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Hopkins-Nanjing Center 30th Anniversary

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center is a one-of-a-kind educational collaboration between Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University.

Enter a select community of scholars dedicated to the study of Sino-American relations.

100% of students who apply for financial aid receive a scholarship.

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center provides a variety of career development resources and an on-site career counselor to help students market their unique skill sets to employers around the world.

Founded in 1986, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center celebrates 30 years of free and open academic exploration and intellectual dialogue.
Read about the 30th Anniversary Celebration

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A Unique Partnership in China

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies (HNC) opened in 1986 as a one-of-a-kind graduate center for international studies in China. For over 30 years, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center has provided bilingual education and training graduates who contribute to Sino-global relations across a variety of fields. Learn more about the 30th Anniversary Celebration and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center's impact over three decades of US-China relations.

An educational collaboration between the Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University, it is located on the downtown campus of Nanjing University. Chinese and international students live and learn international relations together in a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to free and open academic exploration and intellectual dialogue. At the heart of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center is its superior research library featuring more than 120,000 volumes in English and Chinese and the electronic assets of both the Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University.

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center upholds the highest academic standards in the pursuit of educating future leaders. International students take most of their courses in Chinese taught by Chinese faculty, while Chinese students are taught by international faculty with courses primarily in English. This target language curriculum is a unique feature of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center program that gives our graduates a strong competitive edge in the increasingly dynamic world of Sino-global relations.

Students can choose from a range of courses in six concentrations, and may pursue one of three graduate study options:

  • One-year Certificate of Graduate Studies
  • Two-year Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS)
  • Hopkins-Nanjing Center Certificate + Johns Hopkins SAIS MA in Nanjing and Washington, DC

Learn more about the Hopkins-Nanjing Center
Check the Recruiting Calendar to view virtual and in-person admissions events, or contact us at nanjing@jhu.edu to set up a time to speak to an admissions representative. Learn more about the Hopkins-Nanjing Center from admissions representatives by attending an upcoming virtual or in-person information session:

Virtual Information Session: May 9, 8:00-9:00pm ET
Virtual Information Session: June 13, 8:00-9:00pm ET
Virtual Information Session: July 11, 8:00-9:00pm ET
Information Session in DC: July 17, 6:00-7:00pm ET
Virtual Information Session: August 8, 8:00-9:00pm ET

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Meet Hopkins-Nanjing Center and China Studies Students, Alumni, and Faculty

“The Hopkins-Nanjing Center was not only a great institution for learning, but before graduating from the HNC I was contacted by an employer in Beijing who had received my resume from the career center. The HNC had not only prepared me for the future, but had given me greater visibility in the job market.”
-Rina Makena Mwiti, HNC Certificate '14

"I chose HNC because while I was initially unsure of which specific direction I wanted to move my career in, I knew that I wanted China to play a key role. HNC not only helped to focus my own particular career-related aspirations, it provided me with the on-the-ground resources I needed to get started."
- Alex Stevens, HNC MAIS ‘14

“The Hopkins Nanjing Center gave me a window into the world of US-China relations that I will always value. I never understood what it was like to be surrounded by people who are as passionate as I am about the issues that affect our two nations before coming to the HNC. Now I am seriously considering a career in diplomacy, inspired by the collaboration and exchange of ideas that I encountered in Nanjing.”
-Hannah Hindel, HNC Certificate ‘14

"By taking classes at the HNC and living in China I was able to gain first-hand experience in an emerging market while studying the economics and politics that make these countries distinct from developed countries. The knowledge and skills I gained at the HNC has proven invaluable during my current job analyzing the economies of emerging markets."
-Spike Nowak, HNC MAIS '14
Advisory Services Analyst, Frontier Strategy Group

"As a journalist for Foreign Policy magazine, my expertise on China has enabled me to write major features for our publication and appear on CNN International, Al Jazeera America, and other national media outlets. Once I even gave a one-hour interview in Chinese on live TV and answered call-in questions from viewers in China. That would have been impossible without my education at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.
-Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, HNC Certificate '12
Tea Leaf Nation Fellow at Foreign Policy Magazine

"...the substantive knowledge and experience that I had gained at the HNC gave me the critical context necessary for me to function effectively as a consular officer, and the language skills that I had honed in the many hours of classes, readings and interactions with Chinese classmates allowed me to communicate meaningfully with the Chinese public. As a result, I was trusted to handle some of the more complicated and difficult cases that passed through the consular section during my time in Beijing.
-James Wilson, HNC Certificate '09 & MA '11
Political Officer, United States Foreign Service

Hopkins-Nanjing Center 30th Anniversary Celebration
No one was better than Confucius at defining a win-win proposition," said former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at a convocation address marking the 30th anniversary of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center "and that is precisely the kind of partnership that the United States and China should continue building."

Keynote speakers, former Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming and former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright 

The US-China relationship has significantly changed over the three decades since the Hopkins-Nanjing Center first opened its doors in 1986 and became China’s first academic partnership with a western university. Today, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center continues to serve as a model of what the two nations can achieve through a shared commitment to free and open academic exploration. “Though the world may be different,” Johns Hopkins University President Ronald Daniels said, “the values on which the center was founded – academic rigor, scholarly freedom, and cultural exchange – remain as vital as ever.”   

More than 200 Chinese and international alumni of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center returned to Nanjing June 17 to June 19, 2016 to help celebrate the 30th anniversary,  joined by the leaders of Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University, distinguished guests, and several hundred students, friends, and supporters.  The centerpiece of the weekend was the 30th Anniversary Convocation, featuring former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming, an Hopkins-Nanjing Center alumnus himself who is currently the President of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits. Special events hosted over the anniversary weekend included a tea ceremony and discussion by Secretary Albright, a forum on US-China relations, a foreign policy toolbox presentation by Secretary Albright, a traditional folk music performance by Nanjing University musicians, a gala dinner, and commencement recognizing the 175 members of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Class of 2016.

Hopkins-Nanjing Center alumnus and former Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen cited recent positive developments between the two nations, including the Joint Statement on Climate Change announced by President Xi Jinping and President Obama prior to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, and the upcoming inclusion of China's currency in the special drawing rights of the International Monetary Fund. Chen credited his experiences at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center with broadening his horizons and deepening his understanding of market economics.

Looking back at the role of academic and cultural exploration in strengthening the US-China ties, Secretary Albright said that "What the Hopkins-Nanjing Center has achieved affirms my belief that the most important institutions are those that contribute to international education," Albright continued, "few institutions have been, and will be, as important as the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.”

Learn more about the Hopkins-Nanjing Center 30th Anniversary Celebration

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Academic Programs
Johns Hopkins SAIS gives its students a truly international perspective on today's global issues.  A worldwide reach- with locations in Washington, DC, Bologna, Italy, and Nanjing, China- allows students the opportunity to choose between two study options in Nanjing or to combine their studies in China with programs in other regions of the world.

Click on the tabs to the left for more details on each of our three programs.

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Certificate in Chinese and American Studies

  • 2 semesters in Nanjing
  • Flexible course selection in 6 areas of study
  • Minimum of 3 courses per semester in target language
  • Jointly issued Certificate of Chinese and American Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS and Nanjing University
  • Early Notification Deadline: November 1
  • General Application Deadline: February 1

Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS)

  • 4 semesters in Nanjing
  • 11 courses and 2 MA prep courses required (at least 9 courses in target language)
  • Thesis requirement
  • Concentration in Chinese Studies; Energy, Resources and Environment; International and Comparative Law; International Politics; and International Economics
  • Jointly issued Master of Arts in International Studies by Johns Hopkins SAIS and Nanjing University
  • Early Notification Deadline: November 1
  • General Application Deadline: February 1

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Certificate + Johns Hopkins SAIS MA

  • 2 semesters in Nanjing/2-3 semesters in Washington, DC
  • Minimum of 3 courses per semester in target language in Nanjing
  • Concentration in 19 areas of study for the MA in DC
  • Capstone requirement  
  • Jointly issued Certificate of Chinese and American Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS and Nanjing University/Master of Arts issued by Johns Hopkins SAIS
  • Visit sais-jhu.edu to learn more about the Johns Hopkins SAIS MA and requirements for admission
  • Early Notification Deadline: November 1
  • General Application Deadline: February 1

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center offers courses in English and Chinese in the following concentrations:

  • International Politics
  • International Economics
  • Comparative and International Law
  • Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE)
  • Chinese Studies

To view the 2019-2020 Academic Calendar, click on the button below.
2019-2020 Academic Calendar

For a full list of courses, click on the button below.
2018-2019 Course Offerings

Certificate in Chinese and American Studies

The one-year Certificate gives students flexibility in course selection while deepening their knowledge of Sino-global relations. Graduate-level courses in Mandarin on topics such as economics, Chinese studies, energy, and law help students advance their language skills while gaining a multidisciplinary background needed in today’s global workforce.The Hopkins-Nanjing Center awards a graduate certificate in Chinese and American Studies to students who attend the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for one academic year and take a minimum of six academic courses in Chinese. Many choose to take additional classes each semester in English, resulting in a mix of international and Chinese students in a given class. Certificate and master's students choose from the same courses, and with more than 75 classes offered, students have more choice in matching their studies to their particular interests.

Certificate students can choose to take courses from any of the following areas of study:

  • International Economics
  • International Politics
  • Comparative and International Law
  • Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE)
  • Chinese Studies

For a full list of courses, click on the button below.
2018-2019 Course Offerings

The following certificate information includes program-related disclosures provided pursuant to federal regulations issued by the United States Department of Education required for title IV eligible certificate programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Certificate in Chinese and American Studies

Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS)

This two-year program is the only master’s degree fully accredited in both China and the United States. With an emphasis on target-language study, students complete coursework and a thesis entirely in Chinese, which demands a high level of Chinese language proficiency and well-developed cultural sensitivity. Students choose one of the concentrations listed below.


Chinese Studies
The Chinese Studies concentration is designed to provide advanced study of Chinese history, culture and society. Many of the courses in the concentration are cross-listed with the four disciplinary concentrations.

Recent Chinese Studies Thesis Topics

  • An Analysis of the Social Capital of China's Migrant NGOs: A Case Study of Migrant NGOs in Beijing  (2012)
  • Chinese House Churches: A Case Study (2012)  
  • The Role of China's Online Anti-Domestic Violence Opinions in the Development of Women's Rights (2011)

International Politics
The International Politics concentration is designed to equip students with a thorough understanding of the interaction of nation-states and other actors in the international arena. Contemporary, historical and cultural factors that influence international behavior are emphasized. Students master basic theories and methods currently used in the field and will gain practice in applying them to policy formulation and analysis.

Recent International Politics Thesis Topics

  • The Role of the Maritime Militia: People's War at Sea (2014)
  • China's Use of Educational Strategies to Increase its Soft Power in Africa: The Influence of Confucius Institutes and Project Hope (2012)
  • Cross Strait Cooperation on Network Technology Standards: A Case Study on China Mobile's TD-LTE Project (2014)

International Economics
The goal of the International Economics concentration is to prepare students for international careers that require economic skills and knowledge. The foundation that students develop in international economic theory, applications, systems and policy also prepares them for the further study of economics.

