Wednesday, July 29, 2015

New Application Deadline for the HNC Certificate/SAIS MA Program

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center Office of International Admissions is pleased to announce that the application deadline for the HNC Certificate/SAIS MA program will now be February 1, 2016. This is a change from the January 7 deadline of previous years. We hope that by having one deadline for all programs, applicants will be able to apply for the program that is the best fit for them. To summarize, the following applications and materials will all have a February 1 deadline:
  • HNC Certificate application
  • HNC MAIS application
  • HNC Certificate/SAIS MA application
  • STAMP Chinese Test deadline
  • Financial aid application

Thursday, July 23, 2015

HNC Virtual Information Session on July 29

On Wednesday, July 29 from 10-11am EDT, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Office of International Admissions will be holding its first virtual information session of the upcoming application season. Join us to learn more about academics, career services, and student life at the HNC, and get a head start on the application process by asking questions of admissions representatives and alumni.

On July 29, click this link at 10am EDT to log in as a guest. 


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The HNC Washington Office is Moving!

The HNC Washington Office is moving! Still conveniently located in Dupont Circle, our new office will be on the fifth floor of Johns Hopkins SAIS's Benjamin T. Rome Building. This space offers prospective students a more welcoming atmosphere and also moves us closer to SAIS China Studies, which is located on the sixth floor. We invite applicants, students, and alumni to schedule a visit to our new office by emailing

The Benjamin T. Rome Building, HNC Washington Office's new home

Our new mailing address is:
Hopkins-Nanjing Center Washington Office  
1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Room 509
Washington, DC 20036

We'll see you on the 5th floor!

Thursday, July 9, 2015


Nanfei at HNC's 2015 commencement
Because of the target-language element of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, there are two student speakers at each graduation.  Selected by the student committee, each year's commencement features a Chinese student speaker who addresses the audience in English, while an international student speaker gives a speech in Chinese. We are proud of our very own student worker Nanfei Yan for being selected as the international student speaker for this year's commencement. Below is a copy of her speech:







Thomas猫, referenced in Nanfei's speech, also enjoyed graduation

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

What is it like to take classes at the HNC?

Curious about what classes are like at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center?  HNC Certificate/SAIS MA student Nanfei Yan reports on her experiences:

Hello All,

If we were to sample incoming international students each year for their deepest HNC fear, the answer may well be a unanimous “taking classes in Chinese?!” The coursework at the HNC is both exciting and daunting at the same time. Let’s use this post to tackle some frequently asked questions in order to dispel the mystery.

As a preface, the first few weeks at the HNC will be very different from the rest of the year. Why? Because no matter how good your Chinese is, reading over a hundred pages of academic Chinese a week will be difficult. However, most students develop their academic reading vocabulary base after a couple of weeks. It’s normal for anyone to temporarily panic at the learning curve, but it’s all a part of the HNC experience.

1. What is the typical workload of a class?

Classes meet twice a week, with between 10 to 20 pages of reading assigned per session. It’s important to focus on the concepts and trends in each reading, instead of the details. Professors tend to hold class discussions on the key points. In addition, each class will typically have both a midterm and a final exam. The exam can be in the form of a take-home exam and/or a research paper (~3000 characters). Most classes also include presentations scattered throughout the semester.

Sample Grading Spread:

Participation & Reading 20%
Presentation – 20%
Midterm – 30%
Final – 30%

The typical student takes between 3 to 5 classes, and puts in at least 3 hours per class, per week.

2. Isn’t it hard to do assignments in Chinese? 

The HNC library's collection of Chinese and English newspapers

There are several support mechanisms in place for students. A dedicated Writing Center is available for students to take their work to for editing. The Chinese-International student rooming arrangement also makes roommates a valuable teaching resource. Lastly, the professors are all easily-accessible for questions during (and outside of) office hours.

3. What about the classes taught in English?

In addition to the 3 Chinese courses that international students are required to take, most students will also opt to take at least one English course. While some courses cover familiar topics (US Constitution, US History, etc.), this is a great chance for students to take this opportunity and learn something outside of their concentration. For example, there are courses in international law, corporate finance, and philosophy.

The most important thing to remember is: no matter how you’re feeling during your time at the HNC, there are definitely other students who are going through the same thing, camaraderie is one of the keys to success. Impromptu piano jam sessions or trips to the local French bakery with study buddies is what fueled my problem sets and research papers!



Thursday, July 2, 2015

HNC Holiday Hours

In observance of U.S. Independence Day, the HNC Washington Office will be closed on Friday, July 3. We will return any messages when the office reopens on Monday, July 6.

Please note that the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing is closed for the months of July and August, but we welcome prospective students to visit our admissions office in Washington, DC over the summer.  Email to schedule a meeting with an admissions representative.

We wish you a safe and relaxing holiday weekend!