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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. Our strategic campus locations in Washington, DC, Bologna, Italy, and Nanjing, China, provide opportunities to ensure students gain a truly global perspective. We not only teach about the world, we are in the world.

Our unique interdisciplinary education provides the theoretical insight and practical tools required for a successful career in today's global environment. A presence on three continents and a network of partnerships with leading global educational institutions set SAIS apart. SAIS students combine the study of international economics with key policy areas of global concern that span the world's pivotal regions. Our curriculum is complemented by a specialized, practical language proficiency program.

A Johns Hopkins SAIS degree represents excellence in international relations, and our graduates are in great demand. Economics knowledge, analytical abilities, regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency, and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems give our students a distinct professional advantage.

The African Studies Program offers an extensive curriculum covering development, governance and security across the continent. We draw on leading theories of international politics, political economy and comparative analysis in approaching this dynamic region.

We are a community of 17,000 strong with alumni residing in international centers such as Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Sao Paulo, New York, Boston, San Francisco and in Washington, D.C. Stay connected with each other and with the Johns Hopkins SAIS community.

The American Foreign Policy Program prepares students to understand the history, culture, process and politics of America’s foreign relations and contemporary issues of American foreign policy.

Candidates apply for all programs using our online system. All materials, including statements of purpose and letters of recommendation, can be submitted online, except for scores on standardized tests and academic transcripts.

The Arabic program is designed to enable students of international affairs to pursue successful careers in the Foreign Service or other governmental, private or international agencies, or in fields such as journalism, business, finance, and education.

Asian Studies is a broad field that provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the trends shaping Asia in the 21st century. Students in Asian Studies select a concentration in China, Japan, Korea, South Asia or Southeast Asia.

Bernard L. Schwartz Globalization Initiative serves as a platform for high-level academic research and policy discussion that will engage the major issues of the day. Through its academic activities, the Initiative aims to contribute to the debates on international political economy and improve on our understanding of the critical challenges policymakers face in today’s interdependent environment.


Hopkins-Nanjing Center

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies (HNC) opened in 1986 as a one-of-a-kind educational collaboration between The Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University.

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Prepared for leadership by their SAIS education and committed to serve, SAIS graduates are finding innovative and successful solutions to critical global issues.