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


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.


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.


Adam Webb

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

Gaye Christoffersen

Resident Professor of International Politics

Raffaella A. Del Sarto

Associate Professor of Middle East Studies

Joe Renouard

Resident Professor of American Studies

In the News

EU diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli conflict: How can Europe effectively promote peace?

Raffaella A. Del Sarto participated in Israeli Association for the Study of European Integration webinar, 10/5

Why we need more diverse central bankers.

Erik Jones wrote for International Institute for Strategic Studies, 9/29

Mistake to leave Turkey out of new East Med gas club.

Michael Leigh cited in The Times of Israel, 9/27

New expert panel established to support UK trade negotiations.

Michael G. Plummer cited in Mirage News, 9/24

Liz Truss to rip up rules on assessing trade deals.

Michael G. Plummer cited in The Telegraph, 9/21

Right poised for big gains in Italian elections.

Erik Jones quoted in The Telegraph, 9/21

How Italy has managed to hold back a second wave.

Erik Jones quoted in The Telegraph, 9/20

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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Developing Expertise on Sino-Latin American Relations

"While studying at the HNC, the bilingual and multicultural environment gave me the opportunity to engage in meaningful class discussions, listen to different perspectives from classmates and study complex problems in Mandarin with both Chinese and other international students."

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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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Admissions Events

Oct 30 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Off Campus SAIS Event

Information Session - MAIA Cooperative Degree with Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

On Friday, 30October  at 1:30pm (13:30h) CET,  SAIS Europe Professor Erik Jones will visit the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna to speak about the unique cooperative agreement for students...

Oct 30 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Online SAIS Event

MAIA Information Session with UNIBO – SID & RILM

Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe invites students enrolled in the Laurea Magistrale in Relazioni Internazionali (RILM), Bologna and in the Laurea Magistrale in Scienze Internazionali e Diplomatiche (SID), Forlì...

Nov 4 8:00 am - 9:00 am Online SAIS Event

SAIS Europe Information Session (MAIA) with Sciences Po Lille

Learn about the unique cooperative degree between Sciences Po Lille and Johns Hopkins Master of Arts in International Affairs. Earn two degrees in two years. If you are pursuing your...

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.


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.