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  • Locations: Bologna, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Restrictions: JHU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Notification Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019 03/01/2019 ** Varies by program TBA TBA

** Applications must be submitted by 10:00 pm. Study Abroad applicants should note that the deadline indicated here is for Hopkins only; external programs may have earlier deadlines.
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement: 3.0 Housing Type: Students must find their own
Language of Instruction: English Areas of Study: International Studies, Political Science
Program Type: Hopkins-sponsored Credit Type: Hopkins credit (grades impact Hopkins GPA)
Program Advisor: Jessica Mervis Language Prerequisite: No
Prerequisites: Competitive GPA, High level of maturity, Major in International Studies or Political Science Hopkins Application Fee: $25
Program Description:

Motivated international studies and political science majors demonstrating a high level of maturity and strong desire to study abroad at the graduate level may apply to spend their junior year at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Europe Center in Bologna, Italy.

Hopkins Year Bologna
The School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

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The Bologna Center is among the leading graduate schools for international affairs in Europe, offering an English-speaking interdisciplinary graduate program of study that emphasizes international economics, political science and history, geographic area studies, and languages. Students will gain access to a rich and diverse network of social, educational, and professional opportunities through a diverse multicultural and multilingual community. SAIS Europe also invites over 50 speakers to participate in the faculty research seminar such as foreign ministers, central bank governors, activists, representatives from NGOS, and business leaders.

"I am spending my junior year taking graduate classes in international studies at SAIS. I am able to take highly practical courses, absorb career knowledge from my peers, and take advantage of a wonderful network of scholars."

-Julia Wargo, International Studies & Writing Seminars major


Bologna, Italy

The city of Bologna is steeped in European history coupled with important modern and contemporary political movements. Bologna’s history spans three millennia with Etruscan and Villanovan ruins on display throughout the city. But it also looks forward, its economy and lifestyle representing one of the highest standards in Europe.

The Bologna Center lies in the heart of the university district, a true city within a city. Cultural, intellectual and social exchanges make it easy for students to interact with a large variety of people from around the world.

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Areas of Study

  • International Studies
  • Political Science
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Full Year: Mid-September* to Mid-May. Deadline: March 1

*Pre-Semester Term begins in Mid-August (Intensive Italian language & other introductory courses offered).

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Participation in the Junior Year Abroad at SAIS Bologna is highly selective. Students must demonstrate a high level of academic performance as well as the completion of significant coursework in their major.

  • Major in International Studies/Political Science
  • Competitive GPA
  • High level of maturity
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Courses and Credits

The language of instruction at SAIS Bologna is English.
Students enroll in 4 credit-bearing courses and one language course per semester for a total of 16 credits per semester. Language courses are non-credit bearing. All other courses are worth 4 credits each.

Students with no background in Italian are strongly encouraged to take Italian language during the pre-term as well as throughout the semester.

Course offerings can be found in SIS.

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Students pay JHU tuition, which will be billed to the student account. Students pay housing directly to the housing provider on site. Financial aid may be applied toward the cost of the program. Additional scholarship support may be available through the Hull Family Study Abroad Fund.

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Students live in apartments in Bologna. Students should be prepared to search for apartments upon arrival in Bologna, with assistance from the on-site staff.

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Application Process

Students must complete the Hopkins application by clicking the green "Apply Now" button at the top/bottom of this page.

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More Information

JHU International Studies

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