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  • 1. GRADUATE APPLICATION CALENDAR Each college and university in the United States has its own admissions procedures and deadlines. Deadlines are strictly enforced and universities will not accept students who apply after the deadline, regardless of their qualifications. What follows is a general calendar, to use as a model when applying to graduate programs in the United States. Contact each school you plan to apply to for more specific information. OBJECTIVES PLANNED DATE OF COMPLETION COMPLETED  February-May  Attend an EducationUSA orientation to gather information.  Research and compare several graduate programs in your field and complete the school comparison worksheet.  Determine which exams you need to take.  Elaborate a calendar for the next steps to take.  Register for the required exams.  Determine your financial contribution and need.  Look for available scholarships. __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________        May-August  Study for the exams.  Identify your ideal 5-7 schools that offer a degree in your field of study.  Take the exams by the end of July and have official test scores sent to schools.  Write 1st drafts of personal statement and study objectives.  Begin online applications.  Begin scholarship applications.  Contact professors or departments you are most interested in with questions or to notify them you are applying. __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________        August-October  Get official transcripts with translation.  Request letters of recommendation, giving employers or professors enough time and instruction for each school.  Review your personal statement and study objectives. __________ __________ __________    November  Review your final list of programs.  Complete essays for each school (have them revised by a native English speaker). __________ __________  
  • 2.  Complete online applications and pay the application fee.  Check to see what financial aid forms are required for international students.  Send all application package materials to schools.  Complete scholarship applications. __________ __________ __________ __________     December-January  Monitor your applications to be sure all materials are received by the schools. __________ __________   February-April  Review your college acceptances and financial aid awards. Compare financial aid packages.  If you are positive you will not enroll at a particular college, notify them as soon as possible.  Apply for a passport or renew your passport if it is about to expire. __________ __________ __________    May  Send in your tuition deposit and follow instructions for admitted students.  If you are on the waiting list for your first- choice, do not lose hope. Let them know you are still very interested and keep them updated on your activities. __________ __________   June  Apply for your student visa. The university you have agreed to attend will send you an I-20 form or DS-2019 form.  Make a visa appointment at the U.S. Embassy. Keep in mind that summer is a very popular time to apply for a visa.  Know when payment for tuition, room and board, meal plans, etc. is due. __________ __________ __________    July  Attend Pre-departure Orientation at EducationUSA.  Look for information in the mail regarding housing, roommate(s), orientation, course selection, etc.  Make flight and housing plans. __________ __________ __________    August-September  Matriculate in your new university  Don’t forget to write an email to let your EducationUSA Advisers know where you are!!! __________ __________   Updated: Aug. 2014.