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The Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies (HNC) opened in 1986 as a one-of-a-kind graduate center for international studies in China. This year marks the HNC’s 30th year providing bilingual education and training graduates who contribute to Sino-global relations across a variety of fields. Learn more about the HNC 30th Anniversary Celebration and the HNC’s impact over three decades of US-China relations.
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:
Learn more about the HNC
The HNC Admissions Team invites you to attend one of our virtual or on campus information sessions in the fall. Check the HNC Recruiting Calendar for upcoming admissions events. Click the button below to view the HNC brochure.
Meet HNC and China Studies 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
Hopkins-Nanjing Center 30th Anniversary Celebration
No one was better than Confucius at defining a win-win proposition," said former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at a convocation address marking the 30th anniversary of the HNC "and that is precisely the kind of partnership that the United States and China should continue building."
More than 200 Chinese and international alumni of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center returned to Nanjing June 17 to June 19, 2016 to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the HNC, joined by the leaders of Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University, distinguished guests, and several hundred students, friends, and supporters. The centerpiece of the weekend was the 30th Anniversary Convocation, featuring former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming, an HNC alum himself who is currently the President of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits.Special events hosted over the anniversary weekend included a tea ceremony and discussion by Secretary Albright, a forum on U.S.-China relations, a foreign policy toolbox presentation by Secretary Albright, a traditional folk music performance by Nanjing University musicians, a gala dinner, and commencement recognizing the 175 members of the HNC Class of 2016.
HNC alumnus and former Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen cited recent positive developments between the two nations, including the Joint Statement on Climate Change announced by President Xi Jinping and President Obama prior to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, and the upcoming inclusion of China's currency in the special drawing rights of the International Monetary Fund. Chen credited his experiences at the HNC with broadening his horizons and deepening his understanding of market economics.
Looking back at the role of academic and cultural exploration in strengthening the U.S.-China ties, Secretary Albright said that "What the Hopkins-Nanjing Center has achieved affirms my belief that the most important institutions are those that contribute to international education," Albright continued, "few institutions have been, and will be, as important as the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.”
Learn more about the Hopkins-Nanjing Center 30th Anniversary Celebration
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Johns Hopkins SAIS gives its students a truly international perspective on today's global issues. A worldwide reach- with locations in Washington, DC, Bologna, Italy, and Nanjing, China- allows HNC 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.
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 individual faculty members in Nanjing, click here.
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center offers courses in English and Chinese in the following concentrations:
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:
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. Students choose one of the concentrations listed below.
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 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
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
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
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
Required Coursework for MAIS Students
Students will have several requirements outside of their concentration:
*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.
HNC Certificate/Johns Hopkins SAIS MA
Students who meet admissions requirements for both the HNC and Johns Hopkins SAIS complete two semesters in Nanjing and receive a Certificate in Chinese and American Studies, followed by two to three semesters in the Washington MA 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 Johns Hopkins 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/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 MA program here.
HNC Certificate students:
In addition, HNC Certificate students pursuing China Studies:
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 Johns Hopkins 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 credit, such as syllabi. Courses from the HNC for which a student has received a grade below a B- will not be eligible for 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
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|MAIS||1300 or above
Your language background will be taken into consideration in addition to your STAMP score.
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 or mail the form along with your $25 testing fee (Firefox or Chrome web browsers are recommended) to:
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center
Johns Hopkins-SAIS, Rome Building, Room 509
1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
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!
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 email@example.com.
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center offers substantial financial aid including fellowships based on a combination of merit and need. To qualify for financial aid and all fellowships, please complete the Financial Aid Application Form included in the HNC application.
A basic tuition and housing fee break-down for our programs can help you plan for financing program costs. Be sure to learn about our new and guaranteed fellowships and federal funding options.
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 will receive a fellowship. In honor of the 30th anniversary year, the HNC is offering new fellowship opportunities.
Federal Funding and Other Financial Aid Resources
As a U.S.-accredited institution, US students are eligible for federal loans and work study. We also encourage students to explore external fellowship opportunities.
|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.
Tuition bills are emailed in July and November. Tuition fees are due by the beginning of classes each semester
The cost of living in Nanjing is low compared to the US, 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 and all fellowships, please complete the Financial Aid Application Form included in the HNC application. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center has a financial aid budget to support students who have both financial need and academic merit. Fellowships covering differing levels of need are available to incoming students. 100% of HNC students who apply for financial aid before the February 1 deadline will receive a fellowship, regardless of their program choice. The HNC also has a limited number of full tuition fellowships available.
