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We welcome current and visiting Johns Hopkins SAIS students to join us this summer in Washington, DC and experience international affairs at one of the world's leading graduate schools. Summer courses provide students with the opportunity to explore the world of international relations and enhance their topical, theoretical and practical knowledge of global issues.

Summer Programs 2019 will run Monday, June 3rd through Tuesday, July 16th. Course listings and descriptions will be updated in January 2019.

Mountain View

Summer Courses in Washington, DC

Structured for the working professional, SAIS offers a full
range of summer courses in topics from international
relations to policy studies to conflict management.
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Mountain View


Designed to help students gain academic credentials
without pursuing a full degree, a SAIS certificate can be
earned in as few as six months.
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Mountain View

Summer Language Institute

SAIS’ Summer Language Institute offers intensive evening
courses taught in Arabic, Chinese and Russian from novice
to advanced levels.
Learn More [4]

Summer 2019 Courses

June 3 - July 16, 2019

Below are the courses from summer 2018 and many of them will be offered in 2019. In addition, we will be adding new titles such as the following: China as an Emerging Superpower, Illicit Finance, The Politics of Nuclear Proliferation in East Asia, and From Poverty to Plenty.

Washington DC Summer Courses (2018 Listing):

SA.100.720 T/TH 6-8 PM John Karaagac

This course covers the history of American foreign policy since World War II. Gives special attention to analyses and interpretations of the determining factors of continuing significance, including issues and trends in the international and domestic environment of U.S. policy.

Can be used as an elective for those pursuing a Certificate in International Studies.

SA.860.784 T/TH 6-8:30 PM Camille Pecastaing

Students will study the importance of culture in the operationalization of modernity by assessing the role of religion, beliefs and identity in social behaviors. Challenges the rational assumption to emphasize the behavioral aspects of intercommunal and international relations. Draws from disciplines such as sociology, evolutionary psychology, and social and political psychology to examine identity-based conflict as well as the xenophobic responses to the emergence of a global, modern identity.

Can be used as an elective for those pursuing a Certificate in International Studies or a Certificate in International Development.

SA.100.750 M/W 6-8:30 PM Allison Berland

This course provides a graduate-level introduction to comparative politics, focusing on the major institutions of democratic political systems, such as electoral systems, presidentialism, federalism, and judicial and legal systems. Covers functional issues such as democratic transitions, governance and corruption, and the relationship between development and democracy.

Required for those pursuing a Certificate in International Development. Can be used as an elective for those pursuing a Certificate in International Studies.

SA.755.731 T/TH 6-8 PM Fumiko Sasaki

This course empowers students in two ways. First, by acquiring a deep understanding of the critical issues of East Asian security. Such issues include crisis and challenges on the Korean Peninsula, China’s increasing global influence and assertiveness; the poisonous relationship between Japan, South Korea, and China, the destiny of Taiwan in the US-China power balance; ASEAN and its role for Asian stability; and the Cyber Threat from Asia. Understanding these aspects will allow students to analyze the most fundamental issue that exists in Asia: the future of the US-China relationship. Second, students will be exposed to relevant frameworks that allow one to identify those underlying mechanisms and dynamics, thereby developing the tools required to predict the likely outcome of each topical and regional situation. Such frameworks include International Relations Theory, Game Theory, Democratization Theory, Political Risk Analysis, and Behavioral Analysis.

Can be used as an elective for those pursuing a Certificate in International Studies.

SA.340.710 T/TH 6-8:30 PM John Harrington

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to econometrics. Develops tools for estimating functional relationships and critically reading empirical studies that use different econometric techniques; presents assumptions of multivariate regression and discusses the most common econometric problems and the potential consequences and remedies; and discusses omitted variables, sample selection, heteroscedasticity, autocorrelation, multicollinearity and use of discrete variables. Introduces instrumental variable technique. Uses statistical software in applied exercises.

Prerequisite: Statistical Methods for Business and Economics.

Can be used as an elective for those pursuing a Certificate in International Studies or a Certificate in International Development.

