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HNC 30th Anniversary
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A Unique Partnership in China
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Founded in 1986 ,the HNC will be celebrating 30 years this June. To register for the event, please visit our 30th Anniversary Registration website.

Enter a select community of scholars dedicated to the study of Sino-American relations.

100% of students who apply for financial aid receive a fellowship.

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

HNC provides a variety of career development resources and an on-site career counselor to help students market their unique skill sets to employers around the world.

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A Unique Partnership in China

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies (HNC) opened in 1986 as a one-of-a-kind center for international studies in China. An educational collaboration between the Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University, it is located on the downtown campus of Nanjing University. Chinese and international students live and learn international relations together in a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to free and open academic exploration and intellectual dialogue. At the heart of the HNC is its superior research library featuring more than 120,000 volumes in English and Chinese and the electronic assets of both the Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University.

The HNC upholds the highest academic standards in the pursuit of educating future leaders. International students take most of their courses in Chinese taught by Chinese faculty, while Chinese students are taught by international faculty with courses primarily in English. This target language curriculum is a unique feature of the HNC program that gives our graduates a strong competitive edge in the increasingly dynamic world of Sino-global relations.

HNC students can choose from a range of courses in six concentrations, and may pursue one of three graduate study options:

  • One-year Certificate of Graduate Studies
  • Two-year Master of Arts in International Studies (M.A.I.S.)
  • HNC Certificate/SAIS MA option in Nanjing and Washington, D.C.

Learn more about the HNC
The HNC Admissions Team invites you to attend one of our virtual information sessions in the fall. Admissions representatives will be joined by HNC faculty and students who will share their valuable advice and firsthand experiences. Recruitment events will be posted over the summer.

Hopkins-Nanjing Center 30th Anniversary Celebration
The HNC will be celebrating its 30th year with an Anniversary Celebration in Nanjing on June 17-19th. For more information about the event, please visit our 30th Anniversary Registration website.

Meet HNC and SAIS China Students, Alumni, and Faculty

“The Hopkins-Nanjing Center was not only a great institution for learning, but before graduating from the HNC I was contacted by an employer in Beijing who had received my resume from the career center. The HNC had not only prepared me for the future, but had given me greater visibility in the job market.”
-Rina Makena Mwiti, HNC Certificate '14

"I chose HNC because while I was initially unsure of which specific direction I wanted to move my career in, I knew that I wanted China to play a key role. HNC not only helped to focus my own particular career-related aspirations, it provided me with the on-the-ground resources I needed to get started."
- Alex Stevens, HNC MAIS ‘14

“The Hopkins Nanjing Center gave me a window into the world of US-China relations that I will always value. I never understood what it was like to be surrounded by people who are as passionate as I am about the issues that affect our two nations before coming to the HNC. Now I am seriously considering a career in diplomacy, inspired by the collaboration and exchange of ideas that I encountered in Nanjing.”
-Hannah Hindel, HNC Certificate ‘14

"By taking classes at the HNC and living in China I was able to gain first-hand experience in an emerging market while studying the economics and politics that make these countries distinct from developed countries. The knowledge and skills I gained at the HNC has proven invaluable during my current job analyzing the economies of emerging markets."
-Spike Nowak, HNC MAIS '14
Advisory Services Analyst, Frontier Strategy Group

"As a journalist for Foreign Policy magazine, my expertise on China has enabled me to write major features for our publication and appear on CNN International, Al Jazeera America, and other national media outlets. Once I even gave a one-hour interview in Chinese on live TV and answered call-in questions from viewers in China. That would have been impossible without my education at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.
-Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, HNC Certificate '12
Tea Leaf Nation Fellow at Foreign Policy Magazine

"...the substantive knowledge and experience that I had gained at the HNC gave me the critical context necessary for me to function effectively as a consular officer, and the language skills that I had honed in the many hours of classes, readings and interactions with Chinese classmates allowed me to communicate meaningfully with the Chinese public. As a result, I was trusted to handle some of the more complicated and difficult cases that passed through the consular section during my time in Beijing.
-James Wilson, HNC Certificate '09 & SAIS MA '11
Political Officer, United States Foreign Service

Academic Programs
The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) gives its students a truly international perspective on today's global issues.  A worldwide reach- with locations in Washington, D.C., Bologna, Italy, and Nanjing, China- allows Hopkins-Nanjing Center students the opportunity to choose between two study options in Nanjing or to combine their studies in China with programs in other regions of the world.

Click on the tabs to the left for more details on each of our three programs.

HNC Certificate

  • 2 semesters in Nanjing
  • Flexible course selection in 6 areas of study
  • Minimum of 3 courses per semester in target language
  • Jointly issued Certificate of Chinese and American Studies from SAIS and Nanjing University
  • Application Deadline: February 1st  

Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS)

  • 4 semesters in Nanjing
  • 11 courses and 2 MA prep courses required (at least 9 courses in target language)
  • Thesis requirement
  • Concentration in Chinese Studies; Energy, Resources and Environment; International and Comparative Law; International Politics; and International Economics
  • Jointly issued Master of Arts in International Studies by SAIS and Nanjing University
  • Application Deadline: February 1st

HNC Certificate/SAIS MA

  • 2 semesters in Nanjing/2-3 semesters in Washington, DC
  • Minimum of 3 courses per semester in target language in Nanjing
  • Concentration in 19 areas of study for the SAIS MA in DC
  • Capstone requirement  
  • Jointly issued Certificate of Chinese and American Studies from SAIS and Nanjing University/Master of Arts issued by SAIS
  • Visit sais-jhu.edu to learn more about the SAIS MA and requirements for admission
  • Application Deadline: February 1st

Hopkins-Nanjing Center faculty are an integral part of the HNC community.  Nine international professors and approximately 30 Chinese professors offer courses taught in English and Chinese on topics related to international law, politics, economics, environmental issues, and more.  In addition to their teaching and research interests, HNC faculty members are also actively involved in campus life.  They can often be found joining students for lunch in the Center's cafeteria, cheering on the HNC basketball and dragonboat teams, and advising students in co-curricular activities like moot court.  For the profiles of invidividual faculty members in Nanjing, click here

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center offers courses in English and Chinese in the following concentrations:

  • International Politics
  • International Economics
  • Comparative and International Law
  • Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE)
  • Chinese Studies
  • American Studies

For a full list of courses, click on the button below.
2015-2016 Course Offerings

Certificate in Chinese and American Studies

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC) awards a graduate certificate in Chinese and American Studies to international students who attend the HNC for one academic year and take a minimum of six academic courses in Chinese. Many choose to take additional classes each semester in English, resulting in a mix of international and Chinese students in a given class. Certificate and master's students choose from the same courses, and with more than 75 classes offered, students have more choice in matching their studies to their particular interests.

Certificate students can choose to take courses from any of the following areas of study:

  • International Economics
  • International Politics
  • Comparative and International Law
  • Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE)
  • Chinese Studies
  • American Studies (taught in English)

For a full list of courses, click on the button below.
2015-2016 Course Offerings

The following certificate information includes program-related disclosures provided pursuant to federal regulations issued by the United States Department of Education required for title IV eligible certificate programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Certificate in Chinese and American Studies

Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS)

This two-year program is the only master’s degree fully accredited in both China and the United States. With an emphasis on target-language study, students complete coursework and a thesis entirely in Chinese, which demands a high level of Chinese language proficiency and well-developed cultural sensitivity.


International Politics
The International Politics concentration is designed to equip students with a thorough understanding of the interaction of nation-states and other actors in the international arena. Contemporary, historical and cultural factors that influence international behavior are emphasized. Students master basic theories and methods currently used in the field and will gain practice in applying them to policy formulation and analysis.

Recent International Politics Thesis Topics

  • The Role of the Maritime Militia: People's War at Sea (2014)
  • China's Use of Educational Strategies to Increase its Soft Power in Africa: The Influence of Confucius Institutes and Project Hope (2012)
  • Cross Strait Cooperation on Network Technology Standards: A Case Study on China Mobile's TD-LTE Project (2014)

International Economics
The goal of International Economics concentration is to prepare students for international careers that require economic skills and knowledge. The foundation that students develop in international economic theory, applications, systems and policy also prepares them for the further study of economics.

