Junior Year Study Abroad
The International Studies Program encourages its students to participate in study abroad programs, both those endorsed and managed by the department and those offered by the Office of Study Abroad or other departments of the university.
International Travel Registry
It is vital that students studying abroad enter their plans for Johns Hopkins-related international travel into the Johns Hopkins International Travel Registry (JHED Required). This enables university, divisional, and departmental leaders to locate and assist you in the event of an emergency.
Motivated international studies and political science majors demonstrating a high level of maturity and strong desire to study abroad at the graduate level may apply to spend their junior year at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Bologna Center in Italy.
Students will gain access to a rich and diverse network of social, educational, and professional opportunities through a diverse multicultural and multilingual community. With Bologna at the heart of Europe, students participate in career and study trips to destinations like Brussels, Geneva, London, and Sarajevo where they can meet with alumni and practitioners. SAIS Bologna also invites over 50 speakers to participate in the faculty research seminar such as foreign ministers, central bank governors, activists, representatives from NGOS, and business leaders. The Bologna Center is among the leading graduate schools for international affairs in Europe, offering an English-speaking interdisciplinary graduate program of study that emphasizes international economics, political science and history, geographic area studies, and languages. In addition, it offers an unsurpassed student experience. The small size of the study body coupled with its international diversity allows students to communicate across national borders while building a sense of community and collaboration.
Students who apply to spend their junior year in Bologna also benefit from the option of advanced standing at SAIS if they subsequently study there; those who spend a year in Bologna will receive one semester of credit at SAIS for their work in Bologna. Scholarship support may be available through the Hull Family Study Abroad Fund.
Discover SAIS Bologna in a video from our students and professors.
Eligibility and Application Process
Participation in the junior year abroad at SAIS Bologna is selective. Students must demonstrate a high level of academic performance as well as the completion of significant coursework in their major. Students apply in the second semester of their sophomore year. Annual deadline is March 1.
Motivated international studies majors demonstrating a high level of maturity and strong desire to study international affairs while abroad may apply to spend their junior year at Sciences Po. Students may choose to spend their junior year at the Paris campus or at one of Sciences Po’s regional undergraduate campuses. The regional campuses are distinctive from the Paris campus in several ways. Each campus has a specific regional focus, which is often comparative in nature. The regional campuses have a smaller, but more diverse, student population, and consequently have more of an international campus community atmosphere. In addition to the Paris campus, students may choose between the following campuses:
- Le Havre (Europe-Asia)
- Menton (Middle East and Mediterranean Affairs)
- Reims (Europe-North America)
- Dijon (Central and Eastern Europe, requires French proficiency)
- Nancy (France-Germany, requires French proficiency)
- Poitiers (Latin America, requires French proficiency)
Students can choose to take courses either in English or in French. Students who are not proficient in French will be required to take French language classes as part of their curriculum at Sciences Po.
Students wishing to spend a semester abroad may also apply to Sciences Po, either at the Paris campus or at one of the regional campuses described above under Junior Year Abroad. Students may choose to take courses in either French or English. Students who are not proficient in French must include a French language course in their semester course load at Sciences Po.
Eligibility, Application Process, and Housing
Participation in the junior year abroad at Sciences Po is highly selective; students must demonstrate a high level of academic performance as well as the completion of significant coursework in their major. Students wishing to pursue a semester of courses at Sciences Po must demonstrate a high level of academic performance as well as a strong motivation to study at Sciences Po.
For information on how to apply to either program, please contact the Office of Study Abroad.
As the second private college to be founded in Japan, Waseda University is considered one of Japan’s most prestigious universities, consistently ranking among the top universities in Japan. The university has many notable alumni, including seven Japanese Prime Ministers and many CEOs throughout the world. Established in 1882 as the Tōkyō Senmon Gakkō or Tōkyō College by Ōkuma Shigenobu, the school was renamed Waseda University in 1902 after the founder’s hometown village. The university consists of 13 undergraduate schools and 23 graduate schools and is one of the 13 universities to make up the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s “Global 30” Project.
The Global Leadership Fellows Program (GLFP) is a unique junior year abroad program at Waseda University in Tokyo. The aim GLFP is to nurture leaders who can function confidently in an increasingly borderless world and make decisions that are principled, balanced, and informed. GLFP selects students of ambition and ability from Waseda and several prominent American universities, brings them together, immerses them in one another’s culture, and through imaginative pedagogical techniques turns them into budding leaders who understand and appreciate both Asian and western histories, cultures, values and societies. Students must posses high intelligence and strong communication skills; be capable of critical analysis and able to develop persuasive arguments; and have a clear moral sense, courage, and a desire to serve community and society.
Please see the East Asian Studies website for more information.