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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.

About the Hopkins-Nanjing Center
Voices of Nanjing
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Certificate in Chinese and American Studies
Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS)
HNC Certificate/SAIS MA
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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 this fall. Admissions representatives will be joined by HNC faculty and students who will share their valuable advice and firsthand experiences. At the scheduled time, click on the links below and sign in as a guest to join.

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

Ryan Murray, HNC Certificate/SAIS MA Student

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.

Program Comparison

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.
2013-2014 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.
2013-2014 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE)
An increasingly complex topic in China, by studying ERE at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, students can examine China's environmental issues firsthand while learning skills that can be applied to careers globally.
  • 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.

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.

M.A.I.S. students will be required to take 13 courses, including a thesis, while at the HNC.

  1. 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.
  2. 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

Testing Procedures
First, applicants should find a proctor (a professor or supervisor at work) who will agree to administer the test and then complete the STAMP test request form. 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
Office of International Admissions, Rm 406
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!


Hopkins-Nanjing Center students sell coffee at the student lounge

Campus Life
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. Extra-curricular and co-curricular activities enhance this unique learning  experience outside of the classroom, while living with a Chinese roommate nurtures long-lasting camaraderie and mutual scholastic support.  HNC Certificate students live with a roommate while MAIS students can elect to live in either a single or double room.
Interest Groups & Activities

Groups and activities vary from year-to-year based on student interest, but the following are some of the many activities in which HNC students have participated in recent years:
  • Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
  • Hassenfeld Social Enterprise Fund Competition
  • Basketball Team
  • Student Business Exchange
  • Extracurricular classes in erhu, calligraphy, cooking and tai chi
  • Dragon Boat Team
  • Student Lecture Forum
  • Sichuan Volunteer Group
  • Annual Ping-Pong Tournament

For more information about student life at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, please visit: www.saisnanjing.blogspot.com


The Center’s first-rate facilities include:
open stacks library · classrooms · conference center · auditorium · student residence hall · cafeteria · computer room · fitness room · rooftop terrace · lounge · laundry facilities including washers and dryers · recreational rooms · wireless Internet access · heating/air-conditioning throughout the Center
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

Hopkins-Nanjing Center students at the annual Asia Trek event

Career Services

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. Joining a global network of more than 2,500 alumni, HNC graduates are prepared to become part of an elite cohort of international leaders. 

Annual Career Programming

HNC hosts a series of major events to ensure that graduates have a solid foundation in each stage of career planning. Weekend-long seminars with human resource experts and industry specialists hone students’ skills for career planning, networking, resume and cover letter composition, interviewing and professional etiquette. 

Direct Recruiting 

Private sector employers regularly send representatives to directly recruit from the HNC student body. Recent companies include:
  • Apple
  • Deloitte
  • CEBM
  • The Edge
  • Z-Ben Advisors
SAIS Career Services Support

Students also have access to the online resources of the SAIS Office of Career Services, including an online job and internship database, resume collections, skills courses, and a wide range of other functions. HNC students are also invited to participate in an annual SAIS/HNC joint Career Trek through Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. The trip trains students to leverage their China expertise to its fullest advantage with SAIS’s international employer network.



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.  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.The HNC also has a limited number of full tuition fellowships available.

Guaranteed Future Leader Fellowship for MAIS Students
Thanks to the generosity of the HNC alumni and donor community, and in honor of the HNC's approaching 30th anniversary, starting in fall 2015 we will be able to guarantee a Future Leader Fellowship to each incoming MAIS student in the amount of $10,000 per year of study.  Future Leader Fellows will also be eligible for additional HNC fellowship funding over this guaranteed $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 atwww.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. Applicants wishing to apply to both the Certificate program and the MAIS should indicate their intentions on the application form and be sure to submit all application materials required for both programs (i.e. M.A. concentration essay, GRE scores - required of MAIS applicants only, etc.).

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 to us in a sealed envelope or fax it to us directly at 202-663-7729.

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.

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.

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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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The Hopkins-Nanjing Center Alumni Network includes over 2,500 alumni worldwide within the larger networks of SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, and Nanjing University.

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

The HNC Washington Support Office holds and participates in a number of events each 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/March)
  • HNC and SAIS China Studies Summer Reception (July/August)

In New York, NY:

  • HNC Chinese New Year Dim Sum

Peoples Republic of China

In Nanjing:

  • HNC Alumni Weekend (October/November)

In Shanghai:

  • HNC Career Day (March/April)

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.

