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The HopkinsNanjing Center STUDY WITH PURPOSE


“What the Hopkins-Nanjing Center has achieved affirms my belief that the most important institutions are those that contribute to international education…few institutions have been, and will be, as important as the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.”  FORMER U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE MADELEINE ALBRIGHT Speaking at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center 30th Anniversary, June 2016

Welcome China’s spectacular transformation has touched every corner of our world, influencing nations, economies and the environment and impacting the lives of billions. The breadth and depth of this unprecedented growth have made knowledge of China—its language, society and its place in the world—essential for scholars, policymakers, future leaders, and problemsolvers of all kinds. Founded 30 years ago at the beginning of China’s post-Mao reforms, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center has witnessed China’s historic transformation firsthand. For three decades we have been at the forefront of education in and about China, and our thousands of outstanding alumni have gone on to influential roles in all kinds of organizations—wherever a nuanced understanding of China and superior linguistic fluency are important. The HNC is a one-of-a-kind residential academic community where a shared commitment to cross-cultural learning, collaborative work, and linguistic fluency are at the center of everything we do. Together we live, study, discuss, and debate the most important issues faced by China, America, and the world. Whether at the center for a one-year certificate, a two-year master’s degree, or a combination including work at the Johns Hopkins SAIS campuses in Washington, DC, or Bologna, Italy, our students challenge themselves with a distinctive graduate education that combines linguistic fluency and rigorous academics—with an eye toward their practical application in future careers. HNC graduates are as unique as they are valuable in our contemporary world. As an HNC alum myself, I know firsthand that the knowledge, experiences and friendships you will forge at the center will endure lifelong. We warmly welcome you to consider joining us in Nanjing!

DAVID J. DAVIES, PhD American Co-Director Hopkins-Nanjing Center


The Hopkins-Nanjing Center The Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC) was founded in 1986 as a multicultural, bilingual educational collaboration between the Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University. Today, the HNC is a part of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a premier graduate school for the study of international relations.


The HNC’s unique target language curriculum gives graduates a competitive edge in the dynamic world of Sino-global relations. International students take most courses in Chinese taught by Chinese faculty, while Chinese students are taught primarily in English. Joint academic and social activities, and the pairing of international and Chinese roommates, create students who are both bilingual and at home in two cultures. The HNC is dedicated to free and open academic exploration, and houses a research library considered one of China’s top collections on international affairs.


“If you want to truly immerse yourself in China studies, the HNC is the place to do it! No other institution can offer the same depth of exchange between Eastern and Western academia.” LINCOLN LIN, MAIS ’16 Chinese Studies and International Politics

NANJING, CHINA The city of Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu province, former capital of six Chinese dynasties, and just over one hour from Shanghai by train.


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Purpose Johns Hopkins SAIS graduates are known for being innovative thinkers and problem-solvers with the expertise to confront complex global challenges. The certificate and degree programs at the HNC feature relevant and timely courses and the flexibility to tailor a program of study to a broad range of interests. Intermediate to advanced proficiency in Mandarin is required prior to beginning study.

Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) 4

This two-year program is the first master’s degree to be fully accredited in both China and the United States. Non-Chinese students write and defend a thesis in Mandarin, culminating in a degree jointly awarded by Johns Hopkins SAIS and Nanjing University. Students choose one of the five concentrations listed below. MAIS students can apply for funding to support thesis research and professional internship opportunities. Thesis topics reflect diverse course offerings and have covered topics ranging from women’s rights in China to Chinese soft power.

Academic Concentrations: »» International Politics »» International Economics »» Comparative and International Law »» Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE) »» Chinese Studies


HNC Certificate in Chinese and American Studies The one-year HNC Certificate gives students flexibility in course selection while deepening their knowledge of Sino-global relations. Students take a minimum of six graduate-level courses offered in Chinese on topics such as energy, law, and politics. They may also take courses offered in English. The HNC Certificate is jointly awarded by Johns Hopkins SAIS and Nanjing University.

