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  1. Hi guys! 
     

    As you know, I was accepted to the University of Illinois and the University of Alabama. I already accepted Illinois’s offer, but I can change my decision until April 15th. If you guys had to choose between these two outstanding universities, which one would you choose?

    Illinois: 

    Stipend: USD 12,738

    Health insurance: partial 

    Proof of funding: USD 24,000 (for myself + dependents)

    Sponsor: a friend of mine, an American citizen.

    - - -

    Alabama 

    Stipend: USD 14,364

    Health insurance: full coverage 

    Proof of funding: USD 16,036 (because I have 3 dependents - if it were only me, I would need to show proof of funding of USD 1,036) 

    Loomis Scholarship funding (book aid): USD 800

    Sponsor: I wouldn’t need a sponsor at the UA. I can use my own funds. 
     

    I’m curious to know which one you guys would choose. 
     


     

     

  2. 25 minutes ago, VLE said:

    Hi Ivan! Congratulations on the acceptance and funding! I know a little about funding as I have two dependents as well. I asked several schools about this and all of them told me that I needed from 3000 to 4000 USD per dependent. In my case, I needed to show proof for two people (husband and baby) If I was accepted. I was not, so I don't have to worry about that right now. I will have a whole year to put some more money together to take my family with me for 4 years. I don't know the situation at the schools you applied to, but check the information web page for international students a those universities and that would def be helpful. 

     

    Thanks, VLE! 
     

    I’ve just talked to someone in my department and they told me I’ll have to show a proof of funding of US$24,241 😕 I’m not happy with that. I dunno what I’m going to do.

  3. On 3/9/2021 at 1:16 PM, AnxiousBeaver said:

    congrats Ivan! So excited and proud of you! Did you receive your funding offer yet?

     

    Sorry, I only saw it now. 
     

    Yes, I received my funding offer even before. The head of the department emailed me to say I had been awarded financial support in the form of at 33% time Teaching Assistantship for the academic years of 2021-2022 and 2022-2023. I couldn’t be happier. 
     

    I am now only concerned about the proof of funding because I have three dependents, but I haven’t received any emails from Illinois talking about it. I emailed the program director today, but he said he doesn’t know much about this kind of thing, so he forwarded my message to grad services. The information about proof of funding is available on their website, but I don’t know if it applies to teaching assistants as well. USD $ 24,000 for 3 depends is a lot of money.... let’s see what they say! 
     

    The open house was yesterday... it was awesome! 😃

  4. On 3/9/2021 at 1:16 PM, AnxiousBeaver said:
    On 3/9/2021 at 1:16 PM, AnxiousBeaver said:

    congrats Ivan! So excited and proud of you! Did you receive your funding offer yet?

    Sorry, I only saw it now. 
     

    Yes, I received my funding offer even before. The head of the department emailed me to say I had been awarded financial support in the form of at 33% time Teaching Assistantship for the academic years of 2021-2022 and 2022-2023. I couldn’t be happier. 
     

    I am now only concerned about the proof of funding because I have three dependents, but I haven’t received any emails from Illinois talking about it. I emailed the program director today, but he said he doesn’t know much about this kind of thing, so he forwarded my message to grad services. The information about proof of funding is available on their website, but I don’t know if it applies to teaching assistants as well. USD $ 24,000 for 3 depends is a lot of money.... let’s see what they say! 
     

    The open house was yesterday... it was awesome! 😃

     

  5. 7 minutes ago, Stella0906 said:

    Oh, I am sorry to hear that. 

    I have not heard from Iowa State University so far. I am applying to the PhD program. 

    One last thing: you can definitely email Dr. E. to ask for updates on your status. Dr. E is awesome and he does his best to help everyone. 

  6. Just now, Stella0906 said:

    Oh, I am sorry to hear that. 

    I have not heard from Iowa State University so far. I am applying to the PhD program. 

    You will hear from them soon. I only heard before because I submitted my application in October. Good luck! You’ll love that department. It’s just a pity the grad school didn’t accept my transcript! It’s a nightmare,  I don’t want to hear again the word “Iowa” for the next few years.... 🥺🥺🥺

  7. 11 minutes ago, Saina92 said:

    Thank you very much Ivan. Unfortunately, I have not received any offers yet. Still waiting to see what happens and this waiting time is such a torture tbh ☹️

    Fingers crossed 

    Yes, this waiting is killing me!!!! Stay strong, everything happens for a reason. 
    Easier said than done, I know 🥺

  8. 1 minute ago, Saina92 said:

    Thank you Ivan,

    My POI told me the number of students accepted this year were very few (due to pandemic). He also said most of them were Canadians and the faculty could not afford as many international students as the previews years. The surprising point is that my POI and I were almost sure about me being accepted but it did not happen! ☹️

    It feels terrible but I think we should stay hopeful 👍

    Thank God it had nothing to do with your degree. I’m pretty you’ll be accepted somewhere! 🤞🏻

  9. 7 hours ago, AnxiousBeaver said:

    so sorry Ivan but very proud of you for advocating for yourself! It is good to question things that dont seem right, definitely dont give up and continue to fight for what you know u deserve! 