The short three-page financial aid application can be found in the downloadable forms section of the online application.
Future Leader Fellowship for MAIS Students
Thanks to the generosity of HNC alumni and donors, 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. Fellowship awardees are also eligible for additional HNC funding based on need, merit and availability.
Amount: $10,000 per each year of study
Program: MAIS students only
International Scholar Fellowship
This fellowship will be awarded to an international student (non-US citizen or dual citizen) enrolling in the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in the Fall of 2018.
Amount: Full-tuition fellowship; MAIS students who maintain a GPA of 3.4 or higher will be considered for renewal
Program: Open to all HNC programs; students enrolled in the HNC Certificate/Johns Hopkins SAIS MA will receive full tuition funding for the Certificate portion of the program only.
Student Ambassador Fellowship
This fellowship will be awarded to a student who has successfully completed one year in the US-China Strong Ambassador Program by the time of enrollment at the HNC. Fellowship awardees are also eligible for additional HNC funding based on need, merit and availability.
Amount: $10,000 for one year of study; awardees who maintain a GPA of 3.4 or higher will be considered for renewal of the fellowship
Program: Open to all HNC programs
US-China Exchange Scholars Fellowship
Students who have successfully completed a US government-supported Chinese language study program that includes a minimum of 8 weeks of study in China prior to the time of enrollment will be considered for this fellowship. Fellowship awardees are also eligible for additional HNC funding based on need, merit and availability.
Amount: $10,000 for one year of study; awardees who maintain a GPA of 3.4 or higher will be considered for renewal of the fellowship
Program: Open to all HNC programs
Eligible US government-supported programs include, but are not necessarily limited to:
These fellowships were made possible due to generous donations from companies, foundations, and individuals such as:
Federal direct loans are available to US 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 Johns Hopkins 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
Many organizations 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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
HNC students have the opportunity to participate in 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:
For a complete list of the other career trek locations, please visit the 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.
Mini-Courses and Skills 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:
Mini courses are non-credit, non-graded courses that do not appear on students’ transcripts. Registration information will be provided as courses are scheduled.
In addition to the courses taught as part of the HNC curriculum, students can register for online skills courses through SAISWorks, the school's online career management software. These courses are taught throughout the year and are available to all HNC students. Available courses include:
HNC Students have access to SAISWorks, the school's 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
We hope that the responses below will answer your questions. Please contact us via phone at 202.663.5800 or email at email@example.com 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 examination.
Is the HNC open to only Hopkins/SAIS students?
No. The HNC welcomes applications from qualified applicants worldwide. Each year, approximately 15% of the international students studying at the HNC are non-US 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 HNC students have a background in these areas to draw upon. There are no specific prerequisites for students attending the HNC, though MAIS candidates planning on pursuing a concentration in International Economics are expected to have taken at least introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics courses before enrolling.
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 HNC.
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 as a second option on the application form. Applicants can only submit one application to one program.
Do students have to submit two separate applications to the Certificate and the SAIS MA?
No. Students can only submit one application to the Certificate/SAIS MA program. Certificate/SAIS MA applicants also only need to submit one financial aid application to the HNC. If students are admitted, they will be notified of their financial aid for the HNC and the SAIS MA. Please note that although applicants to this program submit one application, it will be read by both the DC and HNC Admissions Committees. Admittance to one does not guarantee admittance to both.
Can a student apply to a program at the HNC, as well as a program at the DC or SAIS Europe?
No. Students can only submit one application to one SAIS program. Exceptions would apply to applicants interested in both the MA and the MIEF and the MA and MAGR programs.
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 202.663.5800 to discuss our admission requirements in detail.
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.
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 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.
Can letters of recommendation be faxed or emailed?
Recommendation letters must be submitted 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 experiences technical difficulties while using the online system, please have them contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 from a certified translation service or agency.
My transcripts are not in English. Will you accept them?
No. Undergraduate transcripts not issued in English must be officially translated by a certified translation service or agency. Applicants who have completed additional coursework (i.e. at a Chinese university) may send unofficial translations of those transcripts.
