As you finish up (or for some of you, start!) your application to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, keep these tips and guidelines in mind:
If you haven't already done so, request official
transcripts from any institutions at which you've taken undergraduate or
graduate-level courses and have them mailed to the Hopkins-Nanjing
Center Washington Support Office at 1740 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036. We accept both hard copy transcripts and
electronic transcripts, but both need to be official documents.
Non-English-language 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. Transcripts and
translations must be official (unopened by the applicant) and received
by the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Washington Support Office before the
relevant deadline, so please make any requests well in advance.
Although your resume can exceed one page, we ask that it not be longer than two pages. The
Admissions Committee wants to see not only your previous work experience
but also any awards and/or honors you have received, extracurricular
activities, relevant coursework, publications, and volunteer work. You
should not include information from high school.
You must request and take the STAMP Chinese Proficiency test before January 21, 2014. If you have received your
STAMP test score before you submit your application for admission, you
can include this score on your application, but it is not mandatory. The
Washington Support Office keeps records of official STAMP test scores and
we will use the official scores when reading your application.
For the GRE/GMAT: Students applying to the Certificate program do not
need to take the GRE or GMAT. MAIS applicants and Five-Semester Option
applicants are required to take either the GRE or the GMAT. Use
the SAIS code of 5610-0000 when requesting official GRE scores (or the
code KGB-GX-99 when requesting GMAT scores). Be sure you send your GRE
scores to Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington, D.C., not Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
If English is not your native language, (or in the case of bilingual
students, your dominant language is not English) but you hold an
undergraduate degree granted by an accredited institution in a country
where English is an official language and where English is the language
of instruction, than you will not be required to submit an English
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center accepts TOEFL and IELTS. A score of at least
100 on the TOEFL Internet-based exam (600 on the paper based) or 7 on
the IELTS is required for admission. If a candidate takes the Cambridge
test, a passing grade is required for admission. The TOEFL code is
Letters of Recommendation
For tips on letters of recommendation, check out our previous blog post: Letters of Recommendation: Do's and Don'ts.
***And lastly, we highly recommend that you submit your application before the deadline so that our office can alert you if you have missing documents. Good luck!