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

Last Name First Name HNC Year Note
Jin Chunqing 1988 Jin ChunQing N’88 has expanded his Fangben Law Office to three cities: Shanghai, Beizjing and Suzhou. In addition to residing in all three cities, he also visits his residence in New York City from time to time where his daughter lives.
Griffin Cynthia A. 1989 Cynthia A. Griffin N’89, ’86 is now in Perth, Australia taking up her new assignment as Consul General. Her tour will last through summer 2016 and she looks forward to seeing fellow SAIS graduates in Western Australia!
Li Lynne Nengying 1989 Lynne Nengying Li N’89 has been with RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, as the coordinator of Chinese language since completing her Ph.D. there in 1999. She is also the RMIT representative on the national Languages and Culture Network for Australian Universities. In early May 2013 she met with Ms. Angela Chang, the American Academic Coordinator for the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, in Melbourne, who was on a business trip recruiting international students for SAIS. 
Gu Jane 1991 In July 2013, Jane Gu N’91 left her job at SUNY Albany and in August 2013, began a new position at the University of Connecticut as Assistant Professor of Marketing. She resides in Belmont, MA.
Mittenthal Laurel 1994 Laurel Mittenthal and her husband Oystein moved back to Oslo in July 2012, after many years in London. They miss London's cosmopolitan joys (and its chao mian!), but Oslo is an easier place to live, especially now that they have two little girls (Alma is almost 4, and Frida is 2). Laurel is working as a lawyer at the Norwegian subsidiary of Siemens and is always excited to speak a little Chinese, though she has to admit that she mostly speaks English and Norwegian, with a little Russian and German thrown in now and then. She says, "It's always nice to hear from HNC alums passing through Oslo; if you're ever in town, do let me know!"
Wang Julie M. 1999 After spending 2012 in Canberra and 2013 in Vancouver, Julie M. Wang N’99, ’99 and her children Peregrin and Parmenia are living in Taipei during her husband Christopher Rea's sabbatical year. He is Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Literature at The University of British Columbia.
Covault Christina (Wu) 2001 Christina Wu Covault N’01 and her husband, Jason, welcomed their son, Grayson James, into the world in December 2013. Grayson was born in Tucson, Arizona and weighed in at 6 lbs., 18 inches (and is much bigger now!). The Covault family lives in Phoenix, where Christina prosecutes violent crimes for the federal government as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona. 
Jones Morgan 2005 Morgan A. Jones N'05 currently works in the NYC Mayor's Office of Housing Recovery helping rebuild homes impacted by Hurricane Sandy. He is also studying for his MBA with Cornell Johnson's MBA for Executives program and was voted as one of the five Class of 2015 Representatives. He was also recently voted co-head of media for the Asian Financial Society, which boats 4,000 members worldwide in finance, banking and real estate. He happens to stand out as the public sector guy, but his Chinese comes in handy with my group. He lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC with his wife of eight years, Zoe (Yan Shan, from Shanghai), and their cat Tommy.
Pocan-Aulisio Delia 2006 Delia Pocan-Aulisio N’06 continues her work as Account Customisation Manager for Sony Mobile Communications. In June 2011, Delia and her husband welcomed their daughter, Amalia Elsa. She resides in Helsingborg, Sweden.
Cartu Jonathan 2007 In December 2013, Jonathan Cartu’s N’07 eight-year Chinese odyssey came to an end. In July 2013, he moved on from a four year period serving as Director of Operations for the Duvel Moortgat brewery in China, and transplanted himself to Tel Aviv, Israel where he started an internet service company.
Yi Zhang 2007 In the past three years, Zhang Yi N’07, ’09 has been affiliated with Fullerton Financial Holdings, an investment vehicle for the financial industry of Temasek, Singapore, and has worked on opening 50 community banks from scratch over China’s ten provinces that are in most need of inclusive financial services. He has travelled extensively throughout 50 counties in these provinces and sees a “China” still struggling from adverse poverty and lacking access to critical services. 
Willis David J. 2011 In June 2013, David J. Willis N’11 joined the consulting team at Z-Ben Advisors in Shanghai, where he works on projects to help foreign financial institutions navigate China's asset management industry. Along with fellow graduates, he spends his free time traveling throughout Southeast Asia from Beijing to Manila to play at various ultimate frisbee tournaments.
Slawecki Leon Faculty Leon Slawecki N’88, ’69 lives in Washington, VA and celebrated his 50th SAIS anniversary in April 2013. After graduating from SAIS and completing his Ph.D. with a thesis on “the Chinese of Madagascar,” Leon entered USAID and completed tours in Madagascar, Sudan, Senegal, Hong Kong, Yugoslavia, and the Peoples' Republic of China. He later returned to SAIS for two years as the first American co-director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. He and his wife, Barbara, now grow wine grapes and apples in Rappahannock County.