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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What dates will the August 2022 residency occur?

    August 22 – 26, 2022

  • When will students need to arrive and when activities conclude?

    Students will be able to check in to accommodations the evening before, August 21st, and can expect to conclude the residency in the afternoon on Friday, August 26th

  • Where will the August 2022 residency take place?

    SAIS DC Campus – exact location TBD

  • Where will students be staying?

    Hotel Zena, 1155 14th St NW, Washington DC, 20036

  • What parking is available during the residency?

    If you live locally or are coming in from the airport, it is highly suggested using Uber to arrive. The hotel does provide overnight parking for $49/night, but you may want to look around for other options. One website that has been used in the past is Spothero: Parking From $7 in Washington DC | SpotHero (with the understanding that this site is not affiliated with JHU and we cannot guarantee protection from any risks involved)

  • How will students prepare for the Capstone leading up to the first residency?

    The students will have group Zoom calls with the instructor (Prof Urpelainen) to review the goals and plan for the residency. Those will take place in July.

  • What is the purpose of the first residency?

    The main purpose is to develop a capstone proposal for each student. Secondary goals include community building and networking.

  • How will Capstone projects be selected?

    Students propose topics and work on them with the instructor during the residency.

  • What is the dress code for the residency?

    Business casual

  • How will students continue to work on the Capstone after the residency?

    After the residency, students should do background research and preparatory work to the extent time permits. After all other courses are done, there will be a 2-month period dedicated just for capstone work.

  • What if I cannot make the residency?

    Please make every effort to attend, as required attendance is part of the program. However, if circumstances do not allow you to attend, please contact Lindsay Ryan at as soon as you know it may become a possibility.

  • Do we need to contact the loan processor?

    You do not. They will reach out to you directly

  • What are Bank Mobile emails?

    Bank Mobile is our third-party servicer that processes our refunds electronically. If you receive a refund, you can set up a refund preference to receive deposits directly to your bank account. This is faster than sending a refund check to your address via mail. If you are not receiving a refund, you can ignore the Bank Mobile emails because they do not apply to you.

  • If we still have a balance over the FAFSA loan can we pay with a credit card?

    No. You can pay with an e-check or wire your payments. Additionally, you can refer to the link below to get detailed information on all the various ways to pay your balance.

  • Can we get a PLUS loan for our outstanding balance?

    Yes. Grad plus can be used to cover tuition and fees or other indirect expenses.

  • Is the School of Advanced International Studies participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program?

    Yes. For more information, please visit or call +1 (877) 419-5131.