Recent International Economics Thesis Topics

  • The Emergence of Rural Land Banks and the Capitalization of the Chinese Countryside (2011)
  • An Empirical Study of the Influence of Foreign Investment on the Technical Efficiency of Chinese Domestic Retail Enterprises (2011)
  • Contrasting Free Trade Theory and Infant Industry Protection: A Case Study of the WTO's Influence on the Efficiency of China's Automobile Industry (2011)

Comparative and International Law
The Comparative and International Law concentration presents courses on the legal systems of both China and the United States, as well as courses that look at legal structures and behavior in the transnational arena. Students develop an understanding of the legal basis of international relations and insight into how the legal traditions of China and the United States shape the behavior of the two countries.

Recent Comparative and International Law Thesis Topics

  • The "Edward Snowden Event" as a Reflection of the Functioning of the International Legal Mechanisms for Protecting Whistleblowers (2014)
  • The Application of the Doctrine of "Most Significant Relationship" in Chinese Judicial System: A Comparative Law Perspective (2012)

Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE)
Recognizing the importance of US-China cooperation on energy and environmental issues, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center added a specialization in Energy, Resources, and Environment (ERE) in 2014. Students can examine global concerns in these areas by taking courses on China’s Development and the Environment, Environmental Economics, Water Resources, Air Pollution and its Control, and Environmental Risk Assessment and Management.

Recent ERE Thesis Topics

  • Are African Countries Used as Pollution Havens by China? (2014)
  • The Geopolitical Implications of Chinese Natural Gas Imports (2014)

Chinese Studies
The Chinese Studies concentration is designed to provide advanced study of Chinese history, culture and society. They will prepare students for further study of Chinese history, politics, society and culture, and careers requiring sophisticated knowledge of China. Many of the courses in the concentration are cross-listed with the four disciplinary concentrations.

Recent Chinese Studies Thesis Topics

  • An Analysis of the Social Capital of China's Migrant NGOs: A Case Study of Migrant NGOs in Beijing  (2012)
  • Chinese House Churches: A Case Study (2012)  
  • The Role of China's Online Anti-Domestic Violence Opinions in the Development of Women's Rights (2011)

Required Coursework for MAIS Students

Students will have several requirements outside of their concentration:

  • A two course sequence designed for MAIS students. 
  • Students NOT concentrating in Law must take one class in this discipline.
  • Students NOT concentrating in Politics must take one class in this discipline.
  • Students NOT concentrating in International Economics will be required to take two International Economics courses of their choosing.

*Please note that many courses are cross listed between programs and may count for multiple requirements. For example, Chinese Legal System would count toward both Law and Chinese Studies.

MAIS students will be required to take 13 courses, including a thesis, while at the HNC.

First-Year MAIS Tutorial - This course is intended to encourage entering MAIS. students to think broadly and deeply about a topic area of relevance to our center's Sino-American academic mission. This will help students consider how their own concentration might be linked to larger issues in Sino-international relations.  It also is designed to provide MAIS students with practical guidance in planning and carrying out their two-year course of study.  Chinese and international students will be combined together in this course, and the language of the tutorial will be determined by the professor.

Second-Year MAIS Thesis Preparation - This course will provide a forum in which students will 1) report on and discuss with each other and the professor their progress on their thesis work; 2) interact with visiting scholars and current faculty who will discuss their own research and comment on the students' projects; and 3) meet bench-mark requirements intended to measure progress in the preparation and writing of their thesis.  Chinese and International students will be combined together in this course, and the language of the tutorial will be determined by the professor.

  • The remaining 11 courses will depend on a student's concentration.  In general, a student must take six courses toward his or her concentration, including the concentration seminar.
  • For international students, nine courses (not including the thesis) must be taken in Chinese.


HNC Certificate/SAIS MA   
Students who meet admissions requirements for both the HNC and SAIS complete two semesters in Nanjing and receive a Certificate in Chinese and American Studies, followed by two to three semesters at SAIS's Washington M.A. program. Through these joint programs, students can apply their regional and linguistic skills to the broader study of international relations or business. Note: An offer of admission to either the Hopkins-Nanjing Center or to SAIS does not constitute admission to the other institution.

Certificate Program (Two Semesters)
The HNC awards a graduate certificate in Chinese and American Studies to students who attend the Center for one academic year and take a minimum of six courses in Mandarin. The certificate is a flexible interdisciplinary program in which students gain a deeper understanding of contemporary China and its modern history while pursuing the study of international relations, politics, law, economics and environmental issues. 

Master of Arts (Two to Three Semesters)
After completing the one year Certificate program at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, HNC Certificate/SAIS MA students matriculate into the MA program in Washington, DC. The Washington, DC campus offers 18 different concentrations with an emphasis on international economics, global themes, world regions and languages. Learn more about the SAIS MA program here

HNC Certificate students:

  • Receive 16 automatic credits (approximately 4 classes) of advanced standing upon completion of the HNC Certificate—these are not tied to specific courses, but based on classes taken in their target language at HNC (three each semester);
  • Must complete their SAIS MA in a minimum of 48 credits—still meeting all the degree requirements;
  • May petition for up to two additional courses/8 credits, taken in English at the HNC to count toward the overall credits to graduate (beyond the three required Certificate courses taken each semester), as long as these courses are approved. Students who are approved for 8 additional credits can complete the degree in one year (fall and spring terms) and 40 credits as long as they meet all the graduation requirements;
  • Must complete the remaining requirements: Policy or Regional concentration; International Economics (four classes); Quantitative Reasoning (one class); two core classes or exams and a Capstone;
  • Automatically meet the graduation-level requirements for Chinese language. All non-native English-speakers must still pass an English placement exam.  Native Chinese speakers must pass graduation-level requirements in a second language—which can be English.  If they choose a language other than English for proficiency, they must still pass the English placement exam prior to graduation. Students pursuing a regional concentration outside of China Studies must also pass the required language of that program.

In addition, HNC Certificate students pursuing China Studies:

  • Can petition for a reduction of up to three China Studies course requirements, outside of advanced standing, based on appeal of their HNC transcript*;
  • Must take a minimum of one China Studies course while at SAIS (starting with AY 15/16 students);
  • Must complete the remaining requirements of two additional Asia courses (Asia, SA, SEA, Japan, Korea); may use HNC English courses toward these requirements.
  • Must take or pass Comparative National Systems as one of the two core classes/exams and must pass the program's Capstone.

All students are strongly encouraged to have taken courses in both Chinese domestic and foreign policy.

*To receive credit for courses offered by the Hopkins-Nanjing Center toward the China Studies concentration, students with a certificate from the HNC entering SAIS must submit to the China Studies Program for review and approval a list of those courses completed at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center that they wish to have count as fulfilling the courses on China required for the concentration. As part of the course approval process, students will be asked to provide an official transcript from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center and may be asked to provide supporting materials from the courses for which they are seeking SAIS credit, such as syllabi. Courses from the HNC for which a student has received a grade below a B- will not be eligible for SAIS credit. 

Chinese Proficiency Testing
All applicants to Hopkins-Nanjing Center programs are required to take the Avant Assessment STAMP Chinese proficiency test. Students who intend to have further Chinese language study between taking the test and enrolling in the program should make this clear on the application, as this information can play a role in admissions decisions.
The STAMP test is used to measure proficiency in understanding Mandarin and reading in Chinese. It is composed of two sections: listening comprehension and reading comprehension.  It is an online multiple-choice test that takes about two hours to complete.

Recommended Chinese Language Scores

Program STAMP Test
Certificate 1200 or above
MAIS 1300 or above

Your language background will be taken into consideration in addition to your STAMP score.

