The name Johns Hopkins brings to our mind the renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, which is a sister institution of JH University noted for its excellence in undergraduate and graduate education.

The university was opened in 1876. The university and the health system together is the largest employer in Maryland, the U.S. State often considered as an important hub for life sciences in the world.

Johns Hopkins contributes more than $10 billion a year to the State's economy. In common parlance JHU is often referred to as just Hopkins.

The university happily merges teaching and research of a high order. It is one the U.S. Universities that gets the highest research funding from the government. The focus of education is medicine.

Several research projects are interdisciplinary, combining engineering and medicine. There are great opportunities for those interested in the areas of robotics and computational science.

The university can take pride in its 33 Nobel laureates, many of them for their work in the areas of biology and medicine.

The latest winner is Carol Greider, who won the Nobel Prize in physiology/ medicine 2009, for her landmark discovery of the ‘enzyme telomerase', which has laid the foundation for novel studies relating to human cancer and diseases of aging.

The university has nine academic divisions:

School of Advanced International Studies

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Carey Business School

School of Education

Whiting School of Engineering

School of Medicine

School of Nursing

Peabody Institute of Music

Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Applied Physics Laboratory is a division of the university co-equal to the nine schools, but with a non-academic, research-based mission.

The university has a student strength of nearly 5,700 undergraduates and 12,500 postgraduates. International students number more than 12 per cent of the total student strength.

The main campuses are the Washington DC Centre, the Baltimore Homewood Campus, and the Montgomery County Campus. Your campus site depends on the programme in which you get enrolled. General contact phone number- JHU switchboard: +1 410-516-8000 (in Baltimore).

The Washington DC Centre (1717 Massachusetts Ave., NW Suite 104, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: +1 202-452-1280) serves as the administrative office for Advanced Academic Programmes and Admissions. The contact addresses and phone numbers of each school is available in the web site www.jhu.edu.

The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Education and the Carey Business School are based at the Homewood campus in northern Baltimore in the State of Maryland.

For information on undergraduate admission, you may log on to the site apply.jhu.edu.

Admission

There is a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the requirements and application process. You can choose a programme and follow the directions given in the web site http://advanced.jhu.edu/admissions. The programmes are listed in the site. The requirements of each degree and certificate programme differ. For matters of admission, you may contact Phone: +1 202-452-1940; E-mail: aapadmissions@jhu.edu. If necessary, you can use the postal address at Washington DC indicated above. The web site further gives information relating to registration and various contact numbers and e-mail id.

For specific details of the school of your choice, you can log on to the concerned site. For example, for information on the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, you may first go to the general web site www.jhu.edu and follow the links 'Schools and Academics' and 'Medicine'. In this particular case, you will have to apply first to the American Medical College Application Service – vide www.aamc.org.

Information on financial aid is given in respect of each school. You can get in touch with the Student Financial Aid Services in the school of your choice. For example, for medical studies, you can contact the Student Financial Aid Services, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Reed Hall, 1620 McElderry Street, Suite 427, Baltimore, MD 21205-1911, Ph: +1 410 614-3450, e-mail: finaid@jhmi.edu. Full aid to cover all the expenses is not easy to get. You may have to focus on other sources as well.

International centres

Johns Hopkins Singapore International Medical Centre (11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng, Singapore 308433; Phone: +65 6880 2222; e-mail: info@imc.jhmi.edu).

This is a licensed medical oncology facility located in Singapore – a joint venture between the National Healthcare Group (NHG) and Johns Hopkins Medicine International. It serves the community of Singapore as well as foreign patients.

Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna Center (Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Via Belmeloro 11, 40126 Bologna, Italy; Ph: +39 051 291 7811)

Graduate education at this centre prepares students for professional careers in international affairs.

The centre has a strong emphasis on economics, international relations, international development, geographic area studies, and languages. The graduates can expect fine careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Hopkins-Nanjing Centre in China (Hopkins-Nanjing Centre, Nanjing University

Nanjing, China 210093; Fax: + 86.25.8330.1102; e-mail: jkiely@hnc.nju.edu.cn)

This Centre for Chinese and American Studies is jointly administered by Nanjing University and The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. It offers two residential programmes: a two-year M.A. degree in international studies, and a one-year, graduate-level programme in Chinese and American studies.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

This is an institution of long tradition of distinguished health care, with a mission for excellence. It strives to lead the world in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and to train tomorrow's great physicians, nurses and scientists. It provides quality health care and service to patients.

Almost every year it tops the U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings of more than 4,800 American hospitals, in many specialties. The medical school and hospital is the main reason for JHU's unique fame and reputation.