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Johns Hopkins University

Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Students at Johns Hopkins SAIS are encouraged to study with purpose and tailor their coursework to best fit their career interests. Learning from accomplished faculty across three global campuses gives students a strong understanding of economics and theories of international relations, as well as regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency, and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems. This is the Johns Hopkins SAIS Advantage.

A GLOBAL FOOTPRINT
Johns Hopkins SAIS’ three campuses are strategically located to better understand the rebalancing of the world: the economic growth of Asia, the political and demographic changes in Europe, and the evolving role of the United States in the world. A physical presence within three continents provides expanded professional opportunities.

INTERDISCIPLINARY CURRICULUM
Through a curriculum strongly rooted in the study of international relations, economics, and regional studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS students learn to address multifaceted challenges facing the world today. With more than twenty regional and policy areas from which to choose, students are encouraged to tailor their academic coursework to align with their career interests.

LANGUAGE
The Johns Hopkins SAIS language program trains students to gain foreign language proficiency to discuss and debate important policy issues, while also expanding professional opportunities overseas. Whether you are discussing expansion strategy with global partners, using diplomacy to mitigate regional conflict, or connecting with underserved populations on humanitarian missions, using a native language to communicate will open doors to cultures and countries.

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP
Journalists, politicians, academics, and the private sector turn to Johns Hopkins SAIS as a source for timely policy analysis. Scholars from our research centers and institutes analyze difficult foreign policy issues while convening academics, policymakers and leaders of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to debate alongside students.

Degree Programs

  • HNC Certificate in Chinese and American Studies
  • Master of Arts in International Studies
  • HNC Certificate in Chinese and American Studies + Master of Arts
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Arts in Global Policy
  • Master of International Public Policy
  • Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance
  • Master of Arts in Global Risk
  • Master of Arts in International Affairs
  • Diploma in International Studies

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SAIS seeks to fill a full-time position, open rank, tenured or tenure track, with a focus on Russia.

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Johns Hopkins SAIS seeks a Director of Admissions in DC to provide strategic leadership and effective management of the Office of Admissions .

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The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Office of Admissions invites you to learn more about the Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) and the Master of Arts in Global Policy Program (GPP) degree by joining an online information session.

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The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Office of Admissions invites you attend an information session to learn more about our executive degree offerings for experienced professionals: the Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) degree and the Master of Arts in Global Policy (GPP).

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Recent MIEF graduates, and MIEF and Admissions staff will be present to answer your questions about the admissions process, the student experience and the impact your SAIS education could have on the world.

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The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Office of Admissions invites you to learn more about the Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) and the Master of Arts in Global Policy Program (GPP) degree by joining an online information session.

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This summer, Angelina Magal, a student in the Masters of Arts in Global Risk program, is completing her summer intership at Philips, in The Netherlands, following her academic year at SAIS Europe.  In their second summer term in SAIS’s MAGR program, students complete  a capstone project. Below are Angelina’s reflections on the experience.

 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
As part of the Master of Arts in Global Risk program at SAIS, we are required to complete a capstone project with a company.  I was offered the opportunity to complete this project at Philips, where I am interning with the Risk Management, Markets and Business Development support (RMMBDs) team.  RMM&BDs supports and advises Country and Markets on the proactive identification, prioritization and mitigation of risks (strategic, operational, financial, compliance) related to new business-models, solutions, strategic partnerships and entry strategies in high-risk countries. The internship is four months long and based in the Philips headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
 

Angelina Magal, MAGR 2017
During the academic year at SAIS, we covered qualitative and quantitative approaches towards understanding risk and uncertainty.  My summer internship is an ideal setting to apply these skills in a business context.  One of the most interesting takeaways from this experience is that the MAGR degree ultimately provides you with a holistic, multifaceted understanding of risk. I constantly combine a variety of skills, methodologies, and theories that are sourced from different classes at SAIS.  For example, when analyzing country risks,  I draw upon knowledge from economics and international relations courses for the overall context.  However, in order to tailor my assessment towards Philips in particular, I also simultaneously utilize the ability to incorporate “point of view” in risk assessment, and depend on a thorough understanding of corporate finance. 
The environment in RMMBDs is engaging and supportive, and everyone brings a self-motivated, collaborative and positive attitude to the office.  This atmosphere is pervasive throughout Philips, and I am looking forward to the remainder of the practicum!

