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The Diploma in International Studies requires two semesters of full-time study at SAIS Europe which include eight non-language courses and the completion of a language requirement.  The diploma is a certification of graduate course work in international studies and is useful for those who already hold or are currently working toward a master’s degree. 

Study With World-Class Thinkers

The Students

Students at SAIS Europe are exposed to diversity in terms of their fellow students, faculty, course offerings and the local community. Our student body represents approximately 40 nations, promoting a stimulating mix that lends richness and vitality to academic life.

The Faculty

Courses at SAIS Europe emphasize economics, political science, history, and foreign language proficiency, providing a cross-disciplinary approach. Core faculty and adjunct professors from major European institutions combine personal advising with a broad choice of curriculum.

Recent Speakers
  • Mario Draghi
  • Azar Nafisi
  • Romano Prodi
  • Robert Skidelsky

Broaden Your Experience in Bologna, Italy

Home to the oldest university in Europe, Bologna’s long tradition of education, cultural heritage and political vitality makes it an attractive location for SAIS' European campus. On the cusp of its 60th anniversary, SAIS Europe is distinguished by strong faculty-student relationships, vigorous debate and a cohesive social and intellectual community. Exposure to contrasting European and US perspectives on global issues offers a distinctive academic pairing—making for an extraordinarily enriching experience.

Teaching at the Bologna campus is complemented by a thematic seminar series, and small classes, strong faculty-student relationships and vigorous debate characterize the cohesive social and intellectual community.


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Gain a Career-Building Edge

Career Services

The Office of Career Services works with students to explore careers and set goals, acquire job experience and contacts, and strengthen their leadership abilities.

A Global Alumni Community

Students have access to a lifetime network of alumni–extraordinary individuals who hold positions of global leadership in government, business, journalism, nonprofit groups and multilateral organizations.

Common Paths

Students graduating from the school have pursued careers at:

  • US Department of State
  • The World Bank
  • US Agency for International Development
  • United Nations
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • JPMorgan & Chase Co.
  • The EU Commission
  • Brookings Institution

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Required Courses

To receive the diploma, students must complete a minimum of two semesters at SAIS Europe as full-time resident students. Requirements include passing a minimum of eight courses during the academic year, not including a language course.


Non-native English-speaking candidates must pass an English proficiency examination by the end of the year or successfully complete two semester courses in advanced English. All native English-speaking candidates must pass a foreign-language proficiency examination or successfully complete two regular semester courses in one of the languages offered at SAIS Europe.



The Office of Career Services at SAIS Europe focuses on planning and counseling for first year students to help them develop career objectives and management skills. It also develops relationships with employers in Europe to facilitate job and internship opportunities for students across all campuses.

Past internship placements have included the following organizations:

  • Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brussels, Belgium
  • Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Rome, Italy
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris, France
  • Booz Allen Hamilton, Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Bain & Company, Shanghai, PRC

Student Organizations

In Bologna there are a number of ways students stay involved with the topics that matter most to them. Organizations include the SAIS Europe Student Government Association, Model UN, the Defense & Intelligence Club, the Chess & Board Games Club, the International Finance Club, the Gastronomica Club and the Bologna Center Journal of International Affairs (BCJIA).

Discover student organizations

  • SAIS Europe Student Government Association (SGA)
  • Bologna Center Journal of International Affairs (BCJIA)
  • Model UN
  • Global - I (Global Individual)
  • Defense & Intelligence Club
  • Chess & Board Games Club
  • Gastronomica Club
  • International Finance Club


Various seminar series are organized at SAIS Europe throughout the academic year. Seminars are grouped thematically and each one is hosted by a SAIS Europe faculty member. These events bring prominent scholars and practitioners from Europe, the United States and other parts of the world to present current research to the Bologna Center and local community.


Prior to Attending

Students who are unable to complete one of the two year degree programs may apply for the Diploma in International Studies at SAIS Europe. In order to receive the diploma, all candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

Courses: Candidates for the diploma must complete successfully eight non-language courses taken for credit, normally within two consecutive semesters of study.

Language: Non-native English-speaking candidates must either pass an English proficiency examination by the end of the year or must successfully complete two semester courses in advanced English. All native English-speaking candidates must either pass a foreign-language proficiency examination or must successfully complete two regular semester courses in one of the languages offered at SAIS Europe.

Important: Diploma students need to have passed exams in basic micro and macro if they want to take economics classes or classes for which economics is a prerequisite.

Volunteer positions, internships and employment are all encouraged. While international experience is strongly recommended, students should be able to show their interest in the field of international relations.



SAIS Europe

Office of Admissions
The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
The Johns Hopkins University
Via Belmeloro, 11
40126 Bologna, Italy