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.


Casey, Rice and Albright…what do these people have in common?

…their March/April visits to the Josef Korbel School (among a few other things)! It’s been quite an incredible few weeks here at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. On Monday, March 26th, Josef Korbel School students, faculty and staff were pleased to welcome General George Casey, Jr. back to Denver. General Casey graduated from our MA in International Studies and 22 years later, is teaching a two-week course titled, “Civil/Military Relations after 9/11.”  In addition, the General was a guest lecturer in the following courses; “International Weapons Proliferation,” “A History of American Diplomacy and PeaceKeeping,” “Conflict Resolution,” “Korea,” “Ethics, Education and Change,” Homeland Security Civil Society and Human Rights, “Strategic Intel Data Collection/Analysis,” “U.S. National Security Policy” and “Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy,” and he participated in a few Q&A sessions with the Middle East Discussion Group and the Organization of Security Students.

In addition, General Casey also shared his Korbel experience with a room full of recently admitted students. It was an incredible discussion – watch the full discussion/Q&A below. My favorite moment was when General Casey joined us at last Thursday’s wine and cheese reception for admitted students. He was chatting it up with current and admitted students alike and everyone was so excitedly nervous to meet him (including myself), even though he’s incredibly approachable.

Watch the full video of General Casey speaking with recently admitted Josef Korbel School graduate students
Photos of General Casey teaching classes at the Josef Korbel School
Photos of General Casey speaking with recently admitted students in the Josef Korbel School cafe

This past Monday, the Josef Korbel School welcomed another prestigious alum, 66th Secretary of State, Dr. Condoleezza Rice! Dr. Rice graduated from our doctoral program in 1974 under the guidance of the school’s first dean, Josef Korbel (Secretary Madeleine Albright’s father). During her two day visit, in addition to joining Dean Hill in a Q&A with over 700 attendees,

Dr. Rice was also very involved with our students. She served as a guest lecturer in a course titled; “Democratization of the Middle East,” and participated in Q&A sessions with student groups such as the Future International Administration, Denver Women in International Security and the CENEX Simulation student ex board while also serving as one of our “Professionals in Residence” events, hosted by our Office of Career and Professional Development.

Dr Rice in Josef Korbel School class

Watch the full video of the conversation with Dr. Condoleezza Rice and Josef Korbel School Dean, Christopher Hill
Take a look at some photos from Dr. Rice’s visit and more here.
Read a recent article about Dr. Rice’s visit
Podcast with Dr. Rice and current MA student and Marketing Assistant, Daniel Green (COMING SOON)

On April 13, 64th Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, will return to her old stomping grounds, joining Josef Korbel School Dean, Christopher Hill, for a conversation about public diplomacy and Foreign Service.  As previously mentioned, in 2008, our school was honored to change our name from, “Graduate School of International Studies,” to “Josef Korbel School of International Studies,” After Secretary Albright’s father who became our first dean in 1964.
For more about the history of the Josef Korbel School, click here.

But it doesn’t stop there! There are tons of events, including Linda Poteat, Exec Director of Emergency Capacity Building Project (hosted by our Global Health Student Group, Santé), panel discussions such as: Who Owns Water: The Move Towards Privatization and Corporate Responsibility and Water in the West: Scarcity and Management Issues in our own Backyard , both of which are part of the 2012 Center on Rights Development Symposium:  Dying of Thirst. Take a look at the Josef Korbel School calendar.

Just another day at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies!


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



The 2012 Korbel Perspective

Why did our current students chose the Josef Korbel School? What does a typical day in grad school looks like? How much reading is required for each class? What’s one piece of advice a current student would share with a prospective student? Want the answers to these questions?  Then check out our 2012 Korbel Perspective videos.

Meet Mike Smith, an MA candidate in the International Human Rights program with a certificate in Humanitarian Assistance. Mike is a Peace Corps Fellow, having served in Panama from 2009-2011.

Meet Holly DeYoung, an MA candidate in the International Development program. Holly is originally from New York and wants to work as a project manager/director of an NGO.

Meet Ryan Economy, an MA candidate in the Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration program. Ryan has a background in nonprofit management. Yes, that is his real surname.

Meet Montsé Garcia, an MA candidate in International Administration program. Montsé’s advice to prospective students: know what you’re passionate about but don’t pigeonhole yourself – be open to the variety of coursework offered at the Josef Korbel School.

Meet a few of our International students: Maria Torres from Mexico, Zhizhou (Joe) Zhu from China, Pallavi Gulati from England/India.

Stay tuned for the International Security video!

Ok, ok…Josef Korbel School students aren’t always in class, reading, writing and chatting about politics they like to have fun too. Check out these Ask Korbel videos…

Ask Korbel…Fantasy Football: Which world leader would you choose as the quarterback for your fantasy football team?

Ask Korbel…FBI: Where would you escape if the FBI was on your tail?

Ask Korbel…Superhereos: Which superhero would be the best candidate to retrieve the fallen U.S. drone in Iran?

Happy watching!


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

The Approaching “Deadline”

Here are a few quick notes before this weekend’s priority application deadline.  The most important thing to remember is that the University of Denver will be closed on Monday January 16th in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  As a result, the mail will be delayed, however, we consider all documents postmarked on or before January 15th as received on/before this date so don’t stress it too much. Above all, please remember that we review files after this date and until our incoming class is filled.

The phones will be ringing off the hook in our office and the Office of Graduate Studies requesting info about the status of one’s application. Please try to refrain from calling unless it’s urgent. While we love to talk to prospective students and applicants, 90% of the calls go something like this:

Applicant: I’m curious if you received my transcripts from (x) university.

Admissions office:
When was your transcript sent?

Last Thursday (January 12, today is Tuesday, January 17)

Please keep in mind that it takes approximately 2-3 days for mail to arrive. Being that it is peak application season, once received, it will take approximately 6-8 business days to upload your document(s) to your record. You can check the status of your application online and we encourage you to do so as we try to process applications in a timely manner.

Please keep this scenario in mind as your finger touches the dial pad or Siri says, “are you sure you want to call the Josef Korbel School’s Office of Graduate Admissions again?” Between our office and the Office of Graduate Studies, we receive this type of call approximately 150 times/day). Please don’t call to confirm that number.

Simple logic:

If you:








with a question similar to the one mentioned above, then you take away precious









from us processing

stacks of paperwork









and therefore, we will look like

frazzled Korbel admissions staff








and you look like this

anxious grad school applicant







because it is taking a bit longer for us to process/review your application.

We recognize this is an anxiety provoking time, however, bear with us as we enter the application review season.

If you desperately want to connect with us over the three-day weekend, check out our social media channels:
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Enjoy the weekend!


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