Bologna, Italy

Train to Make a Difference
Interact with Global Decision-Makers
Discover New Career Options
Explore the Vieux Continent

The academic offering at SAIS Europe is interdisciplinary, equipping students with the analytical skills required to solve problems of real-world significance.

Distinguished faculty and guests from across Europe and beyond deliver extra-curricular seminars every Monday and Thursday evening throughout the academic year

Annual career trips to destinations like Brussels, London and Geneva match students with SAIS alumni in the highest ranks of European policy-making, business and NGOs.

Living together in apartments throughout the city, students form lifelong friendships while taking advantage of Bologna’s central location to explore Europe’s history and culture.

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About the SAIS Europe Campus

We arrived at Bologna; there is no place more pleasant and free in the whole world.
- Petrarch

Bologna, Italy is home to SAIS Europe, which for over 60 years has used its strategic position in the heart of Europe to train leaders in international affairs worldwide. One of Bologna’s nicknames is la dotta – the learned – describing its deep academic tradition as the birthplace of university education in Europe.

SAIS Europe is distinguished by its international faculty and student body, representing over 40 countries and creating a richness of views and experiences, both in and outside the classroom. Approximately half of the incoming class at SAIS chooses to begin the Master of Arts program at SAIS Europe. Second-year students may also complete the program in Bologna. Cooperative degree programs with European universities provide additional opportunities to spend a year at SAIS Europe.

Visit SAIS Europe

Campus Tours
SAIS Europe has an open-door policy for prospective students and encourages vists throughout the academic year when classes are in session. To arrange a visit, contact the Admissions Office at
Open Day
Open Day is an opportunity for students to visit the SAIS Europe campus. During the day-long event visitors meet current students and faculty and attend classes. To register for Open Day, please click here
Information Sessions
We understand that many of our applicants live far from the places we travel to. To make sure as many candidates as possible have their questions answered, we have arranged a set of online information sessions. To connect to the sessions, prospective students need access to a computer, an internet connection and a phone line (or Skype). For more information and instructions on how to log-in, please contact

Academic Catalog
Various seminar series are organized at SAIS Europe throughout the academic year. Seminars are grouped thematically and each one is hosted by a SAIS Europe faculty member. These events bring prominent scholars and practitioners from Europe, the United States and other parts of the world to present current research to the SAIS Europe and local community.
The Bologna Institute for Policy Research (BIPR) is the research division of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Europe. Its purpose is to promote problem-centered, interdisciplinary research in international policy by drawing upon the global network of SAIS faculty, students and scholars.

The work of the BIPR is made available to the public with the goal of providing a pivotal forum for thought and debate in international public policy.

The BIPR employs five student research assistants each semester to manage its event reports program and contribute to the promotion of research conducted by SAIS Europe scholars.

The city of Bologna is steeped in European history coupled with important modern and contemporary political movements. Bologna's history spans three millennia with Etruscan and Villanovan ruins on display throughout the city. But it also looks forward, its economy and lifestyle representing one of highest standards in Europe.

From the main piazza to the remnants of medieval city walls, Bologna's preserved historic center features a system of nearly 40 kilometers of porticoes that shelter its citizens, while a pair of medieval towers still guards the heart of the city.

Bologna boasts a population that is as culturally, economically and politically diverse as any to be found in Europe. An ancient city, whose medieval center is one the largest preserved in Itay, Bologna also offers 21st technology in the form of free wifi access throughout the center, easy and affordable public transportation and an easy-jumping off point to visit the sea, the mountains and other cities or places of interest in Italy and Europe.

Bologna has one of the highest per capita incomes and lowest unemployment rates in Italy, and it consistently ranks in the top 10 European cities for quality of life. Located at the crossroads of Italy's highly developed network of railways and highways, it is an hour's drive from Florence and the Adriatic coast and no more than two or three from Venice, Verona, Milan and Rome. The city's airport is the third largest in Italy, with daily flights served by major European airlines.


For nearly 1000 years, scholars have come from near and far to learn at the University of Bologna, Europe's oldest.Today, Bologna remains a seat of higher learning, not only for the 80,000 students at UniBo, as it is known locally, but also for students in other international programs, preeminent of which is the Johns Hopkins SAIS Bologna Center.

SAIS Europe lies in the heart of the university district, a true city within a city. Cultural, intellectual and social exchanges make it easy for students to interact with a large variety of people from around the world.

SAIS Europe alumni return year after year, not only to visit the center but also the city, their second hometown for that one magical period that so many call the best year of their life. Join us in discovering this remarkable place.