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

Bologna SAIS students

Please note that the university has decided to suspend this program for Summer 2020. More information on this decision can be found at

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 Contemporary European Politics and The Geopolitics of Organized Crime. 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 1 - 26, 2020
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. 
  • Course ID: SA.710.728.29 Contemporary European Politics (2 credits) -- Taught by Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy at Johns Hopkins SAIS
Populism, xenophobia, soft-authoritarianism, electoral volatility, Brexit.  This doesn’t look like your grandparents’ Europe.  That Europe was famously engaged in a bold project to unify the continent under democracy and the rule of law.  By most appearances, this Europe is not.  But maybe it isn’t so different.  The purpose of this course is to put the contemporary politics of Europe into perspective.  Sure, there are important changes in the pattern of electoral competition taking place across the Continent (and with the British Isles very much included).  The pattern of European integration is changing as well.  So is that complex political arrangement we call ‘democracy’.  And so is the way European’s promote their core values.  But beneath all the turmoil bubbling away at the surface, we can easily trace line of continuity and progress.  These lines are important to help us sort out where Europe is actually headed – meaning how far we should expect European politics to deviate from the path toward peaceful prosperity, and how seriously we should be concerned about the fate of the European project.  The course mixes insights on national performance, both East and West, with a clear-eyed introduction to the institutions of the European Union and the compromises at the heart of that thing we call ‘Europe’.  The conclusions we draw are important not just for understanding contemporary European politics, but also for the transatlantic relationship and the future of world order.Bologna student in piazza
  • Course ID: SA.600.747.29 The Geopolitics of Organized Crime (2 credits) -- Taught by Francesco Strazzari, Adjunct Professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins SAIS
The course gives students a comprehensive understanding of contemporary patterns and characteristics of transnational organized crime, illicit markets and trafficking activities. It does so through a broad set of analytical tools, that are not limited to criminal justice, but rather include political science, international relations, political economy and political sociology. After offering an overview of what and how we know about organized crime, we will examine variations in its contemporary forms in the international arena, addressing key questions related to geopolitical stability and instability – therefore debating the nexus with state fragility, development and security (terrorism). 

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The program fee for 4 credits is $7,700, 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 $4,590, 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. The cost of insurance for Hopkins students is included in the program fee; the cost for non-JHU students is $45.

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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Convenient student housing will be provided that is walking distance to campus. Students will be housed in double occupancy rooms. 
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Application ProcessBologna - Summer 2018

For current JHU Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors, click the green 'Apply Now' button at the top/bottom of this page to begin the application process.

For JHU Seniors graduating in May, you have two options: 
  1. You can apply as a non-degree student through the SAIS Office of Summer Programs. Note you will not be eligible for financial aid or scholarship funding.
  2. JHU seniors who wish to apply for Financial Aid or Scholarship funding will need to request to defer their graduation to August 2020. Students can still walk at May graduation but will need to maintain an active undergraduate record in order to be eligible for financial aid or scholarship funding. You will need to seek approval through the Office of Academic Affairs and your advisor in order to defer your graduation. You should click the green ‘Apply Now’ button on this page if you are planning to defer your graduation date.  
For non-JHU students and recent alumni, please apply through the Johns Hopkins SAIS Office of Summer Programs:

Application requirements:
  • Application fee
  • Transcript
  • Resume
  • One page personal statement
  • Names of two academic references
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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.