dem Posted December 14, 2010 Share Posted December 14, 2010 Hi! I am an international student from an Eastern European country and I will be applying for a master's program in Media Studies at MIT. I used to think I had a chance at geting in but by now I am almost completely sure that I don't really stand a chance. I was shocked at how high the GPAs of American students are. In my school, our scholarships are calculated based on your GPA per semester and I've done 8 semesters at my uni and received the maximum amount of scholarship available for my department 6 semesters out of the 8, yet my GPA (when converted into the American scale) is only 2.8. I thought I could offset my low GPA with high GRE scores, considering the fact that I am also an undergraduate student in Mathematics, I score around 750-800 for the quant part but only around 550 for the verbal part on the practice exams. I have a 6-week intense research experience,working with a research group in Amsterdam, great letters of recommendation (only one of them is a pretty well-known American scholar, who is the head of the New Media Department at a very highly ranked European university,he is also the head of the research group, the other two are from my university, aren't known at all, but one of them is my thesis advisor and the other one is the head of the faculty), but I believe the competition will be very harsh, considering the fact that the 2-year Master's program is fully funded. My question is: are American undergraduate diplomas graded in any way? At my university, your diploma is graded based on the average of the grade the student gets for his/her thesis and an oral exam (state exam) that encompasses all the compulsory classes for your major. Based on these results my diploma was graded the highest mark possible (I did not take this into account when I calculated my overall GPA), I also had maximum points available for my entrance exam to the Master's degree I am currently enrolled in. dem 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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