Daniel_UK Posted January 5, 2011 Share Posted January 5, 2011 Hi everyone, I've been reading these boards for a while now but have only just registered. I have a few questions about the US system for PhD applications and would quite like some opinions as well. I am on a Masters/MA course at the moment - it's part taught, part research - half my marks come from the essays I write from taught units and the other half come from the dissertation (15,000 words) I write between April and September. I graduated with a BA in 2009, and (if the grade converters I have looked at are anything to go by) my mark is somewhere on the cusp of A-/A in US terms. Currently I am on for what I guess would be a "good" A in my MA program (although really the defining thing will be the dissertation). I want to wait to apply until I have finished my MA (and therefore for autumn 2012 application) because I think it will be a stronger application with the MA. I know there is a language requirement for a lot of US PhDs; I studied French and Latin at High School but have not done so since, although I will be taking up Latin (again) and Spanish this month. I am keen to get good at these languages fast and hope that I will be at a reasonable level by next Fall when I apply. Both my degrees are from top 10 (UK) Universities, and my interests are predominantly mid-late Nineteenth and pre-war Twentieth Century literature (particularly British and American). I really want to live East Coast (a 5/6 hour flight home just seems so much more comfortable for me than 9/10 hours), but I have no idea how to go about selecting which schools to apply to. I know that a lot of PhD courses offer fee waivers / provide stipends if students take on teaching assignments; this is obviously something I am very keen to do, and it's one of the big advantages I see in coming to the US - that you get more direct contact with other people! I love research, BUT I also like talking about my ideas! There is not nearly as much opportunity in the UK, I believe. I am certainly not aiming for the very top US schools - I was hoping to applying for something in perhaps the 25 - 75 range. If anyone has any ideas they can offer me I would be hugely grateful! Daniel. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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