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Postgraduate Study in the USA


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Presentation by Sarah Dargon, Fulbright Commission, at University of Sussex, February 2011

Presentation by Sarah Dargon, Fulbright Commission, at University of Sussex, February 2011

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  • 1. US-UK Fulbright Commission: • Promoting peace and cultural Postgraduate Study understanding through educational exchange • Awards for postgraduate study and in the US research in the US and UK • Fulbright Advisory Service offering information and advice on all levels of US study to the UK public President John F Kennedy signing • Part of EducationUSA global the Fulbright-Hays Act; Senator network of more than 400 advising William J Fulbright (far left) centres supported by US Department of StateEducational Terminology Differences: Why Study in the US? US UK • Quality and reputation of US universities College, university, institute, University school • Funding opportunities Class, course Module • Flexibility to explore your academic interests (focus on teaching) Degree program Course • Opportunity to experience campus life and activities Undergraduate study First-degree Graduate study Postgraduate study • Internationalise & strengthen your CV Public State-funded • Learn about a new culture & expand your horizons 1
  • 2. Quality & Variety of US Universities Funding Opportunities Simon McCabe, PhD Social Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia, Teaching Assistantship Flexibility and Focus Opportunity to Experience Campus on Teaching Collaboration Life & Activities Alexandra Latham, Arizona State University 2
  • 3. Learn About a New Culture & Expand Internationalise Your CV Your Horizons Jorja Hudson, British student at San Jose State UniversityOverview of Postgraduate Study: Ideal Timeline: Time Before Typical Timeframe Notes• Key differences between the US and UK: Enrolment – No pure research degrees 1–1½ •Learn about US higher education and application process Spring / Summer •Begin choosing universities – Coursework expressed in credits or required courses Years •May 2010 - Apply for a Fulbright Award for 2012-13 – No set fees •Finalise your selection of 4-6 universities – Law and Medicine studied at postgraduate level Late Summer/Early 10-12 •Register for admissions exams Autumn Months •Begin admissions and funding applications• Type of degree programmes: 8-10 •Submit admissions applications – Master’s: Academic/research or professional Late Autumn / Winter Months •Submit funding applications – Doctoral 4-7 •Receive admissions decisions – JD/LLM (law) Spring Months – MD (medicine) •Notify universities – Visiting or non-degree seeking students 1-3 Summer •Apply for your visa Months •Read pre-departure information on our website Aug. / Sept. -- •Begin study in the US! 3
  • 4. Application Components: Sources of Funding: • Submit an application to each university • Personal/family funds • Will follow a similar format: • US universities – Online application form – Fellowships – Admissions exam scores, such as the GRE – Assistantships – Transcript – Application procedures – Personal statement – 2-3 recommendation letters • External funding bodies – CV – Types of funding bodies – Application fee – Application procedures – Interview (for MBA) or audition (for the Arts) – Submission of work (writing sample, portfolio, etc.) • Loans Fulbright Awards: Benefits: • Significant contribution toward tuition fees and maintenance for at least the first year of study (minimum of $25,000)“The Fulbright Commission aimsto bring a little more knowledge, • Application and university placement support, which includes universitya little more reason, and a little application and entrance exam feesmore compassion into worldaffairs and thereby increase the • Limited sickness and accident benefit coveragechance that nations will learn atlast to live in peace and • Recognition of the Fulbright name during admissions process and beyondfriendship.” • Visa processing support - Senator J William Fulbright • Comprehensive 2-3 day orientation and support and enrichment events whilst in the US 2010-11 UK Scholars • Membership to extensive alumni networks, including the British Fulbright Scholar Association 4
  • 5. Eligibility: Successful Applicants:• UK citizen • Are well-rounded • Have demonstrated academic achievement• Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) from any university • Have shown leadership skills and initiative and have been active inside the classroom/lab as well as outside• May not hold US citizenship, be a dual citizen, hold a • Possess a curiosity for the US and American culture green card, or reside in the US at time of application • Serve as good ambassadors for the Fulbright Commission and for the UK in the US• Some preference given to candidates who have not had extensive recent experience in the US • Indicate a clear reason for selecting universities and a desire to give back to the UK and the Fulbright Commission upon returning homeApplication Information:• All categories (except Harvard MBA Award): – Application available online at from 1 February 2011 – Components: • Application form • Personal and Research statements • Transcript / confirmation of degree results • Copy of UK Passport • CV – Deadline: 31 May 2011 for study commencing in 2012-13• Harvard MBA Award: – Application available online at now – Deadline: 15 April 2011 (for study from 2011-12)For application questions please contact the Awards Programme via or live MSN chat on Tuesdays and Thursdaysafternoons between 2-4pm 5
  • 6. USA Grad School Day (9 March 2011 in London) & Autumn Seminar Resource Library Questions? Enquiries 6
  • 7. FYI – Approximate GradeFYI - Selection Criteria: Conversions:• Academics – Degree results - Minimum 2:2 undergraduate results UK US – Admissions exam results First Class Honours A (4.00)• ‘Academic fit’ – As discussed in ‘choosing’ slide, compelling reasons for: 2:1 A-/B+ (3.33 – 3.67) – pursuing that particular degree programme at that institution – how it will help you achieve your future goals 2:2 B (3.00) – For UK students - why you’re interested in studying in the US Third Class Honours C+ (2.30)• Relevant preparation - Work/research experience and/or coursework Pass C (2.00)• Extracurricular involvementChoosing a Degree Programme: Choosing a Degree Programme:• Type of degree programme: • Location – Master’s: Academic/research vs. professional – Centres of excellence for certain fields – Doctoral – Cost of living – Joint degree programme – Urban, suburban or rural – Non-degree seeking student status – Campus size – Cultural differences• Suitability of the department - the ‘academic fit’: – Weather and climate – Faculty expertise – Proximity to public transport / airports – Electives and concentrations – Size and atmosphere • Extracurricular opportunities – Relationships between students and faculty – Additional opportunities for research, teaching and conference attendance • Competitiveness of admission• Prestige - the slippery slope • Costs and availability of university funding – prioritise if necessary 7