Life is a series of choices.  This reality becomes painfully clear when you’re faced with making educational decisions: what do you want to do with your life? What area of studies will get you there most expediently? Which school offers the program that’s the best fit for you? Not surprisingly, the most frequent question we find prospective students asking our current students is this:  Why CIPA? Hearing how a program resonates with its students offers valuable insight.  So, please, ask away! If you haven’t yet had a chance to visit CIPA and gather your own intel, take a look at what the students we polled had to say in response to the question: Why CIPA?



CIPA offers a perfect balance of flexibility and structure, the professors will learn your name, and you will have so many chances to get involved and learn new things that it will make your head spin (in a good way!). Most importantly though, there are some amazing people here. I’ve found a home and a family at CIPA–I hope you will too! 

-Sharlene Castle


sandraCIPA is an incredible program. I chose it because it provides a great economics foundation. I think this is one of the best assets at CIPA. Besides that, it has a flexible structure, which is perfect because you can tailor the MPA as you want.  Furthermore, it allows you to take classes across the university, which is the best.  Now that I am here, I think this is the best decision I’ve made in my life so far.

-Sandra Mosqueria


I chose this program for its flexible format so that I could take courses across the Cornell campus. This is truly a program where you get out of it what you put into it. It is an empowering experience.

-Elif Senvardarli



anllyI chose CIPA because I wanted the flexibility of being able to choose my courses and tailor them to my career goals and interests.

-Anlly Palacios



danielAs you might have noticed, CIPA’s program is perfectly designed to offer you the opportunity to overcome your own challenges and weaknesses, as well as polish your strengths. I consider CIPA the perfect match for my legal background and my goal of being more quantitative oriented.   At the same time, we are talking about one of the best universities in the world.

-Daniel De La Hormaza


ranissaI wanted an international community that was interested in foreign policy and public affairs, but in a highly-academic setting.

-Ranissa Adityavarman


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