Pre-Term

Pre-Term DC

“Attending pre-term was one of the best decisions I made at SAIS." -- SAIS MA 2019

Mara Karlin, Director of the Strategic Studies program, speaks to Pre-Term students

Pre-Term students relaxing at the weekly Friday happy hours

Welcome
Choosing Courses
Tuition & Schedule
General Information
Top 5 Reasons to Attend Pre-Term
Frequently Asked Questions
Register for Pre-Term
Pre-Term Info Session

Welcome

DC Pre-Term

Dates: July 29 – August 27, 2019

Registration opens May 9. Refer to the registration tab for specific instructions.

Pre-Term is a full-time four-week program that provides the opportunity for incoming students to get a jump-start on their study of economics, quantitative reasoning, and/or English. Pre-Term courses are non-credit and do not count toward the number of courses/credits required for graduation, but offer the opportunity to complete foundation economics or quantitative reasoning course requirements.

Students may enroll in up to two of the following courses:

  • Math for Economics 
  • Microeconomics
  • Statistics
  • English

Successful completion of Pre-Term courses is noted by High Pass (HP) or Pass (P) on a student's transcript. No mention of Pre-Term is noted for failed courses. Students who enroll in but do not pass Pre-Term courses must take these courses for credit during the academic year.

If you have a DC Pre-Term question not answered on the website, please contact the DC Pre-Term office: preterm@jhu.edu or 202-663-5671.

Bologna Pre-Term

Please note that Washington Pre-Term operations are separate from those in Bologna. Class schedules, eligibility requirements and tuition will differ across the two campuses. Click here to be redirected to the Bologna Pre-Term Web site.


 

Choosing Courses

Course Offerings

Students can enroll in one to two courses during Pre-Term:

  • Math for Economics--Introduction to Pre-Calculus and Calculus concepts that are fundamental to the SAIS economics curriculum. Intended for students who have never taken these courses before or who would like a refresher.
  • Statistics--Fulfils the quantitative reasoning prerequisite of the MA curriculum.
  • Microeconomics (see eligibility below)--Fulfils the microeconomics graduation requirement of the MA curriculum. 
  • English--Designed for non-native English speakers covering reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills to prepare students for graduate coursework.

Microeconomics at SAIS is taught at the intermediate level and utilizes basic calculus, such as functions and derivatives. The Pre-Term Microecomomics course is taught at an accelerated pace, which is why students must complete the eligibility requirements below before they can enroll. Students who have limited experience with Pre-Calculus and Calculus should enroll in the Pre-Term Math for Economics course to learn the necessary math skills needed to succeed at SAIS.

Note that enrolling in Microeconomics and Statistics during Pre-Term will be a very heavy course load. For this reason, in order to enroll in this combination of courses, students must have taken and passed one of these courses previously. Other combinations such as English and Statistics or Math and Statistics are more managable and will be allowed without prior coursework.

We strongly encourage all students to review the Pre-Calculus and Calculus online Blackboard sites when you gain access in May and take the assessments prior to arriving at Pre-Term in order to gauge your understanding of the material.
 

Eligibility for Pre-Term Courses

Math for Economics: No prerequisites or eligibility requirements

Statistics: No prerequisites or eligibility requirements

Microeconomics: Must have completed Principles of Microeconomics with a B- or better and must pass the online Pre-Calculus and Calculus assessments offered through Blackboard

English: No prerequisites or eligibility requirements

Microeconomics AND Statistics: Must have taken and passed one of these courses previously

Tuition


Please read the information on the Choosing Courses tab to determine the best course or combination of courses for you. The chart below can be used to determine your tuition, based on the course(s) you are enrolling in. 


  Micro Stats English Math
Micro $1400 $2000 $2000 N/A
Statistics $2000 $1400 $2000 $2000
English $2000 $2000 $1400 $2000
Math N/A $2000 $2000 $1100


**Please note that financial aid and scholarships cannot be used to pay for Pre-Term as the courses are non-credit.

Schedule

Pre-Term requires a full-time commitment for the duration of the program. Classes are held three to four times per week. In addition, students should plan on attending TA sessions for Economics and Statistics and office hours in the evenings and on weekends. Students in the past who have successfully passed Pre-Term courses regularly attended the TA sessions. Pre-Term students should also make every effort to attend the special events held throughout the program. These events include weekly lunches with deans and faculty, academic presentations and happy hours.