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 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. Currently SAIS offers application fee waivers to participants or alumni affiliated with the following professional development programs: Pickering, PPIA, IIPP, McNair, Rangel, Teach for America, Teach for China, Fulbright (those currently on fellowship), and Peace Corps. In order to receive a fee waiver, you must submit an official document confirming your participation in the appropriate program via email. When you submit your online application, please select that you are going to pay by check. We will waive the fee once the paperwork is received by our office and your application has been submitted. Unfortunately, we do not grant fee waivers for financial hardship.
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
What is the deadline to apply?
All application materials must be received by our office by February 1 for general admissions. Students applying for early notification need to submit all materials by November 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 202-663-5800.
When and how will I receive my admissions decision?
Admissions decisions will be sent out via email by late March. Applicants should be sure to notify us if the email listed in their application changes after submitting the application. If you are a graduating senior, please note that many universities disable school email addresses following graduation.
Do I need work experience in order to attend the HNC?
No. Most students attend the HNC directly after graduating from their undergraduate university. Some 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.
I am a Chinese citizen; can I apply to the HNC?
Citizens of Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao must apply to the HNC through Nanjing University. Click here for information on the admissions process for Chinese students. If you are a U.S. permanent resident, contact email@example.com as you may be eligible to apply through international admissions.
I have been admitted to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. Can I defer my enrollment?
Admitted students may request a one-year deferral only. Requests will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. To request a deferral, you may e-mail a letter stating your reasons for deferral to firstname.lastname@example.org, as well as how you intend to maintain your Chinese proficiency over the coming year. Based on the results of your STAMP test, you may be required to retake the test before enrolling the following year. If a deferral is granted for the HNC Certificate or MAIS programs, students will be expected to pay their $500 non-refundable matriculation fee and submit a $1,000 non-refundable deferral deposit (for a total of $1,500) within 30 days of approval. The deferral deposit for students in the HNC Certificate/Johns-Hopkins SAIS MA program is $3,000, as you are deferring both programs. The deferral deposit will be applied to your tuition upon enrollment. Admitted students whose future plans remain uncertain, or those with insufficient funds, are advised to decline the offer of admission and reapply at a later date when circumstances may be more certain or stable.
If your request for deferral is denied and you would still like to enroll in the semester for which you were admitted, you must accept your offer of admission no later than your original response deadline.
Chinese Language Proficiency
How do I arrange the Chinese proficiency test?
In order to take the STAMP test, applicants must designate a proctor (ex: professor, TA, 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 Office. The STAMP test should be taken before the application deadline.
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.
Can I retake the STAMP Test?
Students can take the STAMP test once every 3 months. If your score is below our recommended level for our programs, it’s possible that you would be conditionally admitted wherein you would need to retake the STAMP test, engage in self-study, and/or complete a summer language program.
What is the Institution Code for my GRE 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/Johns Hopkins SAIS MA must submit either GRE or GMAT scores. It takes approximately 3 weeks after testing to receive scores, so please take this processing time into account when scheduling your test. Scores must arrive in our office before the February 1 deadline. 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.
Financial Aid and Fellowships
How do most students cover the cost of attendance?
The HNC awards 100% of students who apply for financial aid a fellowship based on merit and need, as long as their financial aid application is submitted before the deadline of February 1. As a U.S. accredited institution, U.S. Citizens and permanent residents can also receive federal loans that can cover up to the full cost of attendance. In addition to loans, some students are also eligible for federal work-study.
What external fellowships are available?
In the past HNC students have applied and received external fellowships such as the Boren, Rangel and Pickering fellowships. These fellowships can offer substantial funding for your time at the HNC. Deadlines for these fellowships can be earlier than the HNC application deadline, so we recommend that students apply well in advance.
Can I do Fulbright at the HNC?
Unfortunately, as a U.S. accredited institution, the HNC does not qualify for Fulbright funding.
Can my student loans be deferred while I am in Nanjing?
Yes. The HNC Washington Office can process loan deferment forms upon matriculation in Nanjing.
If I were granted a deferral, is my financial aid package automatically carried over?
No. Students who are granted a deferral must reapply for financial aid before February 1 of the following year. You will be contacted by HNC admissions staff in January with the most recent version of the financial aid application. Every effort will be made to provide the same amount of institutional aid upon the student’s enrollment after the deferral period, but please note that it is not guaranteed you will receive the same amount.
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.
How many hours are HNC 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 take 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’s the average class size?
