Student Right To Know

General Institutional Information
Admissions and Institutional Information Contact
For Help in Obtaining Financial Aid Information
Academic Programs
Instructional Facilities and Lab Facilities
Student Body Diversity
Textbook Information
Transfer Credit Policy
Withdrawal Procedures
Tuition Refund Policy
Study Abroad Program Information
Student Financial Assistance Information
Cost of Attendance
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Student Financial Aid Programs, Eligibility, and Other Information
Student Loan Information
Student Rights and Responsibilities
Using Federal Aid to Purchase Books and Supplies
Student Outcomes


The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended in 2008, includes many student disclosures and reporting requirements by universities. These requirements include statistics and/or information on the following subjects:

  1. Retention and graduation rates;
  2. Financial assistance available to students and requirements and restrictions imposed on Title IV aid;
  3. Crime statistics on campus;
  4. Athletic program participation rates and financial support; and
  5. Other institutional information including: the cost of attendance, accreditation and academic program data, facilities and services available to disabled students, and withdrawal and refund policies.

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Admissions and Institutional Information Contact

Washington, D.C.
Office of Admissions
The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
The Johns Hopkins University
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
+1.877.JHU.WASH (U.S. toll free)

SAIS Europe
Office of Admissions
The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
The Johns Hopkins University
Via Andreatta, 3 (formerly Belmeloro, 11)
40126 Bologna, Italy

Hopkins-Nanjing Center
Office of International Admissions
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center
1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 509
Washington, DC 20036

For Help in Obtaining Financial Aid Information 

Office of Financial Aid 
Johns Hopkins University 
Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies 
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC 20036 
410.367.2052 (fax)

Instructional Facilities and Lab Facilities

The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies is currently located within the JHU DC Center Facilities in Washington, D.C.  The school utilizes approximately 125,000 square feet among three buildings located on Massachusetts Avenue, NW, just off DuPont Circle.  Space is utilized within the three buildings for classrooms, conference rooms, library, study rooms, events auditoriums, administrative offices, computer lab and languages lab facilities.  Public space such as lobbies, lounges and cafeteria facilities are also utilized.  
There are approximately 26 classrooms, 9 conference rooms, and 3 auditoriums totaling about 10,375 square feet, which can accommodate various event and meeting specifications.  Technology such as video and audio conferencing and recording, web streaming, and projection is available in most of the facility types indicated.  SAIS holds an average of 2,000 events over the course of a year.     

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center hosts modern, first-rate facilities. In addition to the on-site library, classrooms and residence hall, there are spaces for students to study, hang out, exercise and play music. All facilities are heated and air-conditioned, and wireless internet access is provided throughout the HNC. In addition to HNC facilities, students can also use the facilities located on Nanjing University’s campuses. The Hopkins-Nanjing Center is located on Nanjing University’s old campus, in the heart of Nanjing. The surrounding area is filled with Chinese restaurants, western-style restaurants, coffee shops and markets. Students can also find some favorites from home at a nearby store that sells imported food and other items. The HNC is also located within walking distance of the city metro, making the city of Nanjing even more accessible to students.

SAIS Europe:
The Bologna Center is a full-time, non-resident graduate school situated in the historic area of Bologna, a thriving city in northern Italy.  The Center occupies a five-story building (Via Belmeloro 11) and three offices in the University of Bologna.  The Center buildings fifth floor penthouse is about one-third terrace with a conference room, four small conference rooms, and a dining and food preparation area.  An auditorium and a snack bar are located on the first floor as is a library, which spans part of the first and second floors.  There are a total of 25 offices, 9 classrooms and a language lab.  The Center was completely renovated in 2006/2007, and currently meets all Europe-wide mandated safety and disability access requirements.  This is a commuter campus and housing is the responsibility of the students.  Most rent apartments in the area.
The Language Center (consisting of seven offices) is on the third floor of an office building approximately two blocks from the main Center. It is not open to the public and no classes are held in this location. Students occasionally visit language faculty during office hours and engage in work study programs.

Student Body Diversity

Full Time Enrollment: 841
Ratio of Male/Female: 49%/51%
U.S. Students: 59%
International Students: 41%
Self-Reported Percentage of U.S. Students Belonging to Minority Groups: 29%
Includes: 5% African-American; 7% Hispanic; 16% Asian-American; 1% Other

Full Time Enrollment: 175
Ratio of Male/Female: 41%/59%; US Students: 39%
International Students: 61%
Self reported percentage of U.S. Students belonging to minority groups: 26%
Includes: 7% African-American; 4% Hispanic; 15% Asian-American; 0% Other

SAIS Europe in Bologna:
Full Time Enrollment: 200
Ratio of Male/Female: 47%/53%
US Students: 55%
International Students: 45%
Self-reported percentage of US Students belonging to minority groups: 22%
Includes: 5% African-American; 9% Hispanic; 3% Asian-American; 5% other

Textbook Information

Transfer Credit Policy

SAIS does not offer transfer credits.


