The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies – SAIS Europe

Introduction

About SAIS Europe

With a global presence that includes campuses on three continents, The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is an American institution offering graduate programs and contributing to research, policy and innovation worldwide.

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.

SAIS Europe is characterized by its international faculty and close-knit community of approximately 200 students, representing over 40 countries. Approximately half of the incoming class chooses to begin the Master of Arts degree at SAIS Europe. Second-year students may also complete the program in Bologna. Cooperative degree programs with European universities and a 13-month Master of Arts in Global Risk provide additional opportunities to study at SAIS Europe.

We arrived at Bologna; there is no place more pleasant and free in the whole world. - Petrarch

Location

Bologna is a university town, steeped in history and culture, and known as the gastronomic capital of Italy. SAIS Europe students usually choose to live together in apartments within the medieval city walls, commuting by foot or by bike around town. Leave your umbrella at home – the 38km of porticos have got you covered.

Bologna has one of the highest per capita incomes and lowest unemployment rates in Italy, and it consistently ranks in the top 10 European cities for quality of life. It is the seventh most populous city in the country, located in the heart of a metropolitan area of about one million.

At the crossroads of the national railway system, high speed trains get you from Bologna to Florence in 30 minutes, to Milan in an hour and to Rome in just two hours. The Adriatic coast can be reached by car or train in about an hour. The G. Marconi International Airport (BLQ) is the third largest in Italy, offering numerous low-cost flights to European destinations daily.

The SAIS Europe campus shares the neighborhood with UNIBO, the oldest university in Europe, founded in 1088. With 80,000 students, UNIBO provides countless opportunities for SAIS Europe students to interact with their Italian counterparts, including sports teams, musical ensembles, language exchanges and more.

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Master

Master of International Public Policy (MIPP)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Italy Bologna USA Washington + 2 more

The MIPP is completed in one academic year. It is designed for experienced professionals who wish to develop advanced analytical and leadership skills. Students tailor their coursework to focus on areas of greatest importance to their careers. MIPP students represent diverse employment sectors and bring substantial practical experience into classroom discussions. [+]

The MIPP is completed in one academic year. It is designed for experienced professionals who wish to develop advanced analytical and leadership skills. Students tailor their coursework to focus on areas of greatest importance to their careers. MIPP students represent diverse employment sectors and bring substantial practical experience into classroom discussions. Overview This full-time program is designed for experienced professionals with seven or more years of relevant work experience who wish to develop the advanced analytical and leadership skills necessary to formulate and advocate policy on key international issues. Students have the advantage of designing their own curriculum consisting of eight non-language courses (worth a total of 32 credits). They may also affiliate themselves with an academic program to gain in-depth insight into a specific field of study. Students complete the program in one academic year while on leave, sabbatical or seeking employment post-degree. Study With World-Class Thinkers The Students Our students do more than study global politics and interactions among nations-they live international relations. Our student body represents approximately 75 nations, promoting a diversity that lends richness and vitality to academic life. The Faculty The faculty are world renowned for their expertise and commitment to teaching. They transition seamlessly from academia to government service, from the field to the classroom, from elite journals to the mass media. Notable Speakers Timothy Geithner, former US secretary of Treasury Ekil Ahmad Hakimi, former Afghan ambassador to the United States Atifete Jahjaga, former president of Kosovo John McCain, former US senator Broaden Your Experience at Two Campuses Students have the mobility to study in either our Washington, DC or Bologna campuses. This gives students an exceptional perspective on international relations. Gain a Career-Building Edge Graduates are in great demand by employers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Economics knowledge, analytical abilities, regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems give our students a distinct professional advantage. Career Services Career Services works with students to help them explore careers and set goals, develop a network of professional contacs, and acquire additional experience through internships. The Career Services team: Offers both group and individual assessments and counseling to help students develop focused career goals Organizes job-hunting workshops, employment fairs and career treks Offers professional skills courses that augment the academic curriculum to help students develop specific professional skills, such as presentation techniques, consulting skills and financial modeling Connects students to the school's influential worldwide alumni network A Global Alumni Community As a graduate, you will join a 16,000-strong lifetime community of friends and colleagues around the world. Our accomplished alumni are leaders in government, business, journalism, nonprofit groups and multilateral organizations in more than 140 countries. Common Paths Alumni have pursued careers at: Corporate Executive Board Dow Jones & Co. Inter-American Development Bank Pan American Health Organization US Air Force US Agency for International Development Voice of America World Bank Curriculum The MIPP degree consists of eight non-language courses completed full-time over one year. Students, in consultation with an academic adviser, design their own plan of study that is both academically rigorous and professionally relevant, as they prepare for the next phase in their career. Affiliations MIPP students may choose to add an affiliation to their degree, which provides an opportunity for students to develop a stronger background in a particular area and directly connect with faculty and students in that area. Language Full-time MIPP students are welcome to add foreign language courses at no additional charge, however, the courses do not count toward the eight non-language classes required for graduation. All non-native speakers of English must pass an English placement exam. Non-native English speakers graduating from the MIPP program in Bologna are required to pass an English proficiency exam. Prior to Attending General The MIPP is designed as an executive program, and all applicants must have at least seven years of work experience after completion of an undergraduate degree. The degree consists of eight non-language courses, completed full-time within one year. Non-Native Speakers of English All non-native speakers of English must have proven English competence by submitting a TOEFL, IELTS or, for SAIS Europe, CPE score (see the Admissions page for more information). The TOEFL/IELTS/CPE exam requirement may be waived for individuals who have done their undergraduate degree in English in a country where English is an official language. [-]