Recent International Economics Thesis Topics

  • The Emergence of Rural Land Banks and the Capitalization of the Chinese Countryside (2011)
  • An Empirical Study of the Influence of Foreign Investment on the Technical Efficiency of Chinese Domestic Retail Enterprises (2011)
  • Contrasting Free Trade Theory and Infant Industry Protection: A Case Study of the WTO's Influence on the Efficiency of China's Automobile Industry (2011)

Comparative and International Law
The Comparative and International Law concentration presents courses on the legal systems of both China and the United States, as well as courses that look at legal structures and behavior in the transnational arena. Students develop an understanding of the legal basis of international relations and insight into how the legal traditions of China and the United States shape the behavior of the two countries.

Recent Comparative and International Law Thesis Topics

  • The "Edward Snowden Event" as a Reflection of the Functioning of the International Legal Mechanisms for Protecting Whistleblowers (2014)
  • The Application of the Doctrine of "Most Significant Relationship" in Chinese Judicial System: A Comparative Law Perspective (2012)

Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE)
Recognizing the importance of US-China cooperation on energy and environmental issues, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center added a specialization in Energy, Resources, and Environment (ERE) in 2014. Students can examine global concerns in these areas by taking courses on China’s Development and the Environment, Environmental Economics, Water Resources, Air Pollution and its Control, and Environmental Risk Assessment and Management.

Recent ERE Thesis Topics

  • Are African Countries Used as Pollution Havens by China? (2014)
  • The Geopolitical Implications of Chinese Natural Gas Imports (2014)

Required Coursework for MAIS Students

Students will have several requirements outside of their concentration:

  • A two course sequence designed for MAIS students. 
  • Students NOT concentrating in Law must take one class in this discipline.
  • Students NOT concentrating in Politics must take one class in this discipline.
  • Students NOT concentrating in International Economics will be required to take two International Economics courses of their choosing.

*Please note that many courses are cross-listed between programs and may count for multiple requirements. For example, the course Chinese Legal System would count toward both Law and Chinese Studies.

In addition to the nine required target-language courses, MAIS students are required to take the following thesis courses:

MAIS Tutorial - This course is intended to encourage entering MAIS students to think broadly and deeply about a topic area of relevance to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center's Sino-American academic mission. This will help students consider how their own concentration might be linked to larger issues in Sino-international relations. It also is designed to provide MAIS students with practical guidance in planning and carrying out their two-year course of study.  Chinese and international students will be combined together in this course.

MAIS Thesis Preparation - This course will provide a forum in which students will 1) report on and discuss with each other and the professor their progress on their thesis work; 2) interact with visiting scholars and current faculty who will discuss their own research and comment on the students' projects; and 3) meet bench-mark requirements intended to measure progress in the preparation and writing of their theses. Chinese and International students will be combined together in this course, and the language of the tutorial will be determined by the professor.

  • The remaining 11 courses will depend on a student's concentration. In general, a student must take six courses toward his or her concentration, including the concentration seminar.
  • Nine courses (not including the thesis) must be taken in Chinese.


Hopkins-Nanjing Center Certificate + Johns Hopkins SAIS MA   
After completing the one-year Certificate in Chinese and American Studies, students continue their studies to complete the Master of Arts (MA) degree from Johns Hopkins SAIS. The interdisciplinary coursework of the MA program emphasizes international economics, international policy, regional studies, international relations, and language and typically takes two-to-three semesters to complete. Students receive a jointly awarded certificate from Johns Hopkins SAIS and Nanjing University, and a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins SAIS. At least one semester of the MA program must be completed in Washington, DC. Intermediate to advanced level proficiency in Mandarin is required prior to beginning study at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.

Note: While students submit one online application in order to be considered for both programs, an offer of admission to either the Hopkins-Nanjing Center or to Johns Hopkins SAIS does not constitute admission to the other institution.

Certificate Program (Two Semesters, Nanjing, China)
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center awards a graduate certificate in Chinese and American Studies to students who attend the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for one academic year and take a minimum of six courses in Mandarin. The Certificate is a flexible interdisciplinary program in which students gain a deeper understanding of contemporary China and its modern history while pursuing the study of international relations, politics, law, economics and environmental issues. While at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Certificate students can choose to take courses from any of the following areas of study:

  • Chinese Studies
  • International Politics
  • International Economics
  • Comparative and International Law
  • Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE)

Master of Arts (Two to Three Semesters, Washington, DC)
After completing the one year Certificate program at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, students matriculate into the MA program in Washington, DC. The Washington, DC campus offers 19 different concentrations with an emphasis on international economics, global themes, and world regions and languages. Learn more about the MA program here

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Certificate students:

  • Receive 16 automatic credits (approximately 4 classes) of advanced standing upon completion of the Certificate—these are not tied to specific courses, but based on classes taken in their target language at Hopkins-Nanjing Center (three each semester);
  • Must complete their MA in a minimum of 48 credits—still meeting all the degree requirements;
  • May petition for up to two additional courses/8 credits, taken in English at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center to count toward the overall credits to graduate (beyond the three required Certificate courses taken each semester), as long as these courses are approved. Students who are approved for 8 additional credits can complete the degree in one year (fall and spring terms) and 40 credits as long as they meet all the graduation requirements;
  • Must complete the remaining requirements: Policy or Regional concentration; International Economics (four classes); Quantitative Reasoning (one class); two core classes or exams and a Capstone;
  • Automatically meet the graduation-level requirements for Chinese language. All non-native English-speakers must still pass an English placement exam.  Native Chinese speakers must pass graduation-level requirements in a second language—which can be English.  If they choose a language other than English for proficiency, they must still pass the English placement exam prior to graduation. Students pursuing a regional concentration outside of China Studies must also pass the required language of that program.

In addition, Hopkins-Nanjing Center Certificate students pursuing China Studies:

  • Can petition for a reduction of up to three China Studies course requirements, outside of advanced standing, based on appeal of their HNC transcript*;
  • Must take a minimum of one China Studies course while at Johns Hopkins SAIS;
  • Must complete the remaining requirements of two additional Asia courses (Asia, SA, SEA, Japan, Korea); may use Hopkins-Nanjing Center English courses toward these requirements.
  • Must take or pass Comparative National Systems as one of the two core classes/exams and must pass the program's Capstone.

All students are strongly encouraged to have taken courses in both Chinese domestic and foreign policy.

*To receive credit for courses offered by the Hopkins-Nanjing Center toward the China Studies concentration, students with a certificate from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center entering Johns Hopkins SAIS must submit to the China Studies Program for review and approval a list of those courses completed at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center that they wish to have count as fulfilling the courses on China required for the concentration. As part of the course approval process, students will be asked to provide an official transcript from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center and may be asked to provide supporting materials from the courses for which they are seeking credit, such as syllabi. Courses from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for which a student has received a grade below a B- will not be eligible for credit. 

Hopkins-Nanjing Center faculty members are a resource to students throughout their time in Nanjing. International students are primarily taught in Chinese by Chinese faculty, and Chinese students take the majority of their coursework in English from international faculty. Chinese faculty members also hold teaching positions at Nanjing University, which allows the Hopkins-Nanjing Center to offer a wide variety of courses.

Eight resident international faculty members and approximately thirty Chinese professors offer courses taught in English and Chinese on topics related to international law, politics, economics, environmental issues, Chinese and American studies and more. Click here to view current Chinese and English course offerings.

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center’s small, residential academic community offers faculty and students many opportunities to discuss the critical issues facing China and the world today—both inside the classroom and in daily life. In addition, faculty keep weekly office hours to meet with students to discuss their coursework, research questions, and future career goals. In addition to teaching and advising students, faculty members are active in the community by leading study trips, holding lectures, advising students in the MAIS program on their theses, supporting student groups and, of course, doing their own academic research.

Faculty-Led Study Trips
Faculty at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center connect coursework to opportunities for learning in Nanjing and around China. Recent study trips have taken students to local historical museums, the offices of global IT corporations, and newly-built urban infrastructure. Faculty have also taken classes on excursions to the Jiangsu countryside to talk with locals about rural, social, and political issues, as well as on visits to power generation stations. One new innovative class, China on the Borderlands, has student research groups plan, organize, and implement their own field research trips to China’s border areas.

Innovative Bilingual Teaching
In addition to target-language coursework, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center has been carrying out new curricular innovations—offering a select number of bilingual, co-taught courses. These English and Chinese co-taught courses bring Chinese and international students together in the classroom and allow students to draw from original texts in both languages. Please note co-taught course offerings vary each academic year.

In fall 2017, Professor Joe Renouard and Professor Liu Woyu co-taught a unique bilingual course on “China and America: A Cross Cultural Dialogue.” Watch the video above to hear more about the course.

Faculty Publications

  • China’s Changing Legal System, Feng Chuan, Thomas Simon, and Leyton Nelson, HNC Certificate + Johns Hopkins SAIS MA ‘16
  • Modernizing US Defense Cooperation in East Asia to Peacefully Manage Strategic Competition, David Arase
  • Debt and Distortion: Risks and Reforms in the Chinese Financial System, Paul Armstrong-Taylor
  • History of International Relations and Ideological Influences (Chinese Edition), Shi Bin
  • Globalization and the Environment of China, Bu Maoliang
  • Assessing a Key Facet of the Rule of Law in Post-1997 Hong Kong, Roda Mushkat
  • Emissions Trading, in Handbook of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Roger Raufer
  • Deep Cosmopolis: Rethinking World Politics and Globalization, Adam Webb

Faculty Snapshot
Students at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center are taught by Chinese and international faculty members with a range of expertise on topics such as environmental management, ethnic minorities in China, humanitarian law, transnationalism, and industrial economics. Learn more by checking out a selection of faculty profiles below.  

Chinese Proficiency Testing
All applicants to Hopkins-Nanjing Center programs are required to take the Avant Assessment STAMP Chinese proficiency test. Applicants have typically completed 3-4 years of college level Chinese and spent time in China. Students who intend to have further Chinese language study between taking the test and enrolling in the program should make this clear on the application, as this information can play a role in admissions decisions.
The STAMP test is used to measure proficiency in understanding Mandarin and reading in Chinese. It is composed of two sections: listening comprehension and reading comprehension.  It is an online multiple-choice test that takes about two hours to complete.

Recommended Chinese Language Scores

Program STAMP Test
Certificate 1200 or above
MAIS 1300 or above

Your language background will be taken into consideration in addition to your STAMP score.

Requesting the Test
There are two testing options available, in-person proctoring for $15 and virtual proctoring for $30.
Please email or mail the test request form and be sure to submit the testing fee (Firefox or Chrome web browsers are recommended):

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center
Johns Hopkins-SAIS, Rome Building, Room 509
1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
Email: nanjing@jhu.edu

In-Person Proctoring
Cost: $15
Applicants should find a proctor who will agree to administer the test and then complete the STAMP test request form. Anyone in a professional capacity (not a friend or a family member) can serve as a proctor. Professors, work supervisors, university administrators and librarians are all suitable choices to proctor a STAMP test. Test materials will be emailed directly to the proctor, so be sure to include the proctor's current email address.

