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  1. Hey, everyone. So it’s looking like my second straight admission cycle shutout. I’m feeling pretty dejected because while my GRE scores aren’t amazing, I did work hard to improve my scores over the past year. I took a Kaplan course online for 2 months and was able to obtain a 160 verbal 145 quant and 6 on my writing sample. Again, not the best, but after prepping for a year and considering where I started I was feeling ok. Did my research and looked for professors with whom I shared research interests(Japanese comparative politics), obviously due to the niche nature of my field there aren’t a whole lot of options and those tend to be the higher ranked schools, sadly. I had one of my former professors from USC(applied and rejected) who works on the political science admissions board write me a letter of recommendation, got it all in early.. and still nothing. Obviously the most glaring thing I could improve would be my quant score, I really struggle with math, but I fought very hard to raise it from where it was initially. But part of me wonders with how competitive PhD spots are right now, is it even worth it. Just really lost rn. If anyone has been in a similar position or has any advice I’d appreciate it. This has been a lifelong goal of mine and it just looks bleak at the moment. Did my master’s in 2020 and it’s just been trying to get into PhD since then.. I’m only 24, but I still feel like life is passing me by. Edit: totally neglected to mention my background, was so upset I forgot. Have a M.A Linguistics from Glasgow Uni(3.6 GPA) did my master’s in international public policy and management at USC(3.5 GPA) who also rejected me today.
  2. Ladies and Gentlemen of the forum, I am new to this, so please excuse my mistakes if any. I am an undergrad in pharma sciences but what i want for my masters is something related to public policy and governance, that topic catches my attention anyday. The pandemic has left me pondering more over how well health graduates with the proper background and training could tackle world wrecking health problems. I have tried exploring quite a few options but most of the public policy schools seem to ask for experience. One school am particularly interested is the GraSPP at Todai, and also utokyo's global health program. Since my undergrad stream happens to be a bit different, i woul like to know from experienced seniors on how i should approach and how fair are my chances. Thanks in advance
  3. Has anyone been to/ know anything about the United Nations University in Tokyo? I have applied to the MSc in Sustainability 'UNU-IAS', but I'm finding it a tough time to find alumni to speak to. Surprisingly the university is rated at 1000+ in the world as a university (or not mentioned at all in all the major rankings) but 6th in the world as a think tank. Does that mean its teaching quality is high/ its a good idea to do a post-grad there? - Is it a good experience to study there? - Does it set you up for a global career? - Is the teaching staff well reputed? Any comments, opinions or speculations are welcome!
  4. Hi there! Just my 2 cents I'm an international applicant (nowadays rushing to finish all writing samples, SOPs...in short everything!) in Japanese History Anyone in the same field? Where are you sending your application to?
  5. Hi everyone! It's beginning to look a lot like application season again and I've been wondering if there's anyone else out there applying to East Asian Studies programs? There must be, right?! I'm starting to get nervous (and excited) and would love to hear from others going through the same ordeal. I'm sure we'll all need to commiserate at some point, perhaps early and often My research interested are focused on pre-modern/medieval Japanese history and religion. The programs I'm most interested in are at Harvard, Columbia, University of Chicago, and possibly UBC. I'm also trying to narrow down my list for other programs and will apply to a mix of MA and PhD programs. Been out of school a few years, too, so it's time to get my butt back in gear...I feel like I have so much work to do!! But enough about me, I hope to hear from you guys too What are you interests and where do you hope to go?
  6. Hello everyone,,, Now I got accepted with an assistantship offer into a university in America. Still, this university is not my favorite option. So, I'm thinking about also applying to the Japanese government scholarship (next May), & to an Australian university that has a research center which I'm highly interested in its research (next July). But since I can't guarantee that I'll get accepted into any of these two scholarships, & I don't want to waste a year of my life, so I will meanwhile go to the American university, & start to prepare to travel there. & the results of the two Japanese & Australian scholarships appear after the start of the academic year in America! However I I'd like your opinion about whether to go ahead & apply also to those two scholarships, especially two questions: 1) While starting my academic year in the American university, if I find out that I got accepted in the Japanese or Australian scholarship, is it possible to leave that university to go to the other one in either Japan or Australia? 2) Is it possible to do the visa procedures for traveling to Japan or Australia inside the US, although I'm Egyptian & not American?
  7. Hey guys, I was just wondering if you any of you have applied to JSPS fellowship. I just submitted my application to JSPS and talking to someone who had been awarded the fellowship would be nice. Thanks.
  8. Hello guys, I have been accepted to the MA program at Johns Hopkins SAIS, the MIA program at Elliott School of International Affairs and the MIA program at UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. As I would like to pursue a career in international economics, with a regional focus on Japan, which one of these institutions offers best job opportunities and preparation?