MA

Master of Arts (MA)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Italy Bologna USA Washington + 2 more

This full-time program is designed for experienced professionals with seven or more years of relevant work experience who wish to develop the advanced analytical and leadership skills necessary to formulate and advocate policy on key international issues. [+]

Students enrolled in the two-year MA program can elect to spend either their first or second year at SAIS Europe or both years in Washington, DC. Approximately half of the Johns Hopkins SAIS class choose to begin the program in Bologna. Students at SAIS Europe may pursue any of the academic program concentrations or economics specializations offered within the MA. Those interested in concentrations requiring proficiency in languages other than the eight offered at SAIS Europe must first speak with the relevant academic program director. Overview This full-time program is designed for experienced professionals with seven or more years of relevant work experience who wish to develop the advanced analytical and leadership skills necessary to formulate and advocate policy on key international issues. Students have the advantage of designing their own curriculum consisting of eight non-language courses (worth a total of 32 credits). They may also affiliate themselves with an academic program to gain in-depth insight into a specific field of study. Students complete the program in one academic year while on leave, sabbatical or seeking employment post-degree. Study With World-Class Thinkers The Students Our students do more than study global politics and interactions among nations-they live international relations. Our student body represents approximately 75 nations, promoting a diversity that lends richness and vitality to academic life. The Faculty The faculty are world renowned for their expertise and commitment to teaching. They transition seamlessly from academia to government service, from the field to the classroom, from elite journals to the mass media. Notable Speakers Timothy Geithner, former US secretary of Treasury Ekil Ahmad Hakimi, former Afghan ambassador to the United States Atifete Jahjaga, former president of Kosovo John McCain, former US senator Broaden Your Experience at Two Campuses Students have the mobility to study in either our Washington, DC or Bologna campuses. This gives students an exceptional perspective on international relations. Gain a Career-Building Edge Graduates are in great demand by employers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Economics knowledge, analytical abilities, regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems give our students a distinct professional advantage. Career Services Career Services works with students to help them explore careers and set goals, develop a network of professional contacs, and acquire additional experience through internships. The Career Services team: Offers both group and individual assessments and counseling to help students develop focused career goals Organizes job-hunting workshops, employment fairs and career treks Offers professional skills courses that augment the academic curriculum to help students develop specific professional skills, such as presentation techniques, consulting skills and financial modeling Connects students to the school's influential worldwide alumni network A Global Alumni Community As a graduate, you will join a 16,000-strong lifetime community of friends and colleagues around the world. Our accomplished alumni are leaders in government, business, journalism, nonprofit groups and multilateral organizations in more than 140 countries. Common Paths Alumni have pursued careers at: Corporate Executive Board Dow Jones & Co. Inter-American Development Bank Pan American Health Organization US Air Force US Agency for International Development Voice of America World Bank Prior to Attending General The MIPP is designed as an executive program, and all applicants must have at least seven years of work experience after completion of an undergraduate degree. The degree consists of eight non-language courses, completed full-time within one year. Non-Native Speakers of English All non-native speakers of English must have proven English competence by submitting a TOEFL, IELTS or, for SAIS Europe, CPE score (see the Admissions page for more information). The TOEFL/IELTS/CPE exam requirement may be waived for individuals who have done their undergraduate degree in English in a country where English is an official language. [-]

Master of Arts in Global Risk (MAGR)

Campus Full time 13 months August 2017 Italy Bologna

This 13-month, cohort-based program builds on the core strengths of SAIS Europe by introducing students to a broad array of concepts and tools in the social sciences necessary to undertake sophisticated political and economic risk analysis. Students complete a capstone project in the form of a practicum or original thesis. [+]