Virtual Proctoring
Cost: $30
After submitting the STAMP Test request form, a link will be emailed to applicants to set up an account with a virtual proctoring service provider. Applicants should then notify the HNC Washington Office upon test completion.

After you have completed the test, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Office of International Admissions will notify you of your score within two business days. The test can be taken once every 3 months. All tests should be completed by the application deadlines (November 1 for Early Notification or February 1 for Regular Decision)

NOTE: This test is meant to be challenging.  Do not be discouraged if you find it to be difficult! 
As an adaptive test, questions become more difficult as you answer previous questions correctly.  Even if you do not know the answer to a question, try to answer to the best of your ability.  We have found students are generally pleasantly surprised by their score. We hope that all interested students will take the test to gauge their level rather than assuming their language ability is not high enough. You may know more than you think!


Are you ready for the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Challenge? 你能应对中美中心的挑战吗?
Ideal applicants have Chinese proficiency at the intermediate to advanced level, have studied or lived abroad in China, and have an interest in pursuing a career related to international relations. The Fall 2020 application will open in August.

Application Deadlines
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center is offering an early notification deadline of November 1 for all programs. Students will be notified of their admissions decision by the end of December. Early notification applicants need to submit the financial aid application and FAFSA by November 1 to be considered for financial aid and scholarships. The general application deadline for regular notification is February 1 for all programs. Students will be notified of their admissions decision by mid-March. Regular notification applicants need to submit the financial aid application and FAFSA by February 1 to be considered for financial aid and scholarships. 

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Scholarships
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center makes every effort to support students with funding their education.100% of students who apply for financial aid by the application deadline will receive a scholarship. Visit the scholarships and financial aid page to learn more.

Optional Interviews
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center is now offering optional interviews as part of the application process. This is an opportunity to let the admissions committee learn more about your background and why the Hopkins-Nanjing Center is a good fit for your academic interests and career goals. Interviews are conducted in English by an admissions representative or a current student. Email nanjing@jhu.edu with your availability for an in-person or Skype interview any time before the application deadline.

Weekly Office Hours: Meet with an Admissions Representative
Every Wednesday from 10:00am-2:00pm admissions representatives are available at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Washington Office to meet one-on-one with prospective students. Please email nanjing@jhu.edu to schedule an individual appointment during weekly office hours. If you would like to set up an appointment, in person or by phone/Skype, outside of weekly office hours, please contact us. 

Learn More about the Hopkins-Nanjing Center 
If you have any questions about the application or your qualifications, please call 202.663.5800 to speak with an admissions representative, or email nanjing@jhu.edu. Throughout the year, Hopkins-Nanjing Center admissions representatives visit US campuses and study abroad programs in China. To see if an admissions representative is coming to your school or program, consult our recruiting calendar.

2019-2020 Academic Calendar
Application Process
College graduates with an intermediate to advanced level of Chinese language study are invited to apply to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.
The Application
  • Application form
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Additional essays (for MAIS and HNC Certificate/Johns Hopkins SAIS MA applicants only)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Résumé or CV
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Non-refundable application fee of $85
  • Chinese language test (STAMP) score
  • GRE or GMAT (MAIS and HNC Certificate + Johns Hopkins SAIS MA applicants only)
  • TOEFL or IELTS (non-native English speakers only)
  • Optional interview (conducted in English)


  • The early notification deadline is November 1. To be considered for financial aid and fellowships, students need to submit the financial aid application and FASFA by November 1.
  • The application deadline and financial aid deadline for all Hopkins-Nanjing Center programs is February 1.
We encourage applicants to submit their applications early, if possible, so that we will have time to send notification of missing materials. Students should take the STAMP Chinese language proficiency exam and GRE (if applicable) in time so that scores arrive to the Washington Office before the application deadline. 

Please go to the Apply Now section of the website to begin the application process. Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions by late March. Those who are accepted and who intend to enroll must submit a non-refundable matriculation fee of $500 in mid-April to reserve their place. 

Checklist for Applying to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center
  1. Take the STAMP Chinese Proficiency Exam..
  2. If you are applying for the MAIS or HNC Certificate/Johns Hopkins SAIS MA, take the GRE or GMAT. Use the SAIS code of 5610-0000 when requesting official GRE scores (or the code KGB-GX-99 when requesting GMAT scores).
  3. Two letters of recommendation are required, and the best way to submit recommendations is through our online application system. Applicants may register recommenders online, and the application system will communicate with them directly to ensure secure delivery of the recommendation. If a recommender does not wish to use the online system, he or she may mail the recommendation to us in a sealed envelope or fax it directly to 202.663.7729. You may submit at most one letter of recommendation from a Chinese language instructor. The second letter should speak to other aspects of your academic and professional career.
  4. Request official transcripts from any institutions at which you've taken undergraduate or graduate-level courses and have them mailed to the Washington Office.
  5. Complete the online application form and essay(s).
  6. Complete the financial aid application form. (Optional)
  7. Pay the non-refundable $85 application fee through the online application.
Citizens of the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao should contact nanjing@jhu.edu for eligibility requirements. 

If you have questions about the application process or your qualifications, please call 202.663.5800 to speak with an admissions coordinator, or email nanjing@jhu.edu.



The Hopkins-Nanjing Center offers substantial financial aid including fellowships based on a combination of merit and need. To qualify for financial aid and all scholarships, please complete the Financial Aid Application Form included in the application.

A basic tuition and housing fee break-down for our programs can help you plan for financing program costs. Be sure to learn about our new and guaranteed scholarships and federal funding options.

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Scholarships
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center makes every effort to support students with funding their education. 100% of students who apply for financial aid by the application deadline will receive a scholarship.

Federal Funding and Other Financial Aid Resources
As a US-accredited institution, US students are eligible for federal loans and work study. We also encourage students to explore external scholarship opportunities.

Tuition & Financial Aid
We understand that financing an education at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center can be a challenge for some students. Below, we present a basic tuition and housing fee break-down for our programs. Explore Hopkins-Nanjing Center scholarships and federal funding opportunities to learn more.

Tuition and Fees
The cost of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center's Certificate program is comparable to other graduate programs in the US. The cost of a master's degree is slightly less expensive than a Johns Hopkins SAIS master's degree in DC. The Hopkins-Nanjing Center delivers a strong product through its academic program, its study and living facilities, its career development and its alumni network. We are certain that the benefits of the program far outweigh the costs, as it will increase your earning potential and contacts for the future.

Estimated costs for the 2019-2020 academic year are:
Tuition, Certificate $22,500
Tuition, MAIS $39,964
Housing, Certificate $1,600
Housing, single occupancy $3,200
Housing, double occupancy $1,600
Health Insurance (estimated) $2,000
Matriculation Fee (non-refundable) $500

Note: All prices are estimates and subject to change. The school reserves the right to change information contained on this website without prior notice.

Johns Hopkins health insurance is mandatory for all international students without comparable coverage.

Additional Expenses

  • International Airfare
  • Board (estimated at around $8/day)
  • Personal and Living Expenses

Tuition bills are emailed in July and November. Tuition fees are due by the beginning of classes each semester

Living Expenses
The cost of living in Nanjing is low compared to the US, or even compared to Beijing and Shanghai. The amount individual students need to live will vary greatly depending on their habits and preferences, so it is difficult to predict precisely how much money an individual student will spend. Factors influencing the cost of living are frequency of eating outside the Center (especially at foreign restaurants) and the frequency and style of any traveling done during breaks.

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center offers substantial financial aid including scholarships based on a combination of merit and need. To qualify for financial aid and all scholarships, please complete the Financial Aid Application Form included in the application. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact nanjing@jhu.edu.

Guaranteed Scholarships
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center has a financial aid budget to support students who have both financial need and academic merit. Scholarships covering differing levels of need are available to incoming students. 100% of Hopkins-Nanjing Center students who apply for financial aid before the February 1 deadline will receive a scholarship, regardless of their program choice. The Hopkins-Nanjing Center also has a limited number of full tuition scholarship available.

The short three-page financial aid application can be found in the downloadable forms section of the online application.

  • Early Notification Financial Aid Deadline: November 1
  • General Application Financial Aid Deadline: February 1

International Student Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to an international student (non-US citizen or dual citizen) enrolling in the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in the Fall of 2020.
Amount: Full-tuition scholarship; MAIS students who maintain a GPA of 3.4 or higher will be considered for renewal
Program: Open to all HNC programs; applicants to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Certificate/Johns Hopkins SAIS MA would receive full tuition funding for the Certificate portion of the program only

Diversity Scholarship
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center is dedicated to supporting a diverse, multicultural community of students, faculty, and staff. This scholarship will be awarded to a limited number of students who can demonstrate how their diverse backgrounds and experiences will enhance classroom discussion and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center community. Aspects of diversity may include race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, socio-economic status, and disability, among others. Students must answer a short-answer question on the financial aid application to be considered for this scholarship. Scholarship awardees are also eligible for additional HNC funding based on need, merit, and availability.
Amount: $10,000 for one year of study; awardees who maintain a GPA of 3.4 or higher will be considered for renewal of the scholarship.
Program: Open to all Hopkins-Nanjing Center programs

Young Professionals in China Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to a limited number of students who have spent at least 12 months working full-time in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Macao in any field. Students must answer a short-answer question on the financial aid application to demonstrate how they will bring their work experience in China into the classroom.  
Scholarship awardees are also eligible for additional HNC funding based on need, merit, and availability.
Amount: $10,000 for one year of study; awardees who maintain a GPA of 3.4 or higher will be considered for renewal of the scholarship
Program: Open to all Hopkins-Nanjing Center programs

Student Leader Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to a limited number of students who have held a leadership position in a China-related student organization on their campus or in their community. Positions may include but are not limited to, US-China Strong Ambassador, Project Pengyou Chapter Leader, leadership roles in other China-related student organizations, and delegates selected to attend student-run conferences or summits on China. If you are not sure if a position you held qualifies you, please email nanjing@jhu.edu. Scholarship awardees are also eligible for additional Hopkins-Nanjing Center funding based on need, merit, and availability.
Amount: $10,000 for one year of study; awardees who maintain a GPA of 3.4 or higher will be considered for renewal of the scholarship
Program: Open to all Hopkins-Nanjing Center programs
US-China Exchange Scholarship
Students who have successfully completed a US government-supported Chinese language study program that includes a minimum of 8 weeks of study in China prior to the time of enrollment will be considered for this scholarship. Scholarship awardees are also eligible for additional Hopkins-Nanjing Center funding based on need, merit, and availability.
Amount: $10,000 for one year of study; awardees who maintain a GPA of 3.4 or higher will be considered for renewal of the scholarship
Program: Open to all Hopkins-Nanjing Center programs

Eligible US government-supported programs include, but are not necessarily limited to the following programs. If you are not sure a program you participated in qualifies, please email nanjing@jhu.edu.