HNC Certificate/Johns Hopkins SAIS Master of Arts (MA) After completing their first year of study in Nanjing, students in the HNC Certificate/Johns Hopkins SAIS MA program continue their studies in Washington, DC to complete the MA program requirements in 2–3 semesters. Eligible participants must meet the MA admissions requirements, including a background in the fundamentals of economics. Students in this program receive a jointly awarded graduate certificate in Chinese and American Studies and master of arts degree from Johns Hopkins SAIS at the completion of the program.


“我很高兴与大家一起见证中心达到一个新的高 度,在一个多元文化环境下,教育和培养来自 中国、美国和其他国家的研究生,并对中美关 系的发展和东西方之间的文化交流与传承产生 深远的影响.” “I’m so glad to be a part of the HNC’s mission: to educate graduate students from China, the US, and  around the world in a multicultural environment, and to have a lasting impact on US-China relations and on East-West cultural exchange.”  E  MILY SHEA, MAIS ’16 Chinese Studies and International Economics HNC student commencement speaker, June 2016

RECENT THESIS TOPICS: »» China’s Soft Power in Africa »» Cross-Strait Cooperation on Technology Standards »» Geopolitical Implications of China’s Natural Gas Imports »» Online AntiDomestic Violence Opinions »» Post-Sunflower Movement »» China’s Wine Import Growth »» Sub-Sexualities in Rural China



China’s Changing Legal System was jointly authored by HNC Professors Feng Chuan and Thomas Simon, together with Leyton Nelson HNC Certificate/ MA ’16. It provides a comprehensive introduction to China’s legal system, covering both civil and criminal law. 6

»» Modernizing US Defense Cooperation in East Asia to Peacefully Manage Strategic Competition David Arase »» Debt and Distortion: Risks and Reforms in the Chinese Financial System Paul Armstrong-Taylor »» History of International Relations and Ideological Influences (Chinese Edition) Shi Bin »» Globalization and the Environment of China Bu Maoliang »» Assessing a Key Facet of the Rule of Law in Post-1997 Hong Kong Roda Mushkat »» Emissions Trading, in Handbook of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Roger Raufer »» Deep Cosmopolis: Rethinking World Politics and Globalization Adam Webb


Chinese Studies »» Ethnic Minorities in Chinese Society 少数民族与中国社会 »» Social Issues of China’s Modernization 中国现代化中的社会 Comparative and International Law »» Chinese Criminal Law 中国刑法 »» International Humanitarian Law 国际人道主义法 Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE)

International Economics

»» Econometrics

计量经济学 »» Comparative Economies: US and China

比较中美经济 International Politics

»» Contemporary Chinese Foreign Policy

当代中国对外政策 »» Politics of Rural Development


»» China’s Development and Environment

中国发展与环境 »» Air Pollution and Its Control


“As a journalist for Foreign Policy magazine, my expertise on China has enabled me to write major features for our publication and appear on CNN International, Al Jazeera America, and other national media outlets. I have even given a live, one-hour television interview in  Chinese and answered call-in questions from viewers across China.  That would have been impossible without my education at the HopkinsNanjing Center.” BETHANY ALLEN-EBRAHIMIAN, HNC CERTIFICATE ’12 Assistant Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine, Tea Leaf Nation Channel





The HNC provides strong career development resources to assist students in identifying and achieving their career goals. In addition to having an on-site career counselor, students can attend presentations from practitioners in various fields who visit the HNC, pursue internships, and access professional development resources from both Johns Hopkins SAIS and Nanjing University. HNC students are encouraged to engage with the Johns Hopkins SAIS and Nanjing University alumni networks in addition to the nearly 3,000 HNC alumni working in dynamic roles around the world.

Career Treks HNC students have the opportunity to participate in career trips or “treks” to cities including Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Beijing. These treks bring students into the boardroom of various organizations to hear from practitioners of different industries. Recent treks have included visits to Deloitte, JP Morgan, the UNDP, the US Embassy, Converse, Wells Fargo, Huawei, SOHO China, Greenpeace, APCO, and the Economist Intelligence Unit.


Career Services Programming »» Individual career counseling »» Mini-courses taught by practitioners, such as: »» Corporate Social Responsibility »» Cross-Cultural Banking »» Doing Business in China »» Career skills workshops including: »» Salary Negotiation »» Networking »» Interviewing »» Professional Development course »» Presentations from outside experts »» Campus recruiting visits


Employment Rate 96% of international graduates in the Class of 2015 found employment, landed internships, or went on to further study within 6 months of graduation.

