ApplicAtion procedures And forms
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D ApplicAtion procedures And forms Admission to sis ProgrAms D Dear Applicant: ■ personal and immigration information request form (piirf) and appropriate thank you for your interest in American financial documents dated within the university’s school of international service. past 3 months (for international appli- please read thoroughly the sections on admis- cants only.) sions and financial aid prior to completing ■ optional: self addressed stamped notifi- the attached application forms. cation card (in the back pocket of this All materials must be received by the booklet.) Graduate Admissions office by the appro- ■ non-refundable payment of $50 applica- priate deadline for the term for which you tion fee (by valid check or money order are applying. All documents submitted for to American university or, if applying review become the confidential property of on-line, by major credit card; cash will American university’s school of international not be accepted.) service and cannot be returned. should you have particular questions for your convenience, we invite you to regarding the admissions process, do not visit the school of international service’s hesitate to contact our office of Graduate website and apply on-line. All instruc- Admissions at: 202-885-1646 or by e-mail tions and application forms are available at at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. the applica- <www.american.edu/sis/admissions/gradu- tion and all necessary forms are contained ate.htm>. please note that when applying in this publication and can also be found on-line you will need to have your official on the web at <www.american.edu/sis/ transcripts, score reports, and letters of rec- admissions/graduateforms.htm>. All forms ommendation sent directly to the Graduate should be filled out in their entirety and Admissions office at the following address. mailed in the enclosed envelope to: the Admissions committee cannot review your application until all required compo- Graduate Admissions nents have been received. school of international service please use the following checklist to be American university sure your application is complete: 4400 massachusetts Ave., nW ■ completed application form with Washington, dc 20016-8071 applicant signature and date ■ all official academic transcripts We look forward to reviewing your ■ current resumé or cv application. ■ statement of purpose ■ two letters of recommendation and Graduate Admissions recommendation forms in signed and the school of international service sealed envelopes (three letters of recom- mendation are required for the phd program.) ■ official standardized test scores (please see the section on standardized test scores to determine which examination is required for the degree program to which you are applying.) grAduAte APPlicAtion And instructions To be considered for admission, parative and regional studies). Admission to the PhD program applicants should: ■ Applicants to dual degree programs the major criteria for admission to the ■ possess a bachelor's degree or its equiv- will be reviewed separately and phd program in international relations alent from an accredited institution, independently for each program. are outstanding academic credentials, ■ submit a completed application, Admission decisions at each school evidence of scholarly creativity, and a including all required components (see stand independent of the other, but strongly demonstrated interest in a profes- the checklist), full admission to joint or dual degree sional career as an international relations ■ possess at least a 3.0 cumulative GpA programs is contingent upon admis- scholar-teacher. Applications are accepted in undergraduate coursework, sion to both schools. for the fall semester only. Admission deci- ■ select one specific sis program for ■ Applicants to the mA/mBA dual sions are made by a faculty committee in admission consideration. degree program may apply to either the school of international service. All the Kogod school of Business or the phd applicants are required to submit International applicants must also: school of international service and their Gre scores. ■ submit results of the test of english as must indicate the sis degree program a foreign language (toefl) with a to which they are applying. score of at least 250 (former computer- ■ Applicants to the Jd/mA program based exam), 100 (new computer- must apply directly to the Washington based exam), or 600 (paper-based college of law and submit results of exam) if: the lsAt examination. Jd/mA appli- ■ their native language is not english, cants will be reviewed for admission and into the master of Arts in international ■ they do not hold a degree from a u.s. politics program (mAiA:ipol). accredited college/institution in or out- ■ mAt/ipcr students may apply to side the u.s. either the college of Arts & sciences or the school of international service. Applicants are highly recommended ■ mA/epGA students should apply only to: to the school of international service. ■ have completed at least 24 hours of ■ Applicants for the mA:ipcr/mts social science course work relevant to program must submit separate international studies, applications to both the school of ■ possess a college GpA of 3.5 on a 4.0 international service and Wesley scale, theological seminary. ■ have completed course work in micro- ■ Applicants to the dual master’s pro- and/or macro-economics prior to their gram with ritsumeikan university graduate studies, must submit a one-page essay in ■ demonstrate foreign language skills, Japanese addressing the candidate’s ■ have substantial work and/or intern- respective views on Japanese-American ship experience. relations in the twenty-first century and how the candidate sees himself or Please also note the following: herself as a participant. After the appli- ■ Applicants to the mAiA: comparative cation is received, a phone interview and regional studies program must will be arranged to assess further the also indicate a regional focus (see com- candidate’s Japanese language ability. grAduAte A p p l ication APPlicAtion And instructions Standard Deadlines* Statement of Purpose PhD Deadline January 1 mA Program statement of Purpose Fall Enrollment January 15 Your personal statement is an extremely Fall Enrollment—mid-career executive July 15 important part of your application and BA/MA deadline June 15 will be examined closely by the sis faculty Spring Enrollment—international students September 15 Admissions committee. Be sure to put Spring Enrollment—domestic October 1 your name on each page of your statement Spring Enrollment—mid-career executive November 15 of purpose. in it please identify: * Please note that American University’s School of International Service cannot con- ■ areas of your background which you sider applicants for graduate merit awards after the above deadlines. think will ensure success in graduate school and in your future international Application for Admission on page 63 but are preferably submitted affairs career American university’s school of together with your application. Applicants ■ why you wish to pursue a graduate international service application is “self- who are currently in school must submit degree in international affairs at managed.” this means you must com- the most recent transcript detailing grades this time plete and sign the application, assemble from the previous semester. ■ how this degree at the school of all the required components for your transcripts must show all courses international service will prepare you degree program, and mail them to the taken, grade received, title of degree, and for your career 71 school of international service’s Graduate the date it was/will be conferred. Admissions office. Applicants can also students applying to the BA/mA Your statement of purpose should be choose to apply on-line, though official program must request their most recent approximately 1,200 words. transcripts score reports, and letters of rec- American university transcript and submit ommendation must be submitted in hard it with their application. the entirety of Phd Program statement of Purpose copy. Applicants are strongly encouraged an applicant’s academic performance will When drafting your statement of academic to submit all required supplemental mate- be evaluated. purpose for the phd program, you should rial in one enclosed envelope at one time. be clear that this essay will play an impor- international transcripts tant role in the Admissions committee’s Academic Transcripts international students must submit a cer- assessment of your potential as a scholar, please submit one official transcript indicat- tified english translation of their academic that is, as an individual who is making a ing conferral of degree from each college, record if the transcript is in a language long-term professional commitment to university, professional school, or postsec- other than english. translations alone will creating new knowledge. statements of ondary institution you have attended. All not be accepted. if you attended a non- academic purpose should include a clear institutions must be reported. u.s. institution, one of our evaluators statement of your scholarly interests and students who have participated in a will do an assessment of your under- goals. You should be able to situate those study abroad program should provide offi- graduate and/or graduate course work if interests and goals within a broader domain cial transcripts from the host institution. applicable. external transcript evaluations of inquiry. some familiarity with relevant students who have completed a master’s will not be accepted. literature, exemplar scholars, and current degree will still need to submit official issues within that domain of inquiry should transcripts of their bachelor’s degree. All Résumé be demonstrated. While biographical infor- transcripts must be submitted in sealed You will need to include a current résumé mation should not be the principal focus, it envelopes from the respective records office. detailing information regarding your educa- is appropriate for you to show how signifi- transcripts can be submitted directly to the tion background, current or past employ- cant life experiences have provided a con- school of international service’s Graduate ment, internships, study abroad opportuni- text for your scholarly interests and goals. Admissions office at the address listed ties, and academic honors or awards. Application Letters of Recommendation Gre or GmAt scores that are more than ing that your scores be sent directly to the letters of recommendation are required five years old or toefl scores that are school of international service. if you have components of your application. if you more than two years old. any questions about which standardized are applying to the master’s program, you international students whose native test is appropriate for you, please contact must submit two letters of recommenda- language is not english and who do not the sis Admissions office. tion, at least one of which must be from an hold a degree from a u.s. accredited academic source. three letters of recom- college or institution are required to sub- Personal and Immigration mendation are required if you are applying mit scores from the test of english as a Information Request Form (PIIRF) to the phd program. You should feel free foreign language (toefl). for further for international applicants only to supplement a letter of recommendation information on the toefl or to request if you intend to apply for an f-1 or J-1 from an employer or internship supervisor, a registration form, please contact toefl visa and are requesting an i-20 or iAp-66 but this may not take the place of recom- education testing services at 609-771- from American university, you will need mendations from those individuals who are 7100 or via e-mail at <email@example.com>. to fill out the personal and immigration able to evaluate your academic performance. international students may also sub- information request form (piirf) that please provide your recommenders with the mit results of the international english is enclosed in this booklet. Visa applicants forms that we have included in this applica- language testing system (ielts) instead must complete parts i, ii, and iii. All other tion booklet. the signed, dated, and sealed of toefl.ielts is administered by non-u.s. citizens or permanent residents recommendation letters are to be returned to the university of cambridge esol must complete part i and part ii (section you and included in your completed appli- examinations, British council, and idp: entitled “other Visa category”) indicating cation package. if you opt to submit the ielts Australia. A minimum ielts score your current or intended visa type if not f-1 on-line application, you may download the of 7 is required for admission. for more or J-1. in addition to submitting the PiirF, recommendation form at <www. american. information about ielts please visit it is necessary for F-1 and J-1 visa appli- edu/sis/admissions/graduate/forms.htm> and <www.ielts.org>. cants to include with this form supporting then follow the same instructions above. students needing to take the Gre financial documents to demonstrate ability or the toefl should contact ets to meet financial obligations for the first Standardized Test Scores (educational testing services) at <www. year of your academic program. financial All applicants to the school of ets.org> to learn of available test centers documents such as bank statements, scholar- international service graduate programs and dates. please note that the Gre and ship letters, and u.s. department of Justice must submit results of the Gre general toefl are now administered through form i-134 “Affidavit of support,” must be test unless otherwise stated below. those computer-based testing. please specify the presented. please visit <www.american.edu/ students applying to the mA/mBA following ceeB codes to ensure that the ocl/iss/costs.html> for the required amount program can submit scores from either the standardized test is submitted to the cor- you need to demonstrate on your financial Gre or the GmAt if they apply directly rect location. documents. in addition, please enclose a to sis. those students applying to the gre institutional code is 5558 photocopy of your completed PiirF and Jd/mAiA program must submit lsAt toeFl institutional code is 8177, photocopies of your financial documents. test scores only. BA/mA applicants, mis no departmental code should you have further questions regarding applicants, and international applicants the examination score report will be obtaining a visa, financial documents, immi- who did not attend an institution where the only component of your application grations status, etc. we urge you to contact english was the primary language of that is submitted separately. Although the American university’s international student instruction are not required to take the Admissions committee cannot make a services office at 202-885-3350 or via e-mail Gre but are encouraged to do so. All final decision before receiving the official at <iss@american. edu>. phd applicants, whether international or test scores, we strongly encourage you to domestic, must take the Gre. the school include the unofficial score report with of international service cannot accept your application in addition to request- A p plication A p p l ication Check Application Status Financing Your Education available to sis