This 13-month, cohort-based program builds on the core strengths of SAIS Europe by introducing students to a broad array of concepts and tools in the social sciences necessary to undertake sophisticated political and economic risk analysis. Students complete a capstone project in the form of a practicum or original thesis. Analyze, Assess, Act: Tackling Risk in the 21st Century The instability that has characterized the last decade has increased the demand for qualified professionals who are able to understand and analyze global risk in its many forms. Today's risk experts are no longer confined to the realm of actuarial tables or financial derivatives. Technology, politics, the environment, regulation, immigration, pandemics, and religious extremism are all areas where the theoretical frameworks of risk and uncertainty provide key insights and drive decision-making in both the public and private sectors. To meet the growing demands of candidates seeking to advance their understanding of global risk and the management of uncertainty, Johns Hopkins SAIS has launched a new master’s degree program, which is unique in Europe. The Master of Arts in Global Risk (MAGR) is a 13-month, cohort-based program at the SAIS Europe campus in Bologna, Italy. The MAGR builds on the school’s strengths in multi-disciplinary analysis by introducing students to a broad array of concepts and tools from the social sciences that are necessary to undertake sophisticated political and economic risk analysis. Courses are taught by Johns Hopkins SAIS faculty, renowned for their interdisciplinary approach to the study of economics, politics and history, as well as recent innovative work in the field of risk and uncertainty. MAGR students benefit from SAIS Europe's international community with classmates from over 40 countries. They also have access to extracurricular programming, such as the faculty research seminar series, where distinguished guests including scholars, diplomats, central bank governors, and business leaders deliver evening lectures and engage with students in an informal setting. Curriculum The MAGR is guided by a conceptual framework that focuses on the following key elements: Understanding the methodological problems associated with the analysis of risk and uncertainty; Examining the major sources of risk that characterize global, international, and domestic affairs; Analyzing the different theoretical approaches to managing risk in economic decision-making; Gaining in-depth insight into the major sources of risk that develop in the realm of elections, political parties, policies, and social movements at the national and sub-national levels; Developing specific expertise in a particular market, international organization, country, or region of the world. Thematic cohort classes lay the foundation for a Johns Hopkins SAIS approach to political and economic risk analysis that serves to complement more traditional training in quantitative methods. Students review economic concepts related to risk in the summer session, are introduced to statistical techniques in the first semester, the fundamentals of corporate finance in an intensive intercession course, and quantitative approaches to risk assessment in the second semester. The program starts with an intensive introduction to fundamental economic concepts and mathematical skills during a four-week summer term. During the fall semester, students explore the methodological problems associated with the analysis of risk and uncertainty (Risk in International Politics and Economics), the different theoretical approaches to managing risk in international relations (Risk in Political Thought), and apply quantitative approaches to risk assessment (Introduction to Statistics). Other areas of study include an assessment of how even establish democratic societies can rapidly become politically unstable (Instability and Political Change in Consolidated Democracies). During the spring semester, students learn about the principal sources of risk as they have developed in the realm of elections, political parties, policies, and protests at the national and sub-national levels of analysis (Sources of Risk in Global Politics), develop the techniques to evaluate the success of decision-making (Quantitative Approaches to Risk Assessment), and also take a number of elective courses. Students also begin work on their capstone project, a client-based, professional practicum or an original research paper, under the supervision of a Johns Hopkins SAIS faculty member, which they then conclude and present during their second summer term. Employment Outcomes The MAGR degree provides students with the skills, concepts, and analytical techniques required to understand and manage global risk factors in public policy and private-sector decision-making. MAGR graduates are prepared for a variety of roles in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors such as: Consultancies (political risk, environmental, public health, city planning, public affairs); The energy sector (political affairs, upstream/downstream, exploration); International organizations (e.g., European Commission, UN, World Bank, OSCE, NATO); Government (foreign service, military and intelligence, emergency management); The financial sector (financial services, asset management, rating agencies, banking and insurance). The SAIS Europe Office of Career Services works closely with MAGR students to guide their professional development and job searches. Given its strategic location in the heart of Europe, Bologna provides a convenient base for seeking employment in major capitals across the continent, where active networks of Johns Hopkins SAIS alumni occupy the highest ranks in European policymaking, business, and nongovernmental organizations. Furthermore, access to the professional positions in the sectors mentioned above would be facilitated by the internship opportunities and institutional relationships that are already available to SAIS Europe in policy research, public affairs, consulting, international business development, financial and macroeconomic analysis, political movements, central banking and more. [-]

Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Italy Bologna

This two-year degree program is research-focused, allowing students to produce an original 20,000-word thesis. Students may pursue both years of the MAIA in Bologna or one year at another participating European university as part of a cooperative degree program. [+]

This two-year degree program is research-focused, allowing students to produce an original 20,000-word thesis. Students may pursue both years of the MAIA in Bologna or one year at another participating European university as part of a cooperative degree program. It does not require a concentration and allows students to submit a thesis in lieu of two of the 16 non-language courses normally required for the MA Applicants put forward a research proposal which, if accepted, becomes the subject of an MAIA thesis in the second year. A World of Resources The Students Dual degree programs with University of Bologna in Italy, the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in Austria, Sciences Po Lille in France, or University of Leiden in the Netherlands are offered under this program, enabling students to experience the diverse academic environments. With access to archives and libraries across Europe, MAIA students benefit from a wealth of international resources for their research. The Faculty Courses at SAIS Europe emphasize economics, political science, history and foreign language proficiency, providing a cross-disciplinary approach. Core faculty and adjunct professors from major European institutions combine personal advising with a broad choice of curriculum. MAIA students select a course of study that complements their research focus. Recent Speakers Mario Draghi Romano Prodi Kenneth Waltz Tariq Ramadan Broaden Your Experience in Bologna, Italy Home to the oldest university in Europe, Bologna’s long tradition of education, cultural heritage and political vitality makes it an attractive location for the school's European campus. On the cusp of its 60th anniversary, SAIS Europe is distinguished by strong faculty-student relationships, vigorous debate and a cohesive social and intellectual community. Exposure to contrasting European and US perspectives on global issues offers a distinctive academic pairing—making for an extraordinarily enriching experience. Teaching at the Bologna campus is complemented by a thematic seminar series, and small classes, strong faculty-student relationships and vigorous debate characterize the cohesive social and intellectual community. Gain a Career-Building Edge Graduates are highly valued by employers and in great demand in the international relations field. Economics knowledge, analytical abilities, regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems give our students a career-building edge. Career Services The Office of Career Services works with students to explore careers and set goals, acquire job experience and contacts, and strengthen their leadership abilities. A Global Alumni Community Students have access to a lifetime network of alumni–extraordinary individuals who hold positions of global leadership in government, business, journalism, nonprofit groups and multilateral organizations. Common Paths Alumni have pursued careers at: US Department of State United Nations The World Bank Booz Allen Hamilton US Agency for International Development JP Morgan Chase & Co. The EU Commission Brookings Institution Thesis All MAIA candidates present and defend a 20,000-word research thesis. Upon admission to the program, candidates discuss options for thesis topics with the program director, and then contact faculty in their subject area regarding the supervision. It is preferable that either the primary supervisor or the second reader be chosen from among the full-time resident faculty, but students can also take advantage of the wide-range of research interests of the many adjunct faculty who teach at SAIS Europe. Once a faculty member agrees to act as primary supervisor, the candidate prepares a thesis proposal which must be evaluated and approved by the supervisor. International Economics International Economics is a required area of study for the MAIA degree. Candidates are required to take Microeconomics, Macroeconomics (or corresponding waiver exam), International Trade Theory and International Monetary Theory. Students coming from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, the University of Bologna, or Sciences Po Lille who have already taken intermediate Microeconomics or Macroeconomics are encouraged to take the corresponding waiver exams during the summer prior to enrolling at SAIS Europe. Should they not pass the waiver exams, they are encouraged to take Microeconomics in pre-term. Students who pass the waiver exams in Microeconomics and/or Macroeconomics will be able to take a wider selection of courses during the regular academic year. Language For the MAIA, non-native English speakers must pass a comprehensive proficiency examination to demonstrate the required competence in English. Those students who apply for the MAIA program during their first semester at SAIS Europe must pass all four sections of the English proficiency prior to admission to the MAIA, i.e. by January. Those students who come from one of our partner institutions and enter as second year students must pass all four sections of the English proficiency by the end of their year in Bologna, i.e. May. Nevertheless, the writtensection of the exam must be taken by all non-native English speakers, MAIA applicants included, during Orientation Week. Native English speakers must pass a proficiency examination by the end of the second year in one of the seven foreign languages offered at SAIS Europe (Arabic, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish). Cooperative Degree Programs SAIS Europe offers cooperative two-year degree programs with leading European universities. Students may begin their course of study at either institution, earning a Diploma or Master’s degree from both. Cooperative degree candidates satisfy SAIS Europe’s prerequisites in economics and languages and write an original 20,000 word thesis. Students apply to both institutions. Institut d’études politiques de Lille (Sciences Po Lille, France) Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria University of Leiden, the Netherlands University of Bologna, Italy Prior to Attending General This program entails two years of study at SAIS Europe. Students who wish to enter this program (except for those coming from our partner institutions) are initially admitted to the MA program and must submit an MAIA application during their first semester of study at SAIS Europe. Students are selected on the basis of their performance in the first semester, their academic potential, and a research proposal that will become the subject of their MAIA thesis in the second year. Non-Native Speakers of English All non-native speakers of English must have proven English competence by submitting a TOEFL, IELTS or a CPE score (see the Admissions page for more information). The TOEFL/IELTS/CPE exam requirement may be waived for individuals who have done their undergraduate degree in English in a country where English is an official language. [-]

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