Summer Programs

Summer Programs

Join us this summer in Washington and experience international affairs.

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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 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.

Program Dates: June 1 - July 23, 2015

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

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. 

To learn more about SAIS certificate programs, click here

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, or Russian at the beginning, intermediate or advanced level.



SAIS Summer 2015 Courses

June 1 - July 23, 2015

Below is the list of courses offered in Summer 2015. Summer Courses meet twice a week and are offered for four graduate-level credits each in the evenings. More course information can be found on ISIS here.

Washington D.C. Summer Courses:
  • American Foreign Policy Since WWII
  • Behavioral Sociology of Conflict
  • China and International Development: Rethinking Economic Reform and Transformation
  • Comparative National Systems
  • Current Asian Security Issues
  • Econometrics
  • Energy and Climate Policy: Rethinking Multilateral Engagement
  • Energy, Environment and Development in Developing Countries
  • Global Migration and Immigration Reform
  • International Financial Markets
  • International Monetary Theory
  • International Trade Theory
  • Introduction to Economic Development
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Politics and Security of North Africa
  • Practical Research Methods of Development
  • Principles and Practices of Conflict Management
  • Promoting Development in Fragile States
  • Statistical Methods for Business and Economics
  • Theories of International Relations

Summer Language Institute 2015 in Washington, D.C.:
The Summer Language Institute provides intensive language courses emphasizing political, economic and international topics in ArabicChinese, English, and Russian. In addition to receiving formal classroom instruction, students have access to SAIS's Multimedia Language Center to explore the languages through interactive technology and software programs. For a course to be offered, a minimum of five students must be registered.

Arabic, English and Russian are offered four evenings a week, M-TH, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Chinese is offered three evenings a week, M,W,TH, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

With the exception of English which is offered at the Advanced Low level, the courses offered reflect the skills and abilities of our students at levels including:

  • Novice
  • Novice High
  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate Mid.
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced Low


Please note that the information above is subject to change. Continue to visit this website for additional updates and information.

 

Application Open January 1
Deposit Due April 24
Tuition Due May 15
Late Application Deadline May 30
Classes Start June 1
Add/Drop Deadline June 9
Credit to Audit & Withdraw Deadline June 22
Classes End July 23
Grades Due August 7

Please note that the above information is subject to change. Continue to visit this Web site for additional updates and information.

Admission to any of the SAIS Summer Programs is entirely independent from degree-program admission and in no way implies acceptance to a SAIS degree program.

Auditing Courses 
Summer Programs students may audit courses by following the standard admission/registration procedures and notifying the Office of Summer Programs their intention to audit. Auditors must attend class regularly and fulfill any additional requirements specified by the instructor, as well as pay full tuition. Enrolled summer students who have registered for audit or who wish to change their grade status to audit must first submit an Audit Form to the Office of Summer Programs no later than Monday, June 22. Permission of the instructor is required. Some professors or language coordinators may not allow audits. Once changed from credit status to audit, the status cannot be reverted to credit.

Summer students who wish to change the status of a course from audit to credit must submit a Change to Credit Form to the Office of Summer Programs no later than Monday, July 21. Permission of the instructor is required. The professor's approval will depend on the student's regular class attendance and fulfillment of any course requirements. The student must then write the final examination and/or term paper(s). Once changed to credit, the status cannot be reverted to audit. Successfully audited courses will appear on the SAIS transcript with "AU" and no letter grade or course credit is earned. Candidates for certificates may not apply audited courses toward a certificate.

Course Cancellations 
For a course to be offered, a minimum of six students must be registered. SAIS reserves the right to cancel a course that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements. To check the status of canceled courses, contact the Office of Summer Programs. Any tuition payments, including the 10 percent per course deposit, will be refunded if SAIS cancels a course.

Course Load 
Due to the intensive nature of SAIS Summer Programs, students may enroll in a maximum of two non-language courses or one language course. Taking two non-language classes is considered a full load and requires a substantial time commitment. Because of the condensed format of the summer term, it is important that all participants attend every class session.

Disabilities Services 
Students with a documented disability who require accommodations or those who wish to inquire about accommodations should contact the Office of Student Life via e-mail, phone at 202.663.5705 or in person in the Nitze Building, Room 504. Students seeking special accommodations must submit the appropriate documentation at least two weeks prior to the date they would like their accommodations to begin.

