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Summer Academy | SAIS Europe

Application extended to April 15, 2022

June 6-July 1, 2022

Spend four weeks of your summer exploring international affairs in the heart of Europe. Rising sophomores, upperclassmen, and recent college graduates earn four graduate-level credits studying with Johns Hopkins SAIS' world-class faculty in Bologna, Italy.


Debate policy approaches to genocide and mass violence and learn about global environmental protection and green industrial policy through two consecutive courses in Genocide and Mass Violence and Green New Deals.

The courses feature 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 cultural experiences outside the classroom.

Program highlights include:

  • Examine case studies of genocide and mass violence to understand its origins and causes and debate policy approaches to prevention and intervention.
  • Learn about the political economy issues related to Green New Deals as well as the underpinning energy, climate and environmental policy.
  • Proposed excursions to Florence and Venice to learn about Italian history, politics, and culture.

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? 

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.

Studying in Bologna

Find out why SAIS Europe alumni recall their time on campus as the best year of their lives. Bologna, Italy consistently ranks in the top 10 European cities for quality of life. The campus’ small scale and collegial atmosphere means that students eat lunch with their professors, debate issues in seminar-style courses with classmates from around the globe, and build the foundations for lifelong friendships and professional networks.

Rising sophomores (students who will have completed one year of college by summer 2022) and upperclassmen may apply with a minimum 3.0 GPA. The program is also open to recent college graduates who have completed their undergraduate degree within the past two years. High-performing undergraduates from any discipline are encouraged to apply.

Students apply through Johns Hopkins SAIS Summer Programs.

Applications will open December 1 and decisions will be rendered on a rolling basis. Application extended to April 15, 2022.
Application Requirements:

  • Online application
  • Undergraduate transcript
  • Resumé
  • Personal statement
  • Two academic references
  • Application fee: $50

Students who successfully complete the Summer Academy courses will earn up to 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 SAIS Summer Academy is considered a full-time program for students who enroll in both two-credit courses: Genocide & Mass Violence and Green New Deals. All classes will be held on-campus for the four-week program and students will be in class from 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday.

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 assist you in obtaining visas and necessary documentation.

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.


2022 Direct Costs  
Tuition (4 credits) $5,310
Program Fee $1,775
Housing $1,700
Health Insurance for Non-JHU Students* $50
Total Direct Costs $8,835

*Travel insurance is required for all non-JHU students who are non-European citizens and is automatically billed.

2022 Indirect Costs  
Airfare $1,300
Board $350
Books & Supplies Included
Travel $400
Personal Expenses $375
Total Indirect Costs $2,425


2022 Direct Costs  
Tuition (2 credits) $2,655
Program Fee $1,350
Housing $1,215
Health Insurance for non-JHU students* $50
Total Direct Costs $5,270

*Travel insurance is required for all non-JHU students who are non-European citizens and is automatically billed.

2022 Indirect Costs  
Airfare $1,300
Board $175
Books & Supplies Included
Travel $200
Personal Expenses $188
Total Indirect Costs $1,863

Non-JHU students applying for financial aid will need to request aid through their home institutions. Check with your school to request a consortium agreement. The Johns Hopkins SAIS Financial Aid Office can work with your school to help complete the consortium agreement, if necessary. They can be contacted at

Admitted Summer Academy students are eligible to apply for scholarship funding through the Propel Summer Scholars program. The program is designed to bring a diverse student population to the Summer Academy and expand the interest in the field of international relations. Both Hopkins and non-Hopkins students are eligible.

If interested in applying, students will first need to be admitted to the SAIS Summer Academy. Admitted students will have until March 20 to submit the Propel Summer Scholar application, which includes an essay (250-300 words) describing how your background and experience will bring a diverse perspective to the Summer Academy program along with demonstrated financial need. Up to two students will be selected as Propel Summer Scholars in 2022 with all direct costs of the Summer Academy covered including tuition, program fee, and housing in Washington, DC or Bologna, Italy. Additionally, international airfare to Bologna (up to $1,300 will be included for a student attending the SAIS Europe Summer Academy.

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