SA.680.714 T/TH 6-8:30 PM Deborah Bleviss

Students will study the situation in developing countries, where energy demand is projected to outpace capital resources for expanding energy services. Examines traditional and modern energy consuming sectors from both supply and demand perspectives, and assesses the resulting economic, social and environmental implications. Evaluates policy options to minimize adverse impacts. Emphasizes the role of energy efficiency and alternative fuels. The course requires a term paper for a specific developing country that assesses energy problems facing that country and puts forward policy solutions to them.

Can be used as an elective for those pursuing a Certificate in International Studies.

SA.380.722 T/TH 6:30-8:30 PM Elie Canetti

This course provides a rigorous introduction to why/how governments, corporations and financial institutions raise funds in financial markets—debt and equity, domestically and internationally. Themes include how financial markets differ from other markets from a public policy and regulatory perspective; innovations in capital-raising techniques; and the changing pattern of risk in financial markets resulting from globalization. Addresses key factors that distinguish financial markets and institutions in OECD nations from those in developing countries.

Can be used as an elective for those pursuing a Certificate in International Studies or a Certificate in International Development.

SA.300.708 M/W 6-8:30 PM Jason Seligman

Students will learn the basic theory underlying the international monetary system. Topics include balance-of-payments analysis, foreign-exchange markets, interaction of economies at the macro level and exchange-rate regimes.

Prerequisite: SAIS Macroeconomics, or intermediate macroeconomics from another institution and passing the SAIS Macroeconomics online waiver exam.

SA.610.700 M/W 6-8 PM David Steinberg

Students will study the relationship between politics and international economics in developing countries, with a focus on the emerging market economies. Throughout the course, we critically evaluate different political science theories of foreign economic policymaking in emerging markets beginning with an overview of theories of international political economy. The second section of the course focuses on developing countries’ embrace of economic globalization over the past thirty years. We examine different political reasons for why emerging market and developing countries have liberalized foreign trade, removed barriers to foreign investment, and reduced the state’s role in the domestic economy since the 1980s. The final section of the course explores how globalization has impacted emerging market economies and considers how governments in these countries have dealt with the new challenges that have emerged in this era of economic globalization.

Can be used as an elective for those pursuing a Certificate in International Studies or a Certificate in International Development.

SA.300.707 T/TH 6-8:30 PM Theodore Kahn

This course covers the theory and practice of international trade and investment. The first part of the course examines the cause of trade, the sources of the gains from trade and the domestic and international distribution of those gains. The second part examines the instruments and consequences of trade policy measures, especially tariffs and quantitative restrictions. Addresses preferential trade agreements and the practice of trade policy.

Prerequisite: SAIS Microeconomics, or intermediate microeconomics from another institution and passing the SAIS Microeconomics online waiver exam.

SA.320.724 T/TH 6-8:30 PM Anna Fruttero

Students will study the main patterns of economic growth and development since the mid-19th century and describes the salient characteristics of underdeveloped countries today. Focuses on the most significant ideas in the field of economic development, from the classical theories to the modern neoclassical, Keynesian and endogenous growth models. Examines the development experience of several groups of developed and developing countries with emphasis on the role of economic policies. Appropriate for students without prior course work in development. Prior course work in principles of economics and/or macroeconomics is desirable, or additional self-study may be needed.

Required for those pursuing a Certificate in International Development.

Can be used as an elective for those pursuing a Certificate in International Studies.

SA.300.701 M/W 6-8:30 PM Dale Larson

Macroeconomics is an intermediate-level course that studies the theoretical and institutional framework of modern national economies. Develops analytic tools used to understand how the economy functions in the aggregate. Focuses on the primary purpose of those tools to explain national levels of income, employment, prices and interest rates, as well as changes in these variables over time. Devotes equal attention to short-run economic fluctuations and long-run economic phenomena, especially economic growth and development. Assesses the role of fiscal and monetary policy in determining economic outcomes in both closed and open economies as well as the important relationship between financial markets and macroeconomics.

Prerequisite: Principles of Macroeconomics or equivalent.

SA.300.700 T/TH 6-8:30 PM Stephen Tokarick

Microeconomics is an intermediate-level course that focuses on the theory of decision-making under conditions of scarcity. Analyzes consumer theory, choice and demand, production, cost, the firm, market structures and market failure. Emphasizes economic efficiency and the application of economic theory to government and firm decisions and public policy problems. Introduces game theory and some differential calculus. Microeconomics totals 14 class sessions of two hours and 45 minutes each.

