Student Series: Meet Besart!

Meet Besart Lumi!  Besart is originally from the Republic of Kosovo, and he is a current 2nd year student in our MA Conflict Resolution program.  Check out Besart’s thoughts on his experience in the Con Res program and his internship.


The Korbel Perspective: Meet five of our current MA students

This week, we would like to highlight our recent YouTube video campaign: The Korbel Perspective. Featured in these short films are five of our first year MA students hailing from Virginia, Colorado, Alabama, Delaware and California. Take Porscha for example, who is pursuing our Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration degree through the Peace Corps Master’s International Program. She choose this program to gather practical skill sets and has loaded her plate with four classes a quarter and a part-time job in an effort to maximize her time here. Or Fred Oelsner, our Colorado native who is enrolled in our International Development program. Fred takes three classes because four classes seems pretty “intense” in addition to his part-time job. Post graduation, Fred hopes to work with a smaller NGO, focused on environmental policy issues.

How many hours of reading should you expect per week?
Why did you choose the Josef Korbel School?
What advice do these students have for incoming students?

Hear our student’s responses:

Porscha Stiger, MA Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration through the Peace Corps Master’s International Program
Fred Oelsner, MA International Development
Stephanie Selekman MA International Human Rights
Nick Duckworth, MA International Administration through the Peace Corps Master’s International Program
Clifton Martin, MA International Studies

Don’t see an MA International Security perspective? Hold tight – we are filming this one next week and will post it soon!
In the meantime, to learn more about our student body, check out our current Josef Korbel School student profiles.

Enjoy the weekend,

Nicole Vilegi
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
Josef Korbel School of International Studies

And now a word from the Josef Korbel School’s Director of Student Affairs, Susan Rivera

I’m pleased to introduce this week’s guest blogger, Susan Rivera, Director of the Office of Student Affairs at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.  The office staff includes Susan, Colleen Ryan, Student Affairs Coordinator, David Levine, Associate Dean and three work study student.

Please read on to learn more about the services provided through the Office of Student Affairs.


Nicole Vilegi
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions

The Josef Korbel School of International Studies is an exciting and vibrant place to work and learn.  The Office of Student Affairs provides academic advising, assistance in course selections, manages student groups and coordinates orientation and commencement receptions.

Several times a year we sponsor Town Hall Meetings to discuss important upcoming initiatives.  This spring we are excited to have our Town Hall Meeting focus on languages here at DU.  We have a new Center for World Languages and Cultures, and the staff will be here at Korbel to discuss their new summer language program for graduate students.

Our office also coordinates all of the course schedules and the tentative fall 2011, winter 2012, and spring 2012 schedules are now posted on our portfolio site.  We also coordinate the mandatory fall 2011 new student orientation from September 6-8. The schedule can be found by clicking here.  Orientation is very different from the Discover Korbel event. Discover Korbel provides a “snapshot” view of our program, whereas orientation will delve more deeply into requirements of the program.  In order for students to register for fall classes, they must attend orientation.

We welcome prospective students and newly admitted students to contact us, visit with us, and let us get to know you!  Student Affairs will work with you from orientation through graduation (and beyond)!

Susan Rivera
Director of Student Affairs
Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Thank you Susan. The list doesn’t end there, this is a busy office, serving over 450 students but they manage to find time to also coordinate the Josef Korbel School in D.C. program. This provides students with an opportunity to spend their second fall quarter in D.C., interning during the day and taking classes in the evening. Students can actually begin their internship in June – July and continue until December, creating a substantial six-month professional experience. Each fall we send approximately 20 students to participate in this program.

More information about the Josef Korbel in D.C. program

The Office of Student Affairs also coordinates the mandatory fall orientation event. As Susan mentioned, while Discover Korbel is more of a “snapshot” of what to expect when you enroll at the Josef Korbel School, orientation provides a wealth of information about scheduling courses (students have a mandatory faculty advising session during orientation), concentrations, policies and procedures and a mandatory career session to gain access to our internal resources. Please note: incoming students cannot register for fall classes until orientation.

Fall 2011 orientation schedule

Course schedules

2011-12 Academic calendar

T minus 10 days… application priority deadline

The long winter break has come and gone and the first week of the winter quarter 2011 here at the Josef Korbel School is upon us. Ben Cherrington Hall is alive once again with chatter about holiday adventures and excitement abounds over winter courses such as: Indigenous Movements and Human Rights, taught by Professor Louis Esparza, Population, Environment and Development, taught by Professor Sally Hamilton, Political Economy of Globalization, taught by Professor Martin Rhodes and Terrorism, Transportation and Homeland Security, taught by Professor Joseph Szyliowicz, to name a few.

To kick off the new quarter, the next two weeks at the Josef Korbel School are chock full of exciting professional and newtworking events, including:

  • Deputy Director of the Peace Corps, Carrie Hessler-Radelet, and Chief Economist at USAID, Steve Radelet will speak with Josef Korbel School students about their career paths and answer questions.
  • The Institute for the Study of Israel in the Middle East will be hosting a lecture on China-Israel Relations.
  • The Office of Career and Professional Development will be offering its quarterly Career Development Course starting this week and lasting six weeks.
  • “Obama and the Greater Middle East: Rhetoric vs. Reality”: Fawaz Gerges (Professor of Middle East Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics) will deliver a lecture at JKSIS on “Obama and the Greater Middle East: Rhetoric vs. Reality.”
  • Dr. Richard Gilmore, Special External Advisor to the U.S. Government for Private Sector Global Food Security, will present, “The United States and Global Food Security in the 21st Century: Opportunities for Sustainable Agricultural Growth.”
  • Information session regarding the US Department of State’s Oral Assessments and Foreign Service Officer Process.
  • The Josef Korbel School student group, the Denver Women in International Security, will be hosting the Denver CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) course – featuring search and rescue, disaster prevention and mitigation, and recognizing signs of terrorism. This course is a FEMA IS-317 course that will complement online NIMS independent study courses and looks great on a resume.
  • “The Happiest Man in the World” Book Launch Event Featuring Dr. James W. Jackson: You are invited to hear internationally renowned humanitarian and founder of Project C.U.R.E.

JANUARY 15th, 2011

If you don’t know this date and you are applying to our school, there may be a problem. As most of you (hopefully) know, this priority application deadline is quickly approaching so please submit your application and supplemental materials on or before this date.

We do offer rolling admissions so we will consider applications after January 15th,  however, there are no guarantees for admissions after this deadline. Likely we will continue to accept applications until March, but again, there are no guarantees.

To expedite the processing of your supplemental materials, send them directly to the Office of Graduate Studies. Their mailing address is:

Office of Graduate Studies
University of Denver
Mary Reed Building
Room 5
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208

Please note: there is a 3-5 business day processing time upon receipt of materials. If you would like to obsessively check the status of your application online, feel free to do so by clicking here and entering your login and pin in the “returning user” section. Please don’t obsessively call us as that will only delay the review time which means you will be waiting longer to hear from us regarding your admission.

If you have a really REALLY important question and have scoured our website and can’t find an answer, feel free to email or call us;, 303.871.2544.

Good luck!


Nicole Vilegi
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
Josef Korbel School of International Studies