Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions Procedures

How do I apply or register?
Please complete the online form which can be found on each program’s webpage. Applications are processed on a rolling basis. You should expect to hear about the status of your application or registration within two weeks of submitting it. If you have not been contacted by a member of our team by then, please reach out to Barbara Petzen, Director of Training Initiatives, at
What are the admissions requirements?
Requirements vary by program, but candidates should demonstrate an interest in the topic of the course and meet the minimum requirements for each course, which can be found on the program’s webpage. 
Are the programs open to participants from outside the United States?
Yes, all of our programs are open to participants outside of the United States. For some participants, a visa may be required for entrance into the United States. The participant is responsible for procuring their visa.
How should I prepare for the program?
Program agendas are typically sent one week prior to the beginning of a program, so that participants have the opportunity to review the schedule and any reading materials that are included. To prepare for the program, we recommend familiarizing yourself with any preparatory materials that are sent to you.
If I am not accepted to the program, can I apply again for a future session?
Yes, applicants are welcome to apply for future courses if they are not accepted the first time.
Are there any language requirements?
Due to the interactive nature of our courses, it is essential for participants to be proficient in conversational English.
Payments and Cancellation Policy
What is included in the program tuition?
The tuition fee includes all course instruction, session materials, and meals. Tuition does not include transportation or lodging.
What types of payments are accepted?
The preferred method of payment is through our online payment form using a credit card, however payment via check or wire transfer can also be accommodated.
What is your cancellation policy?
  • Cancellations made 31 days or more prior to a program start date will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made within 14-30 days of the start date will incur a fee equal to 25% of the paid tuition.
  • Cancellations made within 13 days of the start date will incur a fee equal to 50% of the paid tuition.
  • Cancellations on or after the first day of the program are subject to forfeiture of the total tuition paid.
If you are unable to attend a program, you may substitute your enrollment with one of your employees without penalty. All substitution information must be submitted to a member of staff one week before the course start date. CSIS reserves the right to accept or reject an alternate attendee for offerings that require a minimum level of experience or qualifications.
Is there any financial assistance available?
A limited amount of financial assistance is available for candidates in the not-for-profit sector. These slots are limited and cannot be guaranteed.
How do I apply for financial assistance?
Please reach out to the member of staff who sent your acceptance to ask about any available financial assistance.
What type of accommodations are available?
CSIS does not provide accommodations, however there are several hotels within walking distance of the Center, including The Beacon Hotel, The Darcy Hotel, Canopy by Hilton – Embassy Row location, Holiday Inn – Washington D.C.-Central/White House location, and The Jefferson Hotel.
Are meals provided?
Breakfast and lunch are provided daily to all participants.
What is the recommended attire?
CSIS requires business professional attire at all times, with the exception of certain leadership excursions which may require athletic wear.
What will I receive upon completion of a program?
Upon completion of a program, participants are given a certificate of completion, acknowledging their completion of a CSIS executive course.
Do any of the programs provide credit towards a degree?
Yes, our Executive Master’s in International Relations degree offered with Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is a master’s degree program specializing in public administration and international relations.
What are my options if a program date is sold out?
We recommend applying to the next iteration of the program and contacting a member of our team to express your interest in getting on the waitlist.
Inclement weather policy?
CSIS will strive to host each program when it is scheduled. If, in the event of inclement weather, we must cancel the course, you will receive an email from a member of our team giving further details.


For more information, please contact Barbara Petzen, Director of Training Initiatives, at

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