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John Hopkins University

Program Overview 

Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Culture: Investigative, collaborative
Neighborhood: Urban
Housing: Off-campus apartment
English level: Advanced pre-sessional followed by one semester of AY of academic study 

Ranked 11th in national universities by U.S. News & World Report, Johns Hopkins University 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 summer English language courses at Johns Hopkins are designed to help SAF Scholars “fit in” any lab, office or college classroom situation, preparing students for their upcoming semester in the academic classroom.

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 but who need additional English language skill development would be well-suited to attend the program at JHU and take this pre-sessional English course.

Other Programs at University

John Hopkins University - Academic

Other Comparable Programs

University of Westminster  (EFL + Academic)
Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Summer Pre-sessional (July – August)

Program Strengths

The English courses are rigorous, as the course is a requirement to attend academic courses in the fall.

Number of Classroom Hours Per Week

SAF Scholars take 22 hours of class per week for five weeks.
  • Listening and Speaking (7.5 hours per week)
  • Reading and Writing (7.5 hours per week)
  • Elective (7 hours per week)

Number of Levels

Students will be placed in the course necessary to achieve the English requirement to take academic courses in the Fall semester.

Elective Courses Offered

  • American Culture
  • Accent Reduction
  • English Grammar/TOEFL

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.

Housing Type

University Residence Hall


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.
Summer activities are planned to get language learners outside of the classroom, which include conversation groups, movie nights, Baltimore Orioles’ baseball games, outings to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, among other events.

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