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
  • Boren Award for International Study
  • Chinese Language Flagship Program
  • Critical Language Scholarship Program
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship
  • Fulbright Awardee for study or research in China
  • National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
  • Peace Corps in China
  • ROTC Project Global Officer (Project GO) Program
  • Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Scholarship support
A group of Hopkins-Nanjing Center named scholarships has been made possible due to generous donations from companies, foundations, and individuals such as:

  • The Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg
  • The Hassenfeld Family Foundation, in honor of Stephen D. Hassenfeld
  • Stephen O. Lesser
  • Michael W. and Christa G. Percopo
  • The Starr Foundation
  • Friends and family of former HNC faculty member James Townsend and his wife Sandy Perry
  • Many generous HNC alumni and friends

Federal Loans
Federal direct loans are available to US students who demonstrate need as calculated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA may be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Paper copies of the application are typically available at your local library or university. The HNC uses the Johns Hopkins SAIS Title IV FAFSA code, which is E00474.

Loans are handled through the Department of Education Direct Lending program, in which loan money is dispersed directly to the university without banks or guaranteeing agencies. Loan amounts will show on the bill as a credit, and refunds will be mailed to you or deposited in a bank account of your choice.

Other Financial Aid Resources
Many organizations can provide funding for your studies. We encourage you to look for additional funding. You should, however, begin applying for schlarships as soon as possible because many organizations require that you apply months in advance of attending graduate school.

The following links may provide you with some useful information:

A Unique Bilingual Learning Community 
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center fosters a close-knit community, and the bilingual learning environment extends beyond the classroom into everyday interactions on campus. The target language curriculum provides the framework for a unique bilingual learning environment. International students take the majority of their coursework in Chinese, taught by Chinese faculty, while Chinese students are taught by international faculty in English. By studying, living, and working together toward academic success, international and Chinese students learn about one another, building trust and respect that serve as a foundation for life-long friendships. Hopkins-Nanjing Center Certificate students live with a roommate while MAIS students can elect to have roommates or live in single rooms.

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center offers a mix of venues and formats in which students and faculty can candidly discuss important political, economic, social and cultural issues.  By living and learning together and sharing everyday experiences, students and faculty can candidly discuss a broad range of political, economic, and social issues facing China and the world today.

Student Life
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center is a supportive community with a student body of about 170 Chinese and international students, resident international faculty and staff and their families, and more than 80 Chinese faculty and staff members. Extra-curricular and co-curricular activities involving all members of the community enhance students’ learning experience. Students organize and participate in a variety of activities outside the classroom ranging from public speaking to volunteer service.

For more information on life at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center from current students, visit the Hopkins-Nanjing Center blog.

Modern Facilities
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center's dynamic, bicultural student body is supported by modern, first-rate facilities, including a library with open stacks, student dormitory, student lounge, cafeteria, and fitness and recreation center.

Student Activities

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center is a small, active community with a student body of about 170 Chinese and international students. Student interests and activities vary from year-to-year based on student interests. Students tend to be very involved in campus life and bring their favorite activities from home to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. In past years, students have organized interest groups focused on environmental awareness, public speaking, education, alumni relations, dance, and fitness, to name a few.  View the photos below for a snapshot of student life.

To see the Hopkins-Nanjing Center from the student perspective, visit the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Blog. Student bloggers regularly write posts on daily life in Nanjing.

Student Committee
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center student committee, known as the banwei, is elected each semester with two international and two Chinese student representatives. The banwei meets with the Hopkins-Nanjing Center co-directors on a regular basis and plans student events throughout the year. One of the most popular events is the annual Halloween Party.

Annual Halloween party organized by the banwei
Students can serve the Nanjing community by volunteering as student teachers at local schools. Students have worked with students at primary and vocational schools to strengthen English skills and understanding of Western culture. 

HNC students serve as assistant teachers at a local school

Music Groups
In recent years, some students with musical interests have started playing together at community events and at venues outside of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. Nanjing nightlife offers opportunities for performers—ranging from solo vocalists to full-on rock bands—to hone their craft on the weekends while hitting the books during the week.
Student group playing at an end of year barbecue

Moot Court Teams 
Chinese and international students taking comparative and international law courses at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center have the opportunity to form teams to participate in a number of English-language international moot court competitions in China. Mentored by the American and Chinese law faculty, over the years HNC teams and individual oralists have placed highly in several moot court competitions. These include the oldest and largest, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court, as well as the Jean-Pictet International Humanitarian Law Moot Court, the William C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court, and the International Criminal Court Moot Court. HNC moot court teams are highly regarded, in spite of the fact that they are usually the only team from a small institution with no law school.

International Law Moot Court Team
Energy, Resource and Environment (ERE) Interest Group
ERE Interest Group members discuss energy and environmental issues and organize related events. Events have ranged from viewing the Chinese documentary, Under the Dome, to collaborating with faculty to arrange field trips. Recently, the ERE Interest Group has been involved in raising awareness about air quality concerns and working with the Hopkins-Nanjing Center community to improve indoor air quality at the Center.
ERE Interest Group
ERE Interest Group on a field trip to Guodian Power Plant

Extracurricular Classes
Students have the opportunity to delve into Chinese culture by taking extracurricular culture classes in erhu, calligraphy and tai chi.
Calligraphy Class
Sports and Fitness Groups
Hopkins-Nanjing Center sports teams vary year to year. In past years students have formed basketball teams, weight-lifting groups, yoga groups, dance groups and held ping pong tournaments. Students have also joined various sports associations at Nanjing University or in Nanjing. In years when the Dragon Boat Festival takes place while the Hopkins-Nanjing Center program is in session, students form a team to compete in the Nanjing citywide Dragon Boat competition.
 Students competing in an intramural basketball game at Nanjing University

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Dragon Boat Team in 2011

Student Dormitory

  Students study and live in a bicultural community

The bicultural and bilingual learning community extends to all areas of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center—including the student dormitory. Certificate students are required to live in the dorms with a roommate, and although it can't be guaranteed, we do our best to pair international and Chinese students together. MAIS students may choose to live with roommates or in a single room. We often hear from students that living with a Chinese roommate was one of the most positive aspects of the program. International and Chinese students not only form lasting friendships, but also can support each other’s coursework.

  Most students live in a double room with a Chinese roommate

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center hosts modern facilities to make students feel at home while living in China. Both single and double rooms have a private bathroom with a western-style amenities, a desk with lockable drawers and sufficient closet space. Clean linens are provided once a week. The on-site student laundry room is equipped with inexpensive token-operated washers and dryers.

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Library
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center is committed to free and open academic exchange, and houses a research library considered one of China’s top collections on international affairs. Students have access to more than 120,000 volumes in Chinese and English, 400 periodicals, and electronic assets of both Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University. USAID support has been invaluable since 1987 in maintaining the collection and funding technology that makes the resources accessible to students and scholars. 
Steven Muller Library Atrium
The library opened with a collection of 10,000 English-language volumes plus a Chinese-language collection of equal size.  The English-language collection initially focused on US-China relations, political science, international affairs, and economics.  As the curriculum matured and expanded the collection has also evolved to include US history and culture, constitutional and international law, energy/resources/environment, international development, and regional studies connected to China’s engagement in the world beyond Asia. 
The library houses over 120,000 volumes in Chinese and English



The Hopkins-Nanjing Center hosts modern, first-rate facilities. In addition to the on-site library, classrooms and residence hall, there 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 Hopkins-Nanjing Center facilities, students can also use the facilities located on Nanjing University’s campuses. The HNC facilities include:

  • Student lounge with a student-run coffee bar, TV, DVD player and group study tables
  • Cafeteria
  • Fitness room with weight-lifting equipment and a space for yoga/aerobics
  • Music room with a piano, drum kit, electric keyboard, guitars and a gu zheng
  • Art and calligraphy rooms
  • Recreation area with American-style billiards, foosball and Ping-Pong
  • Computer Room
  • Writing Center
  • Laundry facilities with washers and dryers
  • Three rooftop terraces 

Student-run coffee bar in the student lounge

Students, faculty and staff regularly eat meals together in the Hopkins-Nanjing Center cafeteria

Students enjoy a BBQ on the second floor rooftop terrace

Wellbeing & Support
The transition to graduate school can present unforeseen challenges, both personally and academically. Whether you have been working professionally for some time, or are continuing your studies directly from your undergraduate institution, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center community offers support to students as they pursue their studies and life in Nanjing.

RafflesMedical Clinic Membership
All international students are covered under a health care contract with the RafflesMedical International clinic, located approximately thirty minutes from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. The clinic is staffed by Western doctors who provide routine primary care and emergency services. A 24-hour helpline is also available for emergencies.

Johns Hopkins Student Assistance Program (JHSAP)
JHSAP is a resource that helps students learn about available options for a variety of critical issues including crisis response, healthy relationship support, school-life adjustment coaching, and faculty/staff consultations. More information about the JHSAP program can be found here. Please note that JHSAP cannot provide over-the-phone counseling services and that not all JHSAP content is available to students outside of the U.S.

Disability Accommodations
China can present some unique challenges to certain kinds of disability accommodations—especially those involving mobility. The Hopkins-Nanjing Center, however, is committed to working with all students to provide the opportunity to pursue excellence in their academic endeavors. This includes supporting students with disabilities requiring special accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Accommodations may vary depending on disability, and are made in consultation with the Hopkins-Nanjing Center administration.

Health Insurance
Johns Hopkins University requires that all students have comprehensive health insurance. Students are automatically enrolled in the student health benefit plan. However, students may waive enrollment in the school plan if covered by a plan that is comparable to that offered by the University.

Office of Institutional Equity
The Johns Hopkins University Office of Institutional Equity leads the university’s efforts to foster an environment that is inclusive, respectful, and free from discrimination and harassment. Students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to report all sexual misconduct, harassment, or assault to campus security and/or OIE. Campus security and OIE will then work in partnership with university personnel to investigate complaints, with discretion and sensitivity. Learn more about OIE, here.

Living in Nanjing

Despite a population of about 8 million people, Nanjing is only the thirteenth-largest Chinese city. It is conveniently located just about an hour and a half by train to Shanghai. It is the capital of Jiangsu province, the former capital city of multiple Chinese dynasties. Nanjing is a relatively “green city” with tree-lined streets, city parks and nearby mountains.

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 Hopkins-Nanjing Center is also located within walking distance of the city metro, making the city of Nanjing even more accessible to students.

Career Services
China’s increased importance on a global stage is now well established. Regardless of your interest, be it government relations, law, energy and the environment, travel and tourism, human rights, education, or financial markets, China will continue to have a major impact. The career services provided at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center will help you in the process of identifying and achieving your career goal. Hopkins-Nanjing Center students are also supported by the Johns Hopkins SAIS Global Careers Office and provided access to all virtual resources, including Handshake, the Johns Hopkins SAIS online career management software.

Career Outcomes
Hopkins-Nanjing Center alumni can be found working in dynamic roles around the world that include a wide range of career industries. Click here for an overview of recent career outcomes.

                                         Visit to HSBC in Hong Kong on the Asia Career Trek

To serve the career needs of students and alumni by providing high quality, client-oriented services designed to assist them in managing their professional development. We market the Hopkins-Nanjing Center as a source of talent and leadership to employers and build a global network of contacts that serve students and alumni.

Career Counseling
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center provides career counseling to help you in your career planning. Students can schedule appointments with the career counselor to discuss individual career needs. Topics typically range from narrowing your career path to assessing offers and how to succeed on the job.