The overall student body at the HNC consists of about 170 students every year, which includes both the Chinese and international student body. About 50% of the student body is comprised of Chinese students, and the other 50% is comprised of international students. As for classroom size, classes are fairly small with around 10-15 students. All classes are capped at 30 students.
Can I start my studies at the HNC in the spring semester?
No. Students gain maximum benefit from the HNC 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 HNC’s academic course offerings.
Does the HNC offer a summer language program?
No, the HNC does not host a summer Chinese language program. However, there are many summer programs which our students have enrolled in, including CET Academic Programs, CIEE, ACC, Middlebury College and the Chinese Language Institute.
Is there career counseling support at the HNC?
Yes. There is an on-site career counselor who meets with students one-on-one and offers career services programming throughout the year. Career services programming includes employer visits and presentations, career skill workshops and career treks to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Is there post-graduation employment data available?
Yes. Within 6 months of graduating, 96% of 2015 international graduates sought and found employment, obtained fellowships/internships, or went on to further study. Visit our career services webpage for a section of recent employment outcomes for HNC students.
Are there opportunities to intern while at the HNC?
Yes. Some students intern during their second semester at the HNC or during winter and summer breaks. The HNC Career Counselor can provide guidance for pursuing internships that comply with visa regulations.
Do I have to live at the HNC? With a roommate?
Unless accompanied by a spouse and/or dependent(s), all students are required to live at the HNC. Students who will be accompanied by a spouse and/or dependent(s) must arrange for off-campus housing. Certificate students live in double rooms with roommates. We do our best to pair international students with Chinese students. MAIS students have the option of requesting either single or double rooms.
What is it like having a Chinese roommate?
For all students with roommates, we do our best to pair international and Chinese students together. This not only builds the sense of community at the HNC, but roommates can also serve as a great resource for language and academic support. We often hear from students that living with aChinese roommate is a highlight of their HNC experience.
Are there many extracurricular activities and student groups at the HNC?
Yes. The HNC is a small, but very active community. Student interests vary year to year, but in the past students have formed basketball, soccer, ping pong, dragon boat, dance, public speaking and music groups. Academic student groups include environmental awareness and international law moot court teams. There are also extracurricular classes offered in erhu, calligraphy and tai chi.
Are there opportunities to work while I am at the HNC?
The residence permit issued to Hopkins-Nanjing Center students does not allow students to work while they are in Nanjing. HNC 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 HNC. The majority of students, however, should not expect to find part-time work while enrolled in the program.
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 United States, 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.
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Other Alumni Activities
HNC alumni are welcome in all Johns Hopkins 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.
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Rosemary (Draper) Gallant HNC ’87 is a member of the senior foreign commercial service. She served as the principal commercial officer at the US Embassy in Beijing from 2008-13 and is currently the senior commercial officer in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is married to Jonathan Gallant, a US State Department Foreign Service Department specialist.
Harry Sullivan HNC ’87 departed as principle officer in the US Consulate Nagoya to assume the position of the political counselor in the US 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.
Lei Guang HNC ’88 is a professor of political science at San Diego State University. Since 2012, he has also served as the director of UC San Diego's 21st Century China Center (21CC), a unique university-based think-tank devoted to a deep understanding of China based on original research and policy dialogues with Chinese institutions.
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.
Andrew Kipnis HNC’88 is a Professor of Anthropology at the Australian National University. He is starting a new study on what contemporary urban funerals and memorials show us about Chinese politics and society, which is bringing him back to Nanjing. He’d love to talk to anyone interested in this topic or who has experience with contemporary urban funerals.
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 US-China Relations. He and Mary left their long-time New Jersey home in August 2015 and moved to Woodbridge, CT.
Qunjian (John) Tian HNC ’88 was promoted to full professor in May 2016 at Connecticut College. He resides in New London, CT.
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, MA ’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.
Lisa Claypool HNC ’90 is an historian of art, design, and visual culture of China at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB. During the 2016-17 academic year she is serving as Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow at the National Gallery’s Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts. She has received a number of competitive grants and honors, including a Canadian SSHRC Insight Development Grant, the Hulsewé-Wazniewski Foundation Honorary Visiting Professorship at Leiden University, and an ACLS-Chiang Ching-kuo grant. Her research has appeared in Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review, positions: east asia cultures critique, International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, and Yishu: The Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art.
