2Why 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 annuallyFacilities and faculty are considered best.Accreditation systems and strong financial base ensure high standards.QUALITY - The United States is the only place where you can get a U.S. education. American higher education offers world-wide quality, excellence, and choice. The U.S. offers the best education in the world. It has the most prestigious, top-ranked schools in the world and is known for the quality of its facilities, faculties, and programs.
3Why Study in the USA? CHOICE 5,000+ higher education institutions 1,700 universities offer graduate studyOver 819,000 international students studying in the U.S. – largest number from Asia.CHOICE - You won’t find as many educational options anywhere else in the world as you will in America. The U.S. has over 5,000 degree-granting higher education institutions. Over 1,700 universities offer graduate study. There is a school and degree program perfect for everyone.NETWORKS - Over 819,000 international students are studying in the U.S. this year – the majority coming from Asia. There are 7,800 Indonesians currently studying in the U.S., with more going each year. U.S. universities want international students and recruit regularly in Indonesia. You will find campuses to be diverse and tolerant communities.
4Why Study in the USA? FLEXIBILITY Work collaboratively with other departments and universitiesGain practical experience in your field.1 or 2-year MBA programsDesign your own certificate program.
5Find the Right Fit! University of Illinois Occidental College University of MarylandOccidental CollegeElizabethtown CollegeDon’t select your school based on rankings or name recognition. Choose your school because it is right for you. Make your decision based on varying academic fields, geographic preferences, school size, degree type, or program length.Did you know? Before transferring to Columbia University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts, President Obama attended Occidental College, a small liberal arts college in California.Anis Baswedan, President of Paramadina University is an alumus of the University of Maryland and Northern Illinois University.Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director of the World Bank Group and former Finance Minister, received her Master’s and PhD in economics from the University of Illinois.Film director and producer Nia Dinata attended Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.
6Program StructureAll 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.
7What is Graduate Study? Master’s Degree: 1-2 years beyond Bachelor’s MA = Master of ArtsMS = Master of ScienceMBA = Master of Business AdministrationMPP/MPA = Master of Public Policy/Public Admin.LLM = Master of LawDoctoral Degree: 3-5 years beyond Master’s degreePhD = Dr. of PhilosophyEdD= Dr. of Education
8Selecting a ProgramDecide 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.
10Application Components Application formsCurriculum VitaeTranscriptsStatement of PurposeLetters of RecommendationsStandardized Test Scores – GRE, GMAT, TOEFLCertification of Finances
11Admissions 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.
12TimelineApril-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.
13What Are They Looking For? Complete picture of you:Motivation, focus, goalsAcademic abilityCommunication skills: reading, writing, speakingPotential for successPersonal qualities: readiness for graduate study, self-discipline, work habits, teamwork, independent study, commitment, originality of ideas, maturity, adaptability, initiative
14Admissions Interviews Establishes relationship with alum or admissions teamAllows you to explain in your own words why you selected the programProvides the opportunity to explain why they should admit youTelephone, Skype, DVC
15University 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.
16Financial Aid SourcesFellowships 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.
17AssistantshipsTeaching (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
18Scholarships - LPDPAGE: < 35 years old for master’s; < 40 years old for PhDGPA: 3.0 from Bachelor/Sarjana/Diploma IV; 3.25 from Master’s/MagisterTOEFL: 550 in the TOEFL PBT or Letter of Acceptance (LOA)DisciplinesEngineeringAgricultureLawReligious StudiesScienceAccounting and Finance55 U.S. universitiesGo to
19Scholarships: USAID PRESTASI II DisciplinesEconomicsDemocracy and governanceEnvironmentHealthEducationGPA: 2.75 from bachelor degreeITP TOEFL® score of 450 or IBT TOEFL® score of 45 or IELTS™ score of 5.0Proof of leadership capabilityMinimum 2 years working experience in fieldIndonesian citizens. No dual citizenship.
20Scholarships - Fulbright Various programs for Master’s and PhDRequirements varyfor more information
21Scholarships - OtherPepperdine University School of Public Policy (Seiji Masuda Endowed Scholarship in Public Policy for International Students)Deadline to apply is May 1, 2014Based on merit and needVisitfor more information aboutIndonesia-specific scholarships