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20 Texas A&M University--College Station (Look) College Station, TX 3.6 Texas A&M University--College Station (Look) Work 301 Wisenbaker Research Center, 3126 TAMU College Station, TX 77843 Work(979) 845-7200 Admissions E-mail : [email protected] Web site : http://www.tamu.edu/admissions Electronic application : http://www.applytexas.org Overview : Texas A&M University--College Station (Look) Admissions Application deadline Application fee rolling $50 Fall 2009 Financial Aid Information In state, fulltime: $3,708 In state, parttime: $1,854 Out of state, full-time: $8,712 Out of state, parttime: $4,356 $1,970 per credit hour Tuition Required fees Student Body 2007 Total graduate engineering enrollment 2,428 Fall 2007 Admissions Statistics Total applicants (master's and Ph.D.) 4,915 Total acceptances (master's and Ph.D.) 2007 Overall acceptance rate Fall 2009 Admissions Information Application deadline Application fee Application fee for international students Director of admissions Fall 2007 Enrollment Total first-year enrollment (master's and Ph.D.) GRE required? 2007 New entrants in master's program Average GPA of new entrants in master's program Average verbal GRE score of new entrants in master's program Average quantitative GRE score of new entrants in master's program Average analytical GRE score of new entrants in master's program Average writing GRE score of new entrants in master's program TOEFL TOEFL required for international students? Mechanical engineering phone number Mechanical engineering E-mail Mechanical engineering website 1,827 37.2 % rolling $50 $75 Dr. N.K. Anand 718 Yes 3 508 755 N/A 3 Yes (979) 845-1270 [email protected] http://www.mengr.tamu.ed u Students specializing in mechanical engineering 2007 Overall acceptance rate 15.4 % 37.2 % Cost : Texas A&M University--College Station (Look) Financial Aid Contact Information Financial aid director Financial aid phone 2007-2008 Expenses In state, fulltime: $3,708 In state, parttime: $1,854 Out of state, full-time: $8,712 Out of state, parttime: $4,356 $1,970 $9,679 $940 $2,551 Joseph P. Pettibon, II (979) 8453236 Tuition 2007-2008 Required fees Room and board Books and supplies Miscellaneous expenses Texas Tech University You can complete your masters study at low cost. On campus jobs available. Around half of the students get funding. TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY 17,324 12,426 71.7% Requirements for Graduate Application Process 1. On-Line Application a. A completed Apply Texas application. Apply online at www.applytexas.org. The name on your application must match your name as it appears in your passport. b. Applicants to the Mays MBA Program should use the on-line application specific to that program by clicking here. Applicants to the Mays Graduate Programs (MS, MLERE, PHD) should use the on-line application specific to those programs by clicking here. 2. Application Fee A nonrefundable $50 application fee. The application fee may be paid by check, money order or approved credit card. Applicants who wish to pay by credit card may do so as part of the online application. If you are unable to pay the fee online, you may call the Fee Office (see Admissions Contact Information for phone number). a. b. If paying by credit card: be advised that your credit card will be charged a small non-refundable transaction fee. Checks or money orders (U.S. dollars) should be made payable to Texas A&M University. Checks or money orders are accepted provided they display an agency bank in the United States and have magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) routing numbers at the bottom. The $50 fee required of U.S. citizens or permanent residents may be waived only in exceptional cases for low-income applicants and McNair Scholars. To receive the waiver, low-income applicants must submit a letter from their financial aid advisor or other officer qualified to verify financial need. McNair Scholars must submit a letter from their McNair Program Director verifying their status as a McNair Scholar in good standing to receive the fee waiver. Waiver request documentation should include the applicant's full name, address, date of birth, application semester, the name and title of the verifying officer and date of the request. Documentation should be sent to Graduate Admissions at the address listed below. The departments of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Chemical Engineering will pay the application fee for prospective students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the U.S., or international applicants who expect to receive a B.S. or M.S. from an accredited institution in the U.S. c. d. 3. Official Transcripts and Records To ensure that your official transcripts and other supporting documents are processed in a timely and efficient manner, please include the appropriate Document ID Sheet with all documents you submit in support of your application. Click here to download the Document ID sheets. a. Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. NOTE: You do not need to submit an official transcript from Texas A&M University. b. Institutions that use the national ANSI ASC X12 transcript format (SPEEDE) prefer to receive transcripts electronically. Many universities can use the electronic format. Electronic transcripts can be processed much faster than paper transcripts. university, one official transcript is required. Please ask each registrar to enclose one copy of your transcript in a sealed, signed envelope. Please mail this envelope, with the seal unbroken and the registrar's signature intact, to the Office of Admissions and Records at the address below. If the registrar will not release your transcripts to you in a sealed envelope, transcripts may be sent by the registrar directly to: Graduate Admissions Processing Office of Admissions and Records Texas A&M University P.O. Box 40001 College Station, TX 77842-4001 c. If the institution cannot use this format and you have attended an American or Canadian college or 4. Test Scores Required test scores (GRE or GMAT) should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Texas A&M University and be from a test date within five years of the date the application form reached the Office of Admissions and Records. Use code 6003 for reporting GRE scores (Department code not needed). Contact the department to which you are applying for information regarding the reporting of GMAT scores. a. Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) web site. b. Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) web site. 5. Permanent Resident Card/I-551/I-485 Permanent residents must submit a copy of the front side of their Permanent Resident card or proof of issuance of an I-551. Applicants for permanent residency must submit a copy of their I-485 indicating that an application to adjust status to permanent resident is pending with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The following items are department specific and should be submitted to your individual department. Click for department links where you may obtain contact information and mailing address. 6. Letters of Recommendation Graduate applicants should provide three recommendations from individuals who are familiar with your academic achievement and potential. If you have been out of school for a number of years and are unable to contact former professors, you may submit non-academic references (e.g., employers). Please be aware that TAMU does not automatically contact the references you may have listed on your ApplyTexas application. Applicants to certain majors may access the electronic letter of recommendation system available via the Applicant Information System (AIS) through the Howdy! Portal (http://howdy.tamu.edu) or at http://applicant.tamu.edu. Applicants to CPSY, EPSY, SPSY, EDTC, EDAD, and EHRD are advised to contact their department for instruction on submitting recommendations. 7. Statement of Purpose or Essay Applicants are required to submit a Statement of Purpose. This may be accomplished by completing the Essay portion of the Apply Texas application online at www.applytexas.org. Applicants who prefer to send the Statement of Purpose separately may do so by submitting it in a word document format. 8. Resume or Curriculum Vitae Graduate applicants are required to submit a either a Resume or Curriculum Vitae to their departments. MAIL YOUR APPLICATION All credentials should be sent to: Graduate Admissions Processing Office of Admissions and Records Texas A&M University P.O. Box 40001 College Station, TX 77842-4001 Credentials sent via overnight mail (or presented in person) should be sent to: Graduate Admissions Processing Texas A&M University General Services Complex 750 Agronomy Road, Suite 1601 0200 TAMU College Station, TX 77843-0200 (Please check with your department of interest for any additional application requirements.) Graduate Program The department provides excellent learning and research opportunities for graduate students. It is organized into four academic divisions --- materials, mechanics and design, systems and controls, and thermal and fluid sciences. Our graduate program is a team of almost sixty outstanding tenured or tenure-track faculty, other faculty and staff, and 375 graduate students. We invite you to be a part of our team as we scale the next peak of excellence. [Read more...] Design Design research at Texas A&M University focuses on creating knowledge, methods, representations, processes, and future design researchers to enable both superior practice and ... [Read more...] materials Areas of research include ceramics, polymers, metals, composites, elasticity, plasticity, vibration, fracture mechanics, stress analysis, and physical properties. [Read more...] mechanics The Mechanics group teaches a combination of basic tools of fundamental mechanics subjects, design processes, problem solving techniques and the ability to think and formulate engineering ... [Read more...] Systems and controls Students having career-related work experience prior to graduation have a distinct advantage when entering the job market. Our students gain professional work ... [Read more...] Thermal and fluid sciences Research in general areas such as aerosol mechanics, combustion, energy, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer, with the main objectives