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John Hopkins University

Program Overview 

Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Culture: Investigative, collaborative
Neighborhood: Urban
Housing: Off-campus apartment
English level: Intermediate - advanced 

Ranked 11th in national universities by U.S. News & World Report, Johns Hopkins University (JSU) is an institution that values education and promotes intellectual curiosity at every level. Its first president stressed the importance of sharing knowledge and discoveries in order to advance and improve on a global level. With four Nobel laureates, two Presidential Medal of Freedom winners, six MacArthur fellows, and recipients of numerous other awards as current faculty, these goals have not changed in the almost 150 years since its founding.

The campus is located on a scenic 140 acres in Baltimore, Maryland, with wooded and spacious areas for students to enjoy and explore. At the same time, it is an integrated element of the urban area surrounding the institution. The students take advantage of its location as well as the university’s and community’s active lifestyle; a large portion of the study body participates in club or intramural sports.

Known as Charm City, Baltimore’s metropolitan area has a population of almost three million. This culturally diverse environment is located in the mid-Atlantic part of the east coast of the country and situated between the large metropolitan areas of Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. Public transportation is common and frequently used by the citizens and visitors of Baltimore, making it ideally situated to explore many areas of the United States.

Student Profile

Students seeking to attend rigorous academic courses would be well-suited to attend the program at JHU. The university’s location is ideal for students who want to explore the eastern part of the country.

Other Programs at University

John Hopkins University - Pre-Sessional Language

Other Comparable Programs

University of Pennsylvania ; Columbia University

Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall (August –December)
Spring (January–May)

Progression or Concurrent Notes

Progression is available for SAF Scholars that do not meet the minimum English language scores by one or two points. They are able to take a 5 week summer English course and must successfully pass the course before progressing to their Academic Program.

Program Strengths

Strong academic

# of Credits (per term)

Students will enroll in a minimum of 12 credits (four courses) to 18 credits (six courses)

Course Registration Policies & Procedures

SAF Scholars are registered for classes through the university’s international/study abroad office. 

Course/Departmental Restrictions

Classes for undergraduate students are limited to the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering. Graduate classes can only be taken in Engineering. Summer research is limited to Phage Research and Protien Engineering & Biochemistry. Courses on Middle Eastern Studies have limited access.

Graduate Courses

Graduate classes are available for Engineering students only. 


Housing Type

Off-campus apartment


SAF Scholars are responsible for their own meals. All rooms are self-catered and have access to kitchens. Additionally, students may dine at university dining halls and/or purchasing meal plans at their own expense.

Type of Room

Single room 

Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

SAF Scholars have the opportunity to join any of the 400 student-led and student-run clubs on campus. Students will find an organization that suits their interest, from kayaking to the Quidditch team.

Life on Campus

Both JHU and Baltimore have diverse populations, which trickles down to the daily life that students experience. Students hail from over 68 countries around the world and almost 10 percent of the undergraduate student body of JHU is international. SAF Scholars will interact and collaborate with diverse individuals throughout their time at JHU and in Baltimore.
Last Updated: 1/9/19