About the HNC

Study in China
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center offers two options for students interested in studying in Nanjing: a one-year Certificate in Chinese and American Studies, a two-year Master of Arts in International Studies degree (MAIS), conferred by both The Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Nanjing University, and a one-year HNC Certificate combined with a SAIS MA in Washington, DC. These programs bring Chinese and international students together in the classroom, allowing all students to develop their understanding of the complex relationships at work between China, the United States and the global environment.

HNC Certificate/
Number of Semesters
Courses Required
6 (at HNC)
Nanjing, China
Nanjing, China
Nanjing & Washington D.C.
Master's Thesis
Degree Conferred
Certificate in Chinese and American Studies
 MA in International Studies
Certificate and SAIS MA*

* For more information on SAIS D.C. degree requirements, refer to www.sais-jhu.edu or request a catalog from the SAIS Admissions Office at 202.663.5700.

Certificate Program
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center awards a graduate Certificate in Chinese and American Studies to students who spend one academic year at the Center.  Students must take six classes in their target language over the year.  Many choose to take a fourth class each semester in their non-target language.  This academic program includes a flexible interdisciplinary array of courses relating to all aspects of contemporary China. Over 75 courses are offered- allowing students more choice in matching their studies to their particular interests. The Center’s international students learn about China from a Chinese perspective; students focus on how the Chinese analyze Sino-Western relations as well as economic and political reform.

Master of Arts in International Studies
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center Master of Arts in International Studies is a two-year graduate degree jointly offered by The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Nanjing University. The interdisciplinary program asks students to select from one of five areas of concentration: International Politics, International Economics,  International & Comparative  Law, Chinese Studies, and Energy, Resources, and Environment. Master’s students are required to complete 13 courses as well as a thesis both written and defended orally in Chinese.

HNC Certificate/Johns Hopkins SAIS MA
Students who meet the admission requirements of both the Hopkins-Nanjing Center and SAIS in Washington, D.C. are eligible for the HNC Certificate and SAIS D.C.  MA. The first two semesters of study are completed at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing, followed by two or three semesters at SAIS in Washington, D.C. Successful candidates for the HNC Certificate/Johns Hopkins SAIS MA are advanced in their Chinese language abilities, have demonstrated professional development through work experience and have a background in the fundamentals of economics. Graduates are awarded a jointly-issued Graduate Certificate in Chinese and American Studies and a SAIS D.C. master’s degree. Note: An offer of admission to either the Hopkins-Nanjing Center or to SAIS does not constitute admission to the other institution.