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    I've been accepted to the American Graduate School in Paris for International Relations. Does anyone have any clue to their prestige or caliber? I'm having a hard time finding any kind of ranking for them.
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    AGSParis MA IR is not ranked in influential Foreign Policy and William & Mary rankings. It is little known in European IR community and very niche. AGSParis contributes little in research and scholarship as evidenced by lower impact factor in peer reviewed IR journals. Within Paris, particularly Sciences Po, HEI, IRIS are better known IR programmes. Some US schools have well regarded courses in Europe, the best US MA IR in Europe is JHU SAIS in Bologna.
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    Thanks, that is helpful information. My choices are between AGS and some schools in the US (American, George Mason, Denver). While some of those have better reputations, they are more expensive and don't have the dual program that offers French/EU Law that AGS does. Additionally, I am also a French student and loved living in France last year. As I cannot find anything giving AGS a particularly bad reputation (they just aren't ranked incredibly highly), do you think it's still a wise move to accept the offer from AGS?
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    Depends on your profile and goals. American, Denver Koerbel are well regarded IR programmes, particularly in Security Studies and US Foreign Policy. Obviously, cost is a huge factor as US schools are more expensive without any scholarship $. Your interests in EU law would make AGS appealing besides lower tuition. Is the dual degree with a French uni? Have you spoken to a current AGS student or alum about their experience? Some teaching at French unis can be frontal pedagogy where the lecturer talks and students take notes without interactive discussions you normally find in US schools. Are you fluent in French to take up internship with French organisations? What is the ratio of classes taught by full academics versus adjuncts?

    Assumed: If all tuitions being equal, what is your first choice? Also look at factors outside class room such as career office support, network, guest speakers and field treks to federal/international organisations.

    Good luck.
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    The dual degree is with a French university yes, the Université de Cergy-Pontoise. I haven't spoken with any students from there yet. I am fluent in France, and it seems like there is a great professor-student relationship and ratio. I thought that AGS was my first choice but now I'm wondering if it is much much less lack-luster than I thought. Does it have any kind of negative reputation or is it just small in size and caliber when compared to other French institutions?
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    I would not say that AGS has a negative reputation, more a low profile due to its niche and small class. Hence AGS may not be the default MA IR programme for French or European students. Top applicants go either for premier IR programmes in Europe and even US. Other students prefer more affordable (home tuition fee) European IR. I would strongly recommend to contact current students and alumni. Key queries about teaching/accessibility, research work opp, quality of students, student satisfaction, infrastructure, placement, career office support, collaborative learning etc. Ask the programme manager to get you in touch with student ambassadors or use Facebook and LinkedIn to find students.
 
 
 
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