graduate students. please self-address and stamp the enclosed Merit-Based Assistance Dean’s Scholar Award. the dean’s scholar application card and include it in your All admitted doctoral students are provided Award provides 12 credit hours of tuition admission pacakage. the sis office of full funding, including tuition remission, remission annually for degree-related courses. Graduate Admissions will return it upon a stipend and research assistantship. the An assistantship and/or a stipend may receipt of your application, after which university provides a limited number of accompany this award. you will be able to confirm receipt of merit-based financial awards annually to Special Opportunities Award. the special all required application materials online incoming master's degree students. All school opportunities Award, offered only to through the sis prospective Graduate of international service students are eligible to u.s.-born minority students, provides 12 student portal (www.american.edu/sis). apply for merit-based financial aid, provided credit hours of tuition remission annually they are attending the university full time. All for degree-related courses. An assistantship Application fee students who indicate that they would like may accompany this award. if you choose to apply on-line using our to be considered for merit-based financial aid Hall of Nations Award. the Hall of nations Web-based application, you must submit on the application form are evaluated by the Award, offered only to international stu- a $50 nonrefundable application fee made Awards committee, based on recommenda- dents who do not have u.s. permanent resi- payable to American university by check, tions made by the Admissions committee. dent status or u.s. citizenship, provides 18 money order, or credit card. if you choose the school of international service provides credit hours of tuition remission annually to apply with our paper-based applica- only merit-based assistance. if a student for degree-related courses. An assistantship 73 tion, you must submit a $50 nonrefund- receives a financial award upon acceptance to and/or a stipend may accompany. able application fee via check or money the fall semester only, he or she is eligible to order only. We will not accept cash. We renew the award for the following year pro- Need-Based Assistance vided he or she remains Both part-time and full-time students may 2005–2006 Tuition Costs in good academic stand- apply for need-based assistance. only u.s. Based on two semesters of full-time enrollment (9 credits/semester) ing and does not take citizens, permanent residents or other eli- Tuition: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $17,802 a leave of absence from gible non citizens are eligible for federal ($989 per credit hour) the school. students need-based aid. to apply, complete the free Fees: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,880 admitted for the spring Application for federal student Aid form Room*: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $9,676 semester are only eligible (fAfsA) and submit it to the processing Board*: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,818 for one-semester awards. center by february 15th, or as soon thereaf- Books*: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $800 Transportation*:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,400 students wishing to be ter as possible. You can obtain a copy of this Personal*: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,650 considered for merit- form from American university’s financial AU-sponsored Health Insurance**: . . . . . . . . . . $1,165 based assistance must Aid office. in addition, the fAfsA form is * estimated submit their complete available on-line and we encourage you to **please visit the Health center's website for exact figures. application by January file the form electronically via the Web at 15 (January 1 for Phd) <www.fafsa.ed.gov>. Please do not wait until do not grant fee waivers. Applicants who if applying for fall admission and september you receive an admissions decision to file do not include the application fee will not 15 for international students and october 1 the FAFsA form as this can significantly be considered for admission. Alumni of for domestic students if applying for spring delay the process. the fAfsA code for and currently enrolled degree candidates admission. should you have questions regard- American university is 001434. should you at American university are exempt from ing merit-based financial aid, please contact have questions regarding need-based financial the application fee. current ppiA, iipp, the school of international service’s Graduate aid, please contact American university’s mcnair, and pickering fellows are also Admissions office at 202-885-1646 or by e- financial Aid office at 202-885-6100 or exempt from the fee. mail at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. listed below access the financial aid Web site at<www. are some of the various merit-based awards american.edu/admissions/fahome.html>. Application University Honor Awards ■ sallie mae 1-888-272-4665 the Graduate Honor Awards committee ■ educaid 1-800-338-2243 