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  1. Many schools are giving students the option of doing the fall semester or quarter completely online from their homes. if classes would begin in person later, it will be important to work with the international student office to change the anticipated arrival date in SEVIS.
  2. Are there any other incoming international students who were informed by your departments that classes would be 100% online for the fall? if so, did they comment on how that would affect eligibility for a student visa since DHS regulations limit the number of online credits a student can take to maintain visa eligibility?
  3. Dreams

    HGSE 2020

    I think they are offering this both to build up cash reserves, and likely because a lot of people declined their admissions offers this year. So they need the bodies. I would not expect any significant financial aid offers for the online program.
  4. Good luck, and stay safe. I see things are in a bad spot in Brazil at the moment.
  5. Dreams

    Baltimore, MD

    How much is your stipend? Knowing a ballpark amount, we can give you an idea of how it will stack up against cost of living.
  6. With many universities moving to online class format, are there people out there who are funded with a TAship that find themselves affected by this? Are you still TAing, but now virtually? For people who currently have no classes, did the department reduce your stipend? For incoming 2020 students, have any universities contacted you to change the terms of your offer (rescind a TA offer)?
  7. Has anyone given the recent events going to holding virtual discussion sections with the students? Or are your sections suspended altogether? I would be interested to hear people's experiences.
  8. With many universities moving to online class format, are there people out there who are funded with a TAship that find themselves affected by this? Are you still TAing, but now virtually? For people who currently have no classes, did the department reduce your stipend? For incoming 2020 students, have any universities contacted you to change the terms of your offer (rescind a TA offer)?
  9. Have fun in Kosovo! The entire region is great. And if you like monasteries, there will be a lot to visit.
  10. The Payne fellowship is for people interested in working for USAID. http://www.paynefellows.org/?areaid=2&contentid=941&CFID=45&CFTOKEN=317F5091-EA05-40A4-8FC43E29C55F448F
  11. Take it as a good sign for your case. My interviewer told me that they generally make these types of proposals if they actually want to offer the grant to the person. I got the same message when I applied for a Fulbright. They told me that they felt my proposal would fit another award category better, but I could opt for the traditional grant as well. Either/or. After a funding boost, they had added this category after the deadline for submissions, so it was not available as an option while applying. They said the length of the two would be the same, except with the new award I would have access to some additional specialized pots of funds. I opted for the other award since it did fit my proposal better and had a blast.
  12. Good luck, they all look like good programs. I have also always been interested more in culture and area studies than lit or linguistics. With practically no options at the PHD level (and former programs with those options closing down), I decided to put it off.
  13. Your personal statement gives good insight into you as a person. I know you already mentioned that you focus on your motivations in your SOP, but it may be helpful to at least mention a bit more detail about what drew you to the field in this statement. It looked like you were heading there but then those last two paragraphs got in the way :-) You might be able to make space for that by shortening and combining the final two paragraphs. It seems more like a personal rant/criticism than something the committee can use to gain insight into you as a person.
  14. Always proofread your work before submitting it. In addition to the many grammatical errors, your essay doesn't make much sense. What point are you trying to argue? Can you break up the mega paragraph into two or three smaller ones? What program is this for? Give another stab at it and repost it by editing your original post.
  15. If you have an otherwise strong profile, including transcripts, go ahead and apply. Schools won't ding you on one aspect of your application if everything else is fine.
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