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Diploma in International Studies | SAIS Europe

  • Campus: SAIS Europe
  • Program Duration: One Year; Full-Time

SAIS Europe | Office of Admissions
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40126 Bologna, Italy
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Meet classmates from around the world and earn a Diploma in International Studies at SAIS Europe. The school’s multidisciplinary curriculum is taught under the American system of graduate education and is rooted in economics, political science, history, and foreign language proficiency. The close-knit, international environment of SAIS Europe delivers a formative and life-changing experience.

Become an Expert

As a student in the Diploma in International Studies program, you will join classmates from around the world to train under an expert resident core and language faculty, as well as from 30 adjunct professors who travel to Bologna from Europe’s leading institutions to deliver a world-class graduate education. Choose from more than 70 courses on topics such as international economics, US foreign policy, conflict management, global risk, EU policy, sustainability, international development, and law.

What Your Schedule Will Look Like

You will learn under the American system of graduate education and can select courses based on your academic interests.

Fall Semester​

Whether you are interested in building your expertise in economics, a specific region of the world, or a specific international affairs issue, you can tailor your studies and select courses from the 40 courses taught at SAIS Europe each fall.

Sample Courses

  • Theories of International Relations
  • Risk in International Politics and Economics
  • Major Issues in US Foreign Policy 
  • Asian Economic Growth 
  • Migration and Security



Spring Semester 

Finish your final semester and focus on the issues that matter most to your career development. 

Sample Courses

  • Political Systems of the Developing World
  • EU Foreign Policy
  • Soft Power and Global Politics
  • Principles and Practices of Conflict Management



Learn From the Best

Study with world-class experts who are renowned for their scholarship, influence, and networks.

Winrich Kühne

Senior Adjunct Professor

Sanam Vakil

James Anderson Adjunct Professor

Advance Your Career

From consultants to entrepreneurs, leaders of nongovernmental organizations to policymakers, our graduates put their degrees to work.

Global Career Services

  • Individual coaching
  • Networking events
  • Employer presentations
  • Alumni career advising
  • Skills courses
  • Career treks in Asia, Europe, and North America
  • Individualized career development


Build Your Network

Join an influential alumni network of more than 20,000 Johns Hopkins SAIS professionals working across sectors in 140 countries around the world.

Johns Hopkins SAIS students in Bologna

At SAIS Europe, students experience international relations first-hand studying, debating, and traveling with classmates representing over 40 nationalities.

Johns Hopkins SAIS students

Students participated in a study trip to Albania where they met with high-level officials from the Albanian government and international institutions.

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A Culturally Rich Education at SAIS Europe

"The international composition of the school has allowed me to engage with and learn from people of varying regions,cultures and backgrounds, an opportunity I am grateful to have been given."

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Gaining a World-Class Education

"I had the opportunity to travel to Brussels on a career trek where I met European diplomats, including the school's alumni, to gain firsthand knowledge on topics related to my thesis."

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Beyond the Classroom

Through study trips, career treks, and internships, you will gain practical, hands-on experience as a student at SAIS Europe.

Bologna Institute for Policy Research (BIPR)

Contribute to the Bologna Institute for Policy Research. BIPR's purpose is to promote problem-centered, interdisciplinary research in international policy by drawing upon the global network of the school's faculty, students, and scholars.

BIPR Website

Student Government Association

Serve as the liaison between the student body and administration, offering ideas for programming at SAIS Europe and selecting guest speakers for the faculty research seminar series.