Prerequisites: Principles of microeconomics or equivalent, high school algebra and facility with graphs.

Prior knowledge of differential calculus is helpful, or additional self-study may be needed.

SA.600.740 M/W 6-8 PM Seth Kaplan

Politics affects risk on many levels (e.g., international, national, regional, and local), and is the result of the interaction of many different elements. In this course, we start by examining some basic issues with regard to risk analysis as well as why forecasts often fall short before examining three broad issues: country structural fragility; problems with collective action policymaking; and operational breakdowns. The first looks at how the sociopolitical and institutional dynamics of a country affects its evolution. The second looks at how the policy formulation process works and why it often yields a less than ideal result. The third looks at the challenges of implementation. As such, the class focuses more on the risks that face countries than on how particular risks might impact corporations or NGOs, though the latter is also examined. The two types of risks are related but are not identical (e.g., regulatory changes may be good for a country, but bad for a company or NGO). We conclude by examining how to prioritize and mitigate risk. Each class aims to provide students with a set of frameworks to think about and assess these issues. Students all get a chance to work on case studies to develop their skills.

Can be used as an elective for those pursuing a Certificate in International Studies.

SA.400.700 M/W 6-8 PM Raul Roman

This course covers a range of practical tools for development-related information gathering, including for project planning, design and evaluation. Grounded in survey and interview skills, also reviews participatory approaches, rapid appraisal, action research and many other techniques. Gives special attention to methods suitable for low budgets, limited time and nonprofessional management staff. Makes extensive use of real-world cases. Includes a team-based practicum in Washington.

Can be used as an elective for those pursuing a Certificate in International Studies or a Certificate in International Development.

SA.640.718 T/TH 6-8 PM Daniel Serwer

Students will learn the phases of conflict and techniques that may be introduced at various stages of conflict to halt escalation, minimize violence, and to move conflicts towards resolution. This includes an analysis of the prevention of violent conflicts, crisis management, negotiations to terminate violent conflict, the resolution and/or transformation of conflicts, and post conflict peace-building. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of third parties, such as international institutions, state governments, eminent persons, and NGOs in conflict management.

Can be used as an elective for those pursuing a Certificate in International Studies.

SA.340.709 M/W 6-8:30 PM John Harrington

Students will study basic statistical tools for data analysis. Emphasizes facility in problem-solving in statistical inference and two-variable regression and correlation analysis. Presents descriptive statistics, probability and probability distributions and their use in hypothesis testing. Uses computer to solve problems and to reinforce statistical concepts.

Can be used as an elective for those pursuing a Certificate in International Studies.

SA.100.761 M/W 6-8 PM John Karaagac

This course presents a set of tools for understanding, predicting and formulating policy on international conflict and cooperation. Examines leading schools of international relations theory, including Realism, Liberalism and Constructivism. Surveys topics such as alliance formation, nuclear deterrence, imperialism and international institutions. Explores the domestic sources of foreign policy, trade, global environmentalism, international law, the integration and disintegration of states, globalization and the future of international relations.

Required for the Certificate in International Studies.

Please note that the information above is subject to change. Continue to visit this website for additional updates and information.


Certificates are designed to help students and professionals gain academic credentials without pursuing a full degree as they advance their careers. The Certificate in International Studies [5], the Certificate in International Development [6] and the Certificate in International Economics [7] are offered to candidates who successfully complete a series of four non-language courses. Students can earn a certificate in as few as six months or over two summers by working at a rigorous pace or can opt to complete the certificate over an extended period of time across several terms.

Learn More [8]

Summer Language Institute

The Summer Language Institute provides intensive language courses emphasizing political, economic and international topics through role play, simulations and discussion of current events. Topic examples include immigration, elections, media, terrorism, and negotiation strategies. Courses are offered in various skill levels based on student language abilities.

Arabic [9]Chinese [10], and Russian [11] are offered at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. 

Students will be required to take a placement test at the beginning of the course to assess their language competency and will be assigned to a class that fits their ability. 

