For answers to questions not on this list, please call Student Services at 410-234-9252 or email

When is the Summer Intensive 2019?

The Summer Intensive is July 25-August 12, 2019 in Baltimore, MD and July 29- August 14, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Saturday, August 3rd is a required day for most students based on their experiential skill building activity. Students attend the Summer Intensive at the campus where they will complete their degree requirements. For example, if a student has been admitted to the Master of Science in Finance in Washington, D.C., the student will attend the Summer Intensive program in Washington, D.C.

How much does Summer Intensive cost and what does it cover?

The Summer Intensive program costs $2,900, which covers instruction, books/articles, course fees, program activities, and some meals.

Who needs to attend Summer Intensive?

International students with little or no experience in the United States and the American classroom are required to attend the Summer Intensive program. International students who earn a degree from a U.S. institution located in the United States are not required to attend the program but are strongly encouraged to consider attending. Students who are from a country where English is both the primary language of daily communication and education, e.g.. Australia, British Isles, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, may request a waiver. See below for waiver criteria.

Can I attend Summer Intensive although I am not required to attend?

We welcome students who wish to opt-in to attend the program. This is a great opportunity to learn from and interact with faculty and staff, meet other students and make friends, and become familiar with campus and your new city. Students who are interested in attending must contact us by May 31, 2019, at

How do I register for Summer Intensive?

Students will be automatically registered for the Summer Intensive course, and therefore need not self-register. Registration for the Summer Intensive course will appear as a Fall 2019 semester course.

How do I get my I-20 to come to carey?

I-20s are issued by the Office of International Services (OIS). You can get an overview of the process for newly admitted students at the OIS website.

Once you have been admitted to Carey, accepted the offer, and paid your deposit, you will automatically be sent an email from OIS with instructions and information on what you need to provide before we can issue the I-20. This will be sent to the email address you provided in your Apply Yourself application, so be sure to check that account, and look in the trash or spam folders.  If you have not received this email within a week of paying your deposit, please contact OIS at so we can look into the problem.

You can find an overview of the process, including estimated expenses, on our website here.

Who do I contact if I have questions about my i-20 or visa?

If you have questions about your I-20 or visa, please contact the Office of International Services at or 667-208-7001.

When should I arrive?

You are allowed to arrive in the U.S. no earlier than the "Earliest Admission Date" listed in the “Program of Study” section of your I-20. We strongly encourage you to arrive at least 1 week BEFORE the start of your Summer Intensive program to give yourself time to find a place to live and settle into your new environment.

Summer Intensive coursework will begin in Baltimore, MD on July 25, 2019, and that date will be listed as the program start date on the I-20 regardless of whether you are attending the Baltimore, MD or Washington D.C. campus. Therefore you will be able to enter the United States up to 30 days before the date, or no earlier than June 25, 2019.

Please note that all I-20s for Carey students will list the Baltimore address on page 1 in the “School Information” section. That has no effect at all on your campus assignment, so please do not worry about it.

When will I be charged for Summer Intensive?

The Summer Intensive course fee will be billed with Fall 2019 tuition.

Do I earn a grade for Summer Intensive and how is it calculated?

Summer Intensive is a requirement of your acceptance to the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and a Pass/Fail course. A cumulative grade of 80% or higher will result in a P (a passing grade). Students scoring below 80%, because of failing to submit or complete the required activities during the Summer Intensive, will receive an F (a failing grade) for the program and this score will be visible on your transcript. 

Grades are calculated based on activities and engagement throughout the program. A detailed weight of activities and engagement is provided to students in the Summer Intensive syllabi that will be reviewed at the beginning of the program.  Grades will be posted by the end of the Fall 2020 semester.

What can I do to be successful in the Summer Intensive?

The Summer Intensive is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for our international students to become aware of new surroundings and expectations, as well as to provide opportunities to experiment and learn in a safe environment.  To make the most of your participation in the program you must:

  • Follow your syllabus.  Attend all classes, and sessions as scheduled.  Attandance is mandatory.  Arrive at least 5 minutes before all scheduled activities.  
  • Come to class prepared to participate in discussions and other activities.
  • Deliver original and timely work that reflects your growth as a student at Carey.
  • Act responsibly toward the demands of your own work and your team’s work.
  • Demonstrate respect, accountability, and ethical behavior.
  • Finally, show awareness, understanding, and ownership of your learning. What you put in your effort will determine the value you create for yourself and your team in the program.

The workload is meant to be intense.

What are some of the things that we will be engaged in during the Summer Intensive?