    Thanks! It’s been super hard. I haven’t slept well since Monday, but there’s still hope! I won’t give up! 
     

     

  10. 7 hours ago, Saina92 said:

    Hi Ivanc,

     

    This is the first time I am commenting in this section since I am a newcomer! I have also applied for a position at some universities in Canada and understand how it feels to get rejected when you are almost sure you will get in. As an international applicant, I have had the same experience as yours recently and I want to tell you not to doubt your abilities and strengths. Stay strong and never lose your hope. I hope you will get accepted at the other universities you have applied for.

    Best wishes

    Hi Saina 🙋🏻‍♂️
     

    I’m so really sorry to hear your received a rejection. It really sucks 😔

    I don’t know if you have received an offer yet, but I also hope you’re accepted at other schools. 
     

    Thanks for your words!

  11. On 2/17/2021 at 7:37 AM, Saina92 said:

    Hi Icemanyeo,

    I saw someone had posted a rejection result in Result Search section, so I checked my portal and it said " Regrettably we cannot offer you an admission. A clarification has been sent to you". I have not received any emails though.

    I feel you 🥺

    Did they say why they rejected your application? 😕

  12. Just an update: 

    Here’s the email I sent yesterday: 

    Dear Mark,

    In your email, you have stated the following: "If you have additional information showing your Bachelor’s degree program was a four year program when you were enrolled, we will review your application again."

    Therefore I am writing to ask that you please reconsider your decision with regards to my admission case given the additional information about my degree that is provided in the attached letter from A. S., Registrar of University Anhembi Morumbi. As you requested, this letter certifies that my Bachelor's degree program was a four year program when I was enrolled.

    Best,

    Ivan Crespo

    The letter says: 

    To whom it may concern:

    I am writing this letter to certify that the degree Mr. IVAN CRESPO received from University Anhembi Morumbi is a full four-year LICENCIATURA/BACHELOR’s degree that required a minimum of 2840 credit hours when Mr. Crespo was enrolled at our university. Our students have the option to finish the LICENCIATURA degree sooner than in four years if they take more courses per semester. Mr. Crespo took more courses per semester than other students and was able to graduate with the four-year LICENCIATURA degree in three years' time instead of four years.

    If you have any questions, please contact me at xcopacabana@xxxxxx or Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana, 690 - Rio de Janeiro or +55(21)xxxxxxx(Portuguese).

    Sincerely,

    AS
    Registrar - Diretora e Coordenadora de Polo.

    And that’s their reply:

    Hello Ivan,

     

    The graduate admissions evaluators have completed another extensive review of your credentials.  We still do not see your degree to be comparable to a four year degree in the U.S.

     

    We also called in our resource from Brazil, who is on staff at Iowa State.  She is our former Assistant Director of International Admissions Processing.  After reviewing all of your documents and navigating through websites she did not find your degree to be equivalent to a four year degree in the U.S.

     

    At this point, you may want to pursue studying at another university.  It’s possible another university may accept your degree, but it is not accepted for admission to the graduate program at Iowa State University.

     

    We wish you the best,

     

    MARK GILBERTSON  Assistant Director of Admissions Operations 

    markg@iastate.edu | 515 294-4865

     

    Office of Admissions

     It’s sad but I gave up. I now have only 2 chances: 

    UIUC

    University of Alabama 

    I do hope they accept my degree 😢😢😢

  13. 8 minutes ago, AnxiousBeaver said:

    I think that it is the fact that you are coming from an International institution that is making the review more difficult for you... which should not be the case and in all honesty sounds a bit discriminatory to me :(. Maybe I misunderstand but If the issue is with the number of years it took... Graduating early does not take away from the fact that you have a degree from a 4 year institution no?? I hope this works out for you :(

    Exactly! My bachelor’s degree is a normal 4-year degree. This is all wrong! 😭

    But I hope they change their minds after they read the letter the registrar wrote yesterday. 

  14. On 2/16/2021 at 4:08 PM, goodvibesandall said:

    Ivan, 

    I've been lurking on this forum this whole cycle and I made an account just to tell you that I've got my fingers crossed for you! I hope there is nothing but good news in your future. You have put so much positive energy into this very stressful process and I think any dept will be lucky to have you!

    🥺🥺🥺

    This is really kind of you! Thank you so much! God bless you! 
     

  15. On 2/16/2021 at 11:26 PM, JessC said:

    @IvanC I would definitely try to talk to them about deferring until you have this situation figured out especially since its your top school! Like @paulacole suggested maybe you can complete the credits you need for them to consider your undergrad degree in the gap year. From the outside looking in, I think they might be skeptical of your degree only taking 3 years to complete (in the US you need a certain amount of credits to graduate ~130 or more, and that usually takes 4 years). I would also look into explaining to them why your degree only took 3 years and show them the amount of credits you completed. 

