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Summer Programs

Each summer, the school welcomes visiting students and working professionals to explore the world of international relations through courses and certificate programs offered at its Washington DC campus.

Whether you seek to build professional skills in a graduate certificate, complement an internship, prepare for graduate school, learn a new language, or network with classmates across sectors and industries, you will be inspired by world-renowned experts who bring academic and practical experience into the classroom.

The school’s main campus in Washington DC provides an exciting backdrop for the study of international relations and is conveniently located on Embassy Row—a quick walk from the Dupont Circle metro.

Structured for the working professional, summer courses are small and held two evenings per week in a condensed term. Students can earn four graduate level credits per course.

Summer Term 2020

On-campus classes: June 1-July 14
Online classes: June 1-July 26

Structured for the working professional, summer courses are small and held 2 evenings per week from 6pm-9pm in a condensed 6.5 week term. Students earn four graduate level credits per course. Courses may be transferred to a degree program or count towards one of three graduate certificates the school offers.

    • American Foreign Policy 
    • China as an Emerging Superpower
    • Comparative Politics
    • Econometrics
    • From Poverty to Plenty: Policymaking for Global Progress
    • IIllicit Finance
    • International Financial Markets
    • International Monetary Theory
    • International Political Economy of Emerging Markets
    • International Trade Theory
    • Introduction to Economic Development
    • Macroeconomics
    • Microeconomics
    • Politics and Risk: Countries, Policies and Institutions
    • Russia Behind the Headlines
    • Statistical Methods for Business and Economics
    • The Politics of Nuclear Proliferation in East Asia
    • Theories of International Relations
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    Summer Academies

    Spend four weeks of your summer exploring international affairs in the heart of Europe or Washington DC. 

    Rising sophomores, upperclassmen, and recent college graduates earn four graduate-level credits studying with Johns Hopkins SAIS' world-class faculty. 

    Washington DC SAIS Europe

    The Summer Language Institute in Washington DC

    The Summer Language Institute is unique for emphasizing political, economic, and international topics. Small class sizes provide an ideal environment for individualized attention from experienced instructors.

    Language courses in Arabic, Chinese, and Russian meet 3 to 4 evenings per week from 5:30pm-8:30pm over six and a half weeks and reflect your skills and abilities, ranging from novice to advanced levels. You will be required to take a placement test in May before the summer term begins to assess your language competency and will be assigned to a class that fits your ability. 

    June 1st-July 14th: 24 class sessions

    • Week of June 1st: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs
    • Week of June 8th: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs
    • Week of June 15th: Mon, Wed, Thurs
    • Week of June 22nd: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs
    • Week of June 29th: Mon, Tues, Wed
    • Week of July 6th: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs
    • Week of July 13th: Mon, Tues (final exam)