 

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Looking to jump start your graduate school search? Join us for Summerfest! Alumni, students and staff from five top graduate programs in international affairs invite you to attend a reception this summer in New York City and Washington, D.C.  Join us to hear about graduate programs, career opportunities and to network with professionals in international affairs. Light refreshments will be served.
Representatives from the following graduate international affairs programs will be available:
  • Columbia University – School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
  • Georgetown University – Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
  • Johns Hopkins University – The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
  • Princeton University – The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
  • Tufts University – The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Registration and tabling will open at 5:30 pm, and the presentation and alumni panel begins at 6:00 pm.
Summerfest 2017 New York City will be held Thursday, July 20, 2017 at:
Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
International Affairs Building
420 W 118th St, Fl 15
New York, NY 10027

Summerfest 2017 Washington, D.C. will be held Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at:
Georgetown University Law Center
Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor
600 New Jersey Ave
Washington, DC 20001
For other upcoming recruiting events view our recruiting calendar here.

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At the end of the 2016-2017 Academic year nearly 40 Hopkins-Nanjing Center MAIS students defended their theses. The wide variety of compelling topics speaks to the intellectual curiosity and wide-ranging academic interests of the HNC’s unique Chinese and international student body. While at the HNC, MAIS students choose a concentration area from among the six different areas of study offered: International Politics; International Economics; International and Comparative Law; Energy, Resources and Environment; Chinese Studies; and American Studies. During their two years of study, international and Chinese MAIS students are required to research, write, and orally defend a thesis in their “target language.” Chinese students complete their thesis in English and international students complete their thesis in Chinese. To help prepare for thesis research and writing, MAIS students have thesis advisers in their target language and participate in thesis prep courses that focus on research approaches and connecting their thesis topics to larger questions of China, the U.S. and the world.

Below is a sample of theses that highlight the breadth and depth of research being conducted by HNC students who graduated this spring.

Chinese Studies

    • Sustainable Tourism Development and the Protection of Xizhou Old Town’s ‘Living’ Cultural Heritage
    • Issues of Gender Equality in Chinese Athletics: An Analysis of Barriers to Female Grassroots Sports Participation in China

    International Politics

      • The Dragon’s Journey: An Inquiry into the Value Preferences of the Chinese Government under the Socialist Core Values System
      • The Responsibility to Protect’ and China’s Humanitarian Intervention Strategy: A Case Study of Libya and Syria

      International Economics 

        • Forecasting Future Trends of the Beer Industry in China: A Game Theory Analysis of Competitive Strategy
        • Determinants of Age at First Marriage for Women and International Comparisons

        Comparative and International Law

          • Prospects of Terminating the NME-Methodology in Antidumping Cases: The Challenge Ahead
          • Breaking the Silence: The Role of International Law with Respect to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence 

          Energy, Resources, and Environment

            • Green Credit Policies in China: Overcoming Current Obstacles in Implementation
            • Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Impacts of Battery Energy

            To learn more about the HNC MAIS thesis experience, check out this post to hear from MAIS alumni about the challenges and successes they encountered throughout the process.  

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            Following his first year at SAIS Europe, as part of a recurring summer series of articles chronicling our students’ internships, Latin American Studies Concentrator Eli Birgé is spending his summer in Bogota. Below are his first reflections on the experience.


            Bogota, Colombia
            My summer internship in Bogota has been an elegant capstone to two semesters of study in Bologna, Italy. The experience has led me from Latin Europe to Latin America, from the Apennines to the Andes and from development theory into practice.


            The Corporacion Andina de Fomento (CAF) is Latin America’s home-grown development bank. The infrastructure team where I work is dedicated to improving Colombia’s global competitiveness and domestic inclusivity through improved industrial integration and mobility.

            Eli Birgé, 1yr MA student

            Now is a particularly exciting time for Colombian infrastructure. Despite being endowed with immense natural resource wealth (second only to Brazil on the continent), Colombia’s industrial hubs and ports are disjointed from each other by three Andean cordilleras, jungles, rivers and lousy roads. CAF’s concerted effort to break this socio-economic bottleneck could unlock the country’s impressive growth potential. 


            My role on the infrastructure team has given me the chance to burnish the skills I acquired at SAIS, particularly in project finance, excel modelling and Spanish. Most projects are ad hoc, and my supervisor gives me the latitude to tailor them to my professional objectives. 


            SAIS reunion in Bogota, Colombia

            Although the workdays are long (about eleven hours) Bogota offers plenty of diversions. On weekends I take my bicycle onto the non-motorized ciclovias, discover a new fruit at the outdoor markets or crash quincinieras at the salsa clubs.  I even recently was able to attend a SAIS reunion here in Bogota. In all, my summer internship following my year at SAIS Europe in Bologna, has been off to a great start!

