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Summer Academy | Washington DC

The application closed April 15, 2022. Contact sais.summer@jhu.edu to see if spaces are still available in the program.

June 6-July 1, 2022

Gain valuable, hands-on experience focusing on national security and foreign affairs in the heart of the US policymaking community. Rising sophomores, upperclassmen, and recent college graduates earn four graduate-level credits studying with Johns Hopkins SAIS' world-class faculty at our Dupont Circle campus on Embassy Row.

Curriculum

Learn about national security, contemporary security challenges, international security threats, and nuclear weapons proliferation through two consecutive courses: Strategy & Statecraft for US National Security and 21st Century International Security Trends.

The Summer Academy introduces students to strategic thinking and the challenges of crafting national security strategies through seminars, simulations, guest speakers, role-playing exercises, and site visits to make the most of what Washington DC has to offer.

Program highlights include:

  • Learn about the instruments of statecraft and contemporary security challenges arising from great power competition.
  • Site visits to some of the most important locations in US national security such as the Department of State, the Pentagon, and US Congress.
  • Two day-long excursions beyond Washington that drop you into pivotal moments in American history that reverberate for today’s national security leaders.
  • Multiple case studies, games, and mini-simulations designed to develop a sense for the demands of the national security field.
  • Earn four graduate credits from Johns Hopkins SAIS that can transfer to many of the school’s degree programs.

Strategy & Statecraft for US National Security (2 credits)

Instructor: Charlie Stevenson
Course Description: How do policymakers understand threats to U.S. national security? What instruments of statecraft are available to address these threats? This course introduces students to strategic thinking and the challenges of crafting national security strategies. It explores the instruments of statecraft and the particular authorities, capabilities and cultures of the American institutions that make national security policy. Through case studies and role-playing exercises, the course will give students an understanding of policymaking and practice applying critical thinking.

21st Century International Security Trends (2 credits)

Instructor: John Karaagac
Course Description: This course will address the nature of regional instability in Europe, the Far East, and the Middle East. We will consider challenges to the established and evolving regional order with a particular emphasis on functional areas such as great power competition, technology and arms racing, resource competition, trade issues, and finally, changing domestic regimes. We will consider the implications for American foreign policy but also the ways US policy can slow down or inadvertently accelerate instability.  

Studying in Washington DC

From the halls of Congress to the headquarters of U.S. diplomacy in Foggy Bottom, the nation's capital is an excellent backdrop for the study of international affairs. Not only will you hear directly from top voices of the policy community and learn directly from leading scholars of the field, you will add Washington DC experience to your resumé for an advantage in future internship and employment searches. In addition, you will enjoy visiting world-class museums, catching a World-Series-winning Nationals baseball game, and dipping into the local culinary scene.

Students apply through Johns Hopkins SAIS Summer Programs.

Applications will open December 1 and decisions will be rendered on a rolling basis. Application extended to April 15, 2022.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Online application
  • Undergraduate transcript
  • Resumé
  • Personal statement
  • Two academic references
  • Application fee: $50

Students will stay in double rooms (two double beds) at the Marriott Residence Inn Downtown located three blocks from campus. The rooms include a fully equipped kitchen, couch, and a desk.  A daily complimentary hot breakfast buffet is included as well as high-speed wireless internet.  There is a 24-hour fitness center in the hotel and laundry facilities.

Rising sophomores (students who will have completed one year of college by summer 2022) and upperclassmen may apply with a minimum 3.0 GPA. The program is also open to recent college graduates who have completed their undergraduate degree within the past two years. High-performing undergraduates from any discipline are encouraged to apply.

Students who successfully complete the Summer Academy courses will earn up to four graduate credits from Johns Hopkins SAIS. These credits can be transferred back to your home institution. Credits will also transfer to most Johns Hopkins SAIS degree programs.

The SAIS Summer Academy is considered a full-time program for students who enroll in both two-credit courses: Strategy & Statecraft for US National Security and 21st Century International Security Trends. All classes will be held on-campus for the four-week program and students will be in class from 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday.

4 CREDITS/4-WEEK PROGRAM

2022 Direct Costs  
Tuition (4 credits) $5,310
Program Fee $1,775
Housing $1,900
Total Direct Costs $8,985
2022 Indirect Costs  
Board $500
Books & Supplies Included
Travel $400
Personal Expenses $375
Total Indirect Costs $1,275

2 CREDITS/2-WEEK PROGRAM

2022 Direct Costs  
Tuition (2 credits) $2,655
Program Fee  $1,350
Housing $1,475
Total Direct Costs $5,480
2022 Indirect Costs  
Board $250
Books & Supplies Included
Travel $200
Personal Expenses $188
Total Indirect Costs $638


Non-JHU students applying for financial aid will need to request aid through their home institutions. Check with your school to request a consortium agreement. The Johns Hopkins SAIS Financial Aid Office can work with your school to help complete the consortium agreement, if necessary. They can be contacted at saisfinaidinfo@jhu.edu.

Admitted Summer Academy students are eligible to apply for scholarship funding through the Propel Summer Scholars program. The program is designed to bring a diverse student population to the Summer Academy and expand the interest in the field of international relations. Both Hopkins and non-Hopkins students are eligible.

If interested in applying, students will first need to be admitted to the SAIS Summer Academy. Admitted students will have until March 20 to submit the Propel Summer Scholar application, which includes an essay (250-300 words) describing how your background and experience will bring a diverse perspective to the Summer Academy program along with demonstrated financial need. Up to two students will be selected as Propel Summer Scholars in 2022 with all direct costs of the Summer Academy covered including tuition, program fee, and housing in Washington, DC or Bologna, Italy. Additionally, international airfare to Bologna (up to $1,300 will be included for a student attending the SAIS Europe Summer Academy.

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Contact Us

Contact Johns Hopkins SAIS Summer and Non-Degree Programs at sais.summer@jhu.edu.

Summer Academy Info Session

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 11:30 AM

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