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  • Locations: Nanjing, China
  • 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 Language of Instruction: Chinese
Areas of Study: IS, Politics & History Program Type: Hopkins-sponsored
Credit Type: Hopkins credit (grades impact Hopkins GPA) Program Advisor: Jessica Mervis
Language Prerequisite: Yes 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, Proficiency in Mandarin language as demonstrated by STAMP test
Program Description:

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

Hopkins SAIS Nanjing 5 Year BA/MA Program
The School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

China - Nanjing
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies (HNC) is an educational collaboration between the Johns Hopkins University and 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 HNC 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 HNC 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 HNC program that gives our graduates a strong competitive edge in the increasingly dynamic world of Sino-global relations.


Nanjing, China

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

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Areas of Study

  • International Studies
  • Political Science
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Students spend 3 years at JHU on the Homewood campus. They spend their 4th year at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in China and their 5th year at SAIS in Washington, DC..
The school year in Nanjing runs from early September to mid-June.

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:

  • Demonstrate strong academic performance (normally a GPA or 3.5 or above)Nanjing - Hopkins Nanjing Ctr
  • 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
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Mandarin via the STAMP test. Students who have not achieved the recommended test score by the application deadline may be conditionally accepted to the program under certain circumstances.
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Courses and Credits

The language of instruction at SAIS Nanjing is Mandarin. Students spend their senior year in Nanjing, China pursuing coursework to count both toward their undergraduate degree in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and the master's degree at SAIS, receiving an HNC Certificate at the end of the 4th year. The 5th year is spent taking courses at the SAIS campus in Washington, D.C.Nanjing - Yuejiang Lou

Students typically enroll in 4 courses per semester for a total of 16 credits per semester.

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 China. Students must apply separately for financial aid for the 5th year at SAIS.

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Students live in double rooms in an HNC dormitory with Chinese roommates. Click here for more information.

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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 China.

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International Studies SAIS 5 Year BA/MA


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This program is currently not accepting applications.