Group Workshops
In addition to individual appointments, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center career counselor conducts group workshops on career development topics. These workshops are sequenced to help give students a step-by-step foundation in their career planning. Topics include:

  • Selecting a career path
  • Identifying professional skills and interests
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment
  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Effective networking
  • Successful interviewing
  • Assessing job/internship offers and salary negotiation

Additional topics may be offered throughout the course of the year.

Professional Development Course
Students have the option of participating in the Professional Development Course (the PDC). This course is designed to provide structure and guidance for students in defining and achieving their career objectives. As part of the course, students will complete a Professional Development Plan (PDP), a step-by-step guide to work towards achieving their career goals.

Career Treks
Students have the opportunity to participate in Career Services career trips, or “treks.” Career Treks are designed to have students meet face-to-face with practitioners from a variety of sectors to gain first-person insights as to organizations’ strategies, operations, challenges, and hiring needs and processes. Additionally, trek participants have the opportunity to meet and network with supportive alumni. In Asia, there are treks to Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Some employers who have hosted students in the past include:

  • Amazon
  • APCO
  • Baidu
  • Bain
  • Citi
  • Deloitte
  • Economist Intelligence Unit
  • The Gates Foundation
  • Goldman Sachs
  • HSBC
  • Huawei
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • JP Morgan
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Pfizer
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • US Government

For a complete list of the other career trek locations, please visit the Career Services page

Presentations by External Organizations
Throughout the year, organizations send representatives to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center to share information about their organization, industry, strategy, and recruitment process. During these presentations students learn first-hand about various career paths and how they may be able to leverage their education and previous experience in a professional capacity.

                                          Andrew Au, CEO of Citi China, speaks at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center

Employer visits include private, nonprofit and government organizations. Recent visits have included:

  • Apple
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai
  • Chervon
  • Deloitte
  • Internationale Projekt Consult GMBH
  • KPMG
  • NPR  
  • Omnicom Media Group
  • Solidiance
  • US Embassy in Beijing

Mini-Courses and Skills Courses

Mini Courses
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center hosts professionally focused mini courses throughout the year taught by practitioners in various fields. Through mini courses students can learn about current issues companies and organizations face in China today while also developing skills needed for professional success. Recent mini courses have included the following topics:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Doing Business in China
  • Data Analytics
  • Cross-Cultural Banking
  • Microsoft Excel

Mini courses are non-credit, non-graded courses that do not appear on students’ transcripts. Registration information will be provided as courses are scheduled.

Skills Courses
In addition to the courses taught as part of the curriculum, students can register for online skills courses through Handshake, the school's online career management software. These courses are taught throughout the year and are available to all students. Available courses include:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Finance
  • Spreadsheet Modeling
  • Quantitative Methods
  • IT for Management

HNC Students have access to Handshake, the school’s online career management software. Handshake gives students access to job and internship postings, various guides and career development resources, and a wide range of other functions.


Hopkins-Nanjing CenterCareer Outcomes
Graduates can be found globally and in a wide range of career industries. With the HNC’s 30 years of history, the HNC has a network of more than 3,000 alumni. The close-knit feel of the HNC community often extends past the end of the program, and alumni organize events in major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Washington, DC, San Francisco and New York. The Hopkins-Nanjing Center often invites alumni back to Nanjing to share their experiences and connect with current students.
Recent Employers by Industry

87% of 2017 international graduates were employed, pursuing fellowships or internships, or had gone on for further study within six months of graduation.

Public Sector
  • Congressional-Executive Commission on China
  • International Trade Administration
  • US Department of the Treasury
  • US Department of State

Nonprofit Sector
  • The Brookings Institution
  • European Union Chamber of Commerce in China
  • US-China Business Council
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center

Private Sector
  • Alibaba
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Bank of America
  • Deloitte
  • JP Morgan
  • Weber Shandwick

Continuing Study
  • Columbia Law School
  • Stanford Law School
  • Johns Hopkins SAIS
  • University of London
Based on employment outcomes of international graduates from 2013 to 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions

We hope that the responses below will answer your questions. Please contact us via phone at 202.663.5800 or email at nanjing@jhu.edu with additional questions.


How many years of Chinese language study do I need to apply?
Applicants have typically completed 3-4 years of college level Chinese and spent time in China. All applicants to the program must submit scores from the STAMP Chinese language proficiency exam in order to demonstrate their Chinese language ability. Click here for more information on the Chinese language proficiency examination.

Can I apply to more than one Hopkins-Nanjing Center program?
No. However, applicants who submit a MAIS application will be automatically be considered for admission to the Certificate program as a second option. If you are unsure of which program is the best fit for you, please contact us at nanjing@jhu.edu to speak with an admissions representative.

Do students have to submit two separate applications to the Certificate and the MA?
Students only submit one application to be considered for admission to the Certificate + MA program. The application will be reviewed separately by both the DC and Hopkins-Nanjing Center Admissions Committees for admission to each portion of the program.

Can a student apply to a program at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, as well as a program in DC or at SAIS Europe?
Students can only submit one application to one program. Exceptions would apply to applicants interested in both the MA and the MIEF and the MA and MAGR programs.

Can I write my essay in Chinese or submit additional materials in Chinese?
We can only accept application materials in English. The committee will use individuals' Chinese language proficiency exam score and previous Chinese language coursework to assess Chinese language ability.

Can letters of recommendation be emailed?
Recommendation letters must be submitted through our online application system. Applicants may register recommenders online and the application system will communicate with them directly to ensure secure delivery of the recommendation. If a recommender experiences technical difficulties while using the online system, please have them contact our office at nanjing@jhu.edu.

My recommendations are not in English. Will you accept them?
We can only accept application materials in English. We will, however, accept officially translated recommendations from a certified translation service or agency.

My transcripts are not in English. Will you accept them?
Undergraduate transcripts not issued in English must be officially translated by a certified translation service or agency.

Do I need to submit transcripts for every college-level class I have taken?
We require transcripts for all degree courses. For non-degree courses/programs, we strongly recommend, but do not require, that applicants submit all transcripts.

What are the payment options for the application fee?
The application fee may be paid through the online application with a credit card (Visa or MasterCard), or by check.  Please make checks payable to "Johns Hopkins University" and mail to: Hopkins-Nanjing Center; 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW; Washington, DC 20036.

Is the application fee refundable or are fee waivers granted?
The application fee is non-refundable. Currently the school offers application fee waivers to participants or alumni affiliated with the following professional development programs: Pickering, PPIA, IIPP, McNair, Rangel, Teach for America, Teach for China, Fulbright, and Peace Corps. In order to receive a fee waiver, you must submit an official document confirming your participation in the appropriate program via email. Unfortunately, we do not grant fee waivers for financial hardship.

When is the application deadline?
All application materials must be received by our office by February 1 for general admissions. Students applying for early notification need to submit all materials by November 1.

Do I need work experience in order to attend the Hopkins-Nanjing Center?
Prior work experience is not required for admission. Many students attend the Hopkins-Nanjing Center directly after graduating from their undergraduate university, while other students may have several years of work experience.

I am a Chinese citizen; can I apply to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center?
Citizens of Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao must apply to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center through Nanjing University. Click here for information on the admissions process for Chinese students.

I have been admitted to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. Can I defer my enrollment?
Deferral requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must indicate how they intend to maintain their Chinese proficiency over the coming year. Please note awarded scholarships do not carry over to the following year. If a deferral is granted, applicants must submit a non-refundable matriculation and deferral fee. 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.  

Chinese Language Proficiency
How do I take the Chinese proficiency (STAMP) test?
Applicants should submit the STAMP Test Request Form to nanjing@jhu.edu. The STAMP test should be taken before the application deadline. Applicants will be notified via email of their score within two business days of completing the STAMP test. Click here for more information about the test.

Can I retake the Chinese proficiency test?
Students can take the STAMP test once every 3 months. If your score is below the recommended level for our programs, it’s possible that you would be admitted on the condition that you complete further language study.

Test Scores

Do I need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)?
Applicants planning to apply to the MAIS or Hopkins-Nanjing Center Certificate + Johns Hopkins SAIS MA must submit either GRE or GMAT scores. It takes approximately 3 weeks after testing to receive scores, so please take this processing time into account when scheduling your test. Scores must arrive in our office before the February 1 deadline.  Applicants for the Certificate program are not required to take the GRE.

How do I submit my official GRE test scores?
Applicants should have all test scores officially sent to the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. The ETS code is 5610. No department code is required. We are unable to receive scores sent to other divisions of Johns Hopkins University.

Do I need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)?
Non-native speakers of English are required to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting a recent TOEFL or IELTS score. 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, than 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 nanjing@jhu.edu for more information.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

How do most students fund their studies?
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center awards 100% of students who apply for financial aid a scholarship based on merit and need, as long as their financial aid application is submitted before the deadline of February 1. As a US accredited institution, US Citizens and permanent residents can also receive federal loans and work-study. Applicants can apply for external sources of funding, such as the Boren, Rangel, and Pickering fellowships. Deadlines for these fellowships can be earlier than the Hopkins-Nanjing Center application deadline, so we recommend that students apply well in advance.

Can my student loans be deferred while I am in Nanjing?
Yes. The Hopkins-Nanjing Center Washington Office can process loan deferment forms upon matriculation in Nanjing.


What is it like to take graduate level classes in Chinese?
All students go through an adjustment period of becoming familiar with academic Chinese and expanding their vocabulary at the beginning of the year.  Since courses are content courses, students are primarily evaluated on their understanding and analysis of the course topics rather than on grammar patterns and drills. Coursework often includes class discussions, oral presentations, debates and written reports.

How many hours are students in class each week?
Certificate students take three to four courses a semester which each meet twice a week for an hour and a half. Master's students will take four to five courses per semester except for the last semester, during which the thesis will be the primary focus.

What’s the average class size?
The overall student body consists of about 170 students every year, which includes both the Chinese and international student body. About 50% of the student body is comprised of Chinese students, and the other 50% is comprised of international (non-Chinese) students. As for classroom size, classes are fairly small with around 10-15 students. All classes are capped at 30 students.  

How can I prepare for graduate coursework instructed in Chinese?
There are many summer programs which our students have enrolled in, including CET Academic Programs, CIEE, ACC, Middlebury College and the Chinese Language Institute. We also encourage self-study or one-on-one tutoring.  

Career Services    

Is there career counseling support at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center?
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center provides career counseling to help you in your career planning. Career services programming includes employer visits and presentations, career skill workshops and career treks to Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

What are the employment outcomes for graduates?
Within 6 months of graduating, 87% of 2017 international graduates sought and found employment, obtained fellowships/internships, or went on to further study. Visit our career services webpage for a section of recent employment outcomes for students.

Are there opportunities to intern while at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center?
Some students intern during their second semester at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center or during winter and summer breaks. The career services office can provide guidance for pursuing internships that comply with visa regulations.

Student Life

Do I have to live at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center? With a roommate?
Unless accompanied by a spouse and/or dependent(s), all students are required to live at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. Students who will be accompanied by a spouse and/or dependent(s) must personally arrange for off-campus housing. Certificate students live in double rooms with roommates. MAIS students have the option of requesting either single or double rooms.

