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The Paul H. Nitze
School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

A division of The Johns Hopkins University since 1950, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students a truly international perspective on today's critical issues. A presence on three continents sets SAIS apart and is one of our greatest strengths. We not only teach about the world, we are in the world.

For seven decades, SAIS students have distinguished themselves by pursuing academic excellence in international relations. The school was established in Washington, D.C., in 1943, opened its campus in Bologna, Italy, in 1955 and in 1986 initiated one of the first Western university programs in the People's Republic of China in Nanjing.

A SAIS education combines the academic depth of a graduate school with the practical policy focus of a professional school. SAIS graduates are known for their interdisciplinary breadth and solid foundation in economics—prerequisites for a successful career in international relations. The result: innovative thinkers and problem-solvers with the economic and cultural expertise to confront complex global challenges.

Number of Students: 640 in Washington, D.C., 200 in Bologna, Italy, 180 in Nanjing, China
Number of Faculty: 94 full-time, 183 part-time
Degrees Awarded:
Annually (2011)
Total Alumni: 16,000+
Year Established: 1943
Dean: Vali R. Nasr