12 to 18 months before departure: Evaluate your reasons for wanting to study in the USA taking into consideration : motivation, objectives, why the USA and not elsewhere ? your future plans : academic or employment opportunities your English proficiency and academic ability time required to earn an American degree estimated cost of study & scholarship opportunities June - September Select 5 or 6 universities on the basis of their programs, degrees offered, accreditation, level of selectivity, cost, location and size July - August Find out which standardized tests are required (TOEFL, TSE, IELTS, ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT) and register to take them in October or November. Forms are available at the Commission. August - September Write to 5 or 6 universities to request application forms for admission and financial aid. October - February request transcripts from your department or university and prepare literal translations have the translations of degrees and transcripts certified at the Commission apply for financial aid in Belgium and the USA have professors send recommendation letters send applications to universities well in advance of deadlines February - April Wait for letters from the universities. March - April Contact universities to which you have applied, but not yet received a response. April - June Accept offer of admission from your preferred university. Decline offers from other universities where you were also accepted. Contact the university housing office to reserve university owned housing. Contact the university Foreign Student Advisor for any specific information concerning arrival and orientation. Contact the Commission for pre-departure information.
Why study in the USWhy study in the US• Wide array of options• Flexibility• Not just academic study• Internationalize your CV• Opportunity to travel to the US
Where can I go with my degree?• Public • Multilateral/inter- sector/government governmental• Academia organizations• Non-profit sector • Private sector – Foundations/institutions – Consulting – Think tanks – Financial services – Non-governmental – Media organizations (NGOs) – Technology – Public interest/advocacy – Law Firms groups – Energy 4
Differences to expectDifferences to expect• Teaching and classroom styles• On-campus life and opportunities• Ranking system• Letters of recommendation• Personal statement
Some interesting figuresSome interesting figures Top 5 Receiving Institutions Top 5 Receiving States Institution State % of Total New York University New York 13,24 % Stanford University California 12,14 % Columbia University Massachusetts 10,62 % University of Chicago Pennsylvania 7,03 % Harvard University Illinois 6,76 %
Choose the right programChoose the right program o Thousands of accredited universities in the USA, take time to find the right one. o Consult www.fulbright.be and/or visit the Commission’s Advising Center. University catalogs, reference books, test registration bulletins and preparation materials are available. o Visit the websites of the universities. o Contact 5 to 10 different universities.
English testsEnglish tests € 185• $ 225 Accepted by many but not• Brussels, all universities Luxembourg, Paris, Listening (30min), Reading Arnhem (1h), Speaking (11-14min),• Reading, listening, Writing (1h) break, speaking, http://www.britishcouncil.o writing (4.5 hours)• http://www.ets.org/toefl
Start earlyStart early 12 to 18 months before you want to go to the USA: o Evaluate your motivation and objectives. o Choose 5 to 10 universities. o Determine what is required for each application (tests, essays, letters of recommendation, etc). o Register for required tests (TOEFL, IELTS, etc). o Note all deadlines on a calendar.
Dates to rememberDates to remember• 12 to 18 months before departure: Evaluate your reasons• June - September Select 5 or 6 universities on the basis of their programs, degrees offered, accreditation, level of selectivity, cost, location and size• July - August Find out which standardized tests are required• August - September Write to 5 or 6 universities to request application forms for admission and financial aid.• October - February Prepare transcripts and literal translations ,certified at the Commission Have professors send recommendation letters Send applications to universities well in advance of deadlines• February - April Wait for letters from the universities.• March - April Contact universities to which you have applied, but not yet received a response.• April - June Accept /Decline offers from other universities where you were also accepted. Contact housing department and international student office.
Education USA – State Dept websiteEducation USA – State Dept website
Teaching Style: Socratic Method Active vs. Passive Participation No Lectures Requires Pre-Class Preparation Discuss Case Details Without Warning Goal Think Like a Lawyer Identify Key Matters = Issue Spotting
Consistent Amongst U.S. Law Schools: The Socratic Method A system of learning where professors ask students a series of questions that encourage critical analysis of the subject being taught.
3 Simultanious Actions3 Simultanious Actions1. Choose 5-10 universities & prepare the applications for each one.2. Determine which tests are needed to apply & take them (TOEFL, GRE, GMAT).3. Look for financial support.
