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  1. By the time I had the idea to apply to graduate programs abroad, I had already applied to 6 schools in the states and was exhausted by the application process. I couldn't choose my top choice school due to the price tag scaring me, and it scared me enough to accept a seat at the cheapest school (also the coldest and farthest drive). I have already lived and worked abroad during my gap years, so I don't know why this idea never came to mind! Essentially my question is: Is it common to transfer graduate programs after a year or a semester? Going to another anglophone country that is recogni
  2. Hello, I am an international student who transferred from China in September 2018 and I am going to apply for graduate school at the end of this year. I saw that many schools says that if an international student wants to get a waiver for TOEFL, he or she must study in US for three years or has a bachelor degree. So in my case can I get a waiver or should I take TOEFL again?
  3. I am a first-year Ph.D. looking to transfer for personal reasons. I shared my reasoning with my current advisor, who 100% supports my decision and is also writing my letter of recommendation. My question: is there merit in getting two letters from my current institution (and the third one from a previous recommender) OR would one letter from my advisor (and two letters from previous recommenders) be sufficient in offsetting any red flags for the institutions that I'm applying to? I have another professor in my current program who'd be willing to write me a strong letter, but my only concern is
  4. Hi All, I don't know if this is the right forum to put this in. But I was wondering if anyone had any experience transferring between PhD programs, especially in the humanities? Long story short, my Phd Advisor just passed away very suddenly this semester as I was preparing to take my qualifying exams. I thought about transferring immediately but decided to try and make it work in my current department. It turned out to be an unmitigated disaster. My new advisor, though they tried their best to help, was not familiar with my topic and could not vouch for my research and wo
  5. hey everyone... ? I'm presently studying as an international student in my first year PhD in america... i'm considering to transfer to another university, so i'm seeking your advice... the university i'm in right now provides me with a first year fellowship & then an assistantship... however, professors here don't do research in the field that i want to do my dissertation in... & furthermore, the one professor here who's the closest to the line of research i want to do, turned out to be very "dictational", & is not open to the student synthesizing ideas & providing cr
  6. I recently was accepted for deferred admission in fall of 2019 to my #1 choice MSW program. I am currently enrolled in my #2 choice MSW program. I’m strongly considering transferring to school #1 after my first year at school #2. I contacted school #1 and found out 24 credits would transfer directly to school #1 from school #2. This would mean I could finish the program either on time (I’m not advanced standing) in April of 2020 or a bit later in August of 2020, depending on if I decided to take 18 credits per semester or not. (I would probably not and thus graduate in August 2020).
  7. I want to transfer from Bellevue U. (online) my ample credits (none in psych) into the cheapest 100% online school offering the greatest diversity of undergrad psych programs. I'm just starting to vet... The University of the Cumberland Fort Hays State University The Baptist College of Florida Valdosta State University Argosy University Grand Canyon University Ashford University University of Massachusetts - Amherst Southern New Hampshire University American Public University
  8. Hey guys and gals, I've come close to the end of my first year at BCM, passed all my courses and such. However one of the PIs I was considering joining is leaving to Scripps in CA. I have been given the option to transfer programs, but I was wondering if anyone can give me any advice on the program at Scripps, or any opinion on BCM vs Scripps as institutions, programs, environment (supportive vs competitive), cost of living and how far a scripps stipend goes in CA. Any general advice on what its like to transfer and after transferring programs is also appreciated. Thanks!
  9. Hi everyone! I am currently wait listed for my dream school and want to ask my contact at that school about the possibility of transferring there after my first leveling year at another graduate program. I know this is a touchy subject so I wanted to know if anyone had any tips on how to best ask. I was also planning on including if she had any other advice for me, as another option would be to enroll as a non-degree student and try to take as many leveling classes at that school prior to applying again. In the end I may not want to transfer as my other pick seems like a great prog
  10. I was rejected from a PhD program and the department asked they asked if I wanted to transfer my application to the masters They said there was no guarantee of admissions to the masters program or that matriculation to the masters would mean future acceptance into the Phd but to take it as "strong encouragement" Likelihood of me getting into the Masters? It's an Ivy
  11. Hey all, Hope everyone is taking the time to breathe even as March approaches. I applied to the Yale FES PhD program and received an email from the Department in late January kindly letting me know that they would not be accepting me (no surprise as I graduate undergrad May 2018) and encouraging me to apply to one of their masters programs. I applied to the mesc program, and was wondering if anyone else had this experience? They said admission was not guaranteed and that matriculation into the Masters program would not guarantee later admission to their PhD program however to ta
  12. How do admissions committees evaluate PhD transfer students? My current program really isn't as good of a fit I thought it would be. I'd love to transfer out to a different program, but how is it perceived by other programs? Should I wait a whole year before applying (meaning I'll start at the new school during my third year)? Or should I start applying during this round (that way I start at the new school, if I get in of course, during my second year)?
  13. Does anyone know the way to go about transferring schools? I know it can't be easy, but there has to be something able to do for this?
