MAGES Student Life

MAGES students benefit from the resources of the BMW Center, the facilities at Georgetown, and the unparalleled opportunities available in Washington, D.C. The MAGES program fosters a strong sense of community and prides itself on the depth of student friendships built in the program and the continued dedication of its alumni base.

MAGES Student Body

The interdisciplinary design of the MAGES program attracts students with wide-ranging interests and varied educational and professional backgrounds, all of whom share a common interest in European affairs.

With an average class size of 20 students in each incoming class, the student body is small enough to create a sense of community, yet large enough to offer diversity. Normally 2 to 5 students in each class pursue a joint MAGES/Ph.D. program. Students have strengths in different academic areas and are able to draw upon and learn from one another's expertise. They form study groups to discuss readings and projects outside of class, and often share drafts of their papers for advice and feedback. This cooperative environment promotes a very high level of intellectual exploration both in and out of the classroom. The small class size also allows for close interaction between students and faculty.


During the academic year, the BMW Center is a second home to students in the MAGES program, serving as a study spot, a gathering place, and a central hub of activity for students, staff, and faculty. Throughout their two years in the program, our students engage with one another intellectually — in the classroom, where they take core courses together, and at Center speaker series and events — as well as socially. The BMW Center prides itself on the strength of friendships made in the program: our alumni often reflect that the tremendous value they take from their MAGES degree and educational experiences at Georgetown is amplified by the lifelong connections they formed through the BMW Center.

Outside the classroom, the BMW Center offers an array of events and activities to foster community within MAGES cohorts. Annual highlights include the Flynn Memorial Soccer Game, where students, faculty, and alumni square off on the pitch; the CGES Thanks-O-Ween celebration; a festive holiday party; and an Embassy reception for graduates and their families.

Georgetown University and Washington, D.C.

One of the powerful benefits of the MAGES degree is participation in the larger communities of Georgetown University and the School of Foreign Service.

MAGES students are leaders across the campus community, holding offices in the Graduate Student Government that organizes events for all Georgetown graduate students and participating in several extracurricular and professionally-oriented student groups. Students can also take advantage of the event programming throughout Georgetown's schools and institutes, which welcome prominent speakers to campus each semester.

Beyond the campus gates, Georgetown affiliation affords MAGES students access to countless opportunities for research and learning in Washington, D.C., including the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and foreign embassy information services.

For more information about student involvement at Georgetown, check out the list of graduate student organizations and explore the School of Foreign Service website for more on what it's like to be a student at the world's leading graduate school for foreign affairs.