Drop/Add 
Enrolled students who wish to drop or add a course may do so by submitting a Drop/Add Form to the Office of Summer Programs no later than Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

Economics Pre-Requisites and Waiver Exams 
Students must successfully complete any prerequisites for a course, as described under the course description, prior to the start of SAIS Summer Programs. Successful completion is defined as a minimum grade of "B-." In addition, applicants to International Trade Theory or International Monetary Theory must pass the SAIS online waiver exam in Microeconomics or Macroeconomics if the prerequisite course was not completed at SAIS.These exams can be taken online through coordination with the International Economics Department. Applicants may attempt each exam only once. To register, contact Econwaiver@jhu.edu

Grades 
The highest grade given at SAIS is "A" and "B-" is the lowest passing grade. A grade of "C" or lower is considered failing. A failing grade cannot be replaced or removed from a student's transcript. A course with a failing grade does not count toward a SAIS Certificate. Non-degree students who receive a failing grade are not eligible to take additional course work at SAIS. A student may choose to appeal this decision to the Office of Summer Programs, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will make the final determination. At that time, the student may be required to pay full tuition and take the course again or may be dismissed from taking any additional courses at SAIS.

In limited cases, a grade of "I" for incomplete may be given by the professor at the end of the summer term. Summer session students must submit all required work by the end of the eighth week of the fall semester. After that point, no grade higher than "B+" will be assigned in a course where an incomplete has been allowed, except when extenuating, documented circumstances such as prolonged serious illness have occurred. The incomplete will automatically become a failing grade of "C" on the last day of classes of the fall semester, if the grade has not been turned in by that time. The instructor has authority to set deadlines and the discretion not to grant an incomplete. A signed contract outlining these deadlines and conditions will be required for any student who is granted an incomplete.

Honor Code 
Enrollment in SAIS Summer Programs obligates students to conduct all activities in accordance with the rules and spirit of the school’s Honor Code. All examinations at SAIS are given under the Honor Code. Violations of the Honor Code will result in a failing grade of "F" that cannot be removed from a student's record. The Honor Code is detailed in The Red Book: Academic Procedures Manual and Information and can be obtained on this Web site or via hard copy through the Office of Summer Programs, Nitze Building, Room 403.

Late Applications and Registrations 
Late applications and registrations are welcome on a space-available basis until Friday, May 29, 2015. Enrollment cannot be guaranteed to those who submit late applications. There is a $35 late fee for applications and registrations received after the Thursday, April 23, 2015, deadline.

Transferring Courses 
Credits for courses taken in SAIS Summer Programs can be transferred to many other graduate schools. Check with individual schools for their transfer credit policies.

TOEFL Exemption Criteria
If English is not your native language, (or in the case of bilingual students, your dominant language is not English) but you hold an undergraduate degree granted by an accredited institution in a country where English is an official language and where English is the language of instruction, than you will not be required to submit an English competency exam.

If English is not your native language, (or in the case of bilingual students, your dominant language is not English) but you hold a graduate degree granted by an accredited institution in a country where English is an official language and where English is the language of instruction, then you will need the approval of the Office of Admissions to be exempt from submitting an English competency exam. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more information.


Withdrawal 
To withdraw from a course after the drop/add deadline of Tuesday, June 9, 2015, students must submit a Withdrawal Form to the Office of Summer Programs no later than Tuesday, June 23.  Withdrawing from a course means that a "W" will be placed on a student's transcript. Students who do not complete a course for which they are registered, and who have not officially withdrawn, will receive a failing grade of "C" for that course and will not be eligible to take additional course work at SAIS. No refunds are given for withdrawals or failures. 


 

TUITION RATES
Non-Language Tuition (per course) $3550
Summer Language Institute   
   Arabic $2700
   Chinese $2400
   English $2700
   Russian $2700


Alumni Fellowship
SAIS degree-program alumni and those who have completed a full-time, SAIS-affiliated program, including the Bologna Diploma and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies Certificate, receive a 25% tuition fellowship on all summer courses. SAIS employees must use their tuition remission benefits before they can take advantage of this discount. Those who are continuing at SAIS in a degree program are not eligible for this discount. Non-degree courses taken with this alumni fellowship may not be applied to an additional SAIS degree program.

Fees 
Application Fee: $50. This fee is required of first-time non-degree and certificate applicants only.
Late Fee: $35. Applications and registrations must include this fee if postmarked after the April 23, 2015 application deadline for all summer courses. First-time non-degree applicants who apply late must submit a total payment of $85.
Fees can be paid online by credit card during the application process. Those who cannot complete payment online should send a check, money order or cashier’s check made payable to Johns Hopkins University-SAIS to the Office of Summer Programs.

Washington D.C. Sample Student Budget
Students coming to SAIS from abroad or elsewhere in the United States to enroll in SAIS Summer Programs should have approximately $7,660 to $7,925 available to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, room and board and personal expenses. This estimate does not include travel or health care costs. The following is a sample budget:
 

Tuition (per course)  $3550
Application Fee (late) $50 ($85)
Room and Board  $3,300
Books and Supplies  $100-$330
Personal Expenses $660
Total- 1 course $7,660 - $7,925


Incoming SAIS degree students should note that the University Student Health Insurance Plan will not provide coverage until August 15. Students are responsible for finding and/or maintaining their own health insurance coverage during the summer program.
 