Testing Procedures
First, applicants should find a proctor who will agree to administer the test and then complete the STAMP test request form. Anyone in a professional capacity (not a friend or a family member) can serve as a proctor. Professors, work supervisors, university administrators and librarians are all suitable choices to proctor a STAMP test. Test materials will be emailed directly to the proctor, so be sure to include the proctor's current email address. Please email, mail or fax the form along with your $25 testing fee to:
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center
Johns Hopkins-SAIS, Rome Building, Room 509
1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
Fax: 202.663.7729
Email: nanjing@jhu.edu

After you have completed the test, the HNC Office of International Admissions will notify you of your score within two business days.
The test can be taken once every 3 months. All tests should be completed by the application deadline of February 1st.

NOTE: This test is meant to be challenging.  Do not be discouraged if you find it to be difficult! 
As an adaptive test, questions become more difficult as you answer previous questions correctly.  Even if you do not know the answer to a question, try to answer to the best of your ability.  We have found students are generally pleasantly surprised by their score. We hope that all interested students will take the test to gauge their level rather than assuming their language ability is not high enough. You may know more than you think!


Student Life

A Unique Bilingual Learning Community 
The integration of academic and residential environments offers the opportunity for students and faculty to candidly discuss critical political, economic and sociological issues facing China and the world today. At the same time, studying and living with Chinese peers nurtures long-lasting camaraderie and mutual scholastic support. HNC Certificate students live with a roommate while MAIS students can elect to have roommates or live in single rooms.

Student Life
The HNC is a supportive community with a student body of about 170 Chinese and international students, resident international faculty and staff and their families, and more than 80 Chinese faculty and staff members. Extra-curricular and co-curricular activities involving all members of the community enhance students’ learning experience. Students organize and participate in a variety of activities outside the classroom ranging from public speaking to volunteer service.

For more information on life at the HNC from current students, visit the HNC blog.

Modern Facilities
The HNC’s dynamic, bicultural student body is supported by modern, first-rate facilities, including an uncensored library with open stacks, student dormitory, student lounge, cafeteria, and fitness and recreation center.

Student Dormitory

  HNC students study and live in a bicultural community

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center’s bicultural and bilingual learning community extends to all areas of the HNC—including the student dormitory. Certificate students are required to live in the dorms with a roommate, and although it can't be guaranteed, we do our best to pair international and Chinese students together. MAIS students may choose to live with roommates or in a single room. We often hear from students that living with a Chinese roommate was one of the most positive aspects of the program. International and Chinese students not only form lasting friendships, but also can support each other’s coursework.

  Most students live in a double room with a Chinese roommate

The HNC hosts modern facilities to make students feel at home while living in China. Both single and double rooms have a private bathroom with a western-style amenities, a desk with lockable drawers and sufficient closet space. Clean linens are provided once a week. The on-site student laundry room is equipped with inexpensive token-operated washers and dryers.

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Library
The HNC is committed to free and open academic exchange, and houses an uncensored research library considered one of China’s top collections on international affairs. Students have access to more than 120,000 volumes in Chinese and English, 400 periodicals, and electronic assets of both Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University.  USAID support has been invaluable since 1987 in maintaining the collection and funding technology that makes the resources accessible to students and scholars. 
Steven Muller Library Atrium
The library opened with a collection of 10,000 English-language volumes plus a Chinese-language collection of equal size.  The English-language collection initially focused on U.S.-China relations, political science, international affairs, and economics.  As the curriculum matured and expanded the collection has also evolved to include U.S. history and culture, constitutional and international law, energy/resources/environment, international development, and regional studies connected to China’s engagement in the world beyond Asia. 
The HNC library houses over 120,000 volumes in Chinese and English



The Hopkins-Nanjing Center hosts modern, first-rate facilities. In addition to the on-site library, classrooms and residence hall, there spaces for students to study, hang out, exercise and play music. All facilities are heated and air-conditioned, and wireless internet access is provided throughout the HNC. In addition to HNC facilities, students can also use the facilities located on Nanjing University’s campuses. The HNC facilities include:

  • Student lounge with a student-run coffee bar, TV, DVD player and group study tables
  • Cafeteria
  • Fitness room with weight-lifting equipment and a space for yoga/aerobics
  • Music room with a piano, drum kit, electric keyboard, guitars and a gu zheng
  • Art and calligraphy rooms
  • Recreation area with American-style billiards, foosball and Ping-Pong
  • Computer Room
  • Writing Center
  • Laundry facilities with washers and dryers
  • Three rooftop terraces 

Student-run coffee bar in the student lounge

Students, faculty and staff regularly eat meals together in the HNC cafeteria

Students enjoy a BBQ on the second floor rooftop terrace

Student Groups and Activities

The HNC is a small, active community with a student body of about 170 Chinese and international students. Student interests and activities vary from year-to-year based on student interests. HNC students tend to be very involved in campus life and bring their favorite activities from home to the HNC. In past years, students have organized interest groups focused on environmental awareness, public speaking, education, alumni relations, dance, and fitness, to name a few.  View the photos below for a snapshot of HNC student life.

To see the HNC from the student perspective, visit the HNC Blog. Student bloggers regularly write posts on daily life at the HNC.

Student Committee
The HNC student committee, known as the banwei, is elected each semester with two international and two Chinese student representatives. The banwei meets with the HNC co-directors on a regular basis and plans student events throughout the year. One of the most popular events is the annual HNC Halloween Party.

Annual Halloween party organized by the banwei
HNC students can serve the Nanjing community by volunteering as student teachers at local schools. Students have worked with students at primary and vocational schools to strengthen English skills and understanding of Western culture. 


HNC students serve as assistant teachers at a local school
Music Groups
In recent years, some students with musical interests have started playing together at HNC community events and at venues outside of the HNC. Nanjing nightlife offers opportunities for performers—ranging from solo vocalists to full-on rock bands—to hone their craft on the weekends while hitting the books during the week.
Student group playing at an end of year barbecue

Moot Court Teams 
Chinese and international students taking comparative and international law courses at the HNC have the opportunity to form teams to participate in a number of English-language international moot court competitions in China. Mentored by the American and Chinese law faculty, over the years HNC teams and individual oralists have placed highly in several moot court competitions. These include the oldest and largest, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court, as well as the Jean-Pictet International Humanitarian Law Moot Court, the William C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court, and the International Criminal Court Moot Court. HNC moot court teams are highly regarded, in spite of the fact that they are usually the only team from a small institution with no law school.

International Law Moot Court Team
Energy, Resource and Environment (ERE) Interest Group
ERE Interest Group members discuss energy and environmental issues and organize related events. Events have ranged from viewing the Chinese documentary, Under the Dome, to collaborating with faculty to arrange field trips. Recently, the ERE Interest Group has been involved in raising awareness about air quality concerns and working with the HNC community to improve indoor air quality at the Center.
ERE Interest Group
ERE Interest Group on a field trip to Guodian Power Plant

Extracurricular Classes
HNC Students have the opportunity to delve into Chinese culture by taking extracurricular culture classes in erhu, calligraphy and tai chi.
Calligraphy Class
Sports and Fitness Groups
HNC sports teams vary year to year. In past years students have formed basketball teams, weight-lifting groups, yoga groups, dance groups and held ping pong tournaments. Students have also joined various sports associations at Nanjing University or in Nanjing. In years when the Dragon Boat Festival takes place while the HNC program is in session, students form a team to compete in the Nanjing citywide Dragon Boat competition.
HNC Students competing in an intramural basketball game at Nanjing University

HNC Dragon Boat Team in 2011

Living in Nanjing

Despite a population of about 8 million people, Nanjing is only the thirteenth-largest Chinese city. It is conveniently located just about an hour and a half by train to Shanghai. It is the capital of Jiangsu province, the former capital city of multiple Chinese dynasties. Nanjing is a relatively “green city” with tree-lined streets, city parks and nearby mountains.

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center is located on Nanjing University’s old campus, in the heart of Nanjing. The surrounding area is filled with Chinese restaurants, western-style restaurants, coffee shops and markets. Students can also find some favorites from home at a nearby store that sells imported food and other items. The HNC is also located within walking distance of the city metro, making the city of Nanjing even more accessible to students.