An updated schedule will be given to all participants when they check in to SAIS on the first day of the program. All Pre-Term classes begin that day. To view the 2018 Pre-Term schedule, click here

Note: these schedules are subject to change without prior notice.


Important Pre-Term Dates to Remember:
 
  • Registration Begins: May 9, 2019 (Instructions will be shared on the website following the May matriculation fee deadline.)
 
  • Registration Deadline: July 5, 2019
 
  • Tuition Deadline
         - If paying with a credit card: July 6, 2019 
         - If paying by check or wire payment: July 15, 2019
     
  • Course Dates: July 29 – August 27, 2019


General Information

Disabilities Services

If you are a student with a documented disability who requires accommodations or if you think you may have a disability and want to inquire about accommodations, please contact Khorey Baker, Director of Student Life, at 202.663.5705 or in person in the Nitze Building, Room 306. Click here for more information about the process for requesting accommodations.
 

Housing

The school does not provide housing for students. However, suggestions for finding housing in the Washington, DC area are listed here. The school also maintains an internal housing board that lists summer sublets and year-round housing opportunities. It is recommended that Pre-Term students secure housing in Washington prior to the start of the program.
 

Insurance

Incoming students should note that the University Student Health Insurance Plan will not provide coverage until August 15. Pre-Term students are therefore responsible for finding and/or maintaining their own health insurance coverage until that date. Click here for more information about health insurance requirements.
 

2019 Textbook Information

Microeconomics
Microeconomics, 1st or 2nd (preferred) edition
Austan Goolsbee, Steven Levitt, and Chad Syverson
 
Statistics
Statistics for Business and Economics, 10th, 11th or 12th Edition
David Anderson

Math for Economics
A Mathematics Course for Political and Social Research (2013)
Will H. Moore & David A. Siegel

English
No required textbook
 
Pre-Term information is subject to change without prior notice.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend Pre-Term

(as shared by first and second year students)

#5. Get settled in DC

  • “I appreciated the time to be able to find housing and get to know DC.” – SAIS MA 2018
  • “It was nice to have some time to get settled in DC and learn my way around before things got really busy.” – SAIS MA 2019

#4. Adjust to being back in an academic setting

  • “It gave me a chance to readjust to school (studying, homework, lectures, etc.) before starting the fall semester.” – SAIS MA 2018
  •  “Pre-term provided a smoother transition back into academics. It allowed me to adjust to academic requirements and re-learn study habits again after working for five years.” – SAIS MA 2019

#3. Meet your future best friends

  • “I met my best friends of the program during the pre-term period.”—SAIS MA 2018
  • “Pre-term helped me build friendships, which have been invaluable as I have progressed through SAIS.” – SAIS MA 2019

#2. Complete core requirements and free up schedule

  • “I was able to get a key course out of the way and clear up my schedule for more interesting classes.” —SAIS MA 2018
  • “It freed up my course schedule enabling me to pursue an economic specialization.” – SAIS MA 2019

 
#1. Increase your chances of academic success

  • “Pre-term is the perfect opportunity to establish a foundation to be a successful student at SAIS.” – SAIS MA 2018
  • “Attending pre-term was one of the best decisions I made at SAIS…10/10 would recommend to any incoming student as a huge key to success at SAIS.”—SAIS MA 2019



Frequently Asked Questions

IS PARTICIPATION IN PRE-TERM REQUIRED?
No, but a majority of the incoming class of MA candidates attends. Pre-Term is highly recommended for those who want to get a jump-start on their study of economics and quantitative reasoning. Many students prefer to avoid using the 16 non-language courses needed for graduation to satisfy economics and quantitative reasoning requirements. Pre-Term offers the possibility of completing a foundation economics course (microeconomics) or quantitative reasoning course (statistics) as a way of allowing more room for general electives.

IS PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS OR PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS OFFERED DURING PRE-TERM?
No. Students may take the Online Principles of Economics course that begins in late April to satisfy all principles requirements. Alternatively, students may enroll in Principles of Economics course work at any accredited institution, such as a local or community college or an online program.

THE COMBINED ONLINE PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS COURSE IS ONLY ONE CLASS. DOES IT COUNT AS TWO PRINCIPLES CLASSES?
Yes. The Online Principles of Economics course is the equivalent of two semesters or one year of Principles of Economics. The Online Principles course covers both Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics, and prepares students for intermediate Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.

