in Law and Society - Concordia University

Experience before Fletcher

Department Coordinator - Dar Al Hekma University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Teaching Assistant - Dar Al Hekma University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia