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Academic Policies | Summer Programs

Admissions Decisions

Admission to any of the Summer Programs is entirely independent from degree-program admission and in no way implies acceptance to a Johns Hopkins SAIS degree program. Application to a degree program is a separate and distinct process.

Course Cancellations

For a course to be offered, a minimum of five students must be registered. The school reserves the right to cancel a course that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements. To check the status of canceled courses, please refer to this website. Any tuition charges, including the 10 percent deposit, will be refunded if the school cancels a course.


The highest grade given at the school is "A", a grade of "C" or higher is considered passing. A failing grade of "D" cannot be replaced or removed from a student's transcript. A course with a failing grade does not count toward a Johns Hopkins SAIS Certificate. Non-degree students who receive a failing grade are not eligible to take additional course work at the school. A student may choose to appeal this decision to the Office of Summer Programs, and the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs will make the final determination. At that time, the student may be required to pay full tuition and take the course again or may be dismissed from taking any additional courses at the school.

International Students

The school can sponsor international students on a J-1 or F-1 visa if they are enrolled full-time in the summer term. This is the equivalent to enrolling in two courses; one of the two courses must be taken on-site. Students on F-1/J-1 visas will be automatically billed for student health insurance for the 2024 summer term.

Technology Requirements 

All students enrolled in summer courses are expected to have reliable high-speed internet service, knowledge of the Canvas) learning management system, and familiarity with Zoom for video conferencing.  These tools are necessary in order to complete course work successfully.

Transferring Courses

Credits for courses taken in the Summer Programs can be transferred to many of the schools degree programs. Up to 4 courses (16 credits) can transfer to the two-year Master of Arts in International Relations (Washington, DC) or Master of Arts in International Affairs (Bologna, Italy) degrees.  You may transfer up to 2 courses (8 credits) to the Master of International Public Policy, PhD, Doctor of International Affairs and Diploma programs.

Economics Prerequisites and Waiver Exams

Students must successfully complete any prerequisites for a course, as described under the course description, prior to the start of the Summer Programs. Successful completion is defined as a minimum grade of "B-.".