Incoming Students Academic Year 2017-18 (SAIS Europe)

Accepting Your Offer of Admission
Current Student Government & Contact Info
First Steps
Open House & Alumni Reception Registration
Open House - Bologna
Meet Alumni
Online Information Sessions
Academic Information
Dual Degree Request Form
Congratulations on your acceptance and welcome to The Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

You will find that the school is an exceptional institution with an unrivaled depth and breadth of areas of study focusing on global issues and world regions. Students are among the most enlightened and accomplished international relations professionals worldwide. Their quality is matched by that of the school’s faculty members and the caliber of the curriculum. More than any other international relations program, Johns Hopkins University offers you not only a rigorous graduate education at the hands of top instructors but also the opportunity to grow intellectually, professionally and personally as part of the learning experience.

What the school has achieved and what it will continue to achieve matters enormously to our world. This is where tomorrow’s leaders—those who will take the helm in government, NGO’s, international institutions and private enterprise—get their training, and tackle challenges that cut across economics, foreign policy, world regions and critical global issues. The school has set the standard for education in international relations for generations and has trained many world leaders in the process. Finally, you can expect that the lifelong connections you make from day one and after you leave Johns Hopkins SAIS will give you rich opportunities across all sectors and all continents.

We look forward to having you join us.

Vali Nasr
Dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS

Accepting Your Offer of Admission

If you are accepting your offer of admission, please complete the Online Candidate’s Reply Form, which you can access by logging into your Hobson’s Apply Yourself account, and submit a $500 matriculation fee payment to the Admissions Office. Payment can be made via credit card or e-check online when submitting your Candidate's Reply Form.

These materials must arrive in our office no later than Thursday, April 20, 2017 (for candidates with fellowship aid - please note candidates will find out scholarship allocation on March 10, 2017) or Monday, May 1, 2017 (for candidates without fellowship aid).

Personal Check Payment
If you prefer to pay your matriculation fee by check, please make the check payable to: “Johns Hopkins University” and write the student’s name and Social Security Number (SSN), if applicable, on the check. Check payments should be mailed to: SAIS Admissions Office, 1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036.

Declining Your Offer of Admission
If you are declining your offer of admission, please complete the Online Candidate’s Reply Form, which you can access by logging into your Hobson’s Apply Yourself account. These materials must arrive in our office no later than Thursday, April 20, 2017 (for candidates with fellowship aid) or Monday, May 1, 2017 (for candidates without fellowship aid).

Deferral Request Procedure
Admitted students may request a one-semester or one-year deferral. Deferral requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may be granted for a unique employment opportunity, special fellowship program, or family or medical emergency. The granting of deferrals beyond one year is not permitted.

Note: Applicants who are admitted from the waiting list cannot defer admission under any circumstances.

Deferral requests must be submitted in writing to the SAIS Europe Director of Admissions and Recruiting before May 1, 2017. If a deferral is granted, the student will be expected to pay their $500 non-refundable matriculation fee within 30 days of approval. The deferral deposit will be applied to your tuition upon enrollment.

Admitted students whose future plans remain uncertain, or those with insufficient funds, are advised to decline the offer of admission and reapply at a later date when circumstances may be more certain or stable.

If your request for deferral is denied and you would still like to enroll in the semester for which you were admitted, you must accept your offer of admission no later than your original response deadline.

Deferral requests in writing can be sent to:

On behalf of the Class of 2017, we would like to congratulate you on your admission to SAIS Europe! Your selection from such a competitive applicant pool is a great achievement.
We know that choosing the right graduate school is an important and difficult decision. To help you consider your options, we would like to comment on what makes coming to Bologna such a rewarding and unique experience.
In Bologna, you will experience an inspiring amalgamation of culture and diversity particularly suited to a SAIS student’s intrinsic curiosity. Replete with porticoes and cobblestone streets, Bologna is an architectural masterpiece; its ancient scenery and youthful inhabitants give the city a vibrant, venerable identity.
Members of the faculty will challenge you with a demanding curriculum, but some of your greatest educational experiences will come from travelling and debating your classmates. Your colleagues are the ones who make Johns Hopkins such an outstanding graduate program. Their unique backgrounds and perspectives enrich the academic life at SAIS Europe.
In addition to our school’s academic strength, there are several social events organized by students every year; the highlight event is our annual visit to Vienna to attend an Austrian ball.
If you have any questions or concerns, we’re here to help you in any way we can. Please do not hesitate to contact us at Having been in your position not too long ago, we understand that you will undoubtedly have questions, and we encourage you to ask us as many questions about SAIS as possible; ultimately, we want to help you make the decision that’s right for you.
Congratulations again on your admission to a world-class university, and we hope to see you around campus!
Cordiali Saluti,
Christina, Georgia, Jane, Dominique, Chris


Washington, DC: SAIS Europe Alumni Evening “Cocktail Reception”
SAIS Europe, together with Amici di Bologna, will hold a cocktail reception for admitted SAIS Europe Students on April 6. 

One of the greatest advantages of Johns Hopkins SAIS is its community and network. Getting to know current students and alumni can help you gain a better understanding of what it means – academically, personally and professionally – to be a student in the school's Master’s program. The resources in this section will help you learn more about and, if you like, get in touch with members of the school's community.

You are Invited to participate in a Johns Hopkins SAIS Informative Virtual Session

We are excited about your admission to SAIS Europe! After reviewing your acceptance letter, you may have a myriad of questions about student life, academic opportunities, career services, and life at SAIS Europe? For these reasons, you are invited to participate in the upcoming virtual sessions listed below hosted by the school's administrative staff.

Each session typically includes a presentation and question-and-answer period. To participate, please click on the links below and "Enter as a guest".

Admitted Information Session I for SAIS Europe
March 17th, at 3:00 pm Bologna Time (CET)
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MAGR Admitted Student Information Session
March 28th at 3:00 pm Bologna time (CET)
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Admitted Information Session II for SAIS Europe
April 14th at 3:00 pm Bologna time (CET) 
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Academic Information:

For MA, MAIA, and MIPP students:

For MAGR students:

Please note that this does not apply to MAIA candidates