Career Services
China’s increased importance on a global stage is now well established. Regardless of your interest, be it government relations, law, energy and the environment, travel and tourism, human rights, education, or financial markets, China will continue to have a major impact. The Career Services provided at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center will help you in the process of identifying and achieving your career goal.

Career Outcomes
HNC alumni can be found working in dynamic roles around the world that include a wide range of career industries.
Click here for an overview of recent career outcomes.

                                         Visit to HSBC in Hong Kong on the Asia Career Trek

To serve the career needs of HNC students and alumni by providing high quality, client-oriented services designed to assist them in managing their professional development. We market the HNC as a source of talent and leadership to employers and build a global network of contacts that serve students and alumni.

Career Counseling
The HNC provides an on-site career counselor to help you in your career planning. Students can schedule appointments with the career counselor to discuss individual career needs. Topics typically range from narrowing your career path to assessing offers and how to succeed on the job. In addition to appointments, career services offers weekly drop-in hours for any immediate career needs that develop.

Group Workshops
In addition to individual appointments, the HNC career counselor conducts group workshops on career development topics. These workshops are sequenced to help give students a step-by-step foundation in their career planning. Topics include:

  • Selecting a career path
  • Identifying professional skills and interests
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment
  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Effective networking
  • Successful interviewing
  • Assessing job/internship offers and salary negotiation

Additional topics may be offered throughout the course of the year.

Professional Development Course
HNC students have the option of participating in the Professional Development Course (the PDC). This course is designed to provide structure and guidance for students in defining and achieving their career objectives. As part of the course, students will complete a Professional Development Plan (PDP), a step-by-step guide to work towards achieving their career goals.

Career Treks
HNC students have the opportunity to participate in SAIS Career Services career trips, or “treks.” Career Treks are designed to have students meet face-to-face with practitioners from a variety of sectors to gain first-person insights as to organizations’ strategies, operations, challenges, and hiring needs and processes. Additionally, trek participants have the opportunity to meet and network with supportive alumni.   In Asia, there are treks to Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Some employers who have hosted students in the past include:

  • Amazon
  • APCO
  • Baidu
  • Bain
  • Citi
  • Deloitte
  • Economist Intelligence Unit
  • The Gates Foundation
  • Goldman Sachs
  • HSBC
  • Huawei
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • JP Morgan
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Pfizer
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • US Government

For a complete list of the other SAIS career trek locations, please visit the SAIS Career Services page

Presentations by External Organizations
Throughout the year, organizations send representatives to the HNC to share information about their organization, industry, strategy, and recruitment process. During these presentations students learn first-hand about various career paths and how they may be able to leverage their education and previous experience in a professional capacity.

                                          Andrew Au, CEO of Citi China, speaks at the HNC

Employer visits include private, nonprofit and government organizations. Recent visits have included:

  • Apple
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai
  • Chervon
  • Deloitte
  • Internationale Projekt Consult GMBH
  • KPMG
  • NPR  
  • Omnicom Media Group
  • Solidiance
  • US Embassy in Beijing

Mini-Courses and Skills Courses

Mini Courses
The HNC hosts professionally focused mini courses throughout the year taught by practitioners in various fields. Through mini courses students can learn about current issues companies and organizations face in China today while also developing skills needed for professional success. Recent mini courses have included the following topics:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Doing Business in China
  • Data Analytics
  • Cross-Cultural Banking
  • Microsoft Excel

Mini courses are non-credit, non-graded courses that do not appear on students’ transcripts. Registration information will be provided as courses are scheduled.

Skills Courses
In addition to the courses taught as part of the HNC curriculum, students can register for online skills courses through SAISWorks, the SAIS online career management software. These courses are taught throughout the year and are available to all HNC students. Available courses include:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Finance
  • Spreadsheet Modeling
  • Quantitative Methods
  • IT for Management

HNC Students have access to SAISWorks, the SAIS Career Services online career management software. SAISWorks gives students access to job and internship postings, various guides and career development resources, and a wide range of other functions. 


HNC Career Outcomes
HNC graduates can be found globally and in a wide range of career industries. With the HNC’s 30 years of history, the HNC has a network of more than 2,800 alumni. The close-knit feel of the HNC community often extends past the end of the program, and alumni organize events in major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Washington, DC, San Francisco and New York. The HNC often invites alumni back to Nanjing to share their experiences and connect with current HNC students.
Employment by Industry

This data reflects the employment outcomes of international graduates from the classes of 2012-2014
*Includes Management, Political Risk, Strategic, and Education Consulting
**Includes Teaching and Education Administration  

Sample of Recent Career Outcomes (2012-2016)

HNC Certificate Graduates
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Foreign Policy Magazine
  • Bank of China
  • Google
  • The Brookings Institution
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Apple
  • Columbia University
MAIS Graduates
  • Deloitte
  • Apple
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Bernstein Institute for Human Rights at New York University
  • KPMG China
  • Edelman
  • Tesla Motors
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Frontier Strategy Group
  • Weber Shandwick
  • US-China Cultural Institute
HNC Certificate/SAIS MA Graduates
  • International Trade Administration
  • Congressional-Executive Commission on China
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • RAND Corporation
  • J.P. Morgan
  • World Resources Institute
  • The World Bank
  • U.S. Department of State



Are you able to understand the sentences above?
If so, we encourage you to explore the tabs to the left to learn more about the application process. Ideal applicants have Chinese proficiency at the intermediate to advanced level, have studied or lived abroad in China, and have an interest in a pursuing a career related to international relations. Apply now through our online application.

HNC Fellowships
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center makes every effort to support students with funding their education. 100% of students who apply for financial aid by the application deadline of February 1st will receive a fellowship. Visit the fellowships and financial aid page to learn more.

Hear from HNC Alumni
With the HNC’s 30 years of history, HNC graduates become part of a global alumni network of over 2,600 members. Watch this video of HNC alumni sharing advice for developing careers related to China. The HNC co-hosted this event, “Building China into Your Career” with Project Pengyou in December 2015.

Attend an Information Session
Throughout the year, HNC Admissions representatives visit U.S. campuses and study abroad programs in China. To see if an admissions representative is coming to your school or program, consult our recruiting calendar. Admissions representatives will also be hosting virtual information sessions with current HNC students and faculty members. Recruitment events will be posted over the summer.

Speak with an Admissions Representative
 If you have any questions about the application or your qualifications, please call 1.800.362.6546 to speak with an admissions representative, or email nanjing@jhu.edu.
Application Process
College graduates with an intermediate to advanced level of Chinese language study are invited to apply to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.
The Application
  • Application form
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Additional essays (for MAIS and HNC Certificate/SAIS MA applicants only)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Résumé or CV
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Non-refundable application fee of $85
  • Chinese language test (STAMP) score
  • GRE or GMAT (MAIS and HNC Certificate/SAIS MA applicants only)
  • TOEFL or IELTS (non-native English speakers only)

The application deadline for all HNC programs is February 1.

We encourage applicants to submit their applications early, if possible, so that we will have time to send notification of missing materials. Students should take the STAMP Chinese language proficiency exam and GRE (if applicable) in time so that scores arrive to the Washington Office before the application deadline. 

Please go to the Apply Now section of the website to begin the application process. Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions by late March. Those who are accepted and who intend to enroll must submit a non-refundable matriculation fee of $500 by April 21 to reserve their place. 

Checklist for Applying to the HNC
  1. Take the STAMP Chinese Proficiency Exam..
  2. If you are applying for the MAIS or HNC certificate/SAIS MA, take the GRE or GMAT. Use the SAIS code of 5610-0000 when requesting official GRE scores (or the code KGB-GX-99 when requesting GMAT scores).
  3. Two letters of recommendation are required, and the best way to submit recommendations is through our online application system. Applicants may register recommenders online, and the application system will communicate with them directly to ensure secure delivery of the recommendation. If a recommender does not wish to use the online system, he or she may mail the recommendation to us in a sealed envelope or fax it directly to 202.663.7729. You may submit at most one letter of recommendation from a Chinese language instructor. The second letter should speak to other aspects of your academic and professional career.
  4. Request official transcripts from any institutions at which you've taken undergraduate or graduate-level courses and have them mailed to the Washington Office.
  5. Complete the online application form and essay(s).
  6. Complete the financial aid application form. (Optional)
  7. Pay the non-refundable $85 application fee through the online application.
Citizens of the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao should contact nanjing@jhu.edu for eligibility requirements. 