  9. Hi everyone First post. I am senior EE undergrad student specialized in photonics, currently in the process of looking for graduate programs (mainly masters programs) to apply to next year. I recently came across the MONBUKAGAKUSHO:MEXT scholarship and am very interested in pursuing a masters degree from the University of Tokyo. My problem is that I can't find much information about the structure of the EE masters program at U.Tokyo online, or at least not in English. I have read somewhere (one of the few scraps of info I've come across) that it is very research based, with almost no taught component (courses). Is this true? And does anyone have any information on the program (Tokyo EE masters) in general? Is anyone here currently enrolled in the University of Tokyo (in any grad or masters program)? Any info or useful links? Thanks
  10. Hi all! Wondering if there is anyone out there applying to EALC/EALL/other PhD's (or MA's) for Fall 2017 (ish)? I admit I've started my applications pretty late in the game, so was hoping to connect with anyone going through this. I have gone through past topics (EALC 2016 and East Asian Studies 2015) and both were very helpful, but it can't hurt to have some more updated information injected onto these boards. I'm also very willing to connect with anyone in PhD programs already! A little about me: I graduated in 2010 with a BA in EALL from Washington and Lee University (with minors in creative writing and dance) and received my MA in International Studies (with a focus on Chinese studies) from Johns Hopkins SAIS in 2013. Since then, I've worked in the non-profit sector in West China and NYC, and taught Mandarin (various positions, but I got an excellent experience as a lecturer of Chinese at a small liberal arts university, taught my first and only class of CHIN102 and loved it!). I want to apply to PhD programs in Chinese or EALL/EALC with the goal of becoming a professor of Chinese language and culture. My interests include: Chinese pedagogy, Translation history and theory, Microtranslations (subtitle translation), Modern Chinese history, Overseas Chinese history, Chinese American history, Chinese Humor in Pop Culture, Literature, and History The schools I'm looking at are: Columbia, Stanford, UC Berkeley, U Illinois - Urbana Champaign, UPenn, U Indiana Bloomington, SUNY Binghamton (translation studies PhD), Yale, and U Chicago --- (Also I am applying to the Columbia MFA writing program with special interest in their Literary Translation at Columbia focus) So far, I've gotten my recommendations down, GRE finished, and transcripts ordered -- but not much else. I've barely contacted any POI's and my writing samples/essays are all drafts of drafts. The first deadline I have is December 6th (Stanford), so it's time to buckle down... Although- this is giving me harsh flashbacks of applying to colleges over a decade ago... which is why I hope to connect with some people, so we can struggle through this whole thing together!
  11. I am currently sitting for MEXT Japan Scholarship test for master degree. I have already had an acceptance letter from one university and just decided to try for another university as a safe option. There, I found one faculty member whose research fields match my research plan but he is an assistant professor. So, my question is that is it really a good idea to ask for an assistant professor who got his doctorate four years ago to be the supervisor. Yes, it has to be that university and that one professor is the only one whose fields match mine. I hope for some kind replies pretty soon. Thank you!
  12. Hey everyone, sorry to create another 'Vs.' thread. If you don't mind, I'd like to ask for your opinions. I trying to decide between SAIS and Georgetown SFS and I'm having a tough time! My stated goal in my personal statements is to become a Commercial Service Officer. These people work at US embassies, but are members of the Department of Commerce, not the State Department, I believe. Among the many things CSOs do, their work mostly consists of promoting and assisting American businesses in other countries. In grad school, I want to focus on East Asia. East Asia has developed countries, near-developed, and developing countries all mixed together. I want to focus my studies on three main aspects of IR, business, government and development, and integrate them together in the context of East Asia and the US. I won't go into details of my thoughts and reasoning, but this is part of why I want to become a CSO. To my disbelief, I got into SFS and SAIS. Unfortunately, I got no merit aid from either school; I'll be borrowing money in either case. Now here's where things get tricky for me. I've been in Japan for 3.5 years and speak Japanese with reasonable fluency. For that reason, I applied to SAIS and picked the Japan Studies regional concentration. After reading through their website, it looks like if I take a few extra Asia IR classes, I can get a Masters of Asia IR (which I intend to do if I choose SAIS). I guess the International Economics concentration and Asia IR coursework could prepare me for my intended career. But in case I can't become a CSO (of which there is a very high probability me thinks), I'd be in a good position to return to Japan/Asia or enter into some kind of Japan/Asian-related work I would think. For SFS, I picked the International Commerce and Business concentration. Compared to SAIS, SFS has very little variety with only 3 concentrations. SFS prides itself in being a 'practitioner-oriented' program; their classes are all about teaching skills. Very few people at SFS go on to do Ph.D's because they don't focus on research or theory. I wouldn't be able to take a lot of Japan/Asia-related courseshere; instead, I'd have a lot of more general IR and business classes. So why am I confused? Well, as many people stated on this forum, SAIS has a better Asian department and connections. But I think Georgetown's ICB program offers more practical skills rather than history and theory. SAIS is very economics heavy, but how useful is all that economics knowledge unless you want to become an economist? And as interesting as their Japan/Asia IR classes sound, how useful will they be? I'll benefit from gaining knowledge about history and issues in Japan/Asia, but what marketable skills will I have to show employers besides the fact I know a lot about Japan/Asia IR? I suppose I could switch and pick a functional concentration instead, but nothing at SAIS seems to fit my goals I think. Part of me also thinks I shouldn't fret over details; after all, SAIS is an amazing school with great connections and many, many successful alums. Another issue is location. If I choose SAIS, I will do my first year at Bologna vs. 2 years in DC with SFS. As cool as it would be to go to Bologna (I'll probably never get a chance to live in Europe again), part of me also reasons that it would be wiser to be in DC for 2 years. And of course, I'm also pondering the other issues already mentioned on this forum: program size, school prestige, school connections, actual campus vs. office building in downtown DC, debt, etc. I guess the issue comes back to my original thoughts on IR schools: by getting a Masters in IR, what skills would I gain and how useful will they be in when seeking employment? I've always seen MBAs has a better investment, not only because they command higher salaries, but also because they give people practical skills. For the same reason, I suppose I favor SFS over SAIS at the moment. I'm welcome to any input! By choosing an IR degree, I'm moving into a new field career-wise, so there is a lot I don't know. So please educate me!
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