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I'm an international student doing a graduate program in IR. This is my first semester. At the beginning of the semester, my advisor told me that I had to get at least a 3.0 in my first semester or else I'll get kicked out. So it looks like I'm going to get 2 B's and C this semester. Is this the end of the line for me? Is there any way I can stay in the program? I've heard from a lot of fellow grad students (international as well) in different programs that they don't have the same requirement. They just get placed on probation if they fall below 3.0. Some of the policies regarding GPA seem really confusing and contradictory. I just emailed my advisor and am waiting for her reply. What are my chances? Thanks.

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Typically in most programs I know of you also get placed on probation if you are below a 3.0. But if your policy is what your advisor says it is, then what most programs do isn't going to matter much. Most universities have these sort of policies in writing, you should be able to find a document that says what the deal is.

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OK, I checked the guidelines. It says here "Prior to advancement to candidacy, if your program GPA falls below 3.0 in any semester, you will be placed on probation. If you are placed on probation any two semesters, you will automatically be disqualified from the program." Does this only apply to domestic students or all students???

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  • 3 weeks later...

Your advisor may also have been saying that she would not keep you on as an advisee if your GPA fell below a 3.0, but I'm sure that will become clear when you hear back from her.

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Is there a reason (ie. an extenuating circumstance) that you have a 3.0 this semester? I'm not a foreign student, but I'm not American by birth (I became one) and so I tend to hang out with a lot of the foreign students in my department (we all come from the same region generally) - I know that some of them have poor English language skills and so they get a lot of help from the writing center and also a lot of the other students are willing to help them read and edit their papers etc.

Are you having a similar but different "cultural" problem adapting to the US university system? Your English is great, so I'm not suggesting that your problem is exactly the sort I describe above, but there are cultural differences that might contribute. If so, perhaps your adviser will be willing to help you so that your next semester will be more successful? Or perhaps there are resources to help you adapt to the US university way of doing/grading etc?

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