Applying to a U.S. university for a graduate program can be a long and complicated process. You are required to take standardized exams (TOEFL, GRE, GMAT), identify sources of funding, get recommendation letters and write essays. Most importantly, you have to select a program that meets your academic experience and goals, which can be a challenge by itself since there are nearly 1,700 accredited graduate higher education institutions to choose from! This intensive application workshop will help guide you through the process and provide you with all of the necessary tools you will need to successfully apply to a graduate program in the U.S.
The intensive application workshop consists of weekly meetings with EducationUSA advisers, homework assignments and a final admissions essay (Statement of Purpose). Each meeting will last around one hour and take place at an EducationUSA Advising Center or online using Google Hangouts.
The workshop is open to current university students or recent graduates who are interested in applying to a graduate degree program in the U.S., and is required for all students who are interested in applying for Opportunity Funds. Students must contact an EducationUSA adviser by March 15, 2014 to register for the workshop.
To register for the intensive application workshop:
By March 21, complete the registration form, indicating your level, meeting preference and time zone.
Week 1 (March 24-28): Introduction to Graduate Education in the U.S.
· Your 5 Steps to U.S. Study: Step 1 Research Your Options, Define Your Priorities
Homework: Complete the Define Your Priorities Worksheet and email to EducationUSA Adviser
Week 2 (March 31-April 4): Define Your Priorities, Finding Your Right “Fit”
· Your 5 Steps to U.S. Study: Step 1 Choose the Best Graduate Program for You
· EDUSA Connects Session: Choosing a Graduate Program with Kristen Williams, Ed.D. Assistant Vice President for Graduate and Special Enrollment Management, George Washington University
· YouTube Belarus EducationUSA: Интересует магистратура в США? Ищем программу вместе! and Докторантура в США: коротко о главном
Homework: Complete the Self Assessment For Graduate Studies with complete university list (6 schools: 2 reach, 2 comfort, 2 safety) and email to EducationUSA Adviser
Week 3 (April 7-11): Identifying Sources of Financial Aid
· Your 5 Steps to U.S. Study: Step 3 Make Your Budget
· EDUSA Connects Session: Graduate Financial Aid with Nancy Keteku, REAC for East and Central Africa
· YouTube: Financing Graduate School with Colette Patt, PhD, University of California at Berkeley
Homework: Identify different types of graduate financial support offered to international students at your 6 selected universities. Be prepared to discuss list during meeting with EducationUSA Adviser.
Week 4 (April 14-April 18): Completing the Application
· Your 5 Steps to U.S. Study: Step 2 Prepare a Successful Application
· EDUSA Connects Session: Strengthening Your Application with Kristin Williams, Ed.D. Assistant Vice President for Graduate and Special Enrollment Management, George Washington University
· YouTube: Strengthening Your Graduate Application with Carla Trujillo, PhD, University of California at Berkeley
· YouTube: Letter of Recommendation Strategies with Colette Patt, PhD, University of California at Berkeley
Homework: Prepare a list of admissions and application package requirements to your 6 selected universities. Be prepared to discuss the list during meeting with EducationUSA Adviser.
Week 5 (April 21-25): Writing Essays
· EdUSA Connects Session: Writing Your Personal Statement with Sonja Steinbrech, University of California at San Diego.
Homework: Prepare a rough draft of your Statement of Purpose and email to EducationUSA Adviser.
Students who complete this course could be eligible to apply for Opportunity Funds, receive a recommendation letter from their EducationUSA adviser and/or receive additional coaching with their applications materials. Participation does not guarantee admission to a graduate program in the U.S.