Payment Procedures 
Payment in full is required for all programs no later than May 15, 2015. Tuition payments should be made electronically via https://isis.jhu.edu. Payment also can be mailed or made in person to the Office of Summer Programs. SAIS accepts MasterCard and VISA as well as checks, money orders and cashier's checks made payable to Johns Hopkins University-SAIS. No cash payments will be accepted. For bank wire transfer information, contact the SAIS Business Office at 202.663.5661.

Students will be dropped from courses they are registered in if payment has not been received by the deadline. If students wish to reenroll in these courses, they will be responsible for paying the late registration fee. Students who have been dropped for failure to pay, but who attend class without reenrolling, will be held responsible for the tuition charges, the appropriate late fee and may receive a failing grade for the course.

Refunds 
Tuition is refundable only when the student submits a Drop/Add form to the Office of Summer Programs during the Drop/Add period. Please note that the application fee and 10% deposit on tuition are non-refundable. Refund amounts will be determined by the date and time the form is submitted according to the schedule listed below.
 

  • Before 2pm on June 5: 90%
  • Between 2pm on June 5 and 2pm on June 8: 50%
  • After 2pm on June 8: No tuition will be refunded


Course Cancellations 
For a course to be offered, a minimum of six students must be registered. SAIS reserves the right to cancel a course that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements. To check the status of canceled courses, please refer to this website. Any tuition charges, including the 10 percent deposit, will be refunded if SAIS cancels a course.

Please note that the information above is subject to change.  Continue to visit this website for additional updates and information.

Schedule and Room Information
Course room location and building will be posted on the course details section here.

SAIS Buildings 
Nitze Building – 1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Rome Building – 1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW
BOB/Bernstein-Offit Building – 1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Schedule
Monday/Wednesday courses begin on Monday, June 1, 2015
Tuesday/Thursday courses begin on Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Academic Technology
The Service Desk: The SAIS Service Desk is the campus's computing services help desk, offering technical support to students, faculty and staff.  This service is available to all summer students who have questions about their JHED ID, SAIS email account, classroom wi-fi connections, and other technology related issues.  The SAIS Helpdesk can be reached via e-mail, or phone; internally at x4357 and externally at 202.663.5671.

Blackboard (Bb): Every course has a companion website in Bb, accessible with a JHED ID and password.  Each course site includes a link to ERes and a copy of the course syllabus.  Students can access Bb through the link in the SAIS web portal or by going to http://blackboard.jhu.edu. If you have any questions about Bb or need help, please contact Nathan Kreps (nkreps@jhu.edu, 202.663.5652).

Student ID Cards (J-Cards) (DC Only): If you have not yet provided a photo, please go to Nitze 418 before 5:00 pm during the first week of classes to have your picture taken and J-Card printed.

Auditing Courses: Summer Programs students may audit courses by following the standard admission/registration procedures and notifying the Office of Summer Programs their intention to audit. Auditors must attend class regularly and fulfill any additional requirements specified by the instructor, as well as pay full tuition. Enrolled summer students who have registered for audit or who wish to change their grade status to audit must first submit an Audit Form to the Office of Summer Programs no later than Monday, June 23. Permission of the instructor is required. Successfully audited courses will appear on the SAIS transcript with "AU" and no letter grade or course credit is earned. Candidates for certificates may not apply audited courses toward a certificate.

Conditional Acceptance: Certain applicants may be granted conditional acceptance to SAIS Summer Programs. The specific circumstances of the condition will be detailed in the applicant's acceptance letter. Students who have not met the condition of their acceptance or have not made alternate arrangements by the end of SAIS Summer Programs, will receive a failing grade of "F" for the courses in which they are registered.

Course Load: Due to the intensive nature of SAIS Summer Programs, students may enroll in a maximum of two non-language courses or one language course. Taking two non-language classes is considered a full load and requires a substantial time commitment. Because of the condensed format of the summer term, it is important that all participants attend every class session.

Disabilities Services: Students with a documented disability who require accommodations or those who wish to inquire about accommodations should contact the Office of Student Life via e-mail, phone at 202.663.5705 or in person in the Nitze Building, Room 504. Students seeking special accommodations must submit the appropriate documentation at least two weeks prior to the date they would like their accommodations to begin.

Economics Pre-Requisites and Waiver Exams: Students must successfully complete any prerequisites for a course, as described under the course description, prior to the start of SAIS Summer Programs. Successful completion is defined as a minimum grade of "B-." In addition, applicants to International Trade Theory or International Monetary Theory must pass the SAIS online waiver exam in Microeconomics or Macroeconomics if the prerequisite course was not completed at SAIS.These exams can be taken online through coordination with the International Economics Department. Applicants may attempt each exam only once. To register, contact Econwaiver@jhu.edu.

