For some of us, graduation means no more grades or homework. For those who can’t get enough of the college experience, it means the cycle is about to start all over again with graduate school.
If you’re going to graduate school and you know it, clap your hands — and give these tips a try.
Research the program Whether or not you know what you want to study in graduate school, it’s always a good idea to research any program you’re interested in. Find out what the program offers and what’s required to get in. You should also look up the faculty and their interests and strengths. This will help you create your personal statement and cater it specifically to the program you want to enter.
Take the GRE early Similarly to taking the SAT when you were looking past high school, it’s a good idea to take the GRE your sophomore or junior year in college. That way, if your score is lower than you want, you have time to retake the test. Also, some of your general education classes, such as math and English, help prepare you for the GRE questions, so it’s good to take it when the information is still fresh in your mind. If you missed this mark and are taking the test later, it’s not the end of the world. It only means you have a little less time than people who started earlier.
Write, revise and tailor your personal statement Your personal statement is not something you should write overnight. You might have several drafts throughout the process, and that’s OK. The more revisiting and revising you do, the more satisfied with the final product you’ll be. This is your chance to showcase your accomplishments and goals and explain why you’re a perfect fit for the program.
Ask for strong letters of recommendation Making sure to ask the right people for “strong” letters of recommendation is key. Ask people who will promote you and your abilities in an effective way. It’s important to choose people who know how you work, what your accomplishments are and what your future goals are. Specifically requesting a “strong” recommendation letter shows that you’re serious about this program, and it encourages the recommender to put real thought and effort into what they write for you.
Ask for help and pay attention to deadlines Getting all your materials turned in on time is extremely important. Make sure you know when the deadline is and have everything done a little early. That way, if you have questions about the application process, you’ll have time to ask people who know. Reach out to the admissions staff in your program, and they’ll help you create a successful application. The IUPUI Graduate Office offers workshops on getting into graduate school; see the website for details.
OVPIA supports a variety of competitive funding opportunities that help IU faculty members advance their research and teaching through international engagement. These include a number of exchange programs as well as internal grant programs:
Global Gateway Seed Grants for ASEAN, China, Europe, India, and Mexico (deadline: minimum of 8 weeks prior to event)
International Short-Term Visitors Grants (deadline: minimum of 8 weeks prior to event)
Language Learning Grants (deadline: minimum of 8 weeks prior to start of program)
Overseas Conference Grants (deadlines: January 15, April 1, and July 1, 2019)
Overseas Study Program Development Grants (deadline: February 2, 2019)
President’s International Research Awards (PIRA) (deadline February 1, 2019)
Renmin University of China–IU joint research grants (deadline: April 1, 2019)
Watch for a Fall 2019 application deadline for Short-Term Exchange Programs for the 2020-2021 academic year. Exchange positions may be offered in Brazil, China, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Korea, and Thailand.
As you plan your international activities over the coming months, I encourage you to consider these opportunities. Follow this link for guidelines and on-line application forms:https://ovpia.iu.edu/faculty/index.html —and please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Some would-be graduate students find themselves stuck trying to navigate the graduate school admissions process.
“A lot of students who would be great candidates and do well as graduate students often struggle with the application process,” said NaShara Mitchell, assistant dean at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Graduate Office.
That’s why IUPUI offers a boot camp to help students master topics that are essential to a quality application, she said.
Graduate school boot camp will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, July 21, at the IUPUI Campus Center, third floor, 420 University Blvd. It is free and open to all graduate school applicants, regardless of where they intend to apply for admission. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Among topics graduate admissions experts will cover are:
Letters of recommendation
Entrance exam preparation (GRE, GMAT, etc.)
The in-depth program is for those who are ready to apply, providing personal attention to navigating the admissions process. Participants submit a draft personal statement before the event for faculty review. In addition to revising the personal statement during boot camp, participants may also ask faculty to answer questions during one-on-one sessions. Current students from graduate programs will provide personal insight into various disciplines.
While there is no cost to attend, participants must register in advance.
The deadline for registration is July 10. For more information, contact the IUPUI Graduate Office by email or by phone at 317-274-1577.