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Certificate in Chinese and American Studies + Master of Arts in International Affairs

Overview

Gain a professional edge in your career and further your Hopkins-Nanjing Center studies with a Master of Arts in International Affairs degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Spend one year in China working towards the Certificate in Chinese and American Studies credential and then spend two semesters at SAIS Europe to complete an MAIA degree on an accelerated timeline.

Become an Expert

Certificate in Chinese and American Studies 

The one-year certificate, jointly awarded by Johns Hopkins SAIS and Nanjing University, is delivered at the HNC, and provides you with the flexibility to focus on the issues that matter most to your professional interests. Intermediate- to advanced-level proficiency in Chinese is required prior to the start of the program.

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Master of Arts in International Affairs

Through this two-year, research-focused degree, you will have the flexibility to personalize your curriculum and focus on the contemporary issues in international affairs of the greatest importance to you and your career interests. 

What Your Schedule Will Look Like

You will spend one year at the Nanjing and Bologna campuses, and may choose to begin your studies at either location.

LEARN FROM THE BEST

Adam Webb

American Co-Director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Resident Professor of Political Science

Raffaella A. Del Sarto

Academic Director, Master of Arts in International Affairs, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies

Joe Renouard

Resident Professor of History and American Studies


In the News

Italy’s new leader faces familiar problems, including fickle voters

In the Washington Post, Professor Gilbert writes about the results of the Italian general elections that occurred this past weekend. He explains that Giorgia Meloni's win has brought fear to the public because, although she claims to no longer be a fascist, her political party descends from neo-fascist ideals.

Far-right Nationalist Giorgia Meloni Elected as Italy's First Female Prime Minister

Mark Gilbert gives background information and analysis in an NBC news special report on the election of Giorgia Meloni.

From Elizabeth II to Charles III: A Triumph of British Ceremonial and Soft Power

David Ellwood discusses the significant contributions Queen Elizabeth II made during her reign, and what may occur now after her passing. In his article published to the CPD Blog, he also touches on King Charles, and his possible continuation of soft power.

Is EU enlargement to Ukraine and Moldova credible?

The Loop published an article co-authored by Professor Anghel which discusses the possibility of both Ukraine and Moldova entering the European Union despite not meeting EU membership criteria. The authors mention previous EU membership promises to the countries of the Western Balkans, however, note that there may be a difference when security of the EU is in question.

Coups in the Kremlin

In a Foreign Affairs article, written by Professor Radchenko, there is discussion on what may occur to Putin in the coming years. With the turns of the war, supporters of Putin are starting to have their doubts on what lies ahead. Will he maintain his position of power? Or will there be a transition?

Russian history professor breaks down Putin's latest speech

After Putin calls military reservists for the front lines of Ukraine and to annex parts of Ukraine to Russia, Professor Radchenko goes on NPR to discuss the meaning of these calls. In the interview Professor Radchenko speaks to how the Russian people are starting to feel directly affected by a war which is for Putin's imperial dreams. The interview then closes off with brief questioning on possible nuclear weapon use.

Italy’s Election Paradox

Professor Erik Jones co-authored an article for Foreign Affairs, where he discussed why a strong Giorgia Meloni would be more advantageous than not. This is because a strong Meloni would be able to pull away from her coalition allies, for example Matteo Salvini.

Francis Fukuyama Predicted the End of History. It's Back (Again)

Published a few months before the fall of the Berlin Wall (and expanded into a best-selling book in 1992), it was an instant sensation, and has continued to inspire debate...In a new book, the political theorist offers a stout defense of liberalism against threats from left and right — and predicts that Ukraine will revive “the spirit of 1989.”

FPI Program Coordinator

FPI Fellow James Borton notes: Signing on to the Law of the Sea would give the US more credibility in curbing Beijing’s aggression in the South China Sea


Build Your Network

Alumni of the HNC and SAIS Europe are renowned for their Chinese-language proficiency and their multidisciplinary approach to understanding international affairs.

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At the HNC and SAIS Europe, students experience international relations first-hand studying, debating, and traveling with classmates.

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Students have many opportunities to learn outside the classroom and expand their network, whether it's through a study trip, career trek, or alumni get-together.

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Expanding My Network

"Once I learned about Johns Hopkins SAIS, it was clear to me that this was the place to be if I wanted to learn more about our changing global political landscape and contribute to managing those changes."

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Gaining Expertise in US-China Relations in a Close-Knit Community

"My favorite part about studying at The Hopkins-Nanjing Center was the community, which made learning so much more rewarding."

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Admissions Events

Dec 5 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Online SAIS Event

SAIS Europe Open Day

Welcome and Introduction


9:00 AM EST | 3:00 PM CET 


  • Director Michael Plummer

SAIS Europe Faculty Panel


9:10 AM EST | 3:10 PM CET


  • Prof. Michael Plummer (MAIR, Economics)
  • Prof....

Dec 13 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Online SAIS Event

MASCI Virtual Information Session

The Master of Arts in Strategy, Cybersecurity and Intelligence (MASCI) is a one-year full-time degree program designed to prepare future leaders in national security, intelligence, and foreign policy.  

Gain...

Jan 5 8:00 am - 9:00 am Online SAIS Event

The Master of International Public Policy - Perspectives from India

Please join us for this information session on the Master of International Public Policy (MIPP), a mid-career degree program for experienced professionals, We will discuss the application process, provide information...

Beyond the Classroom

Both the HNC and SAIS Europe foster close-knit communities that extends beyond the classroom into everyday interactions on campus.

Study Treks

See policy in action by engaging in a study trip. Recent week-long research trips have taken students to study economic, social, and political issues in neighboring countries and regions.

Internships

The school’s global career counselors have a track record for connecting talented students with alumni and organizations to secure rewarding internship opportunities. Many students seek exciting, part-time internships in the final year of their studies.

Volunteer Opportunities in Nanjing

Serve the Nanjing community by volunteering as student teachers at local schools. Students have worked with students at primary and vocational schools to strengthen English skills and understanding of Western culture.

Bologna Institute for Policy Research (BIPR)

Contribute to BIPR - the research division of SAIS Europe. Its 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.