If you have questions about the application process or your qualifications, please call 1.800.362.6546 to speak with an admissions coordinator, or email nanjing@jhu.edu.


Tuition & Financial Aid
We understand that financing an education at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center can be a challenge for some students. Below, we present a basic tuition and housing fee break-down for our programs. Be sure to check out the Fellowships tab on the left-hand side of the screen to learn more about our many fellowship opportunities.

Tuition and Fees
The cost of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center's Certificate program is comparable to other graduate programs in the US. The cost of a master's degree is slightly less expensive than a SAIS master's degree in DC. The HNC delivers a strong product through its academic program, its study and living facilities, its career development and its alumni network. We are certain that the benefits of the program far outweigh the costs, as it will increase your earning potential and contacts for the future.

Estimated costs for the 2015-2016 academic year are:
Tuition, Certificate $22,500
Tuition, MAIS $39,964
Housing, Certificate $1,600
Housing, single occupancy $3,200
Housing, double occupancy $1,600
Health Insurance (estimated) $1,900
Matriculation Fee (non-refundable) $500

Note: All prices are estimates and subject to change. The school reserves the right to change information contained on this website without prior notice.

Johns Hopkins health insurance is mandatory for all international students without comparable coverage.

Additional Expenses

  • International Airfare
  • Board (estimated at around $8/day)
  • Personal and Living Expenses

Tuition bills are emailed in July and November. Tuition fees are due by the beginning of classes each semester

Living Expenses
The cost of living in Nanjing is low compared to the U.S., or even compared to Beijing and Shanghai. The amount individual students need to live will vary greatly depending on their habits and preferences, so it is difficult to predict precisely how much money an individual student will spend. Factors influencing the cost of living are frequency of eating outside the Center (especially at foreign restaurants) and the frequency and style of any traveling done during breaks.


The Hopkins-Nanjing Center offers substantial financial aid including fellowships based on a combination of merit and need. To qualify for financial aid, please complete the Financial Aid Application Form included in the HNC application. Applications received by the February application deadline will be given first priority for all available funds.

HNC Fellowships
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center has a financial aid budget to support students who have both financial need and academic merit. The goal is to make the Center affordable to students with the qualifications to contribute to and benefit from the academic programs in Nanjing. Scholarships covering differing levels of need are available to incoming students. No student will be turned away for financial reasons. 100% of HNC students who apply for financial aid before the February 1st deadline will receive a fellowship, regardless of their program choice.The HNC also has a limited number of full tuition fellowships available.

Future Leader Fellowship for MAIS Students
Thanks to the generosity of the HNC alumni and donor community, we are able to offer a limited number of Future Leader Fellowships to incoming MAIS students in the amount of $10,000 per year of study.  Future Leader Fellows will also be eligible for additional HNC fellowship funding over this $10,000 based on need, merit, and availability.

This support was made possible due to generous donations from companies, foundations, and individuals such as:

  • The Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg
  • The Hassenfeld Family Foundation, in honor of Stephen D. Hassenfeld
  • Stephen O. Lesser
  • Michael W. and Christa G. Percopo
  • The Starr Foundation
  • Friends and family of former HNC faculty member James Townsend and his wife Sandy Perry
  • Alumni of the HNC

To qualify for any HNC fellowships, applicants must submit the HNC Financial Aid Application by February 1.  This short, two-page form can be found in the downloadable forms section of the online application.

* Center fellowships are available to citizens of all countries except the PRC, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Federal Loans
Federal direct loans are available to U.S. students who demonstrate need as calculated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA may be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Paper copies of the application are typically available at your local library or university. The HNC uses the SAIS Title IV FAFSA code, which is E00474. 

Loans are handled through the Department of Education Direct Lending program in which loan money is dispersed directly to the university without banks or guaranteeing agencies. Loan amounts will show on the bill as a credit, and refunds will be mailed to you or deposited in a bank account of your choice.

Other Financial Aid Resources
There are many organizations that can provide funding for your studies. We encourage you to look for additional funding. You should, however, begin applying for  fellowships as soon as possible because many organizations require that you apply months in advance of attending graduate school.
The following links may provide you with some useful information:

Frequently Asked Questions

We hope that the responses below will answer your questions. Please contact us via phone at 1-800-362-6546 or email at nanjing@jhu.edu with additional questions.

Must I have three years of formal classroom Chinese in order to apply?
Not necessarily. All applicants to the program must submit scores from the STAMP Chinese language proficiency exam in order to demonstrate their Chinese language ability.  Three or more years of Chinese usually results in an admissible score. Those with less classroom experience may apply, especially in the case of prolonged tenure in Asia or a family background involving Chinese. Admission into the master's degree program requires a higher level of Chinese proficiency than the Certificate program. Click here for more information on the Chinese language proficiency examinations.

Must I be in a graduate program to be eligible to attend the Center?
No. Many students complete the Certificate program as a bridge between their undergraduate education and graduate school or between finishing their undergraduate degree and accepting a job in Asia. A number of students have already completed another graduate degree and/or have several years of work experience. The Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) degree offered in Nanjing is fully accredited by both The Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University.

Is the Center open to only Hopkins/SAIS students?
No. The Center welcomes applications from qualified applicants worldwide. Each year, approximately 10% of the International students studying at the Center are non-U.S. citizens.  In the past, we have accepted students from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and Zambia, among others.

What does a "background in China studies" mean?
"Background" refers to courses in Chinese history, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, etc. It is not absolutely essential, but the majority of Center students have a background in these areas to draw upon.  There are no specific prerequisites for students attending the Center, though M.A. candidates planning on pursuing a concentration in International Economics are expected to have taken at least introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics courses before enrolling.

How do I arrange the Chinese proficiency test?
In order to take the STAMP test, applicants must designate a proctor (ex: professor, T.A., departmental administrator, supervisor, etc.) who agrees to administer the exam. Applicants should then fill out the STAMP Test Request Form, which must be signed by the designated proctor and returned to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Washington Support Office.  The STAMP test should be taken before the application deadline.

What is the most important part of the application?
There is no single most important part. Chinese language proficiency serves as a fundamental indicator of whether a student will be able to handle the coursework in Nanjing, but each component of the application serves to provide the Admissions Committee with a more complete picture of each applicant and helps them decide who would be suitable for study at the Center.

Can I apply to both the Certificate and MAIS programs?
Yes. However, applicants must submit a MAIS application and indicate that they would like to be considered for the HNC Certificate program on the application form. Applicants can only submit one application to one program.

What are my chances of being accepted?
Unfortunately, the answer to this question is too specifically-related to individual situations to be posted effectively here. Applicants who are concerned about being admitted to the program should call us at 1-800-362-6546 to discuss our admission requirements in detail.

Can I write my essay in Chinese or submit additional materials in Chinese?
No, we can only accept application materials in English. The Admissions Committee is a diverse group, comprised of Hopkins-Nanjing Center staff and alumni as well as SAIS deans and faculty. In order to ensure that each application is thoroughly read by all members of the committee, we ask that applicants only submit materials in English. The committee will use individuals' Chinese language proficiency exam score and previous Chinese language coursework to assess Chinese language ability.

My transcripts are not in English. Will you accept them?
No. Undergraduate transcripts not issued in English must be officially translated and sent to our office. Applicants who have completed additional coursework (i.e. at a Chinese university) may send unofficial translations of those transcripts.

My recommendations are not in English. Will you accept them?
No, we can only accept application materials in English.  The Admissions Committee is a diverse group comprised of Hopkins-Nanjing Center staff and alumni as well as SAIS deans and faculty. In order to ensure that each application is thoroughly read by all members of the Committee, we ask that applicants only submit materials in English. We will, however, accept officially translated recommendations.