being the ... [Read more...] Getting Ready to Start Your Application application checklist Texas A&M University - International Graduate Admission for Fall 2009 Items to complete Admissions application Deadline March 1, 2009 • • • • • • • • Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Page 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7: 8: biographical information additional information educational background & test information colleges attended employment, references & honors summary of educational experience preliminary visa information custom questions for this university Essays • Statement of Purpose (Required) March 1, 2009 Steps between Being Admitted & Registering for Classes Our goal is to make this process easier by explaining the steps you need to take between being admitted and getting registered for your classes. As an international student, there are many preparations you will need to make prior to your arrival at the university. Several departments may be involved in this process and we will provide links that will direct you to their website where you will find additional information. Checklist for International Graduate: 1. Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) For information about obtaining your Certificate of Eligibility (I-20), or to track the progress of the processing of your I-20, click http://international.tamu.edu/iss/people/newstudents.asp. 2. International Student Check-In and Orientation Check-in and Orientation is mandatory for incoming international students and must be completed prior to your being allowed to register. For more information on check-in dates, click http://international.tamu.edu/iss/checkin_orientation/checkin.asp. 3. New Graduate Student Orientation The New Graduate Student Orientation is a university-wide program offered to all incoming graduate students. It will provide a terrific overview of what you can expect at Texas A&M University - both as a student and as a resident of “Aggieland.” Orientation will also offer you a chance to meet campus leaders, administrators, and fellow graduate students. For more information click http://ogs.tamu.edu/orientation. 4. Expenses & Financing for Graduate Students For information on topics such as Tuition and Fees, Fellowships, Grants and Financial Aid for graduate students, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies web page http://ogs.tamu.edu/prospective/financial/, click on the Prospective Students heading and again on Expenses & Financing Your Texas A&M Graduate Education. 5. Immunizations International students are required to provide proof of immunizations. To view the list of recommended immunizations, visit Texas A&M University Health Center's Immunizations page http://shs.tamu.edu/immunizations.htm. 6. Housing Options Texas A&M University offers shuttle bus transportation for a large area in the surrounding Bryan/College Station community. For a listing of stops on the shuttle bus route, click http://transport.tamu.edu/transit/offcampus.aspx. This information will provide useful if you need to choose housing in an area on the shuttle bus route. International Student Services has several links that you will find helpful in locating off-campus housing at their Arrival and Housing Information for New International Students web page at http://international.tamu.edu/iss/checkin_orientation/resources_arrival.asp#Housing_Information. The following web page http://studentlife.tamu.edu/agoss/ offers additional links and information to housing locator services, information about the local community, as well as information for graduate students with children. 7. Off-Campus Survival Manual This annually-updated manual provides information and resources beneficial to all new Aggies! From types of housing available, local properties amenities, guide to signing a lease, helpful forms, map of properties, utilities, and other great resources. Visit this link (http://studentlife.tamu.edu/agoss/publications/SurvivalManual/) to request a Survival Manual to be mailed to you. 8. English Language Proficiency Texas A&M University requires students from other countries to demonstrate their ability to speak, write, and understand the English language. There are two levels of English Proficiency Status for graduate students: English Proficiency Verified and English Proficiency Certified. An English Proficiency Certification is required, by the State of Texas, before a graduate student is eligible to serve as a Graduate Assistant-Teaching, or any other position considered to be a teaching position (e.g., instructor, lecturer, etc.). All other students must be either English Proficiency Verified or English Proficiency Certified. English Proficiency Verification can be achieved by presenting: a. A TOEFL score of at least 213 computer-based [cBT] (80 internet-based [iBT], 550 paper-based [pBT]), or b. c. d. e. An IELTS score of at least 6.0 overall band, or A GRE verbal score of at least 400, or A GMAT verbal score of at least 22, or Obtaining a US Bachelor's or Master's degree through study solely in the US Individual colleges may choose to establish minimum TOEFL standards that exceed the University minimum for English Proficiency