Jyrki Kallio HNC ’91, who continued at the HNC for a year from 1992-93, is Senior Research Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs focusing on China's foreign policy and political culture and East Asian security. He has also published translations from Classical Chinese into Finnish and in 2015, was awarded the J.A. Hollo Prize for high-quality non-fiction translation for his book on Confucianism. Jyrki subsequently received the Joel Toivola Foundation Centennial Prize for his accomplishments in Chinese studies.
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.
Keming Yang HNC’90 is a Senior Lecturer of Sociology at University of Durham, UK. This summer he was invited to take a part in a research retreat on loneliness at University of Bath with some philosophers and psychologists. In addition to his research on private enterprises in China, Keming has been doing research on the issue of loneliness for some years and has published some academic papers in top journals. His research is also reported in The Wilson Quarterly, The Conversation, the BBC and other media agents. He just had a wonderful holiday with his family in the beautiful Snowdonia in North Wales.
Guojian Liang HNC’91 has been a resident of Los Angeles for 23 years and is always looking for institutes or schools with whom to work on international studies issues related to the crossing of international boundaries as it relates to a nation’s internal affairs and the debate of national interest vs. human rights.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Mark Giordano HNC’94 is a professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the Director of its Program in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. He recently went on a short vacation to North Korea with Charles Krusekopf MA’94.
In February 2016, Guoren Lin HNC’94 was promoted to General Manager of Procter & Gamble (P&G) Taiwan after working there for two years as P&G Taiwan Sales Head focused on business and organizational turn-around.
Nicola Daniel HNC’95, MA’97 recently added the role of Executive Director of the CFA Society of Baltimore to her position at the University of Maryland. The CFA Society is open anyone (not just those holding the CFA charter) working in finance functions, including corporate finance, risk management, treasury, and FP&A. She welcomes any students or alumni interested in topics in finance or economics to reach out to her. SAIS and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center were a life-changing experience that remain close to her heart and she is always happy to meet with new and familiar alumni.
Chundi (Didi) Zhang HNC ’95 is a Supply Chain Management Director in Siemens Corporation in Orlando, Fla. She and her husband recently celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary with a trip to Hawaii and Australia. After many years, Didi and her Nanjing Center roommate Kari are still as close as sisters no matter where they are.
Huaijin Bao HNC ’96 is managing director of Citi Commercial Bank at Citibank in China. She runs 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.
Kate Axup HNC’97 is a partner at the international law firm, Allens. She is based in Melbourne, but spent 2012-2014 in Beijing and now leads the Allens' China practice. Kate specializes in the energy and water sectors, with a particular emphasis on renewable energy. She advises clients on project developments, acquisitions, divestments, and regulatory issues. Kate is married to James Leibold HNC ’97 who she met at HNC. James is Associate Professor at LaTrobe University in Melbourne and teaches Chinese politics/history. Their two children are learning Chinese!
In July 2015, Edward Buckingham HNC’97 and Tao Hsu HNC’97 left the University of Nottingham in Ningbo with their three children. Edward teaches strategy and is researching on Chinese organizational boundaries following his PhD studies on Indonesian organizational boundaries at SOAS. Edward is Professor of Management and Director of Engagement for Monash Business School in Melbourne Australia. Tao, who was teaching high-school Mathematics and Economics in Ningbo, is completing her training as a financial planner.
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 US 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 US 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.
David J. Davies HNC ’98 was recently appointed the new American Co-Director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. A professor of anthropology and the director of East Asian Studies at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Davies has taken leave from his faculty position and moved with his family to Nanjing where began work in the fall of 2016.
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-US 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.
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.
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.
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.
Li Tong (Tommy Li) HNC ’01 is a freelance consultant in Shanghai. As an outdoor fan, he also set up his own travel company in 2015. On June 2nd, his climbing partner, Peng, and he successfully summited Mt. Haba (5395m) in Yunnan Province. This was his 3rd summit on 5000+ snow mountains. This climb is to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Hopkins Nanjing Center.
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.
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.
Naomi Hellmann HNC ’02 is a PhD fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Germany. Her dissertation addresses the effect of the Sino-Myanmar border on ethnic minorities in the 'opening up' of Southwest China to Southeast Asia. She recently conducted one year of fieldwork in Wa autonomous areas in Yunnan Province and the Shan State. Her photo essay on wildlife trafficking in Mongla will appear online in Terrain soon.
