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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:
Meet HNC and SAIS China Students, Alumni, and Faculty
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
M.A.I.S. students will be required to take 13 courses, including a thesis, while at the HNC.
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.
Chinese Language Proficiency
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 competitive edge in the increasingly dynamic world of Sino-global relations.
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.
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!
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
After you have completed the test, the HNC Office of International Admissions will notify you of your score within two business days.
The test cannot be taken more than twice in one year. All tests should be completed by the application deadline of the program to which you are applying.
Recommended Chinese Language Scores
|Certificate||1200 or above|
|MAIS||1300 or above|
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.
|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 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 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. In 2013-14, 100% of Center students who applied for aid received financial aid. This support was made possible due to generous donations from companies, foundations, and individuals such as:
New Fellowships Beginning in Fall 2015!
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, Future Leader Fellows will also be eligible for additional HNC fellowship funding over this guaranteed $10,000 based on need, merit, and availability.
In addition, other new HNC fellowship opportunties in 2015-2016 will include two full-tuition Dean's Fellowships: one for a MAIS student and one for a Certificate student. In order to be eligible for this award, applicants must demonstrate academic excellence, outstanding leadership ability, and service to their communities.
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 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.
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:
Office of International Admissions
1619 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC 20036
1.800.362.6545 | 202.663.5800
Nanjing Career Services
Nanjing, China 210093
To visit the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, contact John Urban at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
Connect with Us
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.
In Washington, DC:
In New York, NY:
Peoples Republic of China
Other Alumni Activities
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.