Can letters of recommendation be faxed or emailed?
The best way to submit recommendations is through our online application system. Applicants may register recommenders online and the application system will communicate with them directly to ensure secure delivery of the recommendation. If a recommender does not wish to use the online system, he or she may mail the recommendation directly to us in a sealed envelope.

What is the Institution Code for my test scores?
Applicants should have all test scores officially sent to the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C. The ETS code is 5610. No department code is required. We are unable to receive scores sent to other divisions of Johns Hopkins University.

Do I need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)?
Applicants planning to apply to the MAIS or HNC Certificate/SAIS MA must submit either GRE or GMAT scores and are advised to take the exam before our February 1 deadline. It takes approximately 3 weeks after testing to receive scores.  Applicants for the Certificate program are not required to take the GRE.

Do I need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)?
Non-native speakers of English are required to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting a recent TOEFL or IELTS score. However, applicants who have attended two or more years at a university where the primary language of instruction is English do NOT need to submit these scores.

Do I need to submit transcripts for every college-level class I have taken?
We require transcripts for all degree courses. For non-degree courses/programs, we strongly recommend - but do not require - that applicants submit a transcript, as well.

What should I write in my statement of purpose?
Applicants should discuss why they wish to attend the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, and how this education will help facilitate their ultimate career goals. This is each prospective student's opportunity for the Admissions Committee to get to know him or her, so we suggest that applicants also tell us more about who they are and how selected past experiences have shaped their goals and educational aspirations.

What are the payment options for the application fee?
The application fee may be paid through the online application with a credit card (Visa or Mastercard), or by mailing in a credit card authorization form, check or money order.  Please make checks or money orders out to "Johns Hopkins University" and mail them to us at: Hopkins-Nanjing Center Office of International Admissions; 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW; Washington, DC 20036.

Is the application fee refundable or are fee waivers granted?The application fee is non-refundable. Fee waivers are granted in cases of financial need. Applicants wishing to request a fee waiver should ask the financial aid office at their college or university to submit a letter requesting the waiver on their behalf.

Where do I send application materials?
Most of the application materials (recommendations, essays, application form and payment) can be submitted through our online application system. Additional materials should be mailed to Hopkins-Nanjing Center Office of International Admissions; 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW; Washington, DC  20036

When do I need to take the STAMP?
We ask that you take the STAMP Chinese language proficiency exam before the application deadline. We do not accept HSK scores. All applicants are required to take the STAMP test.

How soon will I find out about my STAMP results after taking the test? How will I be notified?
Applicants will be notified via email of their score within two business days of completing the STAMP test.

What is the deadline to apply?
All application materials must be received by our office by February 1.  

Do you accept late applications?
Late applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Applicants wishing to apply late should contact the admissions office at 1-800-362-6546.

When and how will I receive my admissions decision?
Admissions decisions will be sent out via email and regular mail by late March. Applicants should be sure to include a current mailing address on the application form, and notify us if the listed email or mailing address changes after submitting the application.

Does the Center offer a summer language program?
No. The Center no longer hosts a summer Chinese language program. Students interested in taking a summer language program in China should apply directly to individual language programs. 

Can I start my studies at the Center in the spring semester?
No. Students in the Certificate program gain maximum benefit from the Center by attending for two semesters in a contiguous academic year. This allows students to develop important relationships with their fellow students and faculty, and make the most of the Center's academic course offerings. MA students must also begin in the fall in order to complete a sequence required of all students in the program.

How many hours are Center students in class each week?
Certificate students take three to four courses a semester which each meet twice a week for an hour and a half. They are additionally encouraged to cross-register into courses in their non-target language and pursue independent studies. Master's students will take four courses per semester except for the last semester, during which the thesis will be the primary focus.

What is it like to take graduate level classes in Chinese?
All students go through an adjustment period of becoming familiar with academic Chinese and expanding their vocabulary at the beginning of the year.  Since HNC courses are content courses, students are primarily evaluated on their understanding and analysis of the course topics rather than on grammar patterns and drills. Coursework often includes class discussions, oral presentations, debates and written reports. Check out this blog post on the coursework at the HNC for more examples and what to expect at the HNC.  Former student and current admissions representative, Lauren Szymanski, reflects on her very first class at the HNC in this blog post.

Are there opportunities to work while I am at the Center?
The residence permit issued to Hopkins-Nanjing Center students does not allow students to work while they are in Nanjing. Center students have had internships during the month-long winter break and during the summer, but there are minimal opportunities for employment to pay for fees or living expenses.  A limited number of students may be awarded federal work-study funds, and will have the option of accepting work-study positions at the Center.  The majority of students, however, should not expect to find part-time work while enrolled in the program.

Can my student loans be deferred while I am in Nanjing?
Yes. The Washington Support Office can process loan deferment forms upon matriculation in Nanjing.

Do I have to live at the Center? With a roommate?
Unless accompanied by a spouse and/or dependent, all students are required to live at the Center. Students who will be accompanied by a spouse and/or dependents must arrange for off-campus housing.  Certificate students live in doubles with Chinese roommates. M.A. students have the option of requesting either singles or doubles.

Nanjing Recruiting Calendar



Contact Us
Admissions Office:
Hopkins-Nanjing Center
Office of International Admissions
1619 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC 20036
1.800.362.6545 | 202.663.5800

Career Services:
Hopkins-Nanjing Center
Nanjing Career Services
Nanjing University
Nanjing, China 210093

Visit Campus

To visit the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, contact John Urban at jurban@hnc.nju.edu.cn.  Note that the HNC is closed from July until September and during Chinese New Year break.  To visit the Admissions Office in Washington, D.C., contact nanjing@jhu.edu

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Perspectives from Alumni of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center

Starting with just 60 students in 1986, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center now boasts an extraordinary alumni community of more than 2,800 graduates, working throughout the UnitedStates, China, and the broader international community. We asked a few to share their thoughts with us on the impact that the HNC has had on their lives in our alumni video: Why Hopkins-Nanjing?.

HNC Alumni Recollections
Alumni of the HNC have been improving understanding between China and the world through careers in government, business, teaching, journalism, and more for almost three decades!  As we prepare to celebrate the HNC’s 30th anniversary in June 2016,  we are collecting alumni recollections about what their experience at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center has meant to them and their career.

Have a story to tell about your HNC experience? Let us know! Stay tuned as we add the stories of HNC alumni.

Hopkins-Nanjing Center 30th Anniversary Celebration
The HNC will be celebrating its 30th year with an Anniversary Celebration in Nanjing on June 17-19th. We thank you for your contribution to our growth and success throughout the years, and hope that you can make it to this special event. To register for the event, please visit our 30th Anniversary Registration website.

Connect with Alumni
If you have questions about finding alumni in your area, would like to arrange an alumni event, or need to update your contact information, please contact the alumni relations team at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Washington Office.

Annual Alumni Events
Join us at one of our alumni events this year. All HNC and SAIS alumni, community members, and donors are welcome.

United States

In Washington, DC:

  • HNC and SAIS China Studies Chinese New Year Reception (February 9, 2016)
  • HNC and SAIS China Studies Summer Reception (July/August)

In New York, NY:

  • HNC Chinese New Year Dim Sum (February 5, 2016)

Peoples Republic of China

Alumni Clubs
Sign up for the Johns Hopkins Shanghai Alumni Club mailing list or the Hopkins Club of Beijing mailing list to learn more about the activities and events they hold year-round.

Other Alumni Activities
HNC alumni are welcome in all SAIS alumni communities. They can also learn more about other HNC alumni activities through the Chinese HNC website or by contacting Zhang Jipei in Nanjing.

If you have questions about finding alumni in your area, would like to arrange an alumni event, or need to update your contact information, please contact the alumni relations team at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Washington Office.

HNC Class Notes

Have you moved? Changed jobs? Gotten married? Maybe you've had children! Click here to tell your classmates by writing a class note.