MA students who have completed a relevant graduate degree at another institution may petition for advanced standing at SAIS. If awarded advanced standing, the number of courses required is reduced from 16 (64 credits) to 12 (48 credits) for completed graduate degrees of two years or more. For completed graduate degrees of less than two years, the number of courses required is reduced from 16 (64 credits) to 14 (56 credits). Students with advanced standing must meet all graduation requirements within those 14 or 12 courses (56 or 48 credits).

Consideration for advanced standing is only given to MA students for relevant graduate degrees completed, not individual courses. To obtain advanced standing, students must complete the Advanced Standing Request form and upload a copy of their transcript proving completion of the degree prior to their final semester of study. Students who receive advanced standing must still complete the residency requirement of three full-time semesters.


SAIS students wishing to pursue a dual degree in a formal or approved ad-hoc program may do so either by being admitted concurrently to both schools or by being admitted to the second school during their first year at SAIS. Since INSEAD offers both fall and spring admission, SAIS students admitted to INSEAD prior to the end of their third semester may also participate in the dual-degree program.

Students admitted to an approved dual-degree program during their first year at SAIS are responsible for informing the Manager of Graduate Services and must complete the official dual-degree paperwork. The number of courses required for students in approved dual-degree programs is reduced from 16 to 12. All graduation requirements must be completed within these 12 courses. Students admitted to an additional graduate program, other than INSEAD, during their second year will not be considered dual-degree students.

Ad hoc dual-degree arrangements with SAIS must conform to the expectations established by the formal dual-degree programs (for example, the SAIS/Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania M.A.-M.B.A. Program) and should be confirmed in writing. Students should also be able to demonstrate the international relevance and other specific curricular and/or programmatic strengths of the institution being proposed. These considerations should be linked to the student’s career objective.

Students who leave SAIS to pursue the second degree must request a leave of absence from SAIS, even if all SAIS requirements have been completed. Students in all dual-degree programs, formal or ad hoc, must complete the requirements of both institutions before receiving either degree, with the exception of INSEAD. Those students receive the INSEAD degree upon completion of that program.

Students are responsible for filling out the Application to Graduate and contacting the SAIS Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester at the other program to ensure their name is on the SAIS diploma order list and that all SAIS requirements have been completed.
For questions involving dual-degree arrangements, see the Office of Academic Advising

Withdrawal Procedures

A student who wants to withdraw from all courses must complete the Withdrawal Request form. This action is considered to be a withdrawal from SAIS. If eligible, refund of tuition payments will be made to students withdrawing of their own accord according to the scheduled refund policy.

Involuntary Leave of Absence

Students may be asked to withdraw or may be placed on an involuntary leave of absence when their physical or mental health or the manifestations of their health render them unfit to continue the course of study. Prior notice and the opportunity to be heard will, under ordinary circumstances, be given before the imposition of an involuntary leave of absence. However, SAIS reserves the right to conclude that, on certain occasions, conditions exist that warrant an immediate leave of absence in order to avert imminent harm to the student or to other persons or property. In such an event, a student on an involuntary leave of absence will be apprised immediately of procedures for appeal and reinstatement by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Chief Student Affairs Officer. SAIS Europe students should consult the Director of Student Affairs regarding reinstatement. Hopkins-Nanjing Center students should consult the American Co-Director regarding reinstatement. SAIS may mandate that students be assessed by  the Johns Hopkins Student Assistance Program regarding their fitness to continue at SAIS.

Tuition Refund Policy

The SAIS refund policy is strongly adhered to and is charted below. Students may receive an exception to the refund policy for documented extenuating circumstances beyond their control. All petitions, including supporting documentation, should be submitted to the Director of the Student Services Center. The refund is administered if there is a change in status from full-time to part-time study, a change in part-time study from two courses to one course or if a student withdraws from SAIS altogether. If a student with SAIS fellowship or scholarship aid drops below full-time enrollment, the aid is automatically rescinded and the institution’s refund policy goes into effect.
During first week  100% refund
During second week  90% refund
During third week  80% refund
During fourth week  70% refund
During fifth week  60% refund
During sixth week  50% refund
During seventh week  40% refund
During eighth week  No refund

Withdrawal due to Honor Code violations is not subject to the refund policy.

Non-degree students forfeit their tuition deposit in addition to being subject to the withdrawal refund policy.

Refunds, Office of Summer Programs

Tuition is refundable only when a 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% of the tuition charge is non-refundable. In additional, refund amounts will be determined by the schedule below:
Before June 11th: 90%
June 12-13: 50%
After June 13: No tuition will be refunded

Study Abroad Program Information

SAIS does not offer study abroad programs.

Student Financial Assistance Information

A list of Student Financial Assistance Information is below, please click on a link to access important information about financial assistance.

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For past Federal Perkins Loan Borrowers: Click here for general information and here for the loan servicer information.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Criteria students must meet to maintain eligibility – Click Here

Satisfactory Academic Progress – Click Here

Method and frequency of disbursements – There are 2 scheduled disbursement dates for financial aid which correspond to the two semesters in the academic year. Disbursements for summer, an optional term, occur on July 1. Fall and Spring disbursements occur 10 days prior to the first day of the semester.

Terms of any loans offered-including sample repayment plan – Click Here

Sample Repayment Plans - PDF

General terms and conditions of employment – Click Here

Exit Counseling Information – PDF