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Non-US Citizen Applicants

As a premier graduate school for the study of international relations, we know the importance of cultivating an inclusive community diverse in thought, geographic representation, and experience.

Our world-class faculty, committed alumni network, and focus on professional development provide unrivaled scholarship, experiential learning, and networking opportunities.

Each year, we welcome students from across our three global campus locations. Our holistic application review evaluates US and non-US applicants for admission and merit-based scholarships on an equal basis.

Select the campus location where you intend to begin your studies:

All applicants are required to follow the same application instructions and materials; however, non-US applicants have additional application requirements and instructions, which are described below.

Master of Arts (MA)
Master of Arts in Global Policy (MAGP)
Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MIEF)
Master of International Public Policy (MIPP)
Hopkins-Nanjing Center Certificate + MA
Diploma in International Affairs (DIA)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Certificate and Non-Degree Programs
Summer Programs

English Language Requirements 

English Language Requirements TOEFL or IELTS scores (non-native English speakers): Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit an English competency exam, either the TOEFL (www.toefl.org) or the IELTS (www.ielts.org). A score of at least 100 on the TOEFL Internet-based exam or 7 on the IELTS is required for admission. Official scores must come directly from the testing service; please arrange for all standardized test scores to be sent to Johns Hopkins SAIS in advance of the application deadline. The Johns Hopkins SAIS TOEFL code is 5610-0000.

Exemptions

  • If English is not your native language, (or in the case of bilingual students, your dominant language is not English) and you hold an undergraduate degree granted by an accredited institution where 1) English is the language of instruction and 2) the accredited institution is located in a country where English is an official language, you will not be required to submit an English competency exam.

    • Applicants may request a TOEFL waiver if the attended accredited institution is located in one of the following countries whose official language is English: (Place in box) Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon*, Canada*, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho ,Liberia, Malawi, Micronesia, Montserrat, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Saint Maarten, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe

  • If English is not your native language and you hold a graduate degree granted by an accredited institution in a country where 1) English is the language of instruction and 2) the accredited institution is located in a country where English is an official language, you will need the approval of the Office of Admissions to be exempt from submitting an English competency exam. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more information at sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu.

  • Pre-term English Course

Some admitted candidates may be required to take the Johns Hopkins SAIS Summer and/or Pre-Term English course to ensure they have adequate competence in English prior to beginning their first semester.

For pre-term guidelines:

Guidelines IELTS TOEFL
Eligible for Admission & Requires Pre-term

7.0 Overall score

No band score below 6.0

100–104 (Internet test)
Eligible for Admission & Request Pre-term

7.0 Overall score

No band score below 6.0

105–109 (Internet test) No band below 25
Eligible for Admission & Exempt Pre-term

7.0 Overall score

No band score below 6.5

110 (Internet test) No band below 25
 

Student Life & Housing

The Office of Student Life at Johns Hopkins SAIS welcomes all students to the campus community and provides a variety of helpful resources to assist in the transition to graduate school. Please click here to learn more.

Johns Hopkins SAIS does not have on-campus housing. For resources on off-campus housing, please click here.

All applicants are required to follow the same application instructions and materials; however, non-US applicants have additional application requirements and instructions, which are described below.

Master of Arts (MA)
Master of Arts in Global Risk (MAGR)
Master of Arts in European Public Policy (MEPP)
Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA)
Master of International Public Policy (MIPP)
Hopkins-Nanjing Center Certificate + MA
Diploma in International Studies (DIA)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

English Language Requirements 

English Language Requirements TOEFL or IELTS scores (non-native English speakers): Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit an English competency exam, either the TOEFL (www.toefl.org) or the IELTS (www.ielts.org). A score of at least 100 on the TOEFL Internet-based exam or 7 on the IELTS is required for admission. Official scores must come directly from the testing service; please arrange for all standardized test scores to be sent to Johns Hopkins SAIS in advance of the application deadline. The Johns Hopkins SAIS TOEFL code is 5610-0000.

Exemptions

  • If English is not your native language, (or in the case of bilingual students, your dominant language is not English) and you hold an undergraduate degree granted by an accredited institution where 1) English is the language of instruction and 2) the accredited institution is located in a country where English is an official language, you will not be required to submit an English competency exam.

    • Applicants may request a TOEFL waiver if the attended accredited institution is located in one of the following countries whose official language is English: (Place in box) Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon*, Canada*, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho ,Liberia, Malawi, Micronesia, Montserrat, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Saint Maarten, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe

  • If English is not your native language and you hold a graduate degree granted by an accredited institution in a country where 1) English is the language of instruction and 2) the accredited institution is located in a country where English is an official language, you will need the approval of the Office of Admissions to be exempt from submitting an English competency exam. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more information at sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu.

  • Pre-term English Course

Some admitted candidates may be required to take the Johns Hopkins SAIS Summer and/or Pre-Term English course to ensure they have adequate competence in English prior to beginning their first semester.

