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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.

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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

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

U.S. triggers formal dispute against Canadian dairy practices.

Arthur Appleton cited by American Enterprise Institute, 05/26

Fires sink Iran’s largest warship and ravage big refinery.

Sanam Vakil quoted in The New York Times, 06/02

Addressing hunger is "foundation for stability and peace".

Stefano Zamagni cited in The National Tribune, 06/02

Who owns the COVID-19 vaccine?

Arthur Appleton interviewed on BBC, 05/31

What next for a COVID-19 intellectual property waiver?

Arthur Appleton quoted in The Lancet, 05/22

H-Diplo teaching roundtable XXII-40 on environmental politics.

Nina Hall participated in Michigan State Department of History roundtable, 05/21

An imposing arsenal in Gaza.

Raffaella A. Del Sarto quoted in La Presse, 05/21

Millions of Venezuelan migrants are out of vaccination plans.

Jacqueline Mazza quoted on Voice of America, 05/17

New Middle East security architecture in the making.

Sanam Vakil participated in Institute for Peace & Diplomacy webinar, 05/17

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

Jun 22 8:00 am - 9:00 am Online SAIS Event

SAIS Europe Virtual Information Session

Join SAIS Europe to learn more about all our degree offerings. This informative virtual information session will present information on the admissions process for the MAIR (SAIS Europe), MAIA, MAGR,...

Jul 8 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Online SAIS Event

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Virtual Information Session

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC) admissions office will host an information session on the admissions and financial aid application process for all Hopkins-Nanjing Center programs. The Hopkins-Nanjing Center, an educational collaboration...

Jul 15 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Off Campus SAIS Event

Summerfest II

Join admissions teams from four of the top graduate schools of international affairs for our second Summerfest forum. Prospective students can meet admissions representatives, alumni, and current students who will...

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.