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).
Buddy Buruku HNC’03 wears two hats while working in Ghana. One hat is for the World Bank, where she's advising the central bank and telecommunications companies on digital financial services, and the other hat is for an economic think tank, where she does everything from public financial management reform to reports on the role of China on Africa's economic transformation. She is also the co-founder and managing director of a commercial poultry in Uganda.
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.
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.
Yinming Zhang HNC ’04 is the Asia-Pacific manager of the fixed income pricing service team of Thomson Reuters located in Singapore, Tokyo, and Sydney. His team maintains a pricing portfolio consisting of more than 70,000 fixed income instruments being issued and traded in regional interbank markets. The evaluated bond prices are used by customers, most of which are global largest buy-side asset managers and custodian banks, for assets valuation purposes. His recent endeavor is focusing on tapping into Indian mutual fund market to expand the footprint of Thomson Reuters Pricing Service onto this rising market with huge potential.
Morgan Jones HNC ’05 is Chief Operating Officer (COO) at The U.S.-China Strong Foundation (formerly The 100,000 Strong Foundation) in Washington, DC. As the Foundation's COO, Morgan manages the organization's finances, HR, foundation fundraising, and general outreach. This Summer, Morgan also became a Scott M. Johnson Fellow with the United States Japan Leadership Program (USJLP), speaking as a panelist at their conference in Seattle, Washington on “China's Rise in Power.”
Thomas HNC’05, ’05 and Suzanne (Yueh) Wong MA’05 moved to Taiwan in August 2016 for assignments at the American Institute in Taiwan.
In July 2016, John Zinda HNC ’05 moves on from a postdoctoral stint at Brown University to be assistant professor of Development Sociology at Cornell University. John researches and teaches about how rural communities weather economic shifts, government programs, and environmental change. He frequently spends time in Yunnan talking to residents and officials about their livelihoods, and working with environmental scientists to count and measure trees. He will settle in Ithaca with his spouse, Elisa, and daughter, Thora.
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.
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.
After spending eight years serving as a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Office of Regional Security and Arms Transfers working on Foreign Military Sales and Third Party Transfer issues, Leann Luong HNC ’06 is serving as a Senior Foreign Disclosure Policy Analyst at the Navy International Program Office.
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.
In May 2015, Nathan Chu HNC’07 joined the United States Air Force and spent nine months training for his job in Texas. He will soon be stationed in Okinawa, Japan. This is after a six-year period in Thailand during which he helped start a charity organization that assisted in education and community development projects, played professional soccer, and opened the first CrossFit box (CrossFit TEN500) in Bangkok.
Jeffrey Warner HNC ’07 is a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State. He is finishing a tour in the political section at U.S. Embassy Rangoon in Burma, where he was covered domestic political issues and oversaw the Embassy's observation effort for historic elections in 2015. He returned to Washington at the end of 2016 for a posting covering the South China Sea and Vietnam.
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.
For three years, Alexandra Bloom HNC’09, MA ’09, has worked at the World Bank's integrity vice presidency where she conducts due diligence to catch integrity risks and prevent corruption. In 2012, Alex received a scholarship to attend a summer of immersive advanced Chinese at Middlebury College, and has since maintained her Chinese by attending Meetups, reading the New York Times in Chinese, taking informal classes, and chit-chatting with Chinese colleagues. In September 2015, she had a baby, Isalys.
Nicholas Borst HNC’09, MA’11 works as a country analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. His research focuses on financial stability in the Greater China region and financial linkages between China and the United States. Much of Nick's work is published online and he frequently participates in international conferences on these topics.
Brian Carlson ’08, HNC ’09 is a Ph.D. candidate at SAIS, where he is writing his dissertation on China-Russia relations in the post-Soviet period. He received fellowships to conduct research in Russia in 2013-2014 and China in 2014-2015.
Carlos Casanova HNC’09, MA’11 is an Economist at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) in Hong Kong. He is responsible for the bank’s macroeconomic research, focusing on China, Hong Kong, and Japan. Carlos is the author of various academic publications and often features in international media outlets including: Bloomberg TV, Deutsche Welle, Nikkei and Spanish newspaper El Pais.