What is it like having a Chinese roommate?
For all students with roommates, we do our best to pair international and Chinese students together. This not only builds the sense of community, but roommates can also serve as a great resource for language and academic support. We often hear from students that living with a Chinese roommate is a highlight of their experience.

What kinds of extracurricular activities and student groups are available?
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center is a small, but very active community. Student interests vary year to year, but in the past students have formed basketball, soccer, ping pong, dragon boat, dance, public speaking, and music groups. Academic student groups include environmental awareness and international law moot court teams. There are also extracurricular classes offered in erhu, calligraphy and tai chi.

Are there opportunities to work while I am at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center?
The residence permit issued to students does not allow students to work while they are in Nanjing. A limited number of students may be awarded federal work-study funds.


Perspectives from Alumni of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center

Starting with just 60 students in 1986, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center now boasts an extraordinary alumni community of more than 2,800 graduates, working throughout the United States, China, and the broader international community. We asked a few to share their thoughts with us on the impact that the HNC has had on their lives in our alumni video: Why Hopkins-Nanjing?.

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Alumni Recollections
Alumni of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center have been improving understanding between China and the world through careers in government, business, teaching, journalism, and more for almost three decades! Learn more here. Have a story to tell about your experience? Let us know

Connect with Alumni
If you have questions about finding alumni in your area, would like to arrange an alumni event, please contact the alumni relations team at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Washington Office. If you would like to update your contact information, please click here.

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Annual Alumni Events
Hopkins-Nanjing Center alumni events are held worldwide—DC, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore. Join us at one of our alumni events this year. All Hopkins-Nanjing Center and Johns Hopkins SAIS alumni, community members, and donors are welcome.

On April 19, 2016, The Singapore Alumni Club hosted a panel discussion on Sino-US relations with panelists, Kenneth Jarrett, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, Mingjiang Li, Associate Professor at S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and James Loi, Economic and Political Counselor for the US Embassy in Singapore. 

United States
In Washington, DC:

  • Hopkins-Nanjing Center and China Studies Chinese New Year Reception (February)
  • Hopkins-Nanjing Center and China Studies Summer Reception (July/August)

In New York, NY:

  • Hopkins-Nanjing Center Chinese New Year Dim Sum (February)

Peoples Republic of China

  • Hopkins-Nanjing Center Alumni Weekend in Nanjing (October/November)

Alumni Clubs
Sign up for the Johns Hopkins Shanghai Alumni Club mailing list or the Hopkins Club of Beijing mailing list to learn more about the activities and events they hold year-round.

Other Alumni Activities
Alumni are welcome in all Johns Hopkins SAIS alumni communities. HNC alumni are also welcome to join the SAIS Women's Alumni Network (SWAN) which positions the school's alumnae as leaders in international relations and related fields.

They can also learn more about other alumni activities through the Chinese Hopkins-Nanjing Center website or by contacting Zhang Jipei in Nanjing.

If you have questions about finding alumni in your area, would like to arrange an alumni event, or need to update your contact information, please contact the alumni relations team at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Washington Office.

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Class Notes

Have you moved? Changed jobs? Gotten married? Maybe you've had children! Click here to tell your classmates by writing a class note.

Class of 1987

Rosemary (Draper) Gallant HNC ’87 is a member of the senior foreign commercial service. She served as the principal commercial officer at the US Embassy in Beijing from 2008-13 and is currently the senior commercial officer in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is married to Jonathan Gallant, a US State Department Foreign Service Department specialist.
Harry Sullivan HNC ’87 departed as principle officer in the US Consulate Nagoya to assume the position of the political counselor in the US Embassy in Baghdad during the summer of 2014. He returned recently to the Washington metropolitan area to start work on a Master of Strategic Studies degree at the Marine Corps War College, specializing in leadership and ethics.

Daniel Xi Fu HNC ’87, JHU ’90 is a Chinese language assistant professor at the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, Ca. During the past years, he has received the teaching excellency award twice from the DLI commandant.

Class of 1988

Lei Guang HNC ’88 is a professor of political science at San Diego State University. Since 2012, he has also served as the director of UC San Diego's 21st Century China Center (21CC), a unique university-based think-tank devoted to a deep understanding of China based on original research and policy dialogues with Chinese institutions.

Brian Linden HNC ’88 opened his third heritage hotel in one of pre-revolutionary China's largest private residences. The Linden Centre, Brian's first site, was recently selected by Tripadvisor.com as the top hotel in China. He and his wife, Jeanee, who are playing a major role in China's move toward a more sustainable development of rural tourism resources, are working on sites in protected structures along the Burmese border in Tengchong and the Wa ethnic area of Cangyuan.

Andrew Kipnis HNC’88 is a Professor of Anthropology at the Australian National University. He is starting a new study on what contemporary urban funerals and memorials show us about Chinese politics and society, which is bringing him back to Nanjing.  He’d love to talk to anyone interested in this topic or who has experience with contemporary urban funerals.

David Youtz HNC ’88 became the Yale-China Association Executive Director in June 2015. David, Mary Child ’88 and their daughters returned from Hong Kong in 2011, where David was CEO of Mother’s Choice, an NGO providing family and social services in China, Hong Kong, India, and Cambodia. David has also held senior positions at World Monuments Fund and the National Committee on US-China Relations. He and Mary left their long-time New Jersey home in August 2015 and moved to Woodbridge, CT.

Qunjian (John) Tian HNC ’88 was promoted to full professor in May 2016 at Connecticut College. He resides in New London, CT.

Class of 1989

Charles Ragen HNC ’89, is an entrepreneur in Seattle providing stone fabrication and logistics for the creation of public and private spaces such as Stern Grove in San Francisco, St James in Seattle, and carvings for sculptor R. Deutsch at Chevy Chase Metro and Penrose Square in Arlington, VA. He and his spouse, Wenjun, enjoy showing visitors from China and beyond the grand vistas and culture of the Pacific North-west. Their Beijing-born daughter, Sarah, graduates with the JHU class of 2016.

Cynthia Griffin HNC ’89, MA ’86 is completing her tour in Perth, Australia where she is serving as U.S. Consul General. Her next Foreign Service assignment will take her to Beijing where she will serve as Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs beginning in the summer of 2017. Since it will be a three-year posting, she looks forward to being actively engaged with events surrounding the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.

Since 2005, Kenneth Jarrett HNC ’89 has been living in Shanghai. Since September 2013, he has been president of the American Chamber of Commerce (Shanghai), which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015, providing the occasion for special programming and rediscovery of the organization's rich history, now immortalized in a book and a short video. Ken did most of the research for both and wrote the historical survey section of the book.

Class of 1990

Lisa Claypool HNC ’90 is an historian of art, design, and visual culture of China at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB. During the 2016-17 academic year she is serving as Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow at the National Gallery’s Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts. She has received a number of competitive grants and honors, including a Canadian SSHRC Insight Development Grant, the Hulsewé-Wazniewski Foundation Honorary Visiting Professorship at Leiden University, and an ACLS-Chiang Ching-kuo grant. Her research has appeared in Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review, positions: East Asia cultures critique, International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, and Yishu: The Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art.

Jyrki Kallio HNC ’91, who continued at the HNC for a year from 1992-93, is Senior Research Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs focusing on China's foreign policy and political culture and East Asian security. He has also published translations from Classical Chinese into Finnish and in 2015, was awarded the J.A. Hollo Prize for high-quality non-fiction translation for his book on Confucianism. Jyrki subsequently received the Joel Toivola Foundation Centennial Prize for his accomplishments in Chinese studies.
Yan Peng HNC ’90, former regional director of East Asia for C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and China director of Clean Air Asia, works on the Expert Group of China Green Freight Initiative is led by the Ministry of Transport of China. She is also chief expert with the Wuhan Research Center of C40 Cities Low Carbon Actions and senior advisor of the Smart Freight Center. Once of China’s leader in advancing pro bono culture, she is chairman of China Pro Bono Link in Beijing.
Keming Yang HNC’90 is a Senior Lecturer of Sociology at University of Durham, UK.  This summer he was invited to take a part in a research retreat on loneliness at University of Bath with some philosophers and psychologists.  In addition to his research on private enterprises in China, Keming has been doing research on the issue of loneliness for some years and has published some academic papers in top journals.  His research is also reported in The Wilson Quarterly, The Conversation, the BBC and other media agents.  He just had a wonderful holiday with his family in the beautiful Snowdonia in North Wales.

Class of 1991

Guojian Liang HNC’91 has been a resident of Los Angeles for 23 years and is always looking for institutes or schools with whom to work on international studies issues related to the crossing of international boundaries as it relates to a nation’s internal affairs and the debate of national interest vs. human rights.

After many years working in the electric power industry, Heather Mehta HNC ’91 plans to transition into the non-profit world and return to her passion and roots in the Asia/international arena. Mehta lives in Dublin, Calif., in San Francisco East Bay. She married to Rahul Mehta and the have two daughters. In 2015, she resigned from firm where she worked for more than 16 years as a consultant to the electric power industry.

Class of 1992

Anthony Kuhn HNC ’92 has worked as Beijing correspondent for NPR since 2005, also spending time reporting on Europe and Southeast Asia. Previously, he worked for the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Los Angeles Times, and other media. He said he feels lucky to be researching and informing listeners/readers about topics that intrigued him as a student at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. He has interviewed his former teachers and returned to the center to speak to students about his work.
Katherine Casey HNC ’92, A&S ’01, who is director for Asia Pacific in the Government Relations Department at ExxonMobil in Washington, D.C. They have once son, Austin.

Class of 1993

Francis Bassolino HNC ’93 works out of Shanghai consulting for (mostly) private equity finds building businesses in Asia. The rapid pace of change is causing destruction and creation on a large scale and, last summer, the demand for consulting services spiked. Bassolino plans to continue to sell picks and axes to those who are building businesses to capture their share of the China dream (because, as he notes, there will be winners) and ambulance and repair services to those injured in the battles.
France Pepper HNC ’93 is the founder and director of China Insider, a China cultural consultancy focused on art, business, and culture. Pepper advises and appraises art for private collectors and institutions, and curates high-level cultural trips to China and Asia. Her company also consults U.S. luxury and lifestyle businesses interested in offering high-touch services to Chinese travelers to the United States. Concurrently, she lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Chinese and Asian art.

Class of 1994

Kevin Crowe HNC ’94 lives and works in Hong Kong in the marine electronics and boating and yachting industry, combining his love and passion for yachting and his 20+ years of Asia business experience. He also enjoys using his Chinese now and again.

Mark Giordano HNC’94 is a professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the Director of its Program in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. He recently went on a short vacation to North Korea with Charles Krusekopf  MA’94.

In February 2016, Guoren Lin HNC’94 was promoted to General Manager of Procter & Gamble (P&G) Taiwan after working there for two years as P&G Taiwan Sales Head focused on business and organizational turn-around.

Class of 1995

Nicola Daniel HNC’95, MA’97 recently added the role of Executive Director of the CFA Society of Baltimore to her position at the University of Maryland. The CFA Society is open anyone (not just those holding the CFA charter) working in finance functions, including corporate finance, risk management, treasury, and FP&A. She welcomes any students or alumni interested in topics in finance or economics to reach out to her. SAIS and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center were a life-changing experience that remain close to her heart and she is always happy to meet with new and familiar alumni.