Class of 1987

Rosemary (Draper) Gallant HNC’87 is a member of the senior foreign commercial service. She served as the principal commercial officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing from 2008-13 and is currently the senior commercial officer in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is married to Jonathan Gallant, a U.S. State Department Foreign Service Department specialist.
Harry Sullivan HNC’87 departed as principle officer in the U.S. Consulate Nagoya to assume the position of the political counselor in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad during the summer of 2014. He returned recently to the Washington metropolitan area to start work on a Master of Strategic Studies degree at the Marine Corps War College, specializing in leadership and ethics.

Daniel Xi Fu HNC’87, JHU ’90 is a Chinese language assistant professor at the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, Ca. During the past years, he has received the teaching excellency award twice from the DLI commandant.

Class of 1988

David Youtz HNC’88 became the Yale-China Association Executive Director in June 2015. David, Mary Child ’88 and their daughters returned from Hong Kong in 2011, where David was CEO of Mother’s Choice, an NGO providing family and social services in China, Hong Kong, India, and Cambodia. David has also held senior positions at World Monuments Fund and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. He and Mary left their long-time New Jersey home in August 2015 and moved to Woodbridge, CT.

Brian Linden HNC’88 opened his third heritage hotel in one of pre-revolutionary China's largest private residences. The Linden Centre, Brian's first site, was recently selected by Tripadvisor.com as the top hotel in China. He and his wife, Jeanee, who are playing a major role in China's move toward a more sustainable development of rural tourism resources, are working on sites in protected structures along the Burmese border in Tengchong and the Wa ethnic area of Cangyuan.

Qunjian (John) Tian HNC’88 was promoted to full professor in May 2016 at Connecticut College. He resides in New London, CT.

Class of 1989

Charles Ragen HNC’89, is an entrepreneur in Seattle providing stone fabrication and logistics for the creation of public and private spaces such as Stern Grove in San Francisco, St James in Seattle, and carvings for sculptor R. Deutsch at Chevy Chase Metro and Penrose Square in Arlington, VA. He and his spouse, Wenjun, enjoy showing visitors from China and beyond the grand vistas and culture of the Pacific North-west. Their Beijing-born daughter, Sarah, graduates with the JHU class of 2016.

Cynthia Griffin HNC’89, SAIS’86 is completing her tour in Perth, Australia where she is serving as U.S. Consul General. Her next Foreign Service assignment will take her to Beijing where she will serve as Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs beginning in the summer of 2017. Since it will be a three-year posting, she looks forward to being actively engaged with events surrounding the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.

Since 2005, Kenneth Jarrett HNC’89 has been living in Shanghai. Since September 2013, he has been president of the American Chamber of Commerce (Shanghai), which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015, providing the occasion for special programming and rediscovery of the organization's rich history, now immortalized in a book and a short video. Ken did most of the research for both and wrote the historical survey section of the book.


Class of 1990

Lisa Claypool HNC’90, professor, historian of art and design, and expanded fielder at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, is writing a book about intersections of science and art in modern China. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Asian Studies; positions: Asia critique Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Art in China; Cross-Currents: East Asian Culture and History Review; The International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society; and other volumes and exhibition catalogues.
Yan Peng HNC’90, former regional director of East Asia for C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and China director of Clean Air Asia, works on the Expert Group of China Green Freight Initiative is led by the Ministry of Transport of China. She is also chief expert with the Wuhan Research Center of C40 Cities Low Carbon Actions and senior advisor of the Smart Freight Center. Once of China’s leader in advancing pro bono culture, she is chairman of China Pro Bono Link in Beijing.

Class of 1991

After many years working in the electric power industry, Heather Mehta HNC’91 plans to transition into the non-profit world and return to her passion and roots in the Asia/international arena. Mehta lives in Dublin, Calif., in San Francisco East Bay. She married to Rahul Mehta and the have two daughters. In 2015, she resigned from firm where she worked for more than 16 years as a consultant to the electric power industry.

Class of 1992

Anthony Kuhn HNC’92 has worked as Beijing correspondent for NPR since 2005, also spending time reporting on Europe and Southeast Asia. Previously, he worked for the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Los Angeles Times, and other media. He said he feels lucky to be researching and informing listeners/readers about topics that intrigued him as a student at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. He has interviewed his former teachers and returned to the center to speak to students about his work.
Katherine Casey HNC’92, A&S ’01, who is director for Asia Pacific in the Government Relations Department at ExxonMobil in Washington, D.C. They have once son, Austin.

Class of 1993

Francis Bassolino HNC’93 works out of Shanghai consulting for (mostly) private equity finds building businesses in Asia. The rapid pace of change is causing destruction and creation on a large scale and, last summer, the demand for consulting services spiked. Bassolino plans to continue to sell picks and axes to those who are building businesses to capture their share of the China dream (because, as he notes, there will be winners) and ambulance and repair services to those injured in the battles.
France Pepper HNC’93 is the founder and director of China Insider, a China cultural consultancy focused on art, business and culture. Pepper advises and appraises art for private collectors and institutions and curates high-level cultural trips to China and Asia. Her company also consults for U.S. luxury and lifestyle businesses interested in offering high-touch services to Chinese travelers to the United States. Concurrently, she lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Chinese and Asian art.

Class of 1994

Kevin Crowe HNC’94 lives and works in Hong Kong in the marine electronics and boating and yachting industry, combining his love and passion for yachting and his 20+ years of Asia business experience. He also enjoys using his Chinese now and again.

Class of 1996

Huaijin Bao HNC’96 is managing director of Citi Commercial Bank at Citibank in China. She run Citi China middle market business, which provides banking support and services to fast-growing medium and large Chinese private-sector corporations. She manages a team with more than 30 people across the China franchise. Bao is married, has one son, and currently based in Shanghai.

Class of 1997

Malia K. Du Mont HNC’97 moved to New York City to undertake new challenges and now works as director of strategy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She remains in the Army Reserve, where she is an intelligence officer and serves on the China Desk in the U.S. Pacific Commands Directorate for Strategic Planning and Policy.

James Leibold HNC’97 is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on ethnic issues in China and has published widely on the modern history of China’s early 120 million ethnic minorities; contemporary ethnic relations; ethnic policy and theory; ethnic minority education; the Han majority; and ethnic identity articulation online. He is currently a senior lecturer in politics and Asian studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.
Brock Wilson HNC’97 is a private banker in the Asian Client Group at Citi where he advises ultra-high net worth clients on their investments. After many years in greater China as a U.S. diplomat and banker at Credit Suisse, Wilson and his family relocated to the United States in mid-2014. Brock and his wife have two children, aged 12 and 14.

Class of 1998

Xinghong Hua HNC’93, ’98 is managing director and head of China at Cereberus Capital Management LP, a leading global investment company headquartered in New York City. He recently joined the Hopkins-Nanjing Advisory Council.
Mingjiang Li HNC’98 is an associate professor at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He is also the coordinator of the China Program at RSIS. His main interests include China-ASEAN relations, Sino-U.S. relations, Asia-Pacific security, and domestic sources of Chinese foreign policy. He is the author or editor of 12 books and has published in various peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Strategic Studies and Harvard Quarterly. Li frequently participates in track-two events on East Asian regional security.

Class of 1999

Jiayang Jin, the 10-year old son of Zhendai Yang HNC’99, had a successful solo piano recital at the Steinway Music Hall of Nanjing, China, on July 17. Jin started learning piano at age 5 and was admitted to the precollege at Manhattan School of Music in 2013. He won the Gold Award in the 7th International Youth Culture and Art Festival Piano Competition in 2015. His proud mother, Zhendai, lives in New York.

Class of 2000

Christies Caldweel HNC’00 is the director of consulting for APAC at Aperian Global, a consulting firm focused on global talent development and strategy. She is the co-author of the recently published Leading Across New Borders: How to Succeed as the Center Shifts, which looks at economic and political power shifts and asks what they mean for global business leaders and organizations. Caldwell currently lives in Shanghai, China.
Karen Fang HNC’00 is working in Beijing and Shanghai, as Director and Partner of G2S Creative Workshop.
Bradley Turner HNC’00 serves as the founding American principal at Shanghai Qibao Dwight High School in Shanghai, China.

