The MA in Global Risk (online) program includes two residencies, giving you the opportunity to connect with your peers and other members of the Johns Hopkins SAIS community. These residencies bring together the fall and spring cohorts, offering students an excellent opportunity to expand their network.

Group of SAIS students taking a selfie together in Washington D.C. These rich learning experiences allow you to apply your knowledge while meeting with leaders in the industry. The first experience is a week-long residency at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe campus in Bologna, Italy. During this residency, you’ll begin conceptualizing and conducting research for your capstone project, meeting peers from your cohort and the cohort learning alongside you, and connecting with experts in the field.

The second residency consists of presenting your capstone project and participating in the commencement ceremony with the entire Johns Hopkins SAIS graduating class in Washington DC.

For any questions or concerns regarding the in-person residencies, please contact an admissions counselor at or call +1 888-513-5303.

The SAIS Europe Campus

The school’s campus in Europe is located in Bologna, Italy and commonly referred to as “SAIS Europe.” Bologna is an urban environment steeped in arts and culture and is home to the oldest university in Europe and consistently ranks in the top 10 European cities for quality of life. During the week-long residency at SAIS Europe, students will be able to gain an authentic European experience in a city characterized by tradition, policy innovation, and that has a reputation for being welcoming to newcomers.

Capstone Project

The capstone experience is the culminating project of your MA in Global Risk (online) degree, bringing together the theoretical concepts, tools, and frameworks from social and economic sciences. You will complete the capstone project in small groups based on your region and topic of interest.

During the first residency in Bologna, you will develop a forecast model. Between this residency and the second in Washington DC, you will update your forecast periodically, focusing on the process of developing and revising the forecast and reflecting on why it was correct or incorrect. During the second residency in Washington DC, you’ll present self and group assessments of your forecast.

Upcoming Residency

In-Person Attendee Details

The first residency will take place Monday, August 23–Friday, August 27, 2021 in Bologna, Italy, with check-in to the Aemilia Hotel on Sunday, August 22 and check-out the morning of Friday, August 27.

Breakfast will be provided Monday-Friday, and lunch will be provided Monday-Thursday. There will be a welcome dinner on August 23 at Pizzeria i Tramps and a closing reception and dinner on Thursday, August 26 at Trattoria Biagi.

During the week, you’ll attend seminars with guest speakers, complete group and individual work, and have the opportunity to explore Bologna.

View the detailed in-person schedule.

Virtual Attendee Details

To account for the time differences between countries, we have designed an asynchronous residency schedule for remote students that meets the same objectives as the in-person format.

Students attending virtually will receive materials one day in advance and work as a group with other remote students to complete the activities prior to the in-person sessions. They must coordinate with each other ahead of the residency to decide when to meet to complete each day’s group activity. The first day’s activities will become available Sunday, August 21 for remote students, with each consecutive day’s materials released the day before the in-person activities.

In-person residency presentations and speakers will be streamed live via Zoom, recorded, and posted to Blackboard for later viewing. Remote students are encouraged, but not required, to attend live sessions via Zoom to interact with guests, instructors, and classmates.

View the detailed remote schedule.