This beginning level is designed to meet students’ needs to be able to communicate in basic daily life situations. This course is for students with no experience in the study of the language or with only minimal skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The focus is on the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Intermediate levels cater to students who have been exposed to most elements of elementary grammar but are still performing in a limited speaking manner. In addition to using very familiar memorized material, students at this level can create sentences, participate in short conversations, and ask and answer questions using declarative sentences. While they learn to achieve tasks in every day communication based on their personal needs, they expand their knowledge of the writing system to improve their reading and writing skills. Specifically, they can read for key ideas and some supporting detail by answering questions on the content of assigned readings featuring description and narration and recapitulation of the reading material. They are also able to meet a number of practical writing needs.
Advanced levels offers opportunities for consolidation and improvement of what students have begun to build in their previous studies. Students gain further knowledge of sentence structure and expand vocabulary in the subject matters of economics, geography, history, international affairs, politics, and society. Reading comprehension and aural/oral skills are further developed through work with authentic newspaper texts and selected news broadcasts.

Class schedule

  • Week of June 3: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Week of June 10: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Week of June 17: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Week of June 24: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Week of Juky 1: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Week of July 8: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Week of July 15: Monday, Tuesday

Please note that the information above is subject to change. Continue to visit this website for additional updates and information.

Application Open February 2019
Application Deadline May 10
Tuition Due May 15
Late Application Deadline May 31
M/W and Language Classes Start June 3
T/TH Classes Start June 4
Add/Drop Deadline June 7
Deadline to change from credit to audit June 21
Independence Day - No classes held July 4
Last day to Withdraw without a failing grade June 28
Deadline to change from audit to credit July 12
Exam Week July 15
Classes End July 11
Grades Due August 3


Please note that the above information is subject to change. Continue to visit this Web site for additional updates and information.

Summer 2019 Tuition Rates

Non-Language Tuition (per course)  TBD
Summer Language Institute   TBD

Alumni Fellowship
Johns Hopkins SAIS degree-program alumni and those who have completed a full-time, Johns Hopkins SAIS-affiliated program, including the SAIS Europe Diploma and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies Certificate, receive a 30% tuition fellowship on all summer courses. Johns Hopkins SAIS employees must use their tuition remission benefits before they can take advantage of this discount. Those who are continuing at Johns Hopkins SAIS in a degree program are not eligible for this discount. Non-degree courses taken with this alumni fellowship may not be applied to an additional Johns Hopkins SAIS degree program.

Application Fee: $50. This fee is required of first-time non-degree and certificate applicants only.
Late Fee: $35. Applications and registrations must include this fee if postmarked after the May 10, 2019 application deadline for all summer courses. First-time non-degree applicants who apply late must submit a total payment of $85.

Fees can be paid online by credit card during the application process. Those who cannot complete payment online should send a check, money order or cashier’s check made payable to Johns Hopkins SAIS to the Office of Summer Programs.

Washington, DC Sample Student Budget
Students coming to the school from abroad or elsewhere in the United States to enroll in the Summer Programs should have approximately $8,000 available to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, room and board and personal expenses. This estimate does not include travel or health care costs. The following is a sample budget:

Tuition (per course)  $2,750-$7,800
Application Fee (late) $50 ($85)
Room and Board  $3,300
Books and Supplies  $100-$330
Personal Expenses $660
Total -- 1 course $8,000 - $8,150

Incoming degree students should note that the University Student Health Insurance Plan will not provide coverage until August 15. Students are responsible for finding and/or maintaining their own health insurance coverage during the summer program.

Payment Procedures 
Payment in full is required for all programs no later than May 15, 2019. Tuition payments should be made electronically via https://sis.jhu.edu [12]. Payment can also be mailed or made in person to the Office of Summer Programs. The school accepts MasterCard and VISA as well as checks, money orders and cashier's checks made payable to Johns Hopkins University-SAIS. No cash payments will be accepted. For bank wire transfer information, contact the SAIS Business Office [13] at 202.663.5661.

The school will drop students from courses they are registered in if payment has not been received by the May 15th deadline. If students wish to re-enroll in these courses, they will be responsible for paying the late registration fee. Students who have been dropped for failure to pay tuition, but who attend class without re-enrolling, will be held responsible for the tuition charges and the appropriate late fee and may receive a failing grade for the course.

