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The Center is located on the campus of Nanjing University, one of China's foremost academic institutions. Built specifically to house this institution, the modern facility includes dormitory rooms and residential apartments for students and professors, a library, a student computer room with 8 computers and a networked printer, a cafeteria, two auditoriums, faculty, student and residential lounges, classrooms and administrative offices. Unlike most buildings in Nanjing, the entire Center is heated in winter and air-conditioned in summer. Its laundry room is equipped with coin-operated washers and dryers.

Hopkins-Nanjing Center
An aerial view of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center's Samuel Pollard Building.

Student Residences

International and Chinese certificates are paired in double-occupancy rooms. Many international students find that sharing a room with a Chinese student is one of the most valuable aspects of the Center experience. 

Double rooms are comfortable, with a bed and desk for each student, carpeting, a telephone, ample closet space and an attached bath (toilet, sink, and shower) with western fixtures. Hot water is available in student rooms throughout the day.  Wired and wireless Internet access is available in every room, and wireless access is available throughout the Center.

HNC Dormitory
Certificate student, and his reflection, in his dorm room.

Faculty/Guest Apartments 

The Samuel Pollard building houses apartments for faculty, research fellows, staff members and visitors to the Center.  Apartments have one, two, or three bedrooms and a kitchen (oven, stove, sink, refrigerator), bathroom and living room.  Filtered and treated drinking water is available in all apartments as well as in the public restrooms in the Samuel Pollard Building.

HNC Apartments
The living room in faculty apartments.


A highlight of the Center, the library occupies most of the third and fourth floors of the Samuel Pollard Building and houses some of the best resources in China on Sino-Western relations.

Abundant natural light and ample reading carrels, couches and meetings rooms provide students with a pleasing study environment. The open stacks contain more than 100,000 English and Chinese volumes and 400 periodicals, including the International Herald Tribune, Asian Wall Street Journal, The Economist and the South China Morning Post. Public terminals in the library access the library's electronic card catalog, electronic databases including LexisNexis and First Search, and the Center's Electronic Reserve (ERes) system, which hosts course syllabi and readings.  All of the library’s electronic resources are also accessible throughout the Center via wired and wireless Internet connections.

The master’s student study wing is also located on the third floor of the Samuel Pollard Building, with direct access to the library when the library is open.  The wing includes assigned study carrels and a common pantry and lounge area for the exclusive use of master’s students.

HNC Library
The stacks and study carrels in the Hopkins-Nanjing Center library.

Student Lounge

A lounge with armchairs, mah jongg tables, a flat-screen TV and a bar area is available 24 hours a day. The lounge is used for movie and television viewing (the Center subscribes to CNN International, Channel News Asia, and Chinese cable television channels) and get-togethers of all kinds, including happy hours, receptions, holiday celebrations, and musical performances.  It is also a popular venue for late-night study sessions.

HNC Student Lounge
Students relaxing in the renovated student lounge.


The Center’s cafeteria provides simple, inexpensive and tasty food throughout the semester. It is also a good place to meet and talk with other students and faculty. There are also various dining options outside of the Center.  A German bakery, Mexican, French, Indian, Korean, and Italian restaurants, and a variety of small Chinese restaurants are nearby. Noodles, jiaozi, guotie, hundun, shaobing, and youtiao can be purchased cheaply within a two-minute walk from the Center.

HNC Cafeteria
Classmates enjoying lunch at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center's private cafeteria.

Conference Space

The Center has conference space avaiable.  For more information, please email Angela Chang.


Center amenities include:

  • Wireless Internet access throughout the facility
  • Wired and wireless Internet access in the student residential wing and in the faculty/guest apartments
  • Central heat/air-conditioning
  • Hot water available for bathing throughout the day
  • Boiled drinking water dispensers
  • Laundry room with coin-operated washers and dryers
  • Fitness room
  • Music practice rooms
  • Calligraphy room
  • Ping-pong and pool table
  • Rooftop terraces
  • Student lounge with flat-screen TV, game tables and bar
  • Multi-purpose auditorium with stage for theater performances and talent nights
  • Cafeteria serving inexpensive, pay-as-you-go meals
  • Cafeteria kitchen available for scheduled student use
  • Computer room with 8 terminals and networked laser printer
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Academic Calendar
Fall 2012

September 8-9

September 10-14

September 17
Classes begin

September 30
Mid-Autumn Festival holiday

October 1-7
Chinese National Day holiday

October 12
Drop-change period ends

November 17-25
Fall Break

December 25
Christmas Day holiday

January 1 / 2013
New Year's Day holiday

January 11
Last day of fall semester classes

Full Academic Calendar