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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 TeamCongratulations to the 2018 SAIS International Criminal Court Moot team. The SAIS team was the first place finisher in the Regional Round for the Americas and Caribbean of the International Criminal Court Moot Competition held at Pace Universi…

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searching for housing in Washington, DC
Trying to find housing in DC, especially if it is your first time here, could be daunting. The housing market in DC is ruthless as it is highly competitive and moves very quickly. However, that does not mean that it is impossible. 

Here are some resources and tips to help you get a head start on your house hunting in DC. 

Firstly, start looking for places around 2 to 1.5 months before when you plan to move in. Too early would mean that nothing would be available but you also want to make sure that you are not searching at the very last-minute.  

Before starting your search, there are a few questions that you have to ask yourself to help you narrow down your search: 
  1. How much are you willing to spend per month?  
  2. Would you like to have roommates or do you plan on living on your own? 
  3. How would you be planning to get to school? By foot, bike or public transportation?  
  4. What are some things that you consider essential in your place? Eg. laundry facilities, pets allowed? 
Reflecting upon these questions would allow you to determine which neighborhood you should be looking at while keeping your budget in mind. Rental prices in DC vary according to location and the condition of the house while sharing a group house with others generally would be cheaper. As SAIS is located in Dupont Circle, majority of SAIS students live in neighborhoods such as Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom, Logan Circle, Adams Morgan, and Columbia Heights. SAIS is also conveniently located by the red-line Dupont Circle Metro stop so you may want to consider other neighborhoods outside the District such as Rosslyn or Arlington, VA that are metro-accessible and possibly cheaper. 

Check out some of the neighborhood guides such as Compass and Urban Igloo so that you could have a better feel of each neighborhood. Also, check out the safety of a neighborhood by using and Crime Map 

Some housing resources to assist your search:

While these resources are helpful, remember to be cautious of fraudulent postings. Especially if it seems too good to be true, take extra steps in making sure that the agent or landlord you are communicating is genuine. Be extra cautious with places that require you to submit a security deposit before seeing the place or before the lease agreement has been signed. 
Documents you may need to apply for a lease:
  • Copy of identification eg. valid driver’s license, passport, I-20, student visa  
  • Proof of income 
    • Most recent pay statements, most recent W-2 tax statement if self-employed, financial aid/sponsorship documents 
  • Acceptance letter from SAIS 
  • Application form and fee  
When you do a viewing, it is best if you come with all the necessary materials required to apply for a leasing application. The housing market in DC moves fast, so if you see a place that you are sure about, just go for it.  

Good luck! 

About the Student Blogger:                                                                                           

Nadia Esham (MA, South East Asia Studies)

Nadia Esham is currently a first-year MA student at SAIS concentrating in Southeast Asia Studies. Originally from Malaysia, she is currently pursuing a specialization in Quantitative Methods and Economic Theory at SAIS and is interested in socio-economic development in Southeast Asia

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