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  • Locations: Bologna, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year
  • Restrictions: JHU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
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GPA Requirement: 3.5 Housing Type: Apartment, Students must find their own
Language of Instruction: English Areas of Study: IS, Politics & History
Program Type: Hopkins-sponsored Credit Type: Hopkins credit (grades impact Hopkins GPA)
Program Advisor: Jessica Mervis Language Prerequisite: No
Prerequisites: Completion of micro- and macro-economics with min. grade of B- in each, Demonstrated strong academic performance, High level of maturity and strong desire to pursue master's in international affairs
Program Description:

The five-year BA/MA program with the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Europe Center in Bologna, Italy allows select undergraduate students to pursue an intensive program in international studies and also obtain a master's degree from SAIS.

Hopkins SAIS Europe 5 Year BA/MA Program
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.


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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DatesBologna-Piazza 3

Students spend 3 years at JHU on the Homewood Campus. They spend their 4th year in Bologna, Italy at SAIS Europe and their 5th year at SAIS in Washington, DC.

The school year in Bologna runs from Mid-September to Mid-May, with an optional pre-semester term in mid-August offering Intensive Italian language and other introductory courses.

Application Deadline: February 5th of Sophomore year

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The BA/MA program with SAIS is open to International Studies or Political Science majors who:Bologna-Church 1

  • Demonstrate strong academic performance (normally a GPA or 3.5 or above)
  • Have completed macro- and microeconomics courses with a minimum grade of B- in each class
  • Possess a high level of maturity and strong desire to pursue a master's degree in international affairs
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Courses and Credits

The language of instruction at SAIS Bologna is English. Students spend their senior year in Bologna, Italy pursuing coursework to count both toward their undergraduate degree in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and the master's degree at SAIS. The 5th year is spent taking courses at the SAIS campus in Washington, D.C.

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.
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Course offerings can be found in SIS.

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For both years of the program, students pay SAIS tuition, which will be billed directly from SAIS. Students pay housing directly to the housing provider on site. Financial aid may be applied toward the cost of the program only for the year in Bologna. Students must apply separately for financial aid for the 5th year at SAIS. Additional scholarship support may be available through the Hull Family Study Abroad Fund.

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Bologna-SAIS Students

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 apply to the program through the International Studies website. Selected students will have additional forms to complete for the Office of Study Abroad during the spring semester of junior year, the semester prior to departure for Bologna.

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More Information

International Studies 5 Year BA/MA Program at SAIS


SAIS Europe

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This program is currently not accepting applications.