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Students engage in the study of modern European and Eurasian history, political economy and current affairs. The program equips concentrators to analyze not only what is happening in the European Union and its member states, but also on other nations in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, including Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia and to understand the region's role in the world. 

Students may begin the EES program in either Bologna or Washington, DC. The program differs from other concentrations at the school because it does not have any required coursework. Students work with their program advisor and members of the senior faculty to design a course of study to prepare for three comprehensive exams that must be completed to meet the degree requirements. EES concentrators complete a program capstone by reporting on their summer internship experience or conducting an oral examination with members of the senior faculty.

EES & MES students visited the Botanical Gardens of Kuala Lumpur during a Spring Break 2017 study trip to Malaysia to learn about Islamic finance.
EES & MES students with EES Director and Prof. Erik Jones at the Islamic Financial Services Board in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Window view at the SAIS Europe campus in Bologna, Italy (Fall 2017). Shared by a current EES student.
EES students at the Spring 2016 book presentation of The Oxford Handbook of Italian Politics
In May 2016, EES hosted a visit by NATO PA delegation to the school for talks with Dean Vali Nasr, EES Prof Christopher Chivvis, and students on security challenges.
Members of the EES class of 2016 at the school's Commencement Reception.
The Russia-Eurasia Club visited Ambassador Kadyr Toktogulov at the Kyrgyz Embassy in April 2016.
EES students in Washington discussing transnational interest groups and national democracies with EES students in SAIS Europe via videoteleconference during a trans-atlantic research seminar lecture in Spring 2016.
SAIS Europe Class of 2015 with Director Erik Jones and Associate Director Kathryn Knowles
The Vienna Ball is a popular event for EES students in Bologna and several attend every year.
EES students in Brussels for summer 2015 internships. Pictured with SAIS Europe Prof. Fillippo Taddei at an AmCham EU event.
EES students Vincenz Klemm, Brian Fox, Marko Grujicic, and Tine Carmelit, along with fellow SAIS students Sandra Zuniga and Kira Gartzou-Katsouyanni at the 2015 European Student Conference at Yale University.
EES students completing their summer internships in Brussels joined alumni for a networking happy hour
The annual EES Spring Welcome Brunch provides students, faculty, and staff a great opportunity to reconnect after the winter break.
EES Students with Jose Maria Aznar, former President of the Government of Spain.
EES Students and Faculty enjoying the annual EES Spring Semester Brunch.
Students and Faculty at the Annual EES Spring Semester Brunch
EES Professors (L-R) Dana Allin, Christopher Chivvis, and EES Director Erik Jones
EES Students with Prof. Bruce Parrott, Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies
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    Director of European and Eurasian Studies, Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy
    Bologna, Italy
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    Associate Professor
    Washington, D.C.
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  • [8]
    Professor of History and International Studies
    Bologna, Italy
    Email [10]
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    Assistant Professor of International Relations and European Studies
    Washington, D.C.
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    Assistant Professor of International Political Economy
    Washington, D.C.
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    Assistant Professor of International Relations and European Studies
    Washington, D.C.
    Email [19]

Program Activities


The "Third Country Experience"

Brussels, Bucharest or Bologna? Madrid, Milan or Moscow? London, Luxembourg, Warsaw or Zagreb?
Which of these cities will be your summer internship destination?
The unique Johns Hopkins SAIS model of providing a trans-Atlantic education means that students have the opportunity to study international relations first from a European perspective in Bologna and then from an American one in Washington DC One of the goals of the school's European and Eurasian Studies Program in particular is to provide a “third country experience” during the summer between the first and second years of the program, allowing concentrators to experience living and working in their region of study.
This year the program has secured over 50 internship positions across the region in policy research, public affairs consulting, international business development, financial and macroeconomic analysis, political movements and more. Opportunities are specifically designed for students and offer a content-rich experience with senior-level mentors.
Applications are open to MA, MAIA and MIPP candidates of all years and concentrations on all three campuses. Priority is given to first-year students in the EES program, though graduating students interested in working in the region are also considered since summer “exit-internships” are often a way to get a foot on the vieux continent. All recruiting is done through Handshake.
Questions may be directed to Cristina Benitez, EES Academic Manager at cristina.benitez@jhu.edu [20].


European and Eurasian Research Seminar

Students in this seminar conducted between Bologna and Washington via video conference develop an original question and make a scholarly contribution to the field. MA and PhD candidates learn research methods, analyze a current issue in the region and present their work during an authors’ workshop with program faculty

Program Activities: Washington D.C.