Tuition is refundable only when the student submits an Add/Drop form to the Office of Summer Programs during the Add/Drop period. Please note that the application fee and 10% deposit on tuition are non-refundable. Refund amounts will be determined by the date and time the form is submitted according to the schedule listed below.

  • Before 2pm on June 10: 90%
  • Between 2pm on June 11 and 2pm on June 12: 50%
  • After 2pm on June 12: No tuition will be refunded

Course Cancellations 
For a course to be offered, a minimum of six students must be registered. The school reserves the right to cancel a course that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements. To check the status of canceled courses, please refer to this website. Any tuition charges, including the 10 percent deposit, will be refunded if the school cancels a course.

Please note that the information above is subject to change.  Continue to visit this website for additional updates and information.

Enrolled students who wish to drop or add a course may do so by submitting an Add/Drop Form to the Office of Summer Programs no later than Friday, June 7, 2019.

Admission to any of the Summer Programs is entirely independent from degree-program admission and in no way implies acceptance to a Johns Hopkins SAIS degree program. Application to a degree program is a separate and distinct process. Those who apply and are accepted into the MA program can receive credit for up to four non-language courses taken on a non-degree basis. For the MIPP or PhD programs, credit can be given for up to two non-language courses.

Changing Credit to Audit 
Summer students may audit courses by following the standard admission/registration procedures and submit an Audit form [14] to the Registrar's Office by Friday, June 21st. Permission of the instructor is required; some professors or language coordinators may not allow audits. Auditors must pay full tutition, attend class regularly and fulfill any additional requirements as specified by the instructor. Once changed from credit status to audit, the registration status cannot be reverted to credit.

Changing Audit to Credit
Students who wish to change the status of a course from audit to credit must submit an Audit to Credit form [15] to the Registrar's Office no later than Friday, July 19th. Permission of the instructor is required. The professor's approval will depend on the student's regular class attendance and fulfillment of all course requirements. The student must then complete the final examination and/or term paper(s). Once changed to credit, the registration status cannot be reverted to audit. Successfully audited courses will appear on the school transcript with "AU" and no letter grade or course credit is earned. Candidates for certificates may not apply audited courses toward a certificate.

Conditional Acceptance
Certain applicants may be granted conditional acceptance to the Summer Programs. The specific circumstances of the condition will be detailed in the applicant's acceptance letter. Students who have not met the condition of their acceptance or have not made alternate arrangements by the end of the Summer Programs will receive a failing grade of "F" for the courses in which they are registered.

Course Cancellations 
For a non-language course to be offered, a minimum of six students must be registered; for a language course, a minimum of five students must be registered. The school reserves the right to cancel a course that does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements. To check the status of canceled courses, contact the Office of Summer Programs [16]. Any tuition payments, including the 10 percent per course deposit, will be refunded if the school cancels a course. 

Course Load 
Due to the intensive nature of the Summer Programs, students may enroll in a maximum of two non-language courses or one language course. Taking two non-language classes is considered a full load and requires a substantial time commitment. Because of the condensed format of the summer term, class attendance is mandatory for all students.

Disabilities Services 
Students with a documented disability who require accommodations or those who wish to inquire about accommodations should contact the Office of Student Life via e-mail [17], phone at 202.663.5705 or in person in the Nitze Building, Room 307. Students seeking special accommodations must submit the appropriate documentation at least two weeks prior to the date they would like their accommodations to begin.

Economics Pre-Requisites and Waiver Exams 
Students must successfully complete any prerequisites for a course, as described under the course description, prior to the start of the Summer Programs. Successful completion is defined as a minimum grade of "B-." In addition, applicants to International Trade Theory or International Monetary Theory must pass the school's online waiver exam in Microeconomics or Macroeconomics if the prerequisite course was not completed at Johns Hopkins SAIS. These exams can be taken online through coordination with the International Economics Department. Applicants may attempt each exam only once. To register, contact Econwaiver@jhu.edu [18]

The highest grade given at the school is "A", a grade of "C" or higher is considered passing. A failing grade of "D" cannot be replaced or removed from a student's transcript. A course with a failing grade does not count toward a Johns Hopkins SAIS Certificate. Non-degree students who receive a failing grade are not eligible to take additional course work at the school. A student may choose to appeal this decision to the Office of Summer Programs, and the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs will make the final determination. At that time, the student may be required to pay full tuition and take the course again or may be dismissed from taking any additional courses at the school.