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             In honor of the HNC’s 30th anniversary, the HNC has created the U.S.-China Exchange Scholars Fellowship for alumni of U.S. government-supported programs for Chinese language study. These programs include, but are not limited, to the Critical Language Scholarship, Boren Award for International Study, Chinese Language Flagship Program, and the National Security Language Initiative for Youth.

            We are pleased to introduce our first five U.S.-China Exchange Scholars for the 2017-2018 academic year who have studied Chinese through a number of U.S. government-supported programs. 

            Emily Rivera
            Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program (GPA)
            HNC Certificate ‘18

            Emily Rivera graduated from Hamilton College in 2016 with dual concentrations in Government and Chinese. The daughter of two first-generation Colombian immigrants, Emily grew up speaking both English and Spanish. Largely because of this, Emily developed a keen interest in intercultural dialogue at an early age and later began studying Chinese as a sophomore at Hamilton College.

            After three semesters of in-class language training, Emily earned a Fulbright Hays Group Projects Abroad Program (GPA) Scholarship, which provided her the opportunity to attend the ACC Intensive Language & Culture Program at Beijing’s Minzu University while at Hamilton College. While at Minzu University, Emily worked on a research paper chronicling China’s wealth gap. Emily developed this research and deployed it into her Honors Chinese thesis at Hamilton College, titled: 中国“富二代”和“穷二代”现象之分析.”

            Emily chose the HNC to gain a well-rounded experience studying the economy and politics of China through intensive language immersion in an exclusively Chinese learning environment. She is very grateful for the opportunity to continue her studies as a U.S.-China Exchange Scholar at the HNC. Using lessons from the HNC, she hopes one day to add necessary value to the growth and success of U.S. relations abroad as a Foreign Service Officer. Originally from Miami, Florida, Emily currently lives in Honolulu, Hawai`i where she works as an AmeriCorps Advocate at the Legal Aid Society of Hawai`i.

            Landon Heid
            Foreign Language Area Studies Scholarship (FLAS)
            HNC Certificate ‘18

            Landon Heid grew up in Midwest, where he attended the University of Missouri, obtaining degrees in Finance and Banking and Political Science.  In summer 2014, Landon had his first experience with China, spending a summer in Xiamen, China interning at a Fortune 500 company working in currency hedging.  Soon thereafter, Landon began studying Chinese and in 2017 earned a graduate degree in International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington D.C.

            During summer 2016, Landon was awarded the Foreign Language Area Studies scholarship to study Chinese through the rigorous Princeton In Beijing program.  During the past year, Landon served as the Human Rights Desk Officer at the U.S. Department of State, where he had the opportunity to discuss U.S.-China policy at the National Security Council and prepare congressional testimony for the Secretary of State and Ambassador to China.  Landon was drawn to the HNC after his time working in China-policy circles, where he discovered many of the most dedicated and knowledgeable “China Hands” had graduated from the HNC.  Given the history, quality, and reputation of the HNC, Landon believes attending the Hopkins-Nanjing Center will be a real asset to his future career as a Foreign Service Officer.

            Mary Leah Milnes
            Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program
            HNC Certificate ’18 /John Hopkins SAIS MA’19

            Mary Leah Milnes first learned about the Hopkins-Nanjing Center while studying abroad in Beijing with CET Academic Programs as a college sophomore in fall of 2012. At the time, her Chinese was only good enough to recognize the characters for jianbing. However, she saw in the HNC and SAIS a unique opportunity to wed her interest in pursuing a career in foreign affairs and U.S.-China relations to long-term study of the country and language.

            An aspiring China Hand, Mary Leah continued to pursue her study of Mandarin and her goal of graduate study at the HNC by studying Chinese intensively in Harbin with CET, majoring in Political Science (Comparative Politics) and Asian Studies at Vanderbilt University and completing the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship Program at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou in 2014. Thanks to these efforts, she can confidently identify purveyors not only of jianbing but also of dongbei cai and the legendary Lanzhou Lamian.

            After graduating, she interned at the National Committee on United States-China Relations and the Asia Society before working as a research analyst for fintech firm ValuePenguin’s Asia division. Mary Leah looks forward to the next few years, which she will spend attaining a Certificate in China Studies from the HNC and an MA in Strategic Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS.