  14. Hey guys! So I am graduating from my undergraduate in a couple of months and am starting to apply to schools for a MSW. My major in undergrad is marketing but I have taken more liberal arts courses for electives than anything else. I've always known that I wanted to help people, I just didn't necessarily know how I wanted to until I took multiple psychology courses. Now, I don't have much social work experience other than some psychology, sociology, philosophy, and government classes. I also have only had an internship with Veterans Affairs and I am still a year-round intern for medical s
  15. So... right now I am in a tier 2 UC and have a well off GPA (3.9) but I got accepted to a top UC which was my dream school. However I have super hard time deciding. I am second year right now but I am pretty sure I can graduate next year, meaning that I should apply this December, if I stay. I aim to do biochemistry and molecular focus program. Right now I am working in an immunology lab. My PI is not very famous but I am very close with him and I am pretty sure I can get a letter from him later. I also get a fellowship in my home institution and I will be doing some molecular bio/geneti
  16. I have been working on my Doctor of Education /Educational Leadership/ Curriculum through a large online program. My committee has been assembled, My subject matter approved and a few chapters / detailed outline have been distributed. However, my committee chair has severed their relationship with the school. While finding a replacement chair, legislation has been issued that might unravel the quantitative portion of my study, causing to make me rethink my path. Now, the replacement Chair has been incapacitated and will not be able to serve. I am thinking that I might want to change scho
  17. I am current studying a Ph.D. program with scholarship and applying for another university to restart my Ph.D. candidature. In terms of positively earning the new offer, the scholarship in next university is also the key concern before the prospective enrollment. In fact, the scholarship I have now is a university basis and can sponsor me for three years in total. Becuase of the problem with the supervisor, I have to take an action to transfer. My Ph.D. colleagues said that my situation might cause a difficulty in receiving the full scholarship again from the scholarship office of the ne
  18. I'm currently in my second year PhD at Stanford. My advisor took a position at UCLA (and with that, an endowed professorship as well). I am a bit torn as to whether I should leave and follow him to UCLA, which would require me transferring out of my program and my PhD would come from UCLA. The benefit I see from this would be an increase in money to spend on research, and a chance to build a lab from ground zero and really be a driving factor in the direction of the lab. Plus, he's a great advisor. My other option is to remain at Stanford, pick a new advisor and move in a new direction. Benefi
  19. I am currently a first year Ph.D. student and though I've only been in the program a month, I can tell it is not the one for me. And now I am so torn! I want to apply to new programs, but I don't know how to email professors or write on my SOP that I don't like my program and want to change. It is a great program, I know it is super good for what it does, but it just isn't the right fit for me. Has anyone else transferred Ph.D. programs, or know someone in their program who has? I'm nervous to come across as a program hopper or something like that, but I can't do the research I want to do or s
  20. Hello all! I am preparing my CV for applications to PhD programs and looking for guidance regarding the education section. I just graduated from a top private university, but transferred in after spending my freshman year at a public university. Is it required to write down all previous instutions that I attended on my CV? Or can I leave this information out as they will see this reflected in my transcripts? Thanks so much in advance!
  21. I am looking at some applications from previous years and have noticed that they ask for transcripts from all institutions attended. I have taken a couple of online courses at a community college and will transfer my credits to my main institution at the end of the year (after graduate school decisions have been made) so that I can get my undergraduate degree on time. Could it come back to bite me if I don't send my community college transcript (6 or 9 credit hours) to the graduate schools to which I am applying? I would really rather not send them because 1. It costs like $60 per school and 2
  22. Sorry this is SO long, but I REALLY appreciate anyone who takes the time to read this!! I am a first year Molecular Biology PhD student in California, and I am amazingly unhappy with how my program has been going so far (ie, I have been miserable and often anxious/depressed). I keep trying to keep a positive attitude, but it feels like no matter how hard I work, things still aren't working out (and I don't feel very supported or valued by my department). I'm trying to be proactive about my anxiety, and I regularly see a therapist. There have been a string of events in my personal life–had
  23. Hello, I just graduated with a degree in communication disorders with a 3.1 in major gpa (ugh). The only issue is that I took all of my prerequisite courses at a CC, and my university does not factor those requirements into my gpa. Instead of my comm-dis gpa being a 3.1, it would actually be a 3.3 since my transferred academic requirements are not being factored into my gpa. My question is, how will grad programs look at my academic requirements? Will they only focus on the grades I acquired at uni? Help!
  24. I'm an international student attending a US college and have a plan for applying Ph.D. But the thing that I transferred once make it a little bit complicated.I'm junior now and finished fresh and sopho in China, do I need to submit the original transcript for the former 2 years? The courses do appear on my current university's transcript but tagged with transferred and the grades appear to be "TR" (transferred).
  25. Let's say that I was given unacceptable conditions for returning from medical leave; basically I had to self-fund at least the following year of a physics PhD. Knowing that doing so would result in a financial disaster, I am definitely withdrawing from the program, with the understanding that, if I still wanted to earn a PhD at some point, I would have to transfer. I could always mention, in an addendum (if there is space for one), mental health problems, going to mental health services (on-campus and later off-campus) on a regular basis for 75% of the only semester I ended up attending,
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