In limited cases, a grade of "I" for incomplete may be given by the professor at the end of the summer term. Summer session students must submit all required work by the end of the eighth week of the fall semester. After that point, no grade higher than "B+" will be assigned in a course where an incomplete has been allowed, except when extenuating, documented circumstances such as prolonged serious illness have occurred. The incomplete will automatically become a failing grade of "D" on the last day of classes of the fall semester, if the grade has not been turned in by that time. The instructor has authority to set deadlines and the discretion not to grant an incomplete. A signed contract outlining these deadlines and conditions will be required for any student who is granted an incomplete.

Honor Code 
Enrollment in the Summer Programs obligates students to conduct all activities in accordance with the rules and spirit of the school’s Honor Code. All examinations at the school are given under the Honor Code. Violations of the Honor Code will result in a failing grade of "F" that cannot be removed from a student's record. The Honor Code is detailed in The Red Book: Academic Procedures Manual and Information [19].

Late Applications and Registrations 
Late applications and registrations are welcome on a space-available basis until Thursday, May 30, 2019. Enrollment cannot be guaranteed to those who submit late applications. There is a $35 late fee for applications and registrations received after the May 10th deadline.

Transferring Courses 
Credits for courses taken in the Summer Programs can be transferred to many other graduate schools, including the full-time degree programs. Check with individual schools for their transfer credit policies.

TOEFL Exemption Criteria
If English is not your native language (or in the case of bilingual students, your dominant language is not English), but you hold an undergraduate degree granted by an accredited institution in a country where English is an official language and where English is the language of instruction, then you will not be required to submit an English competency exam.

If English is not your native language (or in the case of bilingual students, your dominant language is not English), but you hold a graduate degree granted by an accredited institution in a country where English is an official language and where English is the language of instruction, then you will need the approval of the Office of Admissions to be exempt from submitting an English competency exam. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more information.

To withdraw from a course after the add/drop deadline of June 7, 2019, students must submit a Withdrawal form to the Office of Summer Programs no later than May 28, 2019.  Withdrawing from a course means that a "W" will be placed on a student's transcript. Students who do not complete a course for which they are registered, and who have not officially withdrawn, will receive a failing grade of "D" for that course and will not be eligible to take additional coursework at the school. No refunds are given for withdrawals or failures

Student Resources

Service Desk

The SAIS Service Desk is the campus's computing services help desk, offering technical support to students, faculty and staff. This service is available to all summer students who have questions about their JHED ID, school email account, classroom wi-fi connections, and other technology related issues. The SAIS Helpdesk can be reached at saishelp@jhu.edu [20] or by phone internally at x4357 and externally at 202.663.5671.

Blackboard (Bb)

Every course has a companion website in Bb, accessible with a JHED ID and password. Each course site includes a link to ERes and a copy of the course syllabus. Students can access Bb through the link in the SAIS web portal [21] or by going to http://blackboard.jhu.edu [22].

Participants are responsible for finding their own living accommodations in the Washington, DC area. The school has no residential facilities. Neighborhoods in nearby Maryland and Virginia are conveniently accessible by public transportation. Accepted summer students who have paid their deposit are eligible to receive access to an internal Johns Hopkins SAIS website with additional housing postings.


Course room location and building will be posted on the Johns Hopkins course search. You can also check your course schedule by logging in to your Student Information System [23] (SIS) account.

Monday/Wednesday courses and language courses begin on Monday, June 4, 2018
Tuesday/Thursday courses begin on Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Johns Hopkins SAIS Buildings

Nitze Building – 1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Rome Building – 1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW
BOB/Bernstein-Offit Building – 1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Getting to SAIS

There is street parking available in the surrounding neighborhood. We are also a very quick walk from the Dupont Circle Metro. (insert map)


If you haven’t already done so, please activate your JHED ID via http://my.jh.edu [24]. Click on the “First Time User?” option to activate your JHED account. This will give you access to all the SAIS/JHU resources—including the student information system ISIS.


