Hopkins SAIS Summer Academy -- Washington D.C.
Gain valuable, hands-on experience focusing on national security and foreign affairs in the heart of the US policymaking community. Rising sophomores, upperclassmen, and recent college graduates earn four graduate-level credits studying with Johns Hopkins SAIS' world-class faculty at our Dupont Circle campus on Embassy Row. Learn about national security, contemporary security challenges, cybersecurity, and nuclear weapons proliferation through a course on The Essentials of Statecraft, Strategy, and US National Security.
The Summer Academy integrates seminars, simulations, exercises, site visits, and film to make the most of what Washington D.C. has to offer.
Program highlights include:
- Learn about contemporary security challenges arising from great power competition, nuclear weapons proliferation, cybersecurity, pandemic disease, and climate change.
- Site visits to some of the most important locations in US national security such as the Department of State, CIA headquarters, and U.S. Congress.
- Two day-long excursions beyond Washington that drop you into pivotal moments in American history that reverberate for today’s national security leaders.
- A day-long exercise in statecraft where you become members of the National Security Council and test your diplomatic and strategic acumen to resolve a nuclear standoff.
- Multiple games and mini-simulations designed to develop a sense for the demands of the national security field.
From the halls of Congress to the headquarters of U.S. diplomacy in Foggy Bottom, the nation's capital is an excellent backdrop for the study of international affairs. Not only will you hear directly from top voices of the policy community and learn directly from leading scholars of the field, you will add Washington D.C. experience to your resumé for an advantage in future internship and employment searches. In addition, you will enjoy visiting world-class museums, catching a World-Series-winning Nationals baseball game, and dipping into the local culinary scene.
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June 15 - July 10, 2020
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- Ideally suited for International Studies/Affairs majors but open to all majors
- 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.
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.
- The Essentials of Statecraft, Strategy, and U.S. National Security (4 credits) -- Taught by A. Bradley Potter, Adjunct Lecturer, Johns Hopkins SAIS, Washington
D.C.How do policymakers understand threats to U.S. national security? What instruments of statecraft are available to address these threats? How are these instruments used effectively as part of a broader national security strategy? What challenges are likely to headline national security in the 21st century.
Current and future foreign policy practitioners grapple with these issues on a regular basis. In exploring these enduring questions, this graduate-level course engages with three broad themes: (1) the philosophical and practical roots of US national security; (2) the art of strategic thinking; and (3) the challenge and promise of integrating tools of statecraft to realize national security. A novel combination of seminars, simulations, exercises, site visits, and film will guide students as they explore these equally timeless and pressing themes. Additionally, students will consider how their academic training prepares them for careers in national security.
The overarching goals of this intensive, four-week program are twofold. First, it aims to empower talented undergraduates with the skills necessary to become sophisticated consumers and analysts of national security scholarship and policy. Second, it strives to prepare students for bending their academic training toward informing effective, sustainable US national security policy. Suitable for high-preforming undergraduates from any discipline, the Johns Hopkins SAIS Summer Academy is an opportunity to engage some of the most consequential issues facing the United States alongside leading faculty and practitioners in the heart of Washington D.C.
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The program fee is $7,700
, which includes tuition for 4 credits, the program fee, and housing. We encourage students to budget an additional $1,375 to cover out-of-pocket costs, which include meals, books and supplies, personal expenses, and travel. Please see the program Budget Sheet
for a complete break-down of program costs. Note that non-JHU students will need to show proof of insurance by a U.S. provider.
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 attending the Washington D.C. Summer Academy may apply for a summer Study Abroad Scholarship and/or the the Kissinger Fellows Program, offered through the SAIS Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs to support high-performing undergraduates or graduating seniors of any major. 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 Studies
. Students 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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Convenient student housing in a residence hall near SAIS is included in the program cost and arranged for you through the Office of Summer Programs.