Organizing transcripts and evaluations/translations of transcripts

For many students new to university life and life in the United States, navigating the many regulations, timelines, rules, and guidelines can appear a bit daunting. Clear communication, defined goals, good organizational skills, previous research, and a professional support network of academic advisors, teachers and administrators can help students tremendously during this exciting transitional phase of life.

Most universities now require all undergraduate students to provide a HARD COPY attested/certified high school transcripts with their complete application package. In addition, all transcripts, as well as a copy of the graduation diploma/certificate, need to be translated into English.

Students also need to provide a copy of their passport, visa if applicable, student letter/letter of intent, a professional letter of recommendation, an official TOEFL/IELTS or Study Group English test score, and a bank statement or financial guarantee (if on scholarship) indicating minimum funds of US $34,000.

Accuracy and completion when filling out the application and required health forms are also very important. Not only does this improve the likelihood of acceptance, but there is also vital information which potentially impacts the student’s safety and well- being. Organizing immunizations records and other required documents while in one’s home country will not only save time and money, but will lessen the stress factor a student may feel upon arrival in the U.S.

The Admissions Office has a different set of admissions requirements for graduate students. Different graduate programs have different admission deadlines and starting dates, so it is very important to educate oneself on the specific program requirements for the degree one is seeking.

The application process for international students, residing outside of the United  States, typically takes between 6 months to one year. Students need to have a formal credential evaluation of undergraduate course work submitted directly to the Graduate Admissions Office, as well as complete a financial declaration. This is in addition to all other required documents such as a student letter, letters of recommendation, passport, copy of undergraduate diploma, completed health form, and International Student Advisor’s Report (if applicable).

In conclusion, doing research ahead of time, and providing up to date, accurate, and complete documents in English will help facilitate a positive, timely and favorable admission process.

How to write and organise a thesis part 1

Many students pursuing their higher degrees are striving hard to complete their thesis. I did a lot of research on the subject and came up with the following conclusions. My experiences are derived from writing a BSc Project, an MSc, and a Ph.D. thesis.

1) When initiating with your thesis, try to come up with a strongly arguable point with which people can reasonably disagree and provoke a, “no it cannot be true”. Once your point in the context of your argument is set you have taken the first step in writing a thesis.

2) The thesis was written should be specific and to the point rather more focused on the bull’s eye of the subject that has to be tackled, logically but with rigorous evidence that can make the readers finally change their initial stance.

3) The thesis should be directly supported by the evidence to your conclusions and not your opinion. Remember nobody is interested in your opinion and only solid facts will enable you to emphasize your logical arguments to the critics.

4) Your thesis should be a flow chart which guides your readers through your entire work.

5) While writing a thesis remember and anticipate a counter argument and acknowledge it with logical evidence based answer.

6)  Using vague abstract language in the thesis is strictly prohibited; phrases like “It seems, I believe, in my opinion” have no room. You talk specific and with facts to prove your point.

7) A good thesis should be provocative which can pass so what? or who cares? Test.

From a layman like me who does not hold any kind of degree writing thesis is similar to a lawyer defending his client in the courts of law, in this case, your thesis, with the aid of strong evidence to prove his client not guilty.

9) Like in debate completions, where you anticipate your predecessors to put a counter argument in front of your proposed narrative, and in return reply him with a concrete answer which may be a fact or a proven statistics report. Similarly, in a thesis, you defend your argument with the concrete facts. In a similar fashion can your argument or thesis be completed in the required set of time and space?

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