Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Bits & pieces before packing your bags for Bologna

In a mere two months, incoming SAIS Europe students will be packing their bags to come to Bologna.

Moving is exciting. But first, here are some things for students in SAIS Europe's Class of 2015 to think about.

EMAIL: Soon you will start receiving emails in your Johns Hopkins (JHU) account. If you have not done so already, you should activate your JHU email account and start checking it regularly.

To launch the account, please follow the instructions you received in a email in mid-May. If you have not received the email, please contact us at

ECONOMICS: Students must have taken and passed university-level courses in introductory microeconomics and introductory macroeconomics before they can start taking classes at SAIS.

Any incoming student who has to fulfill this requirement this summer would have been told so in their letter of admission. Some students are taking the Online Principles of Economics (OPE) course with SAIS this summer to satisfy this requirement and prepare themselves for intermediate-level courses.

If you are required to take Principles of Economics this summer, are not taking the SAIS OPE and have not yet found a course at another institution, you should get going immediately. Be sure to get in touch with us if you have any questions. And be sure to run any course offered outside of SAIS by us before signing up.

MATH: Economics and math go hand in hand. To help ensure you have the math skills to handle the intermediate-level economics courses, we offer a tutorial that you can follow online. You can access the tutorials by following the instructions you received in a recent email.

The math tutorials cover pre-calculus and calculus. When you have completed them you will be asked to take a test. The test provides a benchmark; if you do not pass the test, you will be able to take tutorials in Bologna during pre-term and the regular academic year.

PRE-TERM: If you are considering coming to Pre-Term, the registration deadline is June 30. The registration form is available here.

Non-EU citizens will need a visa to live in Italy for the academic year. By now, you should have received your visa request letter. If you have not, please be sure to get in touch with us at

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