Once you create your JHED ID / password, you should contact saishelp@jhu.edu [20] to upload your photo to the portal. This photo should look like a passport photo and can be taken with your mobile phone. You will be able to pick up your J-Card on the first day of classes. Your J-Card will give you access to the campus buildings and library.

Applicants applying for a visa should apply for admission to Johns Hopkins SAIS Summer Programs as early as possible due to delays in visa issuance at US consulates. Student visa requests will be processed only for students who have been accepted to the Summer Programs for two summer courses or one Summer Language Institute course. Completed visa requests must be received at Johns Hopkins SAIS at least three weeks prior to the start of the summer program. International students who are currently in the United States may be legally permitted to take courses at the school depending on the parameters of their current immigration status. Contact International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) [25] at 202.663.5672 with any questions.

Syllabi can be accessed via your Blackboard [26] account. Please login to Blackboard using your JHED ID. Your course(s) will be listed on the front page. Please check your syllabus for textbook information.

Please check your syllabus for textbook information. The school does not have an in-house bookstore. Students can purchase their textbooks through our online provider, MBS Direct [27]. You also are welcome to purchase your textbooks through Amazon, Half.com, or any other external provider. Some professors may not require you to buy textbooks as they have prepared readings for you. They may also be using ERes (Electronic Reserves) where you can access some of your readings online through the school's library. You can access your course's ERes site through Blackboard [26].

The 2019 Summer Programs application will open in February 2019. 


Applicants for all Summer Programs should have at least a “B” average in their previous studies. All applicants for non-language courses must have completed an undergraduate degree or should be entering their final year of undergraduate study in the fall term following SAIS Summer Programs. Applicants for the Summer Language Institute in DC must have completed a minimum of one year of undergraduate studies prior to the start of the Summer Programs. All of the school's courses are conducted at the graduate level and participants are expected to perform at this level

Required Application Materials:
First-Time Applicants

  • Online Non-Degree Application
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions (must be officially translated if not in English) with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
    -Note that SAIS will accept unofficial transcripts at the time of admission and will award conditional admission to students but official transcripts are required before the end of the summer term. 
  • One-page personal statement describing your background, motivation and goals for taking the course(s)
  • Current CV or resume
  • TOEFL iBT score of 100+ if English is a second language (see Policies tab [28] for exemption criteria)
  • Application fee of $50 (applications submitted after the deadline will be assessed a $35 late fee)

Alumni, Returning Non-Degree Students & JHU Affiliates

  • Online Non-Degree Application (applications submitted after the deadline will be assessed a $35 late fee)

Email [29], Mail or hand-deliver all application materials to: 
The Johns Hopkins University
The Paul H. Nitze School
of Advanced International Studies
Office of Non-Degree Programs, Nitze 403
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036 USA

Admissions Decisions & Deposits

  • Application materials will be processed as soon as they are received. Applications will only be processed after all supporting documentation is received. For first-time, non-degree students, written notification will be emailed within two weeks of receipt of completed application.
  • If admitted, a 10 percent non-refundable deposit for each course (to be credited toward tuition) must be submitted. This deposit will only be refunded if a course is canceled.
  • Full tuition payment is due by mid-May. For those who apply after the payment deadline, they are required to pay in full upon acceptance. A registration confirmation will be issued upon full payment of tuition.

Admission to Johns Hopkins SAIS Non-Degree Programs is entirely independent from degree program admission and in no way implies acceptance to a Johns Hopkins SAIS degree program. Students interested in applying to a full-time degree program should consult the Office of Admissions [30] by e-mail admissions.sais@jhu.edu [31] or phone at 202.663.5700.

Johns Hopkins University is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. As such, Johns Hopkins does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other legally protected characteristic in any student program or activity administered by the university or with regard to admission or employment.  

Questions regarding Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504 should be referred to the Office of Institutional Equity, Wyman Park Building, Suite 515, 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Md. 21218, Telephone: 410.516.8075, TTY: 410.516.6225.