Itani Hibba

Master: International Development

Concentrations: Human Rights, Middle Eastern Studies

The place(s) I call home

Houston, Texas

Prior to PSIA I was

Teaching English at a lycée in Beauvais, France.

My life at PSIA

I chose my program because I was born in Dubai, grew up mostly in Houston, and spend my summers in Beirut and Paris. I'm interested in international affairs and development in particular. When I was applying to graduate school, I wish I knew… the differences between graduate school in the States and in France. I'm still learning! It is hard to choose the most inspiring classe I had so far ! But the two classes I ALWAYS look forward to are International Relations in the Middle East and Global Financial Markets and Their Regulation After the Crisis.

My objectives

I would like to work for either an international organization like the UN or World Bank, or maybe even an NGO. I am especially interested in the potential of microfinance and social entrepreneurship.

My best tips

My key to success at PSIA is recognizing that grades above 16/20 are simply mythical numbers. Study hard, but not too hard. At a place like Sciences Po, it's important to remember that school should never get in the way of your education. PSIA has so much to offer - classes, yes, but also invaluable connections with esteemed professors and brilliant fellow students, guest lectures, organizations, and of course, Paris as your playground.

My life outside PSIA

My recent “study breaks” : getting lost as much as possible. Exploring my neighborhood and Paris in general, as well as trips to Belgium and Holland. I also ran a half marathon in October.

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