European and Eurasian Studies Distinguished Lecture Series

The EES Distinguished Lecture Series in Washington is hosted by EES faculty and Author-in-Residence, James Mann. The series features global leaders and experts of the region. Lectures are held on select Tuesday evenings and open to the school's community and the public. RSVP for upcoming events at eesdistinguishedlectures.com [21]

Russia/Eurasia Forum

The Russia/Eurasia Forum meets bi-weekly and is hosted by Professor Bruce Parrott. Experts from around the Washington, DC area give presentations on topics ranging from Religion in Contemporary Russian Politics, the Global Revolution in Natural Gas, to the changing relationship between Europe and Russia. Lectures are open to the school's community and the public. RSVP for upcoming events at RESforum.eventbrite.com [22].

Current Events Seminars

Students have the opportunity to gather at this informal seminar led by Professor Charles Gati, and discuss current events in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The seminar also provides students with the opportunity to present current research and receive feedback from both faculty and their peers. Current Events seminars are open to all Johns Hopkins SAIS Washington students and are held on select Wednesdays, 12:30-1:45pm. Contact Cristina Benitez, cristina.benitez@jhu.edu [23], for more information.


For program updates and event alerts, follow us on Twitter @SAIS_EES [24]

Program Activities: Europe

European and Eurasian Studies Seminar Series

EES organizes evening seminars at SAIS Europe as part of the faculty research seminar series. The events provide unique opportunities for students to interact with visiting scholars and practioners from across Europe in an informal setting. Recent series themes include "Europe's Security Challenges", "New Trends in Central Banking and Finance", and "Profits & Politics: Business-State Relations in the Wider Europe." The 2016-2017 series on "Understanding the New Europe" is co-hosted by our EES Director, Erik Jones, and Associate Professor of International Political Economy, Matthias Matthijs.

The Bologna Institute for Policy Research (BIPR [25])

The BIPR is the research division of SAIS Europe. Its purpose is to promote problem-centered, interdisciplinary research in international policy by drawing upon the global network of Johns Hopkins SAIS faculty, students and scholars. The work of the BIPR is made available to the public with the goal of providing a pivotal forum for thought and debate in international public policy. BIPR employs student research assistants each semester to manage its event reports program and disseminate content from the faculty research seminar series to the wider policy community. Students working on BIPR have been key contributors to a number of promotional projects at SAIS Europe, including the launch of faculty-authored books.


The Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development (CCSDD [26])

The CCSDD is a research partnership between SAIS Europe and the School of Law at the University of Bologna. The CCSDD conducts research and training in the field of comparative constitutional law, focusing on countries undergoing a process of democratic transition. Through conferences, workshops, publications, summer schools, study trips, and speaker series, the CCSDD addresses issues of civil society development and legal reform. The Center's current research focuses on EU enlargement, contemporary political and constitutional transformations in North Africa, the role of constitutional courts in Central Asia, as well as electoral management bodies. Each year, the CCSDD conducts a number of programs including the "European Union and Legal Reform" Summer School in Montenegro, the Sarajevo Study Trip, and the CCSDD Lecture Series. SAIS Europe students are hired as interns to work on research and teaching-related projects.




EUROPEAN AND EURASIAN STUDIES | MA Requirements (Entering Class 2018-2019)

Learning Goals and Objectives [27]

MA students must complete 64 credits and all degree requirements in order to graduate.

Students who are approved for a Dual Degree program or with Advanced Standing only need to complete 48 credits or 56 credits as determined by Academic Affairs, but still must fulfill all degree requirements.


European and Eurasian Studies Concentration

MA students concentrating in European and Eurasian Studies design their own program of study to achieve fixed learning outcomes as set out in the program syllabus. These learning outcomes are evaluated in three comprehensive exams (in lieu of the Core exam requirement). The concentration does not have any required courses, but does require a program capstone. Candidates work with their program adviser and senior faculty to plan courses and independent readings that will prepare them for the comprehensive exams.

European and Eurasian Studies concentrators who choose the Russia and Eurasia track within the concentration complete Comprehensive Exam III in this area and must achieve proficiency in Russian language.

The EES Curriculum Matrix [28] includes recommended European and Eurasian Studies courses. 

