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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. 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.

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. 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.

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! University of Illinois Occidental College
University of Maryland Occidental College Elizabethtown College Don’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.

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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