IF I TAKE THE ONLINE ECONOMICS WAIVER EXAM(S), CAN I ATTEND PRE-TERM?
Yes. If you take the economics waiver exam offerings in Microeconomics and/or Statistics, you are still eligible to participate in Pre-Term, if necessary. For example, if you pass the Microeconomics waiver exam, you can enroll in Statistics during Pre-Term and vice versa.

CAN I TAKE A WAIVER EXAM(S) IF I FAIL PRE-TERM?
No. If you fail a Pre-Term course, you must take that course for credit as part of your curriculum during the year. Students may attempt each economics waiver exam once before matriculating at the school.

WILL EXTRA HELP BE PROVIDED OUTSIDE OF CLASS?
Yes. We offer TA sessions throughout the program. These sessions are offered during weekday evenings and weekend afternoons. Regular attendance is strongly encouraged. TA sessions and office hours provide a valuable opportunity to practice and absorb concepts learned in class.

HOW CAN I REFRESH MY MATH SKILLS OR LEARN NEW SKILLS?
Students can enroll in Math for Economics, which will largely focus on the calculus needed to succeed in Microeconomics. All incoming students will also receive access to an online course in Blackboard that will provide tutorials, lessons, problem sets and quizzes to assist you in this preparation. Students will be given access to the Blackboard site in mid-May once they have submitted their matriculation fees. Economics teaching assistants are available to provide additional help with math concepts throughout Pre-Term.
 
I MET THE MINIMUM ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT WHEN I APPLIED TO THE SCHOOL. WHY SHOULD I TAKE PRE-TERM ENGLISH?
Although not required, non-native English speakers are strongly encouraged to take Pre-Term English. The course provides training in important writing, listening and speaking skills that can help students successfully transition to their fall semester course load. Pre-Term English may also be useful in preparing students to take the required English proficiency exam.

CAN JANUARY ENTRANTS ATTEND?
Yes, those who started at SAIS in January are welcome to attend Pre-Term.

CAN HOPKINS-NANJING CENTER ENTRANTS ATTEND?
Yes. Students who will be traveling to China to complete the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC) Certificate or MA in International Studies are eligible to participate in the Washington Pre-Term. The eligibility requirements for specific course work are the same for all students. HNC students are also eligible to participate in the Online Principles of Economics course prior to Pre-Term.

HOW DO PRE-TERM ECONOMICS COURSES COMPARE WITH CLASSES DURING THE REGULAR ACADEMIC YEAR?
Pre-Term courses are basically equivalent. Pre-Term Microeconomics and Statistical Methods have the same number of class sessions as during the regular academic year. However, Pre-Term courses are much more compressed with less time to study and to do problem sets in between sessions.

CAN I PARTICIPATE IN PRE-TERM IN BOTH WASHINGTON, DC, AND BOLOGNA, ITALY?
No. Due to overlapping dates you can participate in either DC or Bologna Pre-Term.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT PRE-TERM IN BOLOGNA?
Pre-Term operations in Bologna are entirely separate from Pre-Term in Washington, DC. Check the Bologna Center website for information about Pre-Term in Bologna.

I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT OTHER SAIS PROGRAMS. HOW CAN I FIND ANSWERS?
Try visiting our Related Links page. If your question isn't addressed there, please contact us and we will be happy to point you in the right direction.

I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS. HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU?
Phone: 202.663.5671
Fax: 202.663.5670
E-mail: preterm@jhu.edu

Register for Pre-Term

Admitted students can register for pre-term through the SAIS Student Information System (SIS) beginning May 9th.
 
  • Login to SIS with your JHED ID (https://sis.jhu.edu)
  • Select the Registration tab and click Class Search
  • Choose the Summer 19 B term
  • Pre-Term courses will be listed as SA.999.xxx. Make sure to choose the Pre-Term offering, and not the MIEF offering (SA.310.xxx)

Register Now

Your tuition will post within 24 hours of registering for your course(s). This can be viewed by selecting the Billing tab and clicking on Summary. Please contact preterm@jhu.edu with any questions. 
 

Pre-Term Info Sessions

If you missed either of the April Pre-Term info sessions, we recorded the April 24th session, which you can access here.