RECENT HNC EMPLOYERS Based on employment outcomes of international graduates from 2013–2016

Private Sector »» Apple »» Alibaba »» Bank of America »» Deloitte »» Weber Shandwick »» Huawei Technologies Nonprofit Sector »» The Brookings Institution »» US-China Business Council »» Woodrow Wilson International Center »» National Defense Research Institute »» Shenzhen Trade Commission

Public Sector »» US Department of the Treasury »» US Department of State »» Korea Institute for National Unification »» Congressional Executive Commission on China »» International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce Continuing study »» Columbia Law School »» Stanford Law School »» University of London »» Johns Hopkins SAIS


Student Life Location

Extracurricular Activities

The HNC is located on Nanjing University’s downtown campus in the city of Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province and home to 8 million people. The former capital of six Chinese dynasties, it is also one of China’s greenest urban centers. Students can easily travel to Shanghai via highspeed train in just over one hour.

The small-scale collegial atmosphere at the HNC produces a close community of students, faculty, and staff. When not in class or studying, students can be found playing basketball with classmates, practicing tai chi, or exploring Nanjing. Students may also choose to participate in activities such as the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the Student Business Exchange, or the Student Leadership Committee.



The integration of academic and residential environments offers students and faculty many chances to interact inside and outside the classroom and to discuss the critical issues facing China and the world today. Most international students live with a Chinese roommate, nurturing long-lasting camaraderie and mutual scholastic support.

“The HNC gave me the skills to compete and even advance to the finals of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition without ever entering law school. And the outpouring of support from alumni clearly demonstrated  the strength of the HNC’s global alumni network.” C  LARISE BROWN, HNC CERTIFICATE/ JOHNS HOPKINS SAIS MA ’17 International Law and Organizations




Student Groups and Activities In recent years, student groups and activities have included: »» Public Speaking, Alumni Relations, Philosophy, and Environmental interest groups »» Music groups »» Moot Court international law teams »» Erhu, calligraphy, and tai chi classes »» Basketball, weightlifting, yoga, and dance groups »» Dragon Boat team HNC Facilities »» Open stacks library »» Student lounge and recreation rooms »» Western-style student dorms »» Cafeteria »» Wireless internet access »» Fitness facilities »» Rooftop terraces »» Laundry facilities »» Air-conditioning and heating »» Facility-wide air filtration system

HNC students can serve the Nanjing community by volunteering as student teachers at local schools. Students have worked with both primary and vocational schools to improve English skills, understanding of Western culture, and employment opportunities. Within the HNC, the Student Leadership Committee, with two international students and two Chinese students, meets regularly with the HNC co-directors to represent student interests and plan events throughout the year. 11

How to Apply Candidates with an intermediate to advanced level of Chinese language proficiency and an interest in furthering their studies in the field of international relations or China Studies are encouraged to apply.


A complete application includes: »» Chinese language proficiency exam (STAMP) »» Online application »» Letters of recommendation »» Resume »» Official transcript(s) »» Application fee »» GRE or GMAT (MA or MAIS candidates only) »» TOEFL or IELTS (non-native English speakers only)


Fellowships and Financial Aid The Hopkins-Nanjing Center offers substantial fellowships and financial aid including grants based on a combination of merit and need. The HNC has historically awarded fellowships to 100 percent of admitted students who apply for financial aid.

Admissions Deadline The general application deadline for all the HNC programs is February 1. The early notification deadline for all HNC programs is November 1.

Citizens of the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao who wish to study in English should apply through Nanjing University. For eligibility requirements visit


The Hopkins-Nanjing Center Blog For more information about life at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, please visit Campus Tours and Fall Open House The Hopkins-Nanjing Center encourages prospective students to visit throughout the academic year when classes are in session. There will also be special information sessions and events during the annual Fall Open House, held in November. Information Sessions Join us in person or online to learn more about our programs and to receive insider tips on the application process. Visit and view our recruiting calendar to find out more. The Hopkins-Nanjing Center Office of Admissions 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036 +1.202.663.5800


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