Summer Programs

Summer Programs

Join us this summer in Washington and experience international affairs.

The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies is one of the world's leading graduate schools devoted to the study of international relations. Join us this summer in Washington or Nanjing and experience international affairs. Summer courses provide students with the opportunity to explore the world of international relations and enhance their topical, theoretical and practical knowledge of global issues. Students can earn four graduate-level credits per course.

Washington: June 2 - July 24, 2014
Nanjing: June 23 – July 31, 2014

Download the SAIS Summer Programs brochure here

Summer Courses in Washington, D.C.

Courses in Washington are offered in international relations, economics, policy studies, development, conflict management, strategic and regional studies, and more. Structured for the working professional, classes are scheduled two evenings each week.



Certificates are designed to help students and professionals gain academic credentials without pursuing a full degree as they advance their careers. The Certificate in International Studies and the Certificate in International Development are offered to candidates who successfully complete a series of four non-language courses. Students can earn a certificate in as few as two summers by working at a rigorous pace or over an extended period of time. Please note that at least one term must be completed in Washington, D.C..

To learn more about SAIS certificate programs, click here

Summer Courses in Nanjing

Nanjing courses focus on topics in the East Asia/Pacific region, including international law, international politics, international economics, energy, resources and the environment. This is a residential program in China with classes meeting twice weekly. In addition to classroom work, guided excursions to local sites are offered weekly.

Summer Language Institute

The Summer Language Institute at SAIS is unique for emphasizing political, economic and international topics. Students may enroll in one intensive evening course in Arabic, Chinese, English, Hindi/Urdu, Persian or Russian at the beginning, intermediate and advanced level in Washington.

*There will be no formal language classes offered in Nanjing, but there will be opportunities for private tutoring in Mandarin Chinese.