    The Registrar of UAM issued a new document that says I was enrolled in a full 4-year program, but I took more courses/credits every semester and was able to graduate in 3 years instead of 4 years. 

    I just hope this is sufficient documentation! 

  16. On 2/16/2021 at 11:21 PM, JessC said:

    Hey @IvanC

    Im sorry to hear about this. When I was looking into the Linguistics master program at UCM in Madrid they required an "Homologación de títulos extranjeros de educación superior" It essentially translates and equates your degree to a degree in the country in question, in this case it was Spain. I wonder if there is something similar that can be done in the US. Maybe someone at UAM or at the Brazilian Consulate can help you find information to see if it's available to you. I'm shocked they would rescind your offer after getting so far. I'm sorry this happened to you! 

    🤔 I believe this “Homologacion de títulos extranjeros de educacion superior” is the same as WES or any other credential evaluation company in the US. So, Iowa doesn’t accept these evaluations, they have their own evaluators. 

    I don’t think their evaluators are bad, but they don’t understand anything about the educational system in Brazil. For example, they compare my program (that I started in 2016) to the program nowadays, and yes, they’re completely different because the Ministry of Education messed everything up in 2018. 
     

    UAM is helping me now. I still have hope! 
    Thanks for the kind words! 

  17. On 2/16/2021 at 2:30 PM, paulacole said:

    Oh no, @IvanC, I'm so sorry to hear this! That just feels so unfair. I hope they can give you a better explanation at least so you know how they evaluated. 

    Obviously not ideal, but if there are specific requirements that they say you are missing on your transcript, perhaps you could suggest that you make up any gaps during enrollment? i.e. take some additional courses over the summer or during your first year in the program. I have definitely heard of that at other institutions offering that option (CU-Boulder mentions it in their PhD eligibility requirements)

    Thanks, Paula. I actually asked them if I could take extra courses but they said taking extra courses at ISU would not be an option because ISU would not be awarding me an undergraduate degree (unless I apply for a new four-year BA degree and start all over again, but that's not what I’m   proposing). From what I understood, the problem wasn’t the number of hours/credits, but the time I spent in college. I’m guess they believed my BA was a pre-baccalaureate or something. But it doesn’t even exist in Brazil. If you don’t complete your program, you won’t even be awarded a degree. The system here is completely different. 

  18. On 2/16/2021 at 4:34 AM, iCelestia said:

    I'm a newbee in this website. Congrats to those who got in. Ivan, been scrolling through your posts in these 3 pages, I sincerely hope you get in on your other choices. Or your petition is accepted by the committee at IOWA state U

    Since there are many prospective linguists here and not many active topics in linguistics forum, I decided to ask my question here. hope it's not absurdly off-topic.

    I'm bound to defend my M.A. thesis around september. I live in Iran and my M.A. will be in TEFL (almost equivalent to TESL). My B.A. was the same major. These days I'm browsing linguistic departments websites and gathering information to apply for 2022. My focus is more oriented towards L2 acquisition, CALL, TESOL, etc. 
    What do you suppose are best choices in this area for PhD. ?
    I've checked uMass Amherst, UCLA, Penn, UMD, and some other websites, TC columbia, NYU Steinhardt and...  even in the UK, Birkbeck and York... .

    I found many university faculties are interested in phonetics, semantics, pragmatics, computational L and ..., but not many in L2 acquisition or related areas. 

    Any tips for narrowing down choices, or finding relevant programs in PhD?

    Thanks, brother! I was hopeless about my acceptance to Iowa State, but something has just happened. My university in Brazil issued a document that says I enrolled in a 4-year program but graduated in 3 years because I took more courses. I had already said that, but I believe my word isn’t enough. 

  19. 4 hours ago, AnxiousBeaver said:

    Oh no!! I am so sorry! Did you email your POI? DIdn't he say that everything seems okay on his hand? Email them again, also see if you could have a better explanation of why your degree is considered a BS, have them point out the specific classes you need, etc.! 

    Mark, 

     
     Since it says on Iowa’s website that from India, Bangladesh, Canada,Nepal, and Pakistan are not accepted, but 3-year degrees from other countries are reviewed on an individual basis, I kindly ask you: what’s missing? What’s wrong with my degree? I’m pretty sure my university will do its best to help with this process. I’ve just reached out to my advisor in Brazil and he said there’s nothing wrong with my degree. Many of my classmates have been accepted to American and Canadian universities. 
     
    Please, let me know if there’s something I can do to change that. 
     
    Best, 
    -Ivan 
     
    This is what I asked the evaluator - but he seems to be a cold person. He doesn’t really care about my situation. 
     
    PS. I don’t know why the first is highlighted 😂😂😂
  20. Yes, I had a long conversation with my POI. He did his best to help me, but the evaluators said they wouldn’t accept my degree. 
     

    I emailed the evaluators to know why they didn’t consider my degree equivalent to a BA degree, but they haven’t replied yet. 
     

    10 minutes ago someone from the English department  emailed me to say “goodbye” :( 

    It’s sad! 

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