reviews nominations from the academic ■ nellie mae 1-800-338-5626 units for two university-wide awards: the massey scholarships (for canadian Additional Funding citizens), and the united methodist Resources scholarship. Applicants should check the the Web can also be an excellent resource apprpriate box on the application form if for private or commercial funding oppor- they are eligible. tunities. A sampling of such sites is listed below. Employment Opportunities many Au graduate students are able to U.S. Citizens or Permanent supplement their financial resources by Residents working part-time at the university or with ■ www.fastweb.com off-campus organizations. for American ■ www.fafsa.org university employment opportunities, visit ■ www.collegeview.com the Human resources website at <www. ■ www.scholarships.com american.edu/hr>. ■ www.petersons.com for off-campus employment, gradu- ate students are encouraged to review the International Students <http://www.american.edu/careercenter/> ■ www.nafsa.org/ career center's Job listing service. each ■ www.iie.org month more than four thousand part-time, ■ www.petersons.com full-time, and intermittent jobs are listed. ■ www.fordfound.org/ ■ www.rotary.org/foundation Private or Commercial Funding ■ www.fdncenter.org/grantmaker/ Sources scholarships many private banks offer educational loans ■ http://www.imanet.org at reasonable interest rates to domestic or ■ www.iadb.org/int/eng/japan_ international students. choice of lender is scholarship.htm a decision that each student must make, depending upon his/her financial situation Further information and needs. please note that this does not Au’s office of financial Aid is the most constitute an endorsement of any of the comprehensive resource for need-based following organizations. Below is a list of or private funding. please visit their web frequently used lending institutions and site or contact the office via email at: their contacts: email@example.com or via phone at (202) ■ Access Group 1-800-282-1550 885-6100. should you have any addi- ■ citibank/citi-assist 1-800-745-5473 tional questions, feel free to contact the sis ■ Key- Bank-Grad Achiever loan Graduate Admissions office at (202) 885- 1-800-539-5363 1646, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. ■ mBA loans-tlp 1-888-440-4622 ■ teri 1-800-255-8374 A pplication Basic Qualifications for Graduate Admission Consideration COUNTRY or SYSTEM DEGREE or CERTIFICATE* AFRICA Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi,Cameroon, Chad, License (4 years or 3 years following Congo, Gabon,Guinea, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mali, the Bacc.); Professional Title; Diploma Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Rwanda, (Grand Ecole);Maitrise Senegal, Togo, Tunisia, Zaire Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Bachelor Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe ASIA Afghanistan, China, Japan, Korea (South), Bachelor (4 years) Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Master; BTech.; BEng.; MBBS; LLB Indonesia Sarjana; Doctorandus; Professional Title Kampuchea (Cambodia), Vietnam License BRITISH SYSTEMS Australia, New Zealand Bachelor (4 years), Bachelor (honors) Canada Bachelor (4 years); License; Professional Title Commonwealth Caribbean, East and West Bachelor; Professional Title Africa (see above), Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Pacific, United Kingdom Ireland Bachelor CENTRAL and SOUTH AMERICA Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia,Costa Rica, Cuba, Licenciado; Bachelor (4 years); Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Professional Title Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela Brazil Bacharel, Licenciado; Professional Title MIDDLE EAST Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan,Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bachelor United Arab Emirates, Yemen Arab Republic Iran, Lebanon Bachelor, License, Professional Title EUROPE and N.I.S. Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria,Byelarus, Croatia, Diploma or Professional Title Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Estonia, FYROM, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yugoslavia Austria Diploma, Professional Title (3 or more years) Belgium, France, Luxembourg License (4 years or 3 years following the Bacc.); Maitrise, Grand Ecole Diplome; Professional Title Denmark Candidatus Philosophiae Finland Lower Level Kandidaati Germany Diplom, Magister Artium, Staatsexamen Greece and Cyprus Ptychion from a university Iceland Candidatus Italy Laurea Netherlands Kandidaat; Professional Title Norway Candidatus Magisterii Poland Magister; Professional Title Portugal Licenciado Romania Diplom (Examen de Stat); Licenta; Professional Title Spain Licenciado; Professional Title Sweden Fil. Kandidat; Fil. Magister; Pol. Magister; Professional Title Switzerland License; Lizentiat; Professional Title; Diploma; Staat-profung (4 years) Turkey Lisans, Bachelor, Professional Title *Applicants for admission to graduate programs must have earned a bachelor’s degree or its U.S. equivalent from an accredited college, university, or other institution of higher learning.