Verification. Scores from TOEFL examinations administered more than two years before submission of the application for admission shall not be eligible for English Proficiency Verification. English Proficiency Certification can be achieved by: f. g. h. Scoring at least 80 on each of the six sections of the English Language Proficiency Examination (ELPE), or Obtaining grades of A or B in English Language Institute (ELI) courses at the 300 level or higher, or Requesting alternative certification by the Office of Graduate Studies. Students who have received a baccalaureate degree following four years of study at an accredited U.S. institution will qualify for English Proficiency Certification under this alternative. International students who fail to attain a score of at least 80 on ONE of the six sections but attain a score of 80 or more on the other sections, may appeal their results. Such students should contact their departmental graduate advisor for further information. Graduate students who have completed an equivalent English training program at an institution other than Texas A&M may request English Proficiency Verification or Certification. Verification or Certification on this basis is requested through the Departmental Graduate Advisor. The student should provide the Departmental Graduate Advisor with documentation to support their Verification or Certification. If the department concurs with the request, the Department Graduate Advisor will submit a letter, recommending and requesting Verification or Certification and documentation, to the Office of Graduate Studies. The Office of Graduate Studies will determine on a case-by-case basis whether Verification or Certification is granted. For more information about English Language Proficiency, please visit the following site: http://international.tamu.edu/iss/people/newstudents_elpe.asp. 9. Arrival Information Shuttle service is provided for new incoming international students from select airports on specific dates. If you would like to take advantage of this service, please visit http://international.tamu.edu/iss/checkin_orientation/resources_arrival.asp for more information. 10. Financial Resources International applicants who are accepted must submit evidence of their ability to support themselves and any accompanying dependents before a Certificate of Eligibility can be issued. For information about the amount and type of evidence that must be submitted, visit the ISS website at http://international.tamu.edu/iss/checkin_orientation/resources_arrival.asp. On this website, you will find an Estimated Expenses Sheet to guide you. 11. Transfer-In Form An international student who is accepted to the University and who has attended another school in the United States (language school, college, or university) will receive a Transfer-In Form (TIF) with the acceptance letter. This form describes the student's immigration status for the semester immediately before enrolling at Texas A&M University. It also prompts the current school to release the student to Texas A&M by entering a release date in the federal government's SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) database. The TIF needs to be received and processed by the International Student Services (ISS) Office before an international student can receive the Certificate of Eligibility. The TIF can be downloaded from the ISS website at http://international.tamu.edu/iss/people/prospective.asp. Immigration Information International Student Services (ISS) issues a Certificate of Eligibility, I–20s for F–1 visa holders and DS-2019s for J-1 visa holders. ISS also provides information for international students about which immigration status is the most appropriate for them while attending Texas A&M University. Please complete the Immigration Questionnaire so that you can be advised and the proper documentation can be issued. The Immigration Questionnaire and other important documents and information are available at http://international.tamu.edu/iss/people/newstudents.asp under the New Student tab. For additional immigration advice, please contact: International Student Services (979) 845-1151 Fax (979) 862-4633 E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://international.tamu.edu/iss International Graduate • When Can I Register For My Classes? New graduate students will register for their first semester classes after International Student Check-In with ISS. International Graduate Students should then meet with their graduate advisor for assistance in registering for classes. • Is Health Insurance Required? The following link will provide information on the universities regulations on health insurance: http://international.tamu.edu/iss/insurance/forstudents.asp. • Are There Any International Clubs/Organizations I Can Join? There are many clubs and organizations approved by the university. Information on various clubs, religious organizations and additional community programs, including how you can join, can be found at the following link: http://international.tamu.edu/iss/people/currentstudents.asp, under the heading Community Activities. • Am I Allowed to Work While Attending School? Most student visas allow students to be employed while enrolled in courses. For more information please visit http://international.tamu.edu/iss/immigration/f1students.asp, under the heading Work Authorization. • Is Financial Aid Available for International Students? The following page http://international.tamu.edu/iss/financial/financial.asp, was created to provide international students attending Texas A&M with detailed, up-to-date information about financial assistance.