For pre-term guidelines:

Guidelines IELTS TOEFL
Eligible for Admission & Requires Pre-term

7.0 Overall score

No band score below 6.0

100–104 (Internet test)
Eligible for Admission & Request Pre-term

7.0 Overall score

No band score below 6.0

105–109 (Internet test) No band below 25
Eligible for Admission & Exempt Pre-term

7.0 Overall score

No band score below 6.5

110 (Internet test) No band below 25
 

Student Life & Housing

The Office of Student Life at Johns Hopkins SAIS welcomes all students to the campus community and provides a variety of helpful resources to assist in the transition to graduate school. Please click here to learn more.

Upon arriving in Bologna, staff can assist with helping you find housing.  

All applicants are required to follow the same application instructions and materials; however, non-US applicants have additional application requirements and instructions, which are described below.

English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements TOEFL or IELTS scores (non-native English speakers): Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit an English competency exam, either the TOEFL (www.toefl.org) or the IELTS (www.ielts.org). A score of at least 100 on the TOEFL Internet-based exam or 7 on the IELTS is required for admission. Official scores must come directly from the testing service; please arrange for all standardized test scores to be sent to Johns Hopkins SAIS in advance of the application deadline. The Johns Hopkins SAIS TOEFL code is 5610-0000.

Exemptions

  • If English is not your native language, (or in the case of bilingual students, your dominant language is not English) and you hold an undergraduate degree granted by an accredited institution where 1) English is the language of instruction and 2) the accredited institution is located in a country where English is an official language, you will not be required to submit an English competency exam.

    • Applicants may request a TOEFL waiver if the attended accredited institution is located in one of the following countries whose official language is English: (Place in box) Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon*, Canada*, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho ,Liberia, Malawi, Micronesia, Montserrat, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Saint Maarten, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe

  • If English is not your native language and you hold a graduate degree granted by an accredited institution in a country where 1) English is the language of instruction and 2) the accredited institution is located in a country where English is an official language, you will need the approval of the Office of Admissions to be exempt from submitting an English competency exam. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more information at sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu.

  • Pre-term English Course

Some admitted candidates may be required to take the Johns Hopkins SAIS Summer and/or Pre-Term English course to ensure they have adequate competence in English prior to beginning their first semester.

For pre-term guidelines:

Guidelines IELTS TOEFL
Eligible for Admission & Requires Pre-term

7.0 Overall score

No band score below 6.0

100–104 (Internet test)
Eligible for Admission & Request Pre-term

7.0 Overall score

No band score below 6.0

105–109 (Internet test) No band below 25
Eligible for Admission & Exempt Pre-term

7.0 Overall score

No band score below 6.5

110 (Internet test) No band below 25
 

Transcripts and Additional Application Requirements

  • Transcripts: If your transcript is in a language other than English, you are asked to provide an official translation of the entire transcript and an explanation of the grading system of the university. You are strongly encouraged to use a credential evaluation service, particularly if you are not sure of how to obtain original transcripts or face difficulties obtaining them. See the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of providers. Transcripts and translations must be received by the Johns Hopkins SAIS Office of Admissions before the relevant deadline, so please make any requests well in advance.
  • STAMP Scores: All applicants to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center are required to take the STAMP Chinese Proficiency Test. Applicants have typically completed 3-4 years of college level Chinese and spent time in China. Students can access the test request form by clicking here.
  • GRE or GMAT scores (optional): If you decide to submit scores for either the GRE or the GMAT, Johns Hopkins SAIS will only accept scores directly from the testing service. Please arrange for all standardized test scores to be sent in advance of the application deadline. The GRE code for Johns Hopkins SAIS is 5610-0000; the GMAT code is KGB-GX-99.

Financing Your Education

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center offers substantial financial aid including fellowships based on a combination of merit and need. 100% of students who apply for financial aid by the application deadline will receive a scholarship. The Hopkins-Nanjing Center also has a limited number of full tuition scholarships available, including an International Student Scholarship awarded to a non-US or dual citizen. For a full list of Hopkins-Nanjing Center scholarships, click here.

Visa Requirements

All students who attend the Hopkins-Nanjing Center will need to apply for a Long-Term Student (X1) Visa.

  • Students will receive supplemental visa docs from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in early-mid July which will be required for the student visa application. Students should apply for their visa at least one month, but no more than 90 days before the date of departure from their home country.
  • Please make sure that your passport is valid for the entirety of your program of study in Nanjing and your passport has at least four empty visa pages. If you do not have four empty visa pages, it is recommended you apply for a new passport as soon as possible.

Student Life & Housing

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center is a supportive community with a student body of about 170 Chinese and international students, resident international faculty and staff and their families, and more than 80 Chinese faculty and staff members. Extra-curricular and co-curricular activities involving all members of the community enhance students’ learning experience. Students organize and participate in a variety of activities outside the classroom ranging from public speaking to volunteer service.

The bicultural and bilingual learning community extends to all areas of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center—including the student dormitory. Certificate students are required to live in the dorms with a roommate, and although it can't be guaranteed, we do our best to pair international and Chinese students together. MAIS students may choose to live with roommates or in a single room.