Meredith Champlin HNC’09, MA ’09 began as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer in 2010. After her first tour on the Indonesia Desk in Washington, Meredith served in Iraq and China, where she frequently drew from her Hopkins-Nanjing and SAIS experiences to inform her consular work and political reporting. She is looking forward to her upcoming tour in Indonesia, where she will cover domestic political issues. Meredith is married to SAIS alumnus Lewis Grow ’09, also a Foreign Service Officer.
Jim Wilson HNC ’09, MA ’11 is a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State. After serving in the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, he was posted to the Political Section of the U.S. Embassy in Rabat, Morocco, where he focused on human rights, civil society, and the Western Sahara territorial conflict. This summer, he will begin work on China policy coordination before moving onto work in the Political Section of the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu in 2018.
Mitch Lazerus N’10 lives in Los Angeles, California, where he manages private investment in commercial real estate developments.
Ben Stewart N’10 is a rising third-year law student (class of 2017) at Harvard Law School. In the summer of 2017 he will be a summer associate at the Tokyo office of Morrison & Foerster, LLP. He is a member of Harvard Law School's Harvard Asia Law Society and intends to return to East Asia upon graduation.
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.
Margaux Fimbres HNC’11, MA’15 is a Policy Advisor in the Office of Asian Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. In June 2016, she supported the Deputy Secretary of Energy at the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in Beijing, China. In January 2016, her research on Taiwan and regional trade organizations was published in the peer-reviewed Asia Policy journal through the National Bureau of Asian Research. Margaux got married in November 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Bangalore, India.
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 US 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.
Aggie Lee HNC ’11 has been promoted to Counsel at Tucker Ellis LLP. She resides in Yorba Linda, Calif.
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.
Laure Pallez Varani HNC ’11 leads international business development at the Shanghai-based joint venture between France's Institut Pasteur and the China Academy Sciences. Laure specializes in structuring strategic business plans and providing financial/political risk advisory to companies and governments building businesses and ventures in China in the field of biological research. She serves as an elected official in the Assembly of French citizens abroad. She has published artilces for the French Newspaper Les Echos and Johns Hopkins University Nanjing News Community.
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian HNC ’12 was recently promoted to assistant editor at Foreign Policy magazine in Washington, DC. 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.
In May 2016, Jacob Clark HNC’12 graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from Michigan State University College of Law. In his fall 2015 semester, Jacob received a grant from the Michigan State Talsky Center for Human Rights to intern in the Appeals Chamber at the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for ICTY Vice President, Judge Liu Daqun. Jacob hopes to use his law degree in the areas of U.S.-China relations or international law.
Michael Finn HNC’12 is an International Trade Specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington D.C., where he covers trade policy for pharmaceutical and healthcare industries around the world, particularly in China and Latin America.
Lauren Gloudeman HNC’12, MA’13 joined the Rhodium Group, a China-focused public policy and market research firm, in NYC. Prior to joining Rhodium, she spent two years as an economics and trade policy analyst at the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC). At USCC, she organized Congressional hearings on topics including China's competition policy, foreign investment, state capitalism, and China's market economy status under WTO law, and published papers on digital currency and the U.S.-China bilateral investment treaty.
Andrés Carrillo Perea HNC’12 has worked in China, Mexico, the U.S., and Brazil at leading companies in the finance, consumer goods, and management consulting industries. He is currently a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company’s Shanghai office where he advises local and multinational clients across China and Asia on key strategic issues. His experience includes growth and turnaround strategy, strategic due diligence, operations, and people strategy across corporations in the consumer, industrial, technology, automotive, logistics and arts industries.
Maximilian Dunn HNC’12, MA’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.
Jeremy Peters HNC’13, MA'14 is a manager at CBI Consulting in Shanghai, China where he oversees teams of researchers and investigators gathering information for international and local clients primarily focusing on competitive intelligence, compliance, and intellectual property protection. He previously worked in Shanghai for Nicobar Group performing research and drafting white papers on China's nuclear and conventional energy sectors.
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.
Christine Kng Yu Ling HNC’14, MA’16 is a part-time MA student at Johns Hopkins SAIS, and a Senior Research Assistant in the Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Initiative at SAIS JHU. Within the PPP Initiative, she works on government advisory and research for PPP projects in China, including topics such as urban redevelopment, water conservation, and healthcare.
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, DC, and New York.” Read more.
Sam Brummitt, HNC Certificate 2013 and 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-US 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.
Matt Ferchen, HNC Certificate 2001
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