Grades: The highest grade given at SAIS is "A" and "B-" is the lowest passing grade. A grade of "C" or lower is considered failing. A failing grade cannot be replaced or removed from a student's transcript. A course with a failing grade does not count toward a SAIS Certificate. Non-degree students who receive a failing grade are not eligible to take additional course work at SAIS. A student may choose to appeal this decision to the Office of Summer Programs, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will make the final determination.

Housing

Participants are responsible for finding their own living accommodations in the Washington, D.C. area. SAIS has no residential facilities. Neighborhoods in nearby Maryland and Virginia are conveniently accessible by public transportation. Accepted summer students who have paid their deposit are eligible to receive access to an internal SAIS Web site with additional housing postings.

Student Visas

Applicants applying for a visa should apply for admission to SAIS Summer Programs as early as possible due to delays in visa issuance at U.S. consulates. Student visa requests will be processed only for students who have been accepted to SAIS Summer Programs for two Summer Courses or one Summer Language Institute course. Completed visa requests must be received at SAIS at least three weeks prior to the start of the summer program. International students who are currently in the United States may be legally permitted to take courses at SAIS depending on the parameters of their current immigration status. Contact International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at 202.663.5672 with any questions.

Textbooks: SAIS does not have an in-house bookstore.  Students can purchase their textbooks through external vendors or our online provider, MBS Direct. Some professors may not require you to buy textbooks, as they have prepared readings for you.  They may also be using ERes (Electronic Reserves) where you can access some of your readings online through the SAIS library.  You can access your course's ERes site through Blackboard.

Transferring Courses: Credits for courses taken in SAIS Summer Programs can be transferred to many other graduate schools. Check with individual schools for their transfer credit policies.

Admission to any of the SAIS Summer Programs is entirely independent from degree-program admission and in no way implies acceptance to a SAIS degree program. Application to a SAIS degree program is a separate and distinct process. Those who apply and are accepted into the SAIS M.A. program can receive credit for up to four non-language courses taken on a non-degree basis. For the M.I.P.P. or Ph.D. programs, credit can be given for up to two non-language courses.


Registration for summer 2015 is now closed.


Eligibility

Applicants for all Summer Programs should have at least a “B” average in their previous studies. All applicants for non-language courses must have completed an undergraduate degree or should be entering their final year of undergraduate study in the fall of 2015. Applicants for the Summer Language Institute in D.C. must have completed a minimum of one year of undergraduate studies prior to the start of SAIS Summer Programs. All SAIS courses are conducted at the graduate level and participants are expected to perform at this level.

Required Application Materials
First-Time Applicants

  • Online Non-Degree Application (will be available January 2015)
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions (must be officially translated if not in English)
  • One-page personal statement describing your background, motivation and goals for taking the course
  • Current CV or resume
  • TOEFL score of 100+ (IBT) if English is a second language (see Policies tab for exemption criteria)
  • Application fee of $50 (applications submitted after April 23, 2015 will be assessed a $35 late fee)

Alumni, Returning Non-Degree Students & JHU Affiliates

  • Online Non-Degree Application (will be available January 1, 2015; applications submitted after April 23, 2015 will be assessed a $35 late fee)

Mail or hand-deliver all application materials to: 
The Johns Hopkins University
The Paul H. Nitze School
of Advanced International Studies
Office of Non-Degree Programs, Nitze 403
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036 USA

Admissions Decisions & Deposits

  • Application materials will be processed as soon as they are received. Applications will only be processed after all supporting documentation is received. For first-time, non-degree students, written notification will be mailed within two weeks of receipt of completed application.
  • If admitted, a 10 percent non-refundable deposit for each course (to be credited toward tuition) must be submitted. This deposit will only be refunded if a course is canceled.
  • Full payment is due by Thursday, May 15, 2015. For those who apply after this date, full payment is due upon acceptance. A registration confirmation will be issued upon full payment of tuition.

Admission to SAIS Non-Degree Programs is entirely independent from degree program admission and in no way implies acceptance to a SAIS degree program. Students interested in applying to a full-time SAIS degree program should consult the SAIS Office of Admissions by e-mail to admissions.sais@jhu.edu or phone at 202.663.5700.

Johns Hopkins University is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. As such, Johns Hopkins does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other legally protected characteristic in any student program or activity administered by the university or with regard to admission or employment.  

Questions regarding Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504 should be referred to the Office of Institutional Equity, Wyman Park Building, Suite 515, 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Md. 21218, Telephone: 410.516.8075, TTY: 410.516.6225.

To contact us, please email sais.summer@jhu.edu or call 202.663.5671. 

The Johns Hopkins University
The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Office of Non-Degree Programs, Room 403
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036