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1 Postgraduate Study in the United States

2 Why Study in the USA? QUALITY Excellence in education. U.S. has the most top-ranked schools. Earn a degree that is recognized and respected world-wide. #1 for research - $23 billion annually Facilities and faculty are considered best. Accreditation systems and strong financial base ensure high standards.

3 Why Study in the USA? CHOICE 5,000+ higher education institutions 1,700 universities offer graduate study Over 819,000 international students studying in the U.S. – largest number from Asia.

4 Why Study in the USA? FLEXIBILITY Work collaboratively with other departments and universities Gain practical experience in your field. 1 or 2-year MBA programs Design your own certificate program.

5 Find the Right Fit! Occidental College University of Illinois University of Maryland Elizabethtown College

6 Program Structure All U.S. graduate programs (Master’s level and PhD level) include classroom work –a set number of course modules AND written work – an extended report, thesis, or dissertation.

7 What is Graduate Study? Master’s Degree: 1-2 years beyond Bachelor’s MA = Master of Arts MS = Master of Science MBA = Master of Business Administration MPP/MPA = Master of Public Policy/Public Admin. LLM = Master of Law Doctoral Degree: 3-5 years beyond Master’s degree PhD = Dr. of Philosophy EdD= Dr. of Education

8 Selecting a Program Decide on your field and specialization - define your goals and objectives. Get an overview of all the programs in your field. Identify professors researching your area of interest.

9 Define Your Criteria Quality, reputation Competitiveness Admission requirements Funding availability Class demographics Living environment Opportunities Faculty profiles Potential supervisors Faculty publications Research facilities Curriculum structure Professional accreditation

10 Application Components Application forms Curriculum Vitae Transcripts Statement of Purpose Letters of Recommendations Standardized Test Scores – GRE, GMAT, TOEFL Certification of Finances

11 Admissions Process: 2 Steps STEP 1: School admissions will check to see that all documents are in order and that you meet the minimum standards for university admission. STEP 2: Your application will be assessed by the department to ascertain your suitability and compatibility with department professors.

12 Timeline April-July: think, read, research, select schools and programs. Plan essays and cultivate your recommenders. August-November: take GRE/GMAT/TOEFL, write essays, get transcripts and recommendations, fill out applications, and communicate with professors. November – January: Complete applications. March-May: Notified of decisions. August – Fall academic year begins.

13 What Are They Looking For? Complete picture of you: Motivation, focus, goals Academic ability Communication skills: reading, writing, speaking Potential for success Personal qualities: readiness for graduate study, self-discipline, work habits, teamwork, independent study, commitment, originality of ideas, maturity, adaptability, initiative

14 Admissions Interviews Establishes relationship with alum or admissions team Allows you to explain in your own words why you selected the program Provides the opportunity to explain why they should admit you Telephone, Skype, DVC

15 University Funding Very competitive, awarded only to top students. Demonstrate the relevance of your proposal to the professors. Research carefully to find universities which can give you the money you need.

16 Financial Aid Sources Fellowships or Tuition Scholarships: awarded by grad school, based on academic merit. On-campus jobs: 20 hours/week, low- paying. Internships: Off- campus, payment varies, good experience.

17 Assistantships Teaching (TA): Awarded by department. Must demonstrate spoken English and teaching experience. Research (RA): Awarded by professors. Contributes to your thesis research or a project with the professor

18 Scholarships - LPDP AGE: < 35 years old for master’s; < 40 years old for PhD GPA: 3.0 from Bachelor/Sarjana/Diploma IV; 3.25 from Master’s/Magister TOEFL: 550 in the TOEFL PBT or Letter of Acceptance (LOA) Disciplines Engineering Agriculture Law Religious Studies Science Accounting and Finance 55 U.S. universities Go to

19 Scholarships: USAID PRESTASI II Disciplines Economics Democracy and governance Environment Health Education GPA: 2.75 from bachelor degree ITP TOEFL ® score of 450 or IBT TOEFL ® score of 45 or IELTS ™ score of 5.0 Proof of leadership capability Minimum 2 years working experience in field Indonesian citizens. No dual citizenship.

20 Scholarships - Fulbright Various programs for Master’s and PhD Requirements vary for more information

21 Scholarships - Other Pepperdine University School of Public Policy (Seiji Masuda Endowed Scholarship in Public Policy for International Students) Deadline to apply is May 1, 2014 Based on merit and need Visit for more information about Indonesia-specific scholarships


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