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20 Texas A&M University--College Station (Look) College Station, TX 3.6 Texas A&M University--College Station (Look) Work 301 Wisenbaker Research Center, 3126 TAMU College Station, TX 77843 Work(979) 845-7200 Admissions E-mail : [email protected] Web site : http://www.tamu.edu/admissions Electronic application : http://www.applytexas.org Overview : Texas A&M University--College Station (Look) Admissions Application deadline Application fee rolling $50 Fall 2009 Financial Aid Information In state, fulltime: $3,708 In state, parttime: $1,854 Out of state, full-time: $8,712 Out of state, parttime: $4,356 $1,970 per credit hour Tuition Required fees Student Body 2007 Total graduate engineering enrollment 2,428 Fall 2007 Admissions Statistics Total applicants (master's and Ph.D.) 4,915 Total acceptances (master's and Ph.D.) 2007 Overall acceptance rate Fall 2009 Admissions Information Application deadline Application fee Application fee for international students Director of admissions Fall 2007 Enrollment Total first-year enrollment (master's and Ph.D.) GRE required? 2007 New entrants in master's program Average GPA of new entrants in master's program Average verbal GRE score of new entrants in master's program Average quantitative GRE score of new entrants in master's program Average analytical GRE score of new entrants in master's program Average writing GRE score of new entrants in master's program TOEFL TOEFL required for international students? Mechanical engineering phone number Mechanical engineering E-mail Mechanical engineering website 1,827 37.2 % rolling $50 $75 Dr. N.K. Anand 718 Yes 3 508 755 N/A 3 Yes (979) 845-1270 [email protected] http://www.mengr.tamu.ed u Students specializing in mechanical engineering 2007 Overall acceptance rate 15.4 % 37.2 % Cost : Texas A&M University--College Station (Look) Financial Aid Contact Information Financial aid director Financial aid phone 2007-2008 Expenses In state, fulltime: $3,708 In state, parttime: $1,854 Out of state, full-time: $8,712 Out of state, parttime: $4,356 $1,970 $9,679 $940 $2,551 Joseph P. Pettibon, II (979) 8453236 Tuition 2007-2008 Required fees Room and board Books and supplies Miscellaneous expenses Texas Tech University You can complete your masters study at low cost. On campus jobs available. Around half of the students get funding. TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY 17,324 12,426 71.7% Requirements for Graduate Application Process 1. On-Line Application a. A completed Apply Texas application. Apply online at www.applytexas.org. The name on your application must match your name as it appears in your passport. b. Applicants to the Mays MBA Program should use the on-line application specific to that program by clicking here. Applicants to the Mays Graduate Programs (MS, MLERE, PHD) should use the on-line application specific to those programs by clicking here. 2. Application Fee A nonrefundable $50 application fee. The application fee may be paid by check, money order or approved credit card. Applicants who wish to pay by credit card may do so as part of the online application. If you are unable to pay the fee online, you may call the Fee Office (see Admissions Contact Information for phone number). a. b. If paying by credit card: be advised that your credit card will be charged a small non-refundable transaction fee. Checks or money orders (U.S. dollars) should be made payable to Texas A&M University. Checks or money orders are accepted provided they display an agency bank in the United States and have magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) routing numbers at the bottom. The $50 fee required of U.S. citizens or permanent residents may be waived only in exceptional cases for low-income applicants and McNair Scholars. To receive the waiver, low-income applicants must submit a letter from their financial aid advisor or other officer qualified to verify financial need. McNair Scholars must submit a letter from their McNair Program Director verifying their status as a McNair Scholar in good standing to receive the fee waiver. Waiver request documentation should include the applicant's full name, address, date of birth, application semester, the name and title of the verifying officer and date of the request. Documentation should be sent to Graduate Admissions at the address listed below. The departments of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Chemical Engineering will pay the application fee for prospective students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the U.S., or international applicants who expect to receive a B.S. or M.S. from an accredited institution in the U.S. c. d. 3. Official Transcripts and Records To ensure that your official transcripts and other supporting documents are processed in a timely and efficient manner, please include the appropriate Document ID Sheet with all documents you submit in support of your application. Click here to download the Document ID sheets. a. Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. NOTE: You do not need to submit an official transcript from Texas A&M University. b. Institutions that use the national ANSI ASC X12 transcript format (SPEEDE) prefer to receive transcripts electronically. Many universities can use the electronic format. Electronic transcripts can be processed much faster than paper transcripts. university, one official transcript is required. Please ask each registrar to enclose one copy of your transcript in a sealed, signed envelope. Please mail this envelope, with the seal unbroken and the registrar's signature intact, to the Office of Admissions and Records at the address below. If the registrar will not release your transcripts to you in a sealed envelope, transcripts may be sent by the registrar directly to: Graduate Admissions Processing Office of Admissions and Records Texas A&M University P.O. Box 40001 College Station, TX 77842-4001 c. If the institution cannot use this format and you have attended an American or Canadian college or 4. Test Scores Required test scores (GRE or GMAT) should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Texas A&M University and be from a test date within five years of the date the application form reached the Office of Admissions and Records. Use code 6003 for reporting GRE scores (Department code not needed). Contact the department to which you are applying for information regarding the reporting of GMAT scores. a. Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) web site. b. Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) web site. 5. Permanent Resident Card/I-551/I-485 Permanent residents must submit a copy of the front side of their Permanent Resident card or proof of issuance of an I-551. Applicants for permanent residency must submit a copy of their I-485 indicating that an application to adjust status to permanent resident is pending with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The following items are department specific and should be submitted to your individual department. Click for department links where you may obtain contact information and mailing address. 6. Letters of Recommendation Graduate applicants should provide three recommendations from individuals who are familiar with your academic achievement and potential. If you have been out of school for a number of years and are unable to contact former professors, you may submit non-academic references (e.g., employers). Please be aware that TAMU does not automatically contact the references you may have listed on your ApplyTexas application. Applicants to certain majors may access the electronic letter of recommendation system available via the Applicant Information System (AIS) through the Howdy! Portal (http://howdy.tamu.edu) or at http://applicant.tamu.edu. Applicants to CPSY, EPSY, SPSY, EDTC, EDAD, and EHRD are advised to contact their department for instruction on submitting recommendations. 7. Statement of Purpose or Essay Applicants are required to submit a Statement of Purpose. This may be accomplished by completing the Essay portion of the Apply Texas application online at www.applytexas.org. Applicants who prefer to send the Statement of Purpose separately may do so by submitting it in a word document format. 8. Resume or Curriculum Vitae Graduate applicants are required to submit a either a Resume or Curriculum Vitae to their departments. MAIL YOUR APPLICATION All credentials should be sent to: Graduate Admissions Processing Office of Admissions and Records Texas A&M University P.O. Box 40001 College Station, TX 77842-4001 Credentials sent via overnight mail (or presented in person) should be sent to: Graduate Admissions Processing Texas A&M University General Services Complex 750 Agronomy Road, Suite 1601 0200 TAMU College Station, TX 77843-0200 (Please check with your department of interest for any additional application requirements.) Graduate Program The department provides excellent learning and research opportunities for graduate students. It is organized into four academic divisions --- materials, mechanics and design, systems and controls, and thermal and fluid sciences. Our graduate program is a team of almost sixty outstanding tenured or tenure-track faculty, other faculty and staff, and 375 graduate students. We invite you to be a part of our team as we scale the next peak of excellence. [Read more...] Design Design research at Texas A&M University focuses on creating knowledge, methods, representations, processes, and future design researchers to enable both superior practice and ... [Read more...] materials Areas of research include ceramics, polymers, metals, composites, elasticity, plasticity, vibration, fracture mechanics, stress analysis, and physical properties. [Read more...] mechanics The Mechanics group teaches a combination of basic tools of fundamental mechanics subjects, design processes, problem solving techniques and the ability to