The Summer Intensive is an academic and acculturation program. It includes presentation and discussion opportunities focused on business concepts and career preparation. Students have the opportunity to improve their preparedness to write and participate in a Case Competition. The program strives to ensure participants are prepared for the academic rigors of one of the world's premier universities.

You will build social and cultural knowledge in and out of the classroom. Students have multiple of opportunities to interact with peers and experience American culture through events that familiarize them with the city and culture they will live in. Some of the activities that students enjoyed in 2018 included a trolley ride around the nation’s capital (Washington, D.C.) and crab feast in the Baltimore Harbor (Baltimore, MD).  Both locations have the opportunity to attend a national league baseball game (Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD).

When will I get my schedule for Summer Intensive?

A sample schedule is available online on the Summer Intensive Resources page. You will receive your specific schedule when you arrive on Welcome Day.

what will my daily schedule look like?

For the duration of the program, you will participate in courses and out of classroom activities lasting most days from 8:30 am - 5 pm including Saturday, August 3, 2019. When you arrive on Welcome Day, you will receive your schedule. Students are assigned to teams and schedules differ by team. In addition to daytime activities, the program requires students to complete and deliver individual and team assignments. Also, a number of fun evening and weekend social and networking opportunities are available for you to participate in. In short, there will be many demands on your time during the Summer Intensive.

Will I have time to find an apartment during the program?

No. During Summer Intensive you will be either in class or attend events and activities from about 8:30 am - 5 pm each day including Saturday, August 3, 2019. You should plan to arrive prior to the start of the program to take care of personal matters such as finding a place to live, obtaining your driver’s license, securing furniture, cable service, etc.  During the program you will not have time to take care of any logistics, so please plan accordingly and arrive early to ensure a smooth transition to life in the US.

What is the dress code?

Summer Intensive students will be expected to come to class dressed either in business casual or business professional dress and wear appropriate footwear. You will receive a Carey Business School t-shirt to wear to certain events. To view acceptable dress code, please take a look at this document. Students are encouraged to bring to the U.S. at least one dark color business suit, dress shirts, and dark color shoes. Men will also need a tie.  Please note that the classrooms can be rather chilly, so you may want to bring a sweater or jacket to class.

Here is a sample of unacceptable clothing:

  • Ladies: short skirts, skorts or shorts, cut out blouses, tank/tube tops, and flip-flop style shoes.
  • Gentlemen: shorts, tank-tops, and flip-flop style shoes.

We reserve the right to turn students away from activities if they do not follow the requested dress code.

What are some housing options while I attend Summer Intensive?

We do not provide student on-campus housing during Summer Intensive or the academic year. Please refer to the housing resources website for information you might find helpful as you search for a place to live.

What is the waiver process?

Students who do not have a U.S. degree earned in the United States can be considered for a waiver. In order to be considered, students must meet the criteria below and submit supporting documentation. Meeting criteria does not guarantee a waiver; instead, you will be required to complete an interview with a Summer Intensive staff member and additional evaluations when applicable. The Summer Intensive program is not for English Language studies, it is an acculturation program. The assessment will also examine your familiarity with U.S. culture and the U.S. classroom. Summer Intensive staff will make the final determination whether or not a waiver will be granted. All decisions are final.  Students with a U.S. degree must have earned it while physically studying in the United States.  Students earning a degree from a U.S. institution abroad are required to attend Summer Intensive.  

You must meet the following criteria to be considered for a waiver:

  • Work or internship experience with a multi-national company for at least 4- 6 consecutive months AND/OR
  • Residence in an Anglosphere country (i.e. United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand) for at least 4-6 months for the purpose of work or education.


  • Attendance at a high school and/or university (or equivalent institution) in which the language of instruction is English - must have attended the institution for at least four years or have graduated. An official transcript showing dates of attendance and/or degrees received is required.

Waiver inquiries must be sent to by May 31, 2019, to be considered. Please include the following information: your first and last name, date of birth, your JHED ID, email address, institutions in which you have earned (or will earn) a degree, and why you wish to be considered for a waiver including documentation from items listed i.e. transcripts, resumes, references. Do Not Send information to Carey Admissions, it will not be forwarded or reviewed. All inquiries concerning Summer Intensive must go directly to

NOTE: It is the students' responsibility to request a waiver. No automatic waivers will be given. All decisions are final. On occasion, and with approval based on documentation and assessments, a waiver may be granted.  If a waiver for the Summer Intensive is granted after the initial I-20 has been provided by Johns Hopkins, it is the responsibility of the student to request a new I-20 (with any applicable fees, such as shipping costs). Any previously issued I-20 must be updated to reflect your new arrival date to the United States.