Class of 2001

Christina Wu Covault HNC’01 is an assistant United States attorney in Phoenix, Ariz., where she prosecutes violent crimes that occur on Indian reservations. In June, she completed her term as president of the Phoenix Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and remains active on its board. She and her husband, Jason, are happily juggling full-time careers and parenting their son Grayson, who will turn 2 in December.
Ah-Young Kin HNC’01 is a political affairs officer in the Department of Political affairs in the Security Council Affairs Division at the United Nations in New York. She is working on sanctions related to the Democratic People Republic of Korea and supports the work of the Panel of Experts. She had worked for the United Nations since 2005, covering political humanitarian affairs focused on the Asia-Pacific region. She is a mother of three: Gabriella, 9; Luke, 6; and Max, 4.

Class of 2002

Mahlet Getachew HNC’02 lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is Senior Legal Counsel at GoPro. He looks forward to the 30th Anniversary of the Hopkins Nanjing Center this June.
Gary L How HNC’02 is a freelance photo journalist and writes. He lives in Traverse City, Michigan. He is also an adjunct instructor at Northwestern Michigan College, teaching world regional geography-class, he says, where in each chapter he is compelled to mention China. In addition, he has pursued an interest in urban planning and currently holds an elected position on the City Commission in Traverse City. He maintains a photography website blogs about urban planning.
Xiaoping Zhao HNC’02, a leading member of the Hopkins Club of Beijing, is the deputy director-general at Kunming National Hi-tech Park. He is in charge of investment promotion, economic development, scientific and technical innovation, and international cooperation for the park. He finished his post-doctoral research with the Chinese Academy of Governance in July 2015 and has been on the reviewing committee for the recruitment program of Global Experts (Chinese Qian Ren Jia Hua).

Class of 2003

Luke Robinson HNC’03 is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Film Studies in the Department of Media and Film Studies, University of Sussex. He resides in London, UK.

Class of 2004

Edwin Van Bibber-Orr HNC’04 is assistant professor of Chinese at Syracuse University. After graduating from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, he pursued a PhD in Chinese literature at Yale University, taking a year off in between to live with two friends in a diminutive, uninsulated cabin on a Vermont lake. He finished his PhD in 2013. He is working on a book, Writing Women: A Genealogy of the Chinese Female Poet.

Class of 2005

Morgan Jones HNC’05 finished his Executive MBA with Cornell University and started a new role as Senior Emergency Management Specialist with NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, focusing on the entire medical center's business Continuity, Risk Management and Emergency Response. Morgan resides in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY with his wife, Zoe, and still manages to use his Mandarin.

Class of 2006

Jimmy Lau HNC’06 is a co-founder and creative director at Stuart & Lau, an e-commerce men’s luggage and accessories lifestyle brand based in New York and Hong Kong started this year. He divides his time between both cities.
Xi Chen HNC’06 is assistant professor pf public health and economics at Yale University. He is a faculty fellow at the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies, research fellow at the Yale Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies, and faculty adviser of the Yale-China Association. He serves as associate editor of China Health Review and is on the planning committee of the China Health Policy and Management Society. Chen lives in New Haven, Conn with his wife and daughter.

Class of 2008

Desmond Fang HNC’06, ’08 is director of finance and business operations with Samba TV, a television data analytics software provider in San Francisco, where he manages day-to-day business operations and investor relations. Previously, Fang was vice president with AKP Capital, a private equity firm in Hong Kong. There he co-managed an RMB public-private fund with the Chinese city of Nanjing. Fang is on the University of Arizona Alumni Leadership Council and advises on the university’s China growth initiatives.
Bryan Pruden HNC’08 is a director of asset protection at Ralph Lauren in Hong Kong. After graduation from the HNC, he joined a China-based consultancy helping multinational companies navigate fraud and security risks throughout greater China. Since moving to an in-house position with Ralph Lauren, he conducts a wide range of investigations, audits, and security assessments throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Class of 2011

Carlos Casanova HNC’11 is an economist at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria in Hong Kong. He is responsible for following key macroeconomic and geopolitical developments in Asia and China. Casanova’s expertise focuses on aspects of Chinese trade and foreign investments, particularly with other emerging markets in Asia and Latin America. He has publisjed numerous academic articles and has appeared in several international media outlets including: Bloomberg, Bruegel, Business Spectator, Expansion, La Tribune, and Nikkei Asian Review.
Jansen Givens HNC’11 is working at the Confucius Institute at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK.
Bernard Geoxavier HNC’11, a middle school Chinese teacher at Avenues: The World School in New York City is a member of the New York Army National Guard. In September 2015, he graduated from the accelerated Officer Candidate School program at Fort Indiantown Gap, Penn., and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He teaches Chinese to students in grades five through eights and leads spring break language and cultural immersion trips to Beijing.
Jonathan Hwang HNC’11 is a U.S. Foreign Service officer serving as a consular officer in Shenyang, China. In his previous posting, Hwang served as a political officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.
Christopher Liu HNC’09, ’11 is director of Mobile Gaming at VNG Corporation, the largest Internet Company in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, reaching more than 10 million users, and lectured on online gaming in Korea, China, Singapore, and Thailand.
Brendon Stewart HNC’11 is a retail management professional with Amazon.com in Seattle. He leads Amazon’s digital video games category and is responsible for profit-and-loss management and content acquisition. In his two years at Amazon, Stewart has led some of the largest product launches in the company’s history and had managed strategic partnerships with Microsoft Xbox, Disney, Riot Games, and Mojang.

Class of 2012

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian HNC’12 was recently promoted to assistant editor at Foreign Policy magazine in Washington, D.C. After receiving a highly competitive fellowship from the International Reporting project to report on religion in China, her research was featured in two long-form covers on Foreign Policy’s website, with another feature length article upcoming.
Jake Clark HNC’12 will receive his JD from Michigan State University College of Law in May 2016. He is currently interning in the appellate chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at The Hague, Netherlands for the duration of the fall 2015 semester. After graduation, he hopes to continue to pursue a career in law with a focus on US/China legal relations, immigration law, public interest, and human rights.

Class of 2013

Maximilian Dunn HNC’12, ’13 lives in Chicago and works with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York doing foreign exchange analysis. He focuses on China and the UK.  

Class of 2014

David Fishman HNC’14 lives in Shanghai, China, where he is a project manager at Nicobar Group, a consulting firm helping US firms in the nuclear energy space do business in China.
Hannah Hindel HNC’14 is a second-year master’s student in the Asian studies program at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. Last summer she interned for the Department of State’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Office of Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Affairs. She is now a research intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies China Power Project and her research appears in the Jamestown Foundation’s China Brief.

HNC Alumni Profiles

In celebration of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center's 30th anniversary in June 2016, we are sharing alumni profiles about what their experience at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center has meant to them and their career. Click here if you would like to share your HNC experience with us.

Shirlene Yee, HNC MAIS 2012
Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State

"Many incredible people go through HNC that you will connect with again down the road. These friends and classmates will become your professional colleagues. I've had the good fortune of connecting with alumni around the world--in Hong Kong, Chengdu, Manila, Washington, D.C., and New York.” Read more.

Sam Brummitt, HNC Certificate 2013 and SAIS MA 2014
International Trade Analyst, International Trade Administration

“As a Certificate student at HNC I had the flexibility to take classes in a range of subjects, from politics and history to economics and statistics. Most of my courses were taught in Chinese so I had to push myself to learn new vocabulary, write academic papers in Chinese, and debate substantive issues in class.” Read more.

Sean Ages, HNC MAIS 2013
Presidential Management Fellow, US Department of the Treasury

“HNC is a great place to deepen your understanding of China, Sino-U.S. relations, and everything in between. The language component is challenging, of course, but nowhere else can you really live and breathe Chinese in such a unique academic setting." Read more.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, HNC Certificate 2012
Assistant Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine’s Tea Leaf Nation Channel

“I would not be where I am today if I hadn't studied at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. I must be able to swiftly skim and analyze Chinese-language media for an English-speaking audience; I must be able to conduct interviews in Chinese; and above all, I must understand the context for events and trends in China. Read more.