The Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna Center

The SAIS Bologna Center is the European campus of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Located in Bologna, Italy, it offers master's programs in International Relations and International Economics.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (1)
Social Sciences (1)



For seven decades, students have distinguished themselves by pursuing academic excellence in international relations. The school was established in Washington, D.C., in 1943, opened its campus in Bologna, Italy, in 1955 and in 1986 initiated one of the first Western university programs in the People’s Republic of China in Nanjing.


  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Arts in International Affairs
  • Master of Arts in International Studies
  • Master of Arts in Global Risk
  • Master of International Economics and Finance
  • Master of Arts in Global Policy
  • Master of International Public Policy
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • HNC Certificate
  • HNC Certificate/SAIS MA
  • Dual-Degree and Cooperative Programs
  • Exchange Programs
  • Certificate and Non-Degree Programs
  • Executive Training
  • Other Programs


  • Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development
  • Center for International Business and Public Policy
  • China Africa Research Initiative
  • Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies
  • Leadership Academy for Development
  • Public-Private Partnerships Initiative
  • The Bologna Institute for Policy Research (BIPR)
  • The Center for Canadian Studies
  • The Center for Transatlantic Relations
  • The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
  • The Foreign Policy Institute
  • The Grassroots China Initiative
  • The International Reporting Project
  • The Merrill Center for Strategic Studies
  • The US-Korea Institute at SAIS


We organize more than 10 global treks annually. We also arrange site visits to local employers with a strong alumni base. These visits often include career panels that provide background on the variety of positions available, special topic presentations by senior alumni and recruiting presentations by human resources staff.

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Student services

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center hosts modern, first-rate facilities. In addition to the on-site library, classrooms and residence hall, there spaces for students to study, hang out, exercise and play music. All facilities are heated and air-conditioned, and wireless internet access is provided throughout the HNC. In addition to HNC facilities, students can also use the facilities located on Nanjing University’s campuses.

Library services

  • The Robert H. Evans Library occupies a wing of the building and seats more than 115 in its large study rooms. The library contains a specialized collection of more than 85,000 volumes – one of continental Europe's richest English-language collections on international relations.
  • The Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese houses approximately 120,000 volumes and 400 periodicals in English and Chinese

Student Life

Campus life

  • The city of Washington, D.C., has traditionally acted as an extension of SAIS's main campus, giving students access to the world's most influential individuals and institutions—and unparalleled opportunities for hands-on learning and career networking
  • Bologna, Italy is home to SAIS Europe, which for over 60 years has used its strategic position in the heart of Europe to train leaders in international affairs worldwide. One of Bologna’s nicknames is la dotta – the learned – describing its deep academic tradition as the birthplace of university education in Europe.
  • The Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese An educational collaboration between the Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University,

Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy


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