Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Final Questions About The Online Application

The application deadline is just a few days away and, upon our return from the holiday break, we've received a number of really great questions from applicants regarding the online application. We're doing our best to answer emails, phone calls, and Facebook messages (yes, you can message us on Facebook) in a timely manner. But in the meantime, you should check out some of the answers to the most common questions below. If you still have questions, feel free to comment.

Which abroad experiences should I enter in the Time Spent Abroad section?
In the time spent abroad section, you can only enter up to three experiences – so enter wisely. What we’re looking for here is meaningful cultural and international exposure. That time when you traveled to the Bahamas to sunbath and drink mimosas may not be the best use of space here.

Should I enter my internship experience in the Work Experience section? 
Well, the answer depends on when you participated in the internship. We do consider internships but they are pretty standard; most applicants have completed one or more internships as an undergraduate. So, what we’re looking for in this section is post-undergraduate, full-time experience. That means if you interned after completing your undergraduate studies on a full-time basis, it is advisable to enter the internship, even if it was unpaid. The key here is to include only post-undergraduate, full-time experience. The rest of your experiences are suitable for the resume.

Should I enter English in the Language section?
The application will call for you to enter your native language. If English is your native language, select English in the native language section. If English is not your native language, you can select English in the Foreign Language section. Since the application only allows for two foreign languages to be selected, it is advisable to enter English here only if you have space. We will use your English competency scores to evaluate your fluency in English, so it’s okay if you do not have space to enter it after having entered your other fluencies. This takes us to our next question...

I speak more than 2 foreign languages, but the application only allows for 2 to be entered. What should I do in this case?
In this case, it’s not in your best interest to use up space by entering English. As I mentioned above, we will use your English competency scores to evaluate your fluency in English. Enter your two strongest languages, and consider including a language section which includes levels of proficiency in your resume. The Admissions Committee will thoroughly review your resume – I can assure you, the languages will not be overlooked.

I'm not sure how to apply to both the MA and MIEF programs.
You’ll have to submit two online applications using two different email addresses. It doesn’t matter which application you submit first. Remember, you don't need to pay the application fee twice. Refer to the application instructions for details on required materials applicants applying to both programs concurrently.

In the Recommendation section, I can see that my recommenders have not submitted their letters. I’m concerned that I won’t be able to submit the application by the deadline since this section is incomplete.
Don’t worry, you can submit the application without your recommenders having submitted their letters. If you’re recommenders don’t submit the letters in a reasonable amount of time, you can always use the "send a reminder" feature in the online application or reach out to them directly. The key here is to make sure you submit your application by the deadline. Don’t let a missing letter prevent you from applying in time.

Is the deadline in Eastern Time?
No. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. in your time zone.

Where do I upload my resume?
Hint: it is in the Essays section.

Thank you and happy applying!