The SAIS Advantage

Washington, D.C., acts as an extension of our campus—attracting top faculty and students from around the globe.

A Distinctive Academic Experience

Join a scholarly community that offers European perspectives on a wide set of critical global debates.

A Unique Partnership in China

The HNC is a one-of-a-kind educational collaboration between Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University.

A Global Presence, an International Perspective

A division of The Johns Hopkins University, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students a truly international perspective on today’s critical issues. A presence on three continents sets SAIS apart and is one of our greatest strengths. We not only teach about the world, we are in the world.

For seven decades, SAIS students have distinguished themselves by pursuing academic excellence in international relations. The school was established in Washington, D.C., in 1943, opened its campus in Bologna, Italy, in 1955 and in 1986 initiated one of the first Western university programs in the People’s Republic of China in Nanjing.

SAIS’s mission is to provide an interdisciplinary professional education that prepares a diverse graduate student body for internationally related positions of responsibility; to foster research, scholarship and cross-cultural exchange; and to contribute knowledge, expertise and leadership to the global community.

A SAIS education combines the academic depth of a graduate school with the practical policy focus of a professional school. SAIS graduates are known for their interdisciplinary breadth and solid foundation in economics—prerequisites for a successful career in international relations. The result: innovative thinkers and problem-solvers with the economic and cultural expertise to confront complex global challenges.

Our intimate and supportive learning community—diverse individuals of vision, intellect and creativity with a common commitment to positive change—will inspire you to explore your interests and ultimately make a difference in the world.