About Us

The NPSIA Students Association (NSA) promotes social interaction and a sense of community for graduate students at NPSIA and acts as a catalyst for the collective NPSIA voice and its activities.

Our Mandate

The NSA is committed to serving students of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs by helping to foster an environment where students can thrive academically, socially, and professionally. In working to enrich and support the NPSIA community, the Students’ Association functions to help ensure a memorable graduate student experience.

What We Do

The NSA seeks to holistically address the needs of NPSIA students. Through biweekly meetings under the leadership of the co-Presidents, the Students’ Association works to be a liaison between the NPSIA faculty and the student body. We work hard to plan enriching events, to support students in their academic and professional pursuits, and to open and facilitate lines of communication between NPSIA students, staff, faculty, and alumni–as well as with the Ottawa community and other student groups and associations with an interest in international affairs.

Each year, the NSA strives to offer excellent student programming, inclusive of hosting the annual NPSIA Soiree, holding the annual NPSIA academic workshop, and publishing the annual edition of the Norman Paterson Review. The NSA also offers monthly social events, such as pub nights, group skates, cottage weekends, and game nights.

Be sure to follow us on social media to stay up to date on these and other exciting activities.

Get Involved

The NSA is run by NPSIA MA students. Positions are predominantly held by first year students. Information about each position is outlined in the NPSIA Constitution, available here. The NSA also runs multiple volunteer-based committees each year.

Elections are held every September. All students are encouraged to run!


The NSA sells a variety of NPSIA merch, including sweaters, bags, mugs, travel mugs, and portfolios. Furthermore, NPSIA business cards can be purchased from the NSA annually.

NPSIA merch can be purchased from the NSA. For more information, reach out to us via one of our social media platforms (see details below).

Get In Touch

Looking for more information on the NPSIA student experience, or to get in touch with the NSA? We can be reached via the following social media platforms:


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