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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 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 American Studies, Fei Yi-Ming Journalism Foundation Chair of American Government and Comparative Politics

In the News

Will the China-Russia relationship hold? Understanding contradictions and convergence.

Sergey Radchenko participated in The Democracy Forum webinar, 08/25

Driving a wedge between China and Russia won’t work.

Sergey Radchenko wrote in War on the Rocks, 08/24

Afghanistan has never been Moscow or Washington’s to win or lose.

Sergey Radchenko wrote in The Moscow Times, 08/16

Global Britain.

David Ellwood wrote Il Mulino, 08/09

Floods and their impact on German voters.

Nina Hall interviewed on Radio New Zealand, 08/03

Taming the Afghan menace.

Sanam Vakil quoted in Ahram Online, 07/17

Global trading system not at tipping point yet.

Michael G. Plummer interviewed in Unravel, 07/06

Saudi-Iran talks could move to Oman, an intriguing shift for Israel.

Sanam Vakil quoted in The Times of Israel, 07/06

Sustainability, the green economy festival returns to Parma.

Vera Zamagni cited in WorldMagazine, 07/06

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.

Students walking in porticoes

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

Sep 29 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Online SAIS Event

Meet Current Hopkins-Nanjing Center Students

Meet with current Hopkins-Nanjing Center students to learn more about HNC programs, student life, and more!


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

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Virtual Information Session: HNC Certificate + MAIA

Gain a professional edge in your career and further your Hopkins-Nanjing Center studies with a Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced...

Oct 6 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Online SAIS Event

MAIA Info Session with University of Bologna Economics (LMEC) Department

Join SAIS Europe Admissions to learn more about the MAIA degree with the University of Bologna's Economics (LMEC) Department. During the session, we will provide information about the program and...

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.