think and formulate engineering ... [Read more...] Systems and controls Students having career-related work experience prior to graduation have a distinct advantage when entering the job market. Our students gain professional work ... [Read more...] Thermal and fluid sciences Research in general areas such as aerosol mechanics, combustion, energy, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer, with the main objectives being the ... [Read more...] Getting Ready to Start Your Application application checklist Texas A&M University - International Graduate Admission for Fall 2009 Items to complete Admissions application Deadline March 1, 2009 • • • • • • • • Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Page 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7: 8: biographical information additional information educational background & test information colleges attended employment, references & honors summary of educational experience preliminary visa information custom questions for this university Essays • Statement of Purpose (Required) March 1, 2009 Steps between Being Admitted & Registering for Classes Our goal is to make this process easier by explaining the steps you need to take between being admitted and getting registered for your classes. As an international student, there are many preparations you will need to make prior to your arrival at the university. Several departments may be involved in this process and we will provide links that will direct you to their website where you will find additional information. Checklist for International Graduate: 1. Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) For information about obtaining your Certificate of Eligibility (I-20), or to track the progress of the processing of your I-20, click http://international.tamu.edu/iss/people/newstudents.asp. 2. International Student Check-In and Orientation Check-in and Orientation is mandatory for incoming international students and must be completed prior to your being allowed to register. For more information on check-in dates, click http://international.tamu.edu/iss/checkin_orientation/checkin.asp. 3. New Graduate Student Orientation The New Graduate Student Orientation is a university-wide program offered to all incoming graduate students. It will provide a terrific overview of what you can expect at Texas A&M University - both as a student and as a resident of “Aggieland.” Orientation will also offer you a chance to meet campus leaders, administrators, and fellow graduate students. For more information click http://ogs.tamu.edu/orientation. 4. Expenses & Financing for Graduate Students For information on topics such as Tuition and Fees, Fellowships, Grants and Financial Aid for graduate students, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies web page http://ogs.tamu.edu/prospective/financial/, click on the Prospective Students heading and again on Expenses & Financing Your Texas A&M Graduate Education. 5. Immunizations International students are required to provide proof of immunizations. To view the list of recommended immunizations, visit Texas A&M University Health Center's Immunizations page http://shs.tamu.edu/immunizations.htm. 6. Housing Options Texas A&M University offers shuttle bus transportation for a large area in the surrounding Bryan/College Station community. For a listing of stops on the shuttle bus route, click http://transport.tamu.edu/transit/offcampus.aspx. This information will provide useful if you need to choose housing in an area on the shuttle bus route. International Student Services has several links that you will find helpful in locating off-campus housing at their Arrival and Housing Information for New International Students web page at http://international.tamu.edu/iss/checkin_orientation/resources_arrival.asp#Housing_Information. The following web page http://studentlife.tamu.edu/agoss/ offers additional links and information to housing locator services, information about the local community, as well as information for graduate students with children. 7. Off-Campus Survival Manual This annually-updated manual provides information and resources beneficial to all new Aggies! From types of housing available, local properties amenities, guide to signing a lease, helpful forms, map of properties, utilities, and other great resources. Visit this link (http://studentlife.tamu.edu/agoss/publications/SurvivalManual/) to request a Survival Manual to be mailed to you. 8. English Language Proficiency Texas A&M University requires students from other countries to demonstrate their ability to speak, write, and understand the English language. There are two levels of English Proficiency Status for graduate students: English Proficiency Verified and English Proficiency Certified. An English Proficiency Certification is required, by the State of Texas, before a graduate student is eligible to serve as a Graduate Assistant-Teaching, or any other position considered to be a teaching position (e.g., instructor, lecturer, etc.). All other students must be either English Proficiency Verified or English Proficiency Certified. English Proficiency Verification can be achieved by presenting: a. A TOEFL score of