Comprehensive Examinations
Comprehensive exams are given three to four times per year on both campuses and are graded as pass/fail. Exams may be taken multiple times without penalty. The European and Eurasian Studies comprehensive exams are based on the EES syllabus [29] which sets out the topics and offers a bibliography for each written exam.
Comprehensive Exam I: Modern European History and Ideas
The purpose of this examination is to expose EES concentrators to a broad interpretative framework for understanding the formation and evolution of the international systems of states. Students without a strong background in European history should take or audit the specialized history core course, Evolution of the International System. Students usually take this exam after their first or second semester, depending on their campus of study.
Comprehensive Exam II: European Political Economies
The purpose of this examination is to make sure that students understand the essentials of governance – including economic governance – across the region. This exam encompasses the domestic political economies of the four major Western European nation states, the European Union and European integration generally, the problems of transition in Central and Eastern Europe—including Russia, and Europe’s relations with the US and global economies. Candidates take this exam before or after their third semester.
Comprehensive Exam III: Europe and the World Since 1945
This comprehensive examination covers the relationship between European countries and the outside world. That relationship is both country-specific and regional. This exam has three different elements. The first concerns the international political economy, which is arguably where Europe is most influential. The second looks at the regional dimension of Europe’s relations with the outside world, and draws on the history of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as well as the European Union. The third focuses on the comparative foreign policies of European countries. Students usually take Comp III at the end of their third of forth semester.
Comprehensive Exam III: Russian and Eurasian Studies
This comprehensive exam is designed for students in the Russia and Eurasia track. It covers the rise and fall of communism in Russia and Eurasia and allows students to focus on two of the following sub-areas: Post-Communist Politics, Post-Communist Economies, Post-Communist National Identities and Ethnic Relations, Post-Communist Civil Societies, and Post-Communist Foreign and Security Policies. Students usually take Comp III at the end of their third of fourth semester.

European and Eurasian Studies concentrators must complete one of the following capstones:

  • Internship and Report. An 8-12 week summer internship between the first and second year of study, relevant to program course work. Those who complete an internship secured by the EES program are automatically approved for the report option. Those who complete internships outside the EES program should first send a note to Associate Director for approval. The report should be 2000 Words in length, include a photo and present: 1) the content of the internship; 2) how your first year at Johns Hopkins SAIS prepared you for the experience; and 3) how the internship aided in your academic or potential career choices.
  • European and Eurasian Studies Oral Exam. Candidates submit, in advance, a brief paper with a topic they are prepared to discuss. It should feature a contemporary issue in the region, in light of its historical, institutional, political and economic settings. Participation in the non-credit current events seminar and at the various lectures on contemporary political and economic issues is a good way to prepare for the oral exam.
  • MA Oral Exam (to compete for honors—if eligible)

International Economics Concentration

MA students must complete a concentration in International Economics (16 credits). The four required courses are:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics (pre-requisite or concurrent: Microeconomics)
  • International Trade Theory (pre-requisite: Microeconomics)
  • International Monetary Theory (pre-requisite: Macroeconomics)

If a student is waived [30] from a required course(s), the student must take a replacement International Economics course(s) to fulfill the concentration requirement.

Students who pass the non-credit Microeconomics course in Pre-Term [31] will have this concentration reduced to 12 credits, but still must complete the remaining required International Economics courses (or a replacement course(s) if waiver exam(s) passed).

International Economics GPA Requirement
Students must achieve an International Economics concentration GPA of at least 2.67.

In the standard case, the concentration GPA is the average of the grades in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Trade Theory, and International Monetary Theory.  If a student completed the non-credit Microeconomics course in Pre-Term, the concentration GPA is calculated based on the grades in the remaining required International Economics courses. If one or more of the required courses is waived, the highest grade(s) from any eligible replacement International Economics course(s) is used.

Students who do not meet the minimum International Economics concentration GPA must re-take required courses (or take additional replacement courses if any required course(s) are waived) until the minimum is achieved. The highest grade from any attempt at a required course is used in this calculation.


Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

MA students must fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning Requirement (4 credits). Eligible courses include:

  • Statistical Methods for Business & Economics 
  • Econometrics (pre-requisite: Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
  • Applied Econometrics (pre-requisite: Econometrics)
  • Macro Econometrics (pre-requisite: Econometrics)
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Risk Analysis and Modeling
  • Quantitative Global Economics (pre-requisite: International Monetary Theory)
  • Credit Markets & Credit Risk (pre-requisite: Corporate Finance)

Students may not double-count the same course toward the Quantitative Reasoning requirement and as a replacement International Economics concentration course and vice-versa.

If a student is waived [32] from a Quantitative Reasoning course, the student must take a different course from the list above to fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

Students who pass the non-credit Statistical Methods for Business & Economics course in Pre-Term [31] will have fulfilled the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.


Core Requirements

European and Eurasian Studies concentrators do not need to complete any Core courses or exams, but  must pass the three program comprehensive exams instead.


Language Proficiency

MA students must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in a non-native language taught at SAIS. Students enroll in non-credit language courses to prepare for the proficiency exam.

European and Eurasian Studies concentrators must demonstrate proficiency in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish. Students in the Russia and Eurasia track must demonstrate proficiency in Russian.

