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    Alyson reacted to labradoodle in 2022 Applicants   
    To add on to Alyson, I've only come across the proficiency-test-after-the-deadline situation at Oxford and Cambridge, I think, but other UK unis are a lot less strict with proficiency, meaning that you can meet the requirements in many more different ways. For instance, you might meet the requirement if your programme was in English, or even if you got a certain high school diploma with a certain grade. Hope that helps!
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    Alyson got a reaction from Hard times! in 2022 Applicants   
    I think the language proficiency requirement doesn't work like that in the US...but then again some schools (e.g. Stanford) waive the test if the applicant has a degree in an Anglophone country or a degree in which English was the sole medium of instruction. But of course, many are still requiring proficiency test scores and GRE scores (e.g. Yale). 
    No...I don't think IELTS has the same requirement (and I was also not aware of the 2/3 months requirement by TOEFL....) Good luck!!
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    Alyson reacted to labradoodle in 2022 Applicants   
    It says so on the site of TOEFL itself, and it's just too expensive to gamble with. I just assumed IELTS would be similar, but you're right!! I'm gonna decide today if I'm taking the IELTS next week, lol. Thank you! (I swear I'm not as disorganized as I seem here, haha.)
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    Alyson got a reaction from labradoodle in 2022 Applicants   
    Where does it state that applicants need to take TOEFL 2/3 months before deadline?! TOEFL is also not the only English proficiency test that US schools accept. What about taking IELTS instead?
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    Alyson got a reaction from Hard times! in 2022 Applicants   
    Good luck!! But I won't be applying for the English program because the faculty is just not the same...
    I want to know too! I feel like if I propose a very small niche that might make me look like I'm inflexible and unwilling to learn things outside the area. If I put down a broad area then it might mean that I don't know the topic enough. My professors are not sharing much information and advice with me too. I hope this is not because no one, professors and students included, actually knows the answer to this question??
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    Alyson reacted to labradoodle in 2022 Applicants   
    Yes exactly! I think I'm going to apply for their English programme now instead of literatures. But I'm so sorry!
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    Alyson reacted to sadevilminion in 2022 Applicants   
    If anyone is having nerves about emailing potential LOR writers, just do it! If you haven't already, now's the time to start reaching out! I know it can be intimidating, but writing LOR is a big part of your professors' jobs, and they've definitely been asked many times before. So don't feel weird about it!
    Ok, that's it for my pep talk!
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    Alyson reacted to labradoodle in 2022 Applicants   
    I decided quite a while ago to which programmes in the US I wanted to apply, and only now I'm seeing that one of the programmes isn't taking applicants for next year. :'D Fortunately, they have another programme available that's quite similar, so I might try for that one instead (also depending on what they say with regard to language requirements, because my other programme does have my situation listed as a potential one in which you can get a waiver). Still, I hate this moment so much for an application time, as I'm only now developing my research ideas in my programme and will write my thesis next semester, so I might just try for a few this year and if it doesn't work out try again next year.
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    Alyson reacted to merry night wanderer in 2021 Applicants   
    I benefited a lot from reading the statements of people on the forum willing to send theirs to me, so I'm happy to pay it forward and send mine to anyone here - just send along a DM. Good luck everyone!
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    Alyson reacted to clara salmon in 2021 Applicants   
    I'd be happy to share with you and/or @Hard times! some stuff I have if you find it helpful! I'm a first-year in an English Lit program. I've got my writing samples, personal statements, and a draft of a publication that is *very* long in the works 😅 Just DM me !
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    Alyson got a reaction from Glasperlenspieler in 2022 Applicants   
    This is a great idea! Thank you!! 😃 
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    Alyson reacted to Glasperlenspieler in 2022 Applicants   
    I agree that this is odd. On the one hand, I tend to think any tendency for a program to keep prospective students away from current grad students should be treated with suspicion. On the other hand, this could very easily be an oversight by the website design team or a university policy intended to protect student privacy. You might try emailing the Director of admissions and asking if they can put you in touch with some current graduate students with similar interests so you can ask them some questions.
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    Alyson got a reaction from Hard times! in 2022 Applicants   
    One question: is it just me that it seems weird some of grad programs are not posting graduate students' email addresses on their websites? I thought it'd be a good idea to reach out to some of them and see what they think about their programs. Without an email address the programs directly cut them off from outside communications. Is this some sort of red flag?
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    Alyson reacted to dr. telkanuru in 2021 Applicants   
    My personal statement is already kicking around the forum. This was my writing sample: https://www.academia.edu/12320500/A_Cistercian_Copy_of_Eadmers_Life_of_Anselm_BHL_0526_from_Northern_England_and_the_Canonization_of_Anselm_of_Canterbury_by_Thomas_Becket
    (Whoops, this is lit, the above is history - personal statement should still be fine)
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    Alyson got a reaction from Hard times! in 2021 Applicants   
    THIS. Would anyone be so kind as to share their writing samples and personal statements? (Don't worry, I'm not applying for programs in English, so I won't be in competition with you in any way in the future 😊) Thank you!!!
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    Alyson got a reaction from ashwel11 in Master's Thesis?   
    I don't think it's weird if you're planning to apply for PhD programs but not writing a thesis. I think what really matters is you handing in a good writing sample when you apply. I myself don't plan on submitting my MA thesis as the writing sample for my applications, as I will be applying to a different field from my previous studies. You might ask why I didn't write my thesis in the area I plan to pursue in my PhD. That is because when you write your thesis you typically want to work in same research areas as your advisor. Not many professors were available for advising during my studies (and in fact, I heard quite a few students from my cohort didn't get to do the thesis option because they were late in finding an advisor). I think as long as you can come up with a good reason for why you are doing a portfolio instead of a thesis (and this is for your preparation when you get invited to an application interview only), you will be fine!
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    Alyson reacted to Warelin in 2022 Applicants   
    Schools are curious to see what their peers are and see if they can get a better understanding of why applicants are rejecting their offers to improve their acceptance rate. Are they losing applicants to schools that offer better funding based on the cost of living? Is the applicant only applying to top 10 programs? Is the applicant only applying to schools that have the most name recognition? Is the applicant applying to schools only within a certain demographic region? Are they losing people due to certain placement rates/lack of placement results?

