Harvard Kennedy School is one of the University’s most international schools, welcoming students from around the globe each year. The map below shows the countries of citizenship of our current degree program students who hail from outside of the United States.
Roughly half of the Kennedy School’s current student population comes from outside the United States.
Our current students represent 98 countries and territories, not including the United States.
What is your why?
Our students come to the Kennedy School to become public leaders and policymakers addressing a range of urgent issues across the world.
“As an Australian lawyer and policymaker, I am focused on addressing the overlapping health and legal needs of children that come into contact with justice and child protection systems. I am passionate about working to protect the rights of these children, and to prevent the harm these systems continue to perpetuate.”
Leonardo da Silveira
“My ‘why’ is to end poverty. I want to interact with the existing poverty alleviation structures, helping these increase their capacity to overcome intergenerational poverty cycles. Individual choices may explain a certain level of inequality, but I am convinced that poverty is a structural problem, a systemic and cruel policy failure.”
“I’m at the Kennedy School to relentlessly serve the community of people living with mental illness and addiction. As someone who lives with bipolar disorder, I know that views can change, policies can change, and leadership can change. I’ve helped lead these changes, and I’m optimistic about society’s capacity to change.”
“I worked in consulting and macroeconomic policy in Egypt’s public sector for four years. To understand how to contribute to my country’s growth, I needed to think about politics, implementability, and impact assessment. More importantly, I wanted to learn from committed, intelligent, and passionate colleagues who faced similar issues in their own countries. That’s why I came to HKS.”
“The problem that I am interested in untangling is why inequality and poverty are still so prevalent in my region and why our countries have not been able to catch up with other societies regarding economic development. What inspires me is the blatant suffering and injustice from economic deprivation and disparities.”
“My trajectory in international development allowed me to translate my passion for women’s empowerment, human rights, and equal access to health into collective action. Being part of the HKS community is a unique opportunity for me to learn, reflect, and grow as a leader to push the boundaries of the impact we can achieve, together.”
“I came to the Kennedy School because I’m committed to building an India that delivers on a decent standard of living for all Indians. Over my career, this has come to mean accelerating global climate action, and ensuring that countries like India can aspire to a future that is prosperous while being resilient and equitable.”
“I aspire to do research that could inform policies to improve equality of opportunity in Indonesia, so I am pursuing my PhD at HKS, where research is not only academically rigorous but also policy-relevant.”
“The challenges we face as a world require different thinking about what it means to exist fairly together. HKS is empowering me to help build a society at home that can redefine equity, where no one suffers in poverty or is deprived of the opportunity to do better.”
“I want to untangle the unequal participation and representation of women in political processes, public leadership and nation building in my society. I want the voices and desires of all women to be heard and relevant in public discourse, policy, and governance. I want to make my mark on the world by leading by example.”
“I want to know how I can better serve my country. I am at the Kennedy School so I can prepare myself for bigger responsibility as a future public servant who will uphold good governance, honesty, and integrity. I believe that ‘governance is a shared responsibility’ and we need to have the courage to speak truth to power.”
“I grew up in a Siberian city called Krasnoyarsk that is geographically located closer to Beijing than to Moscow. I was fascinated to witness the rapid economic ascension of neighboring China. I came to the Kennedy School to understand what drives economic development—and how I can contribute to the prosperity of the Asia Pacific region.”
Jordi Calvet Bademunt
“After eight years at the OECD and law firms, I wanted to enhance my toolkit and become a more effective policymaker. At the Kennedy School, I will explore the implications of Big Tech for our societies and economies and how to adopt and enforce effective regulation.”
“Educational inequality is such a complex problem that it can sometimes feel overwhelming, but one thing I've learned here at the Kennedy School is that progress is made by those who show up and get to work, even when the task seems insurmountable. I hope to give all children a fair chance to thrive at school, and beyond.”