How to finance your studiesHow to finance your studies 1. Personal funding 2. Loan from a bank 3. Fellowship from U.S. university o Research assistantship o Teaching assistantship o Work Study (20 hrs/wk) 1. Scholarship from another organizations ◦ Fulbright ◦ BAEF ◦ Rotary ◦ Etc.
established in 1946 Commission for Educational Exchange Between the United States of America, Belgium and Luxembourg“ to increase mutual understanding between thepeople of the United States and people of othercountries " former Senator J. William Fulbright Be an ambassador of Belgium to the US
Facts & figuresFacts & figures Since 1946: More than 300,000 Fulbrighters from over 155 countries have participated More than 189.000 foreign nationals have gone to the United States for study, teaching, lecturing or research More than 101.000 Americans have gone abroad 140 programs worldwide In the United States, the Fulbright Program is funded by the U.S. State Department through annual appropriations from the U.S. Congress Overseas, the Fulbright Program is administered by bi-national Fulbright Commissions. In non- Commission countries, the Fulbright Program is administered by the Public Affairs section of the U.S. Embassy
How to apply?How to apply? Preliminary Final Online Send Application Application 3 letters of rec Provide letter of Interview Notification acceptance
Deadlines for Fulbright GrantDeadlines for Fulbright GrantOctober 31 Foreign Language Teaching Assistants ProgramOctober 31 Frank Boas Scholarships for HarvardOctober 31 Fulbright - Hays Journalism GrantOctober 31 Summer Seminar in American StudiesMarch 1 Fulbright Awards for Research Scholars & LecturersMarch 1 Fulbright - Schuman GrantsMarch 1 Fulbright Awards for Graduate Study
Frank BOAS award for HarvardFrank BOAS award for Harvard• Full scholarship to Harvard for one year • The Frank Boas Scholarship in International Legal Studies • The Frank Boas Scholarship for Graduate Study• October 14, 2012: Suggested deadline for preliminary application form consisting of biographical data (roughly 2 pages)• October 31, 2012: Final application deadline at NOON (12pm) to submit a hard copy of the FINAL application (consisting of a 15 page application form with CV, (optional) writing sample, 5 photos, etc).• Mid-November 2012: interview• Mid-November 2012: Applicants notified by physical mail• April 2013: Notification by Harvard of final selection
Grants for General StudiesGrants for General Studies• Fulbright Awards• BOAS Scholarship• Ambassador Fox Award• University of Chicago Alumni Award• Columbia Club of Belgium Award• Dorothy Deflandre Award• Fulbright Alumni Association Award• Harvard Club of Belgium Scholarship
Grants for Law Students (LLM)Grants for Law Students (LLM)o Allen & Overy Awardo Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Awardo Liedekerke, Wolters, Waelbroeck & Kirkpatrick Awardo Loyens and Loeff AwardNote: only for students who have attended law school in Belgium
Other Fulbright CommissionsOther Fulbright CommissionsAustria www.fulbright.at Italy www.fulbright.itBelgium and Luxembourg www.fulbright.be Netherlands www.fulbright.nlBulgaria www.fulbright-bg.org Norway www.fulbright.noCyprus: www.fulbright.org.cyCzech Republic www.fulbright.cz Poland www.fulbright.edu.plDenmark www.daf-fulb.dk Portugal www.ccla.ptFinland www.fulbright.fi Romania www.fulbright.roFrance www.fulbright-france.org Slovak Republic www.fulbright.skGermany www.fulbright.de Spain www.fulbright.esGreece www.fulbright.gr Sweden www.fulbright.seHungary www.fulbright.hu Turkey www.fulbright.org.trIceland www.fulbright.isIreland www.fulbright.ie United Kingdom www.fulbright.co.uk Russia http://fulbright.ru Ukraine www.fulbright.org.ua Visit the Commission’s website in your home country for more information
Youtube.com/fulbrightbeYoutube.com/fulbrightbe• Timothy Hirs, LLM, Cornell University• Gilles Teerlinck, LLM, University of California, Berkeley• Emilie Maes, LLM, University of Chicago• Vanessa Foncke, LLM, Columbia University• Ravi Mehta, LLM, NY School of Law• Stef Feyen, LLM, Harvard University• Marco Benatar, LLM Studies at NYU School of Law• Céline Vanbever, Studying Law (LLM) in New York (NYU)• LLM at Harvard Law School: Sarah Panis• LLM at NYU University: Pauline Begasse• LLM at NYU: Noemi Blumberg• Law School in the US (LLM at NYU): Charles Rase• Louis Hubert Pacco: UPenn Law
Commission for Educational Exchange Between the United States of America and Belgium Royal Library Albert IBoulevard de L’Empereur, 4, Keizerslaan B-1000 Brussels, Belgium Tel: +32 (0)2 519.57.72 Fax: +32 (0)2 519.57.73 email@example.com www.fulbright.be