Chundi (Didi) Zhang HNC ’95 is a Supply Chain Management Director in Siemens Corporation in Orlando, Fla. She and her husband recently celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary with a trip to Hawaii and Australia. After many years, Didi and her Nanjing Center roommate Kari are still as close as sisters no matter where they are.

Class of 1996

Huaijin Bao HNC ’96 is managing director of Citi Commercial Bank at Citibank in China. She runs Citi China middle market business, which provides banking support and services to fast-growing medium and large Chinese private-sector corporations. She manages a team with more than 30 people across the China franchise. Bao is married, has one son, and currently based in Shanghai.

Class of 1997

Kate Axup HNC’97 is a partner at the international law firm, Allens. She is based in Melbourne, but spent 2012-2014 in Beijing and now leads the Allens' China practice. Kate specializes in the energy and water sectors, with a particular emphasis on renewable energy. She advises clients on project developments, acquisitions, divestments, and regulatory issues. Kate is married to James Leibold HNC ’97 who she met at HNC. James is Associate Professor at LaTrobe University in Melbourne and teaches Chinese politics/history. Their two children are learning Chinese!

In July 2015, Edward Buckingham HNC’97 and Tao Hsu HNC’97 left the University of Nottingham in Ningbo with their three children. Edward teaches strategy and is researching on Chinese organizational boundaries following his PhD studies on Indonesian organizational boundaries at SOAS. Edward is Professor of Management and Director of Engagement for Monash Business School in Melbourne Australia. Tao, who was teaching high-school Mathematics and Economics in Ningbo, is completing her training as a financial planner.

Malia K. Du Mont HNC ’97 moved to New York City to undertake new challenges and now works as director of strategy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She remains in the Army Reserve, where she is an intelligence officer and serves on the China Desk in the US Pacific Commands Directorate for Strategic Planning and Policy.

James Leibold HNC ’97 is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on ethnic issues in China and has published widely on the modern history of China’s early 120 million ethnic minorities; contemporary ethnic relations; ethnic policy and theory; ethnic minority education; the Han majority; and ethnic identity articulation online. He is currently a senior lecturer in politics and Asian studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.
Brock Wilson HNC ’97 is a private banker in the Asian Client Group at Citi where he advises ultra-high net worth clients on their investments. After many years in greater China as a US diplomat and banker at Credit Suisse, Wilson and his family relocated to the United States in mid-2014. Brock and his wife have two children, aged 12 and 14.

Class of 1998

David J. Davies HNC ’98 was recently appointed the new American Co-Director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. A professor of anthropology and the director of East Asian Studies at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Davies has taken leave from his faculty position and moved with his family to Nanjing where began work in the fall of 2016.

Xinghong Hua HNC ’93, ’98 is managing director and head of China at Cereberus Capital Management LP, a leading global investment company headquartered in New York City. He recently joined the Hopkins-Nanjing Advisory Council.
Mingjiang Li HNC ’98 is an associate professor at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He is also the coordinator of the China Program at RSIS. His main interests include China-ASEAN relations, Sino-US relations, Asia-Pacific security, and domestic sources of Chinese foreign policy. He is the author or editor of 12 books and has published in various peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Strategic Studies and Harvard Quarterly. Li frequently participates in track-two events on East Asian regional security.

Class of 1999

Jiayang Jin, the 10-year old son of Zhendai Yang HNC ’99, had a successful solo piano recital at the Steinway Music Hall of Nanjing, China, on July 17. Jin started learning piano at age 5 and was admitted to the precollege at Manhattan School of Music in 2013. He won the Gold Award in the 7th International Youth Culture and Art Festival Piano Competition in 2015. His proud mother, Zhendai, lives in New York.

Class of 2000

Christies Caldweel HNC ’00 is the director of consulting for APAC at Aperian Global, a consulting firm focused on global talent development and strategy. She is the co-author of the recently published Leading Across New Borders: How to Succeed as the Center Shifts, which looks at economic and political power shifts and asks what they mean for global business leaders and organizations. Caldwell currently lives in Shanghai, China.
Karen Fang HNC ’00 is working in Beijing and Shanghai, as Director and Partner of G2S Creative Workshop.
Bradley Turner HNC ’00 serves as the founding American principal at Shanghai Qibao Dwight High School in Shanghai, China.

Class of 2001

Ah-Young Kin HNC ’01 is a political affairs officer in the Department of Political affairs in the Security Council Affairs Division at the United Nations in New York. She is working on sanctions related to the Democratic People Republic of Korea and supports the work of the Panel of Experts. She had worked for the United Nations since 2005, covering political humanitarian affairs focused on the Asia-Pacific region. She is a mother of three: Gabriella, 9; Luke, 6; and Max, 4.
Li Tong (Tommy Li) HNC ’01 is a freelance consultant in Shanghai. As an outdoor fan, he also set up his own travel company in 2015. On June 2nd, his climbing partner, Peng, and he successfully summited Mt. Haba (5395m) in Yunnan Province. This was his 3rd summit on 5000+ snow mountains. This climb is to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Hopkins Nanjing Center.

Christina Wu Covault HNC ’01 is an assistant United States attorney in Phoenix, Ariz., where she prosecutes violent crimes that occur on Indian reservations. In June, she completed her term as president of the Phoenix Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and remains active on its board. She and her husband, Jason, are happily juggling full-time careers and parenting their son Grayson, who will turn 2 in December.

Class of 2002

Mahlet Getachew HNC ’02 lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is Senior Legal Counsel at GoPro. He looks forward to the 30th Anniversary of the Hopkins Nanjing Center this June.
Naomi Hellmann HNC ’02 is a PhD fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Germany. Her dissertation addresses the effect of the Sino-Myanmar border on ethnic minorities in the 'opening up' of Southwest China to Southeast Asia. She recently conducted one year of fieldwork in Wa autonomous areas in Yunnan Province and the Shan State. Her photo essay on wildlife trafficking in Mongla will appear online in Terrain soon.

Gary L How HNC ’02 is a freelance photo journalist and writes. He lives in Traverse City, Michigan. He is also an adjunct instructor at Northwestern Michigan College, teaching world regional geography-class, he says, where in each chapter he is compelled to mention China. In addition, he has pursued an interest in urban planning and currently holds an elected position on the City Commission in Traverse City. He maintains a photography website blogs about urban planning.
Xiaoping Zhao HNC ’02, a leading member of the Hopkins Club of Beijing, is the deputy director-general at Kunming National Hi-tech Park. He is in charge of investment promotion, economic development, scientific and technical innovation, and international cooperation for the park. He finished his post-doctoral research with the Chinese Academy of Governance in July 2015 and has been on the reviewing committee for the recruitment program of Global Experts (Chinese Qian Ren Jia Hua).

Class of 2003

Buddy Buruku HNC’03  wears two hats while working in Ghana. One hat is for the World Bank, where she's advising the central bank and telecommunications companies on digital financial services, and the other hat is for an economic think tank, where she does everything from public financial management reform to reports on the role of China on Africa's economic transformation. She is also the co-founder and managing director of a commercial poultry in Uganda.

Luke Robinson HNC ’03 is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Film Studies in the Department of Media and Film Studies, University of Sussex. He resides in London, UK.

Class of 2004

Edwin Van Bibber-Orr HNC ’04 is assistant professor of Chinese at Syracuse University. After graduating from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, he pursued a PhD in Chinese literature at Yale University, taking a year off in between to live with two friends in a diminutive, uninsulated cabin on a Vermont lake. He finished his PhD in 2013. He is working on a book, Writing Women: A Genealogy of the Chinese Female Poet.

Yinming Zhang HNC ’04 is the Asia-Pacific manager of the fixed income pricing service team of Thomson Reuters located in Singapore, Tokyo, and Sydney. His team maintains a pricing portfolio consisting of more than 70,000 fixed income instruments being issued and traded in regional interbank markets. The evaluated bond prices are used by customers, most of which are global largest buy-side asset managers and custodian banks, for assets valuation purposes. His recent endeavor is focusing on tapping into Indian mutual fund market to expand the footprint of Thomson Reuters Pricing Service onto this rising market with huge potential.

Class of 2005

Morgan Jones HNC ’05 is Chief Operating Officer (COO) at The U.S.-China Strong Foundation (formerly The 100,000 Strong Foundation) in Washington, DC. As the Foundation's COO, Morgan manages the organization's finances, HR, foundation fundraising, and general outreach. This Summer, Morgan also became a Scott M. Johnson Fellow with the United States Japan Leadership Program (USJLP), speaking as a panelist at their conference in Seattle, Washington on “China's Rise in Power.”

Thomas HNC’05, ’05 and Suzanne (Yueh) Wong MA’05 moved to Taiwan in August 2016 for assignments at the American Institute in Taiwan.

In July 2016, John Zinda HNC ’05 moves on from a postdoctoral stint at Brown University to be assistant professor of Development Sociology at Cornell University. John researches and teaches about how rural communities weather economic shifts, government programs, and environmental change. He frequently spends time in Yunnan talking to residents and officials about their livelihoods, and working with environmental scientists to count and measure trees. He will settle in Ithaca with his spouse, Elisa, and daughter, Thora.

Class of 2006

Desmond Fang HNC ’06, ’08 is director of finance and business operations with Samba TV, a television data analytics software provider in San Francisco, where he manages day-to-day business operations and investor relations. Previously, Fang was vice president with AKP Capital, a private equity firm in Hong Kong. There he co-managed an RMB public-private fund with the Chinese city of Nanjing. Fang is on the University of Arizona Alumni Leadership Council and advises on the university’s China growth initiatives.

Jimmy Lau HNC ’06 is a co-founder and creative director at Stuart & Lau, an e-commerce men’s luggage and accessories lifestyle brand based in New York and Hong Kong started this year. He divides his time between both cities.
After spending eight years serving as a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Office of Regional Security and Arms Transfers working on Foreign Military Sales and Third Party Transfer issues, Leann Luong HNC ’06 is serving as a Senior Foreign Disclosure Policy Analyst at the Navy International Program Office.  

Xi Chen HNC ’06 is assistant professor pf public health and economics at Yale University. He is a faculty fellow at the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies, research fellow at the Yale Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies, and faculty adviser of the Yale-China Association. He serves as associate editor of China Health Review and is on the planning committee of the China Health Policy and Management Society. Chen lives in New Haven, Conn with his wife and daughter.

Class of 2007

In May 2015, Nathan Chu HNC’07 joined the United States Air Force and spent nine months training for his job in Texas. He will soon be stationed in Okinawa, Japan. This is after a six-year period in Thailand during which he helped start a charity organization that assisted in education and community development projects, played professional soccer, and opened the first CrossFit box (CrossFit TEN500) in Bangkok.

Jeffrey Warner HNC ’07 is a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State. He is finishing a tour in the political section at U.S. Embassy Rangoon in Burma, where he was covered domestic political issues and oversaw the Embassy's observation effort for historic elections in 2015. He returned to Washington at the end of 2016 for a posting covering the South China Sea and Vietnam.