Native speakers of a French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian (if in the Russia and Eurasia track), or Spanish must demonstrate proficiency in any other language taught at SAIS, which can include English. Those students are encouraged to study another modern European language.

All non-native English speakers are required to pass an English placement exam upon entering the school, even if not using English for proficiency, and may be required to take additional English language coursework.

Beyond proficiency, students may also pursue additional European language studies at Georgetown University free of charge in Advanced German, Advanced Italian, Polish, Turkish and Ukrainian.Polish, Turkish and Ukrainian may not be used toward proficiency requirements.


Minor and Specialization

Beyond the requirements, MA students may have room in their degree for electives, a minor, and/or a specialization(s).

Students may pursue an optional minor in any policy/regional area [33] other than General International Relations.

Students may pursue an optional specialization(s) in five areas International Economics [34] or Emerging Markets [35].


Program Requirements by Academic Year (European and Eurasian Studies)

Entering Class 2017-2018 [36]
Entering Class 2016-2017 [37]
Entering Class 2015-1016 [38]
Entering Class 2014-2015 [39]
Entering Class 2013-2014 [40]
Entering Class 2012-2013 [41]
Entering Class 2011-2012 [42]
Entering Class 2010-2011 [43]
Entering Class 2009-2010  [44]



Entering Class 2012-2013 [45]
Entering Class 2011-2012 [46]
Entering Class 2010-2011 [47]
Entering Class 2009-2010 [48]


European and Eurasian Studies Minor Requirements: 

  • 3 European and Eurasian Studies (or cross-listed) courses* (12 credits)

*SA.100.771 Evolution of the International System and SA.100.750 Comparative Politics may not be used to fulfill minor requirements.

General Minor Requirements:

  • MA students may pursue an optional minor in a policy or regional program. A student cannot pursue a minor in General IR or International Economics, but can pursue a Specialization in International Economics [49]
  • A student can have only one minor and can declare a minor at any time prior to graduation.
  • Students do not receive bidding priority for a minor.
  • All minors require three courses. Some minors require a specific course(s) and/or language proficiency.
  • A student may use a maximum of one applicable cross-listed course (4 credits) toward both a minor AND concentration requirements. In the IR or Asia concentrations, the cross-listed course must be from the primary concentration area and not from the 2 additional required courses in the other IR or Asia areas.


Our Alumni


Alumni Engagement

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We appreciate the engagement of our alumni. Follow us on social media for the latest program updates and opportunities to engage.

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EES Listserve

Join our EES alumni listserve via this form [56] or email cristina.benitez@jhu.edu [20] and provide your name, year of graduation and current affiliation.


EES Alumni Annual Newsletter

The Annual EES newsletter goes out in August of each year. Read the latest edition:

2018 EES Alumni Newsletter [57]
2017 EES Alumni Newsletter [58]
2016 EES Alumni Newsletter [59]
2015 EES Alumni Newsletter [60]



EES Adjunct Professor Christopher Chivvis of the RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center discusses France's recent intervention in Mali and offers insight on strategic lessons.
The Oxford Handbook of Italian Politics provides a comprehensive look at the political life of one of Europe's most exciting and turbulent democracies.
Is the West in Decline? is a collection of ten essays by prominent scholars of international relations and current history, many of them associated with the European Studies program of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
EES Professor Charles Gati discusses Zbigniew Brzezinski’s multifaceted career dealing with US security and foreign policy.
Adjunct Professor Matthew Rojansky's field research in Ukraine sheds light on the history, causes and methodologies of corporate raiding, as well as on the costs and consequences of raiding for Ukraine's further development.
EES Director and Professor Erik Jones discusses the end of the European crisis from the June 2012 European Council summit through the bailout of Cyprus.
Edited by Ronald Tiersky and Erik Jones, Europe Today offers a range of perspectives on the process of European integration, the evolution of economic performance, the spread of judicial authority, and the reaction to multiculturalism and immigration.
EES Professor Christopher Chivvis discusses the role of the United States and NATO in Libya's war of liberation and its lessons for future military interventions.
A collection of papers from a Conference in honor of Professor David P. Calleo.

Contact Us

Erik Jones
Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy
erik.jones@jhu.edu [73]
Based in Bologna, Italy

Cristina Benitez
Academic Program Manager
cristina.benitez@jhu.edu [20]
Based in Washington, DC

Address & Phone

European and Eurasian Studies
Washington, DC:
1619 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Rome 519
Washington, DC 20036

Bologna, Italy:
via Belmeloro 11
40126 Bologna, Italy

DC: +1 202 663 5796 | Bologna: +39 051 291 7811