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GPA Requirement: 3.0 Areas of Study: IS, Politics & History
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: NO
Program Type: Hopkins-sponsored Credit Type: Hopkins credit (grades impact Hopkins GPA)
Housing Type: Apartment Hopkins Application Fee: $25
Program Advisor: Jessica Mervis
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Hopkins SAIS Summer Academy -- Europe

Bologna SAIS students

Spend four weeks of your summer exploring international affairs in the heart of Europe. Earn four graduate credits studying with Johns Hopkins SAIS' world-class faculty in Bologna, Italy. Learn about politics, diplomacy, security, and good governance through two consecutive courses in Genocide and Mass Violence and Green New Deals. The Summer Academy at SAIS Europe features classroom lectures in the mornings and site visits or guest speakers in the afternoons. Two Friday excursions will take you to top destinations in the region for in-depth experience outside the classroom.

Program highlights include:

  • Learn about the current state of affairs in Europe including the rise of populism, xenophobia, soft-authoritarianism, electoral volatility, and Brexit.
  • Study the contemporary patterns and characteristics of transnational organized crime and illicit markets and answer key questions related to geopolitical stability and instability.
  • Enjoy excursions to Rome and Monte Solo to learn about Italian history, politics, and culture.


Bologna, Italy

The Summer Academy in Bologna is located at the headquarters of Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe campus on Via Beniamino Andreatta 3.
Bologna, Italy is the home of the oldest university in Europe. With more than 90,000 students each year, the city hosts a lively academic community and is recognized worldwide for its cultural openness and culinary excellence.

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Areas of Study

  • International Studies 
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Program Dates: June 6 - July 1, 2022
Application Deadline: March 15

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  • Ideally suited for International Studies/Affairs majors but open to all majors
  • No Italian language required
  • Rising Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors from JHU and outside of JHU may apply. The program is also open to recent college graduates who completed their undergraduate degree within the past two years.
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Courses and Credits

4 graded Johns Hopkins SAIS credits
Students who successfully complete the Summer Academy courses will earn four graduate credits from Johns Hopkins SAIS. These credits can be transferred back to your home institution. Credits will also transfer to most Johns Hopkins SAIS degree programs. 
  • Genocide and Mass Violence (2 credits)
Instructor: Eugene Finkel
Course Description: Genocide is often labeled as the worst of crimes, the nadir of human behavior, and the world’s most “odious scourge.” The goal of this class is to examine the origins and causes of genocide and to introduce students to the key insights of the growing field of genocide and mass violence research. For decades, genocide mainly referred to the Holocaust. However, events in post-Communist Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, and elsewhere have drawn scholars’ attention to genocide as a political phenomenon that may be studied across regions and time periods. In this class, we will consider several key questions: 

What are the major causes of genocide? 
What makes people take part in mass violence? 
How might genocide and mass violence be stopped or prevented? 
What are the long-term legacies of mass violence? Bologna student in piazza
  • Green New Deals (2 credits)

    Instructor: Simone Tagliapietra
    Course Description: The notion of Green New Deal is increasingly becoming popular around the world. This course introduces students to this innovative form of policy-making, discussing its main objectives and policy instruments. To do so, the course covers a wide range of topics from global decarbonization trends to global environment protection and biodiversity conservation. It also introduces a host of key concepts that underpin energy, climate and environmental policy analysis, as well as their related economic and social policies. The course pays particular attention to the political economy issues related to Green New Deals, such as the social effects of climate policy, the just transition challenge and the important issue of green industrial policy. While the course will provide a general overview on this set of issues, it will also offer specific insights on the seminal case of European Green Deal.

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The program fee for 4 credits is TBD, which includes tuition, the program fees, and housing. We encourage students to budget an additional $2,425 to cover out-of-pocket costs, which include roundtrip airfare, meals, books and supplies, personal expenses, and a travel allowance. 

The program fee for 2 credits is TBD, which includes tuition, the program fees, and housing. We encourage students to budget an additional $1,813 to cover out-of-pocket costs, which include roundtrip airfare, meals, books and supplies, personal expenses, and a travel allowance.

Please note that all participants will be enrolled in comprehensive travel medical insurance for the duration of the program abroad. 

Please see the program Budget Sheet for a complete break-down of program costs.

Financial Aid and Scholarships
Students receiving Financial Aid should consult with the Financial Aid Office to see if they may apply any aid towards their participation in this program.

Hopkins undergraduate students may apply for a summer Study Abroad Scholarship. JHU International Studies students are eligible for additional scholarship funds through a generous gift from Jeffrey and Shari Aronson as part of the Aronson Center for International StudiesStudents can apply for any/all of this funding by submitting a single Hopkins Study Abroad Scholarship application, the deadline for which is March 2nd. Please note that awards are partial and students must demonstrate both financial need and academic merit to be competitive. 
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As a four-week program, the SAIS Europe Summer Academy does not require a student visa. Students who are citizens or permanent residents of nations within the European Union do not need a visa to visit Italy. Citizens and permanent residents of nations outside the European Union, including the United States, can attend the program on a tourist visa. Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Office of Study Abroad will guide you in obtaining visas and necessary documentation.

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Students will stay in shared apartments in the heart of Bologna’s historic center within walking distance to campus. Apartments will include a kitchenette, on-site laundry facilities, high-speed wireless internet, and weekly cleaning services. 
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Application ProcessBologna - Summer 2018

There is a dual application process for this program.

Students must submit BOTH:

The Hopkins study abroad application by clicking on the green Apply Now button by the deadline indicated below AND

The program application, which you can access on the program website.

You do not need to complete these in a particular order, but please make sure to abide by both the Hopkins and the program deadlines as they may be different.

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More Information

Contact Johns Hopkins SAIS Summer and Non-Degree Programs at or +1 (202) 663-5671 to speak with an advisor for more details about the SAIS Europe Summer Academy and application requirements. Hopkins undergraduates may also visit the Office of Study Abroad on the Homewood campus at Levering Hall, Suite 04B.

This program is currently not accepting applications.