    It's likely that a lot of reasons might not be something schools can do something about but consistently losing people due to funding might help them build a case to build their base offer in the future.

    However, most schools are just curious and it's unlikely to have any impact on your application.
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    Alyson reacted to labradoodle in 2022 Applicants   
    Thank you so much! I'm thinking of applying to Duke and Columbia now as far as US goes (not because I'm some sort of genius lol, I'm just not moving to a country without health care for a programme that's not worth that to me :P). I applied to Cambridge for my master's, so knowing that their leniency isn't universal does help, as I initially assumed their way of handling things must be the standard one (my home university didn't require anything of me). But I think I'm starting to understand, so you've already helped me out tons! Thanks! (I'm not too stressed by the requirement itself, by the way - I just need to figure out whether I need to schedule the test.)
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    Alyson got a reaction from labradoodle in 2022 Applicants   
    Which programs are you looking at? 🤔 (I'm just trying to help 😊) I think most list their English requirement for international students on their program websites; some on the graduate school website. If you were talking about not being able to find the info on Oxbridge's requirement, here it is:
    https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/international/competence-english
     
    When to take the language test
    ...
    For the majority of courses, if a language test is required, you do not have to provide the results of your language test at the point of application, and you can submit your application for admission without them. However, the Master of Law (LLM), and Master of Corporate Law (MCL) do require you to submit your language test results with your application for admission.
    In all cases, if a language test is required, you will be asked to provide the test results if you are made an offer of admission, and you cannot be admitted without a valid accepted language test certificate.
     
    https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford/application-guide/qualifications-languages-funding#content-tab--3
    Do I need to have test scores when I apply?
    If you already have English language test scores at the required level, please include them in your application. However, you are not required to provide test scores when you submit your application.
    If you apply without submitting test scores, or you submit test scores below the required level, the academic department will assess your application as normal. If you receive an offer of a place, the department may require you to submit language test scores by a specific deadline as a condition of your offer. 
     
    So if you don't need to have your test scores by the time you submit your application, if you're applying to these schools. And again, if you're applying to the U.S., there's a very high chance you will need them. It's only August now and you've still got months to take your TOEFL or IELTS! Book a test now if you haven't already. FWIW, I think the English test scores aren't that important in the admission process. Your proposal/writing sample and statement of purpose should speak to your ability to succeed in the program, so don't stress too much over this! 
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    Alyson got a reaction from Hard times! in 2022 Applicants   
    I believe you have to submit your English language proficiency test results by the time you submit your application. Even for my masters I sent in my result with my application too. I know that some of the British universities allow you to submit them after you're given a conditional offer (i.e. Oxbridge), but I think mostly it doesn't work like that in the U.S.
    Some universities in the U.S. (e.g. Stanford) waive this requirement if you have studied in universities where English was the only medium of instruction, but most universities still require international students from non-Anglophone countries to submit their English proficiency test scores. If you want to save some money, take a good and careful look at the requirements from each school!
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    Alyson got a reaction from labradoodle in 2022 Applicants   
    I believe you have to submit your English language proficiency test results by the time you submit your application. Even for my masters I sent in my result with my application too. I know that some of the British universities allow you to submit them after you're given a conditional offer (i.e. Oxbridge), but I think mostly it doesn't work like that in the U.S.
    Some universities in the U.S. (e.g. Stanford) waive this requirement if you have studied in universities where English was the only medium of instruction, but most universities still require international students from non-Anglophone countries to submit their English proficiency test scores. If you want to save some money, take a good and careful look at the requirements from each school!
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    Alyson reacted to labradoodle in Who Gets into Prestigious English PhD Programs?   
    I initially didn't want to respond cause I thought "well I don't know", but I do want to say: if you're interested in prestigious programmes, whatever you do, please don't not apply for fear of not getting in anyway. Chances are you're really good, so please go for it (as well as for anyone else reading this). Apart from that, I honestly don't know (and will be following haha), but 4 academic paper presentations seems quite impressive! Good luck!
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    Alyson reacted to labradoodle in 2022 Applicants   
    I'm so sorry that happened to you! Thanks for sharing, though! I'm definitely making sure that there are multiple faculty who work in the areas I'm interested in, and will pay even more attention to it with this in mind.
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    Alyson got a reaction from Hard times! in 2022 Applicants   
    I worked with a professor who was the only person in the department that was knowledgeable in critical theories for my thesis. I was hoping I could write something with critical theories, but in the end he steered me toward something he researched on, which was not critical theories...
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    Alyson reacted to CarliTeio in 2022 Applications: Cinema and Media Studies (Film Studies)   
    Hi everyone! Thanks for making this thread!
    I'm an international student and I'm def applying for some phd programs this fall (the ones I'm 100% interested in are NYU, Toronto and UAL)!
    Good luck to all of us, I guess ahaha
    What about Comparative Literature? From what I've gathered online, that's a sort of union of literature and cinema :) if English was my first language (or my country had better opportunities...) I'd def go for it!
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