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Hi,

I'm an international applicant for Ph.D. program and the most absurd thing happened (at least I think it's absurd).

One of the programs I applied for sent me an interview invitation early January. Since I was working and was living in a foreign country, decided to opt for skype interview. The admission coordinator sent me an email saying that he'll be in touch. I have not heard from him until February (even after the planned visiting interview day) so I've sent him a reminder. Only then he sent me a professor's email saying professor xx will be interviewing you ccing the professor. Then the interviewer sent me an email saying "can you interview tmr, or the day after tmr?" I couldn't because it was so last minute and the time difference between the two cities are 15 hours (the interviewer didn't seem to mind this either). Anyways, I sent him an alternative date and we decided to interview the next week and the time was 3 A.M. for me because the professor was only available then. I was not happy this whole process but the most absurd thing was that the interviewer did not show up for the interview, did not reply to the email that I sent after 30 minutes of waiting until 3 days after the interview, sent me an email after 3 days saying "the mistake is on me. Are you available tomorrow?" By this time, I already had an offer so I decided to withdraw from the program so I sent him email saying that I wish to be removed from the admission pool. Even after sending this email (which I didn't get a reply), a week later, I received email from another professor saying that I'm waitlisted for the program. Now I have to send an email again saying that I'm withdrawing from the wait list...

 

Sorry for the long writing but I had to give you the whole story. My question is this: Should I let the admissions committee about this? (not being interviewed because the professor in charge did not show up) I don't think rest of the committee including the POI I applied for know about this... I feel like I'm mistreated because I'm an international applicant and that they did not care about giving me equal opportunity to be part of the admission. Another concern is that since my field is so small, I may run into the "interviewer" in the future. Would I make a fuss out of something small that may harm me in the future?  I want to know your thoughts on this.... Thanks for reading such a long "question."

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Congratulations about your acceptance first!

That's really disrespectful. On the bright side, I would say you avoid a poorly organized program. Honestly, I have no idea if you should let the admission committee know that:( As an international student myself, I totally understand the frustration, and worried about the mistreatment. BTW based on your id, you are in Counseling Psychology field? If you are, me too! I haven't met lots of international students in the counseling psychology field. 

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2 hours ago, FutureResearcher said:

Congratulations about your acceptance first!

That's really disrespectful. On the bright side, I would say you avoid a poorly organized program. Honestly, I have no idea if you should let the admission committee know that:( As an international student myself, I totally understand the frustration, and worried about the mistreatment. BTW based on your id, you are in Counseling Psychology field? If you are, me too! I haven't met lots of international students in the counseling psychology field. 

Hi, thanks for the reply!

Yes, I don't want this to happen to international students who are likely to opt for online interview option. Anyways, I hope that the program organize itself better so that this won't happen again...  And I'm in Counseling Psych field as well! I was the only international applicant attending visiting interview day in most schools hehe. Glad to know there are other international students entering Counseling psych program this following Fall!

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