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At Harris Public Policy, you can expect the education, opportunities, and support you need to turn your passion for doing good into proven social impact. You can expect to be challenged and stimulated by a community of fearless individuals who are like-minded in their pursuits of rigorous inquiry and measurable impact, and unique in their diverse backgrounds and interests.
Whether your background is econ or English, at a food bank or the World Bank, you’ll benefit from a core curriculum that gives you a solid analytical foundation and elective courses from across the University that will take you from good intentions to proven results. We’ll teach you to face the world’s toughest problems, challenge the easy answers, and make smarter, data-driven decisions that lead to the change you want to see.
Together with your Harris classmates, in courses, with mentors, through student organizations, and in the field, you’ll confront issues arising right here in Chicago and around the world—and design solutions that work, using the latest science and technology.
At Harris Public Policy, we are committed to your success. Math not your strong suit? We've got an academic preparation program for that. Looking for writing guidance? We've got a program for that, too.
The two-year Mentor Program can help boost your real-world learning experiences and professionally relevant knowledge base—and help you build a powerful professional network.
When you join Harris Public Policy, you join a network of students, faculty, alumni, and staff that’s passionate about doing good—for Harris and the world. Harris students hail from 36 countries over 5 continents. As an international student, you will feel right at home as you contribute your perspective to the varying viewpoints that make up the Harris community.
The University of Chicago Office of International Affairs is dedicated to supporting a vibrant international community and to fostering cross-cultural experience. Detailed information about required visas, transitioning to life at Harris Public Policy and in Chicago, and more is available in Admissions under International Students.
Learn more about applying as an international student.
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