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Our GSPIA student ambassadors are happy to share with you their student life and personal learning experiences about GSPIA and Pittsburgh.  Feel free to email an ambassador with your questions.   Our Student Ambassadors are excited to discuss life in GSPIA, courses, student body, and extracurricular activities.   What is Pittsburgh like, where are the best places to live… questions our ambassadors are happy to answer.    

Please contact for general admissions questions (re: when will I hear if I have been accepted, scholarship notification, do I need to take the GRE or TOEFL?)

If you have any questions about living in Pittsburgh and being a student in GSPIA, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our Ambassadors.

GSPIA Student Ambassadors

Karly Vockery

My name is Karly and I am a second year Master of Public and International Affairs candidate at GSPIA, focusing on Security and Intelligence Studies. My primary interests include cybersecurity, terrorism and counterterrorism, and nuclear security.  I have been able to participate in a working group with the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies focusing on counterterrorism efforts both domestic and international.  I have also researched topics that include cyber criminals/attacks, the recruitment of women to join ISIL, and security risks of a heightened NATO presence in Eastern Europe.

Before GSPIA I had the opportunity to live and work in Germany on a US military base for the Department of Defense. During my time abroad, I traveled extensively, visiting 18 countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa. I am currently serving as an intelligence intern with the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security/ Region 13 Fusion Center for the City of Pittsburgh.  Please feel free to contact me at any time with any questions you may have! To contact Karly, click here. 

Yifeng (Fiona) Gao

Hello!  My name is Fiona and I am an international student from Beijing, China.  I am now in my first year of the Master of International Development (MID) program, majoring in Energy and Environment.  Concerned about air pollution problem in China and climate change all over the world, I have taken classes and in the process of research about policies on China’s power industry, renewable resources, air pollution in Jing-Jin-Ji Area and its effect on public health.  My working experiment includes human resource consulting, international organizations in trade and development and public health administration in rural China. I have lived in Pittsburgh since August 2015.  When I have spare time, I enjoy classical music presented by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, jogging in Schenley Park or having cuisines of different countries on Walnut Street would be my routine choices.  Please feel free to contact me about GSPIA, Pitt and Pittsburgh: I am more than willing to answer, especially from a view of an international student.  Email language options with English or Chinese. To contact Fiona, click here.

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
3601 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260