Foreign Affairs Open House: Virtual Graduate School Fair - Spring 2021



Foreign Affairs Open House will connect you directly with school representatives all from the comfort of your home, office, smartphone or tablet.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

11am-2pm, EST

As a graduate school candidate, you have the ability to explore school program information and opportunities. Choose which schools you want to interact with and then engage in one-on-one text or video conversations directly with a representative at those institutions. You can share your background, experience, resume, and ask questions.

This event is free and all attendees are eligible to claim a free six-month subscription to

Who should attend?

  • Undergraduate students seeking advanced degrees
  • Professionals seeking career enrichment or change of vocation


Here are four tips to make the most of your virtual graduate school fair experience:

1. Do your research.

Login before the event, research the participating schools in advance, prioritize the booths and prepare a quick introduction. Although online graduate fairs are more relaxed than in-person fairs, you still want to make a great first impression.

2. Prepare for the fair and arrive with a positive attitude.

Have your resume (or resumes) ready in advance to upload and share with recruiters. Also, check your social media sites before the event. Given the nature of the internet, recruiters can quickly search for your LinkedIn and Facebook profiles while talking to you. Remember, privacy settings are your friend.

3. Maximize your time.

Don't forget these are timed conversations. In order to utilize your time allocated with each representative, make sure you have spent enough time researching schools, and are also be prepared to answer questions about why you are interested in their programs. Also, since you'll be typing don't forget abbreviations are for texting, not talking to representatives and recruiters.

4. Explore new opportunities

You may have some idle time while waiting to speak to your target schools, however, do not waste the opportunity to connect with reps at schools you may be unfamiliar with.  Many candidates tell us that they were well-matched with programs they were not intending to communicate with.

5. Follow-Up.

Following the live event, keep the conversation going. Make sure to send follow-up and thank you emails after the virtual grad fair to make a lasting impression.

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