Class of 2008

Bryan Pruden HNC ’08 is a director of asset protection at Ralph Lauren in Hong Kong. After graduation from the HNC, he joined a China-based consultancy helping multinational companies navigate fraud and security risks throughout greater China. Since moving to an in-house position with Ralph Lauren, he conducts a wide range of investigations, audits, and security assessments throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Class of 2009

For three years, Alexandra Bloom HNC’09, MA ’09, has worked at the World Bank's integrity vice presidency where she conducts due diligence to catch integrity risks and prevent corruption. In 2012, Alex received a scholarship to attend a summer of immersive advanced Chinese at Middlebury College, and has since maintained her Chinese by attending Meetups, reading the New York Times in Chinese, taking informal classes, and chit-chatting with Chinese colleagues. In September 2015, she had a baby, Isalys.

Nicholas Borst HNC’09,  MA’11 works as a country analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. His research focuses on financial stability in the Greater China region and financial linkages between China and the United States. Much of Nick's work is published online and he frequently participates in international conferences on these topics.

Brian Carlson ’08, HNC ’09 is a Ph.D. candidate at SAIS, where he is writing his dissertation on China-Russia relations in the post-Soviet period. He received fellowships to conduct research in Russia in 2013-2014 and China in 2014-2015.

Carlos Casanova HNC’09,  MA’11 is an Economist at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) in Hong Kong.  He is responsible for the bank’s macroeconomic research, focusing on China, Hong Kong, and Japan. Carlos is the author of various academic publications and often features in international media outlets including: Bloomberg TV, Deutsche Welle, Nikkei and Spanish newspaper El Pais.

Meredith Champlin HNC’09,  MA ’09 began as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer in 2010. After her first tour on the Indonesia Desk in Washington, Meredith served in Iraq and China, where she frequently drew from her Hopkins-Nanjing and SAIS experiences to inform her consular work and political reporting. She is looking forward to her upcoming tour in Indonesia, where she will cover domestic political issues. Meredith is married to SAIS alumnus Lewis Grow ’09, also a Foreign Service Officer.

Jim Wilson HNC ’09,  MA ’11 is a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State. After serving in the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, he was posted to the Political Section of the U.S. Embassy in Rabat, Morocco, where he focused on human rights, civil society, and the Western Sahara territorial conflict. This summer, he will begin work on China policy coordination before moving onto work in the Political Section of the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu in 2018.

Class of 2010

Mitch Lazerus N’10 lives in Los Angeles, California, where he manages private investment in commercial real estate developments.
Ben Stewart N’10 is a rising third-year law student (class of 2017) at Harvard Law School. In the summer of 2017 he will be a summer associate at the Tokyo office of Morrison & Foerster, LLP. He is a member of Harvard Law School's Harvard Asia Law Society and intends to return to East Asia upon graduation.

Class of 2011

Carlos Casanova HNC ’11 is an economist at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria in Hong Kong. He is responsible for following key macroeconomic and geopolitical developments in Asia and China. Casanova’s expertise focuses on aspects of Chinese trade and foreign investments, particularly with other emerging markets in Asia and Latin America. He has publisjed numerous academic articles and has appeared in several international media outlets including: Bloomberg, Bruegel, Business Spectator, Expansion, La Tribune, and Nikkei Asian Review.

Margaux Fimbres HNC’11,  MA’15 is a Policy Advisor in the Office of Asian Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. In June 2016, she supported the Deputy Secretary of Energy at the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in Beijing, China. In January 2016, her research on Taiwan and regional trade organizations was published in the peer-reviewed Asia Policy journal through the National Bureau of Asian Research. Margaux got married in November 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Bangalore, India.
Jansen Givens HNC ’11 is working at the Confucius Institute at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK.
Bernard Geoxavier HNC ’11, a middle school Chinese teacher at Avenues: The World School in New York City is a member of the New York Army National Guard. In September 2015, he graduated from the accelerated Officer Candidate School program at Fort Indiantown Gap, Penn., and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He teaches Chinese to students in grades five through eights and leads spring break language and cultural immersion trips to Beijing.
Jonathan Hwang HNC ’11 is a US Foreign Service officer serving as a consular officer in Shenyang, China. In his previous posting, Hwang served as a political officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.
Aggie Lee HNC ’11 has been promoted to Counsel at Tucker Ellis LLP. She resides in Yorba Linda, Calif.

Christopher Liu HNC ’09, ’11 is director of Mobile Gaming at VNG Corporation, the largest Internet Company in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, reaching more than 10 million users, and lectured on online gaming in Korea, China, Singapore, and Thailand.
Brendon Stewart HNC ’11 is a retail management professional with Amazon.com in Seattle. He leads Amazon’s digital video games category and is responsible for profit-and-loss management and content acquisition. In his two years at Amazon, Stewart has led some of the largest product launches in the company’s history and had managed strategic partnerships with Microsoft Xbox, Disney, Riot Games, and Mojang.
Laure Pallez Varani HNC ’11 leads international business development at the Shanghai-based joint venture between France's Institut Pasteur and the China Academy Sciences. Laure specializes in structuring strategic business plans and providing financial/political risk advisory to companies and governments building businesses and ventures in China in the field of biological research. She serves as an elected official in the Assembly of French citizens abroad. She has published artilces for the French Newspaper Les Echos and Johns Hopkins University Nanjing News Community.

Class of 2012

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian HNC ’12 was recently promoted to assistant editor at Foreign Policy magazine in Washington, DC. After receiving a highly competitive fellowship from the International Reporting project to report on religion in China, her research was featured in two long-form covers on Foreign Policy’s website, with another feature length article upcoming.
In May 2016, Jacob Clark HNC’12 graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from Michigan State University College of Law. In his fall 2015 semester, Jacob received a grant from the Michigan State Talsky Center for Human Rights to intern in the Appeals Chamber at the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for ICTY Vice President, Judge Liu Daqun.  Jacob hopes to use his law degree in the areas of U.S.-China relations or international law.

Michael Finn HNC’12 is an International Trade Specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington D.C., where he covers trade policy for pharmaceutical and healthcare industries around the world, particularly in China and Latin America.
Lauren Gloudeman HNC’12,  MA’13 joined the Rhodium Group, a China-focused public policy and market research firm, in NYC. Prior to joining Rhodium, she spent two years as an economics and trade policy analyst at the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC). At USCC, she organized Congressional hearings on topics including China's competition policy, foreign investment, state capitalism, and China's market economy status under WTO law, and published papers on digital currency and the U.S.-China bilateral investment treaty.

Andrés Carrillo Perea HNC’12 has worked in China, Mexico, the U.S., and Brazil at leading companies in the finance, consumer goods, and management consulting industries. He is currently a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company’s Shanghai office where he advises local and multinational clients across China and Asia on key strategic issues. His experience includes growth and turnaround strategy, strategic due diligence, operations, and people strategy across corporations in the consumer, industrial, technology, automotive, logistics and arts industries.

Class of 2013

Maximilian Dunn HNC’12, MA’13 lives in Chicago and works with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York doing foreign exchange analysis. He focuses on China and the UK.  
Jeremy Peters HNC’13, MA'14
is a manager at CBI Consulting in Shanghai, China where he oversees teams of researchers and investigators gathering information for international and local clients primarily focusing on competitive intelligence, compliance, and intellectual property protection. He previously worked in Shanghai for Nicobar Group performing research and drafting white papers on China's nuclear and conventional energy sectors.

Class of 2014

David Fishman HNC’14 lives in Shanghai, China, where he is a project manager at Nicobar Group, a consulting firm helping US firms in the nuclear energy space do business in China.
Hannah Hindel HNC’14 is a second-year master’s student in the Asian studies program at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. Last summer she interned for the Department of State’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Office of Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Affairs. She is now a research intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies China Power Project and her research appears in the Jamestown Foundation’s China Brief.

Christine Kng Yu Ling HNC’14, MA’16 is a part-time MA student at Johns Hopkins SAIS, and a Senior Research Assistant in the Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Initiative at SAIS JHU. Within the PPP Initiative, she works on government advisory and research for PPP projects in China, including topics such as urban redevelopment, water conservation, and healthcare.

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Alumni Profiles

In celebration of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center's 30th anniversary in June 2016, we are sharing alumni profiles about what their experience at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center has meant to them and their career. Click here if you would like to share your experience with us.


Shirlene Yee, HNC MAIS 2012
Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State

"Many incredible people go through HNC that you will connect with again down the road. These friends and classmates will become your professional colleagues. I've had the good fortune of connecting with alumni around the world--in Hong Kong, Chengdu, Manila, Washington, DC, and New York.” Read more.

Sam Brummitt, HNC Certificate 2013 and MA 2014
International Trade Analyst, International Trade Administration

“As a Certificate student at HNC I had the flexibility to take classes in a range of subjects, from politics and history to economics and statistics. Most of my courses were taught in Chinese so I had to push myself to learn new vocabulary, write academic papers in Chinese, and debate substantive issues in class.” Read more.

Sean Ages, HNC MAIS 2013
Presidential Management Fellow, US Department of the Treasury

“HNC is a great place to deepen your understanding of China, Sino-US relations, and everything in between. The language component is challenging, of course, but nowhere else can you really live and breathe Chinese in such a unique academic setting." Read more.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, HNC Certificate 2012
Assistant Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine’s Tea Leaf Nation Channel

“I would not be where I am today if I hadn't studied at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. I must be able to swiftly skim and analyze Chinese-language media for an English-speaking audience; I must be able to conduct interviews in Chinese; and above all, I must understand the context for events and trends in China. Read more.


Matt Ferchen, HNC Certificate 2001
Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, Tsinghua University

"The Hopkins-Nanjing Center provides a natural environment for American students to interact with their Chinese classmates and teachers, and to understand Chinese perspectives--whether it's history, relations between the US and China, or domestic challenges in China." Read More.

Alumni Impact

Alumni of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center have played key roles in government, business, journalism, NGOs, and academia, including in the positions below. As graduates of the only truly joint target-language US-China graduate school of its kind, HNC alumni are uniquely poised to understand and manage diverse facets of US-China commercial, academic, economic, and political relations.

Positions currently or formerly held by Hopkins-Nanjing Center alumni (in order by year of graduation)

  • US Ambassador to Vietnam
  • Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, US Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Minister of Commerce for the PRC
  • President, Association for Relations across the Taiwan Straits
  • Vice President, Programs, Asia, MENA, and Global, National Endowment for Democracy
  • President, American Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai
  • US Consul General, Shanghai
  • Executive Director, CET Academic Programs
  • International Correspondent, US National Public Radio
  • Senior Investment Officer for Venture Capital Investments, International Finance Corporation of the World Bank
  • China Director, Human Rights Watch
  • Senior Director of International Public Affairs and Policy (Asia), Pfizer
  • Director, Asia Pacific, ExxonMobil
  • Public Health Expert and Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Founder and CEO, Autocraft
  • Principal, Albright Stonebridge Group
  • Professor of Government and Administration, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • China Bureau Chief, Dow Jones Newswires
  • Vice President, Alibaba Group
  • Finance Officer, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  • CEO, Huawei Singapore
  • Executive Director, Center for Asian Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • President and COO, US-China Strong Foundation
  • Senior Climate and Energy Policy Officer, Greenpeace

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