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Johns Hopkins University Research Labs

Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Total Enrollment: 7,000
# of International: 9% of undergraduates
Required GPA: 3.0/4.0
Minimum TOEFL iBT:  Minimum sub-scores of 26 Reading, 26 Listening, 25 Speaking, and 22 Writing
Minimum IELTS: N/A, not accepted
Terms of Study: Summer 2016: 
June 20-July 29, 2016 (6 weeks)
Application Deadlines: March 15th (earlier applications are recommended as number of spots is limited)
University Website: http://jhu.edu/

What Johns Hopkins University has to Offer

  • Johns Hopkins University is considered to be America’s first research university, founded in 1876.
  • Annually ranked as one of the best universities in the world.
  • JHU is the leading U.S. academic institution in total research and development spending.
  • Ranked #13 among National Universities by “U.S. News & World Report”, as well as a graduate ranking of #1 for the Bloomberg School of Public Health, School of Nursing, and in Biomedical Engineering.
  • Johns Hopkins claims 36 Nobel laureates past and present
  • The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences’ academic programs in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences are renowned for their excellence and intensity, and notable for the wide range of interdisciplinary opportunities they provide.


  • University-owned apartments, but not run through University Housing.
  • The Office of Study Abroad reserves efficiency apartments in the Blackstone, an apartment building adjacent to the Homewood campus. 
  • Apartments will be either single or double efficiency apartments.


  • Program Overview:
    • Monday to Friday from 09:00-13:00: entry-level project lab (20 hours per week)
    • Mandatory Introduction to Computing with applications in many disciplines (natural and social sciences, humanities, and engineering). Students will obtain basic computing skills and tools, including familiarity with UNIX, with the use of complex UNIX commands (e.g grep, awk, sed) and shell scripts, with the Python programming language, with graphing software and with a package for numerical and statistical computing, such as Mathematica or Matlab.
  • Students choose between the following research areas: 
    • Phage: Students will isolate and characterize novel bacteriophages (viruses that infect bacteria) from the environment using modern molecular biological techniques.
    • Protein Engineering and Biochemistry: Protein engineering and biotechnology techniques are used to modify proteins to give them new structural or physical properties. Students are introduced to standard biochemistry laboratory practice and protein science; perform experiments in site-directed mutagenesis, protein purification and structural and physical characterization of biological macromolecules.
    • Chirality (Chemistry):Techniques for the organic chemistry laboratory including methods of purification, isolation, synthesis, and analysis will be explored through a project focused on chemical chirality.
  • Each research lab is limited to 5 students. 
  • Students will earn 6 Johns Hopkins credits for this program. 

Cost: Estimated cost for 2016 is USD 7,500

  • Includes tuition, administration and management fees, housing, airport pick up.
  • Renter's insurance and internet service are not included in the cost. 


  • Standing: Students must have completed at least two years of university study. 
  • Suitable majors: biology, biochemistry, chemistry, protein engineering or related fields. 
  • Students should complete the SAF online application


Last Updated: 2/17/16