            Stephanie Gruetze
            National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Program
            HNC Certificate ‘18

            Stephanie Gruetze is from Belton, Missouri and first started learning Chinese during her senior year of high school through courses at the local community college. It was during this time she found out about NSLI-Y. Stephanie attended NSLI-Y’s Summer 2013 program in Chengdu, Sichuan where she fell in love with China and the Chinese language. During her undergraduate career at Truman State University, Stephanie continued to study Chinese and spent a year abroad in Nanchang, Jiangxi while pursuing her degree in Agriculture Science. At the HNC, Stephanie wants to continue to develop her Chinese skills before going on to hopefully pursue a career combining agriculture and Chinese.

            Christian Flores
            Chinese Language Flagship Program, CUNY Hunter College
            Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program (GPA) Scholarship
            Boren Fellowship for International Study
            HNC MAIS ‘18

            Studying Chinese became a passion for Christian since he first began to study the language in high school for four years. He remembers the welcoming atmosphere in the mornings at East-West School of International Studies in Queens, NY when he would enter the Chinese classroom and delve into pinyin, characters, sentence structures, calligraphy, and traditional Chinese music. The inspiration and support that he received from his two Chinese teachers reinforced the idea that he should go on to continue studying the language in college. At CUNY Hunter College, and as a part of the Chinese Language Flagship Program, Christian was able to further pursue his passion. If studying hours and hours of Chinese at Hunter was not enough, Christian was able to apply his knowledge of Chinese throughout his study abroad experiences in different parts of China. In the summer of 2012, Christian studied abroad with the International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University. In 2013, Christian was awarded the Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad Scholarship to study and intern in Xi’an. Christian completed his capstone year at Tianjin Normal University, which culminated in his achievement of a level 3 on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and earning a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language & Literature and Political Science.

            Although Christian achieved advanced language proficiency after graduating college, he knew that his studies on China and the Chinese language were far from over. During his final semester at Hunter, Christian decided to apply to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC) which offers a Master of Arts in International Studies while studying in Nanjing. After being awarded the Boren Fellowship, Christian made his decision to pursue graduate studies at the HNC. His strong interest in Chinese and politics led him to the right place that would deepen his studies on China. Christian has taken courses such as China’s Development and Environment, Sino-U.S. Relations, Financial Crises, and Ethnic Minorities in Chinese Society, all of which have provided him with a more well-rounded understanding of China. Christian did not only decide to study at the HNC because it is a repertoire for research on China, but also because it is a cross-cultural bridge for people from different backgrounds to engage in discourse and create mutual understanding. In his final year at the HNC, Christian hopes to complete his Master’s thesis on the potential of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank through a comparative study of China’s past investment ventures. Christian strongly believes that his journey of studying Chinese and China could not have been possible without the help and support provided by institutions as well as organizations such as the East-West School, the HNC, the Flagship Program, Fulbright, and Boren that sow the seeds for language study along with the fostering of global citizenship.

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            Every summer, Saisers in our Master of Arts program undertake internships around the world. Their unique experiences give them the opportunity to apply their academic preparation to the field of interest. Given the diversity of internships globally, SAIS Europe Admissions wanted to share some of our students’ journals directly with our incoming Fall 2017 Class. Below is the first diary entry from rising second MA student, Gaston Melo Felgueres, a Mexican national who is a conflict management concentrator.

            Following my first year of study at SAIS Bologna, I was accepted this summer to intern for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), located in Paris, France. Although I already had work experience in multilateral institutions, I really enjoyed learning about the mission of the department I am in, the Development Centre.

            Ministerial Meeting on Latin America Forum at the OECD

            As stated on its website, the mission of the OECD is “to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world” by providing “a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems.” The Development Centre is one of the only departments of the OECD that works with emerging market countries. It is composed of regional teams, such as the Latin America and Caribbean, West Africa and Sahel Club and various others. It aims to provide sound policy recommendations to these emerging economies in order to better approach “OECD standards”.
            OECD Forum
            I was assigned to the Director’s Office, while rotating with the Latin Americana and Africa teams. In my first week, I have already had quite a fulfilling experience. I was able to attend a forum with the Presidents of Peru and Guatemala, as well as meetings with Ministers from Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Guatemala.

            Throughout this summer, I will be given more responsibly than I have had in any of my previous jobs. I am currently analysing the regional integration between Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance, while working on SMEs integrations into global value chains for the Latin American Economic Outlook 2018, a publication which analyses issues related to Latin America’s economic and social development and destined to share experiences and good practices with the region’s public officials.)

            Gaston Melo Felgueres (left) at
            OECD Networking function

            People at the OECD are incredibly diverse, and they encourage friendship among co-workers, organizing happy hours or athletic activities. I have been incredibly pleased with what I’ve learned and I am VERY glad that I took International Trade Class this past spring at SAIS Europe before coming here!

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