Junior Year Study Abroad

The International Studies Program encourages its students to participate in study abroad, both those programs endorsed and managed by International Studies 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.

SAIS Bologna

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 or a semester 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 spend all or part of their junior year in Bologna, and subsequently apply for graduate studies at SAIS, will receive advanced credit at SAIS for part of their work. Scholarship support may be available through the Hull Family Study Abroad Fund.

All courses taken at SAIS-Europe (including foreign language courses) will be listed on the undergraduate transcript with letter grades and credit and thereby factored into the undergraduate GPA.

Eligibility and Application Process

Participation in the year or semester 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 for the year abroad program and should use the application link below. Annual deadline is March 1.

View the SAIS Bologna Year Abroad application.

For information on how to apply for the semester abroad at SAIS Bologna and application deadlines, please contact the Office of Study Abroad.

Sciences Po

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 Paris, students may choose between the following campuses:

  • Le Havre (Europe-Asia)
  • Menton (Middle East and Mediterranean)
  • Reims (Europe-North America)
  • Dijon (Central and Eastern Europe)
  • Nancy (France-Germany, requires German proficiency)
  • Poitiers (Latin America, Spain and Portugal, 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.

Semester Abroad

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.

Waseda University

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 the country. 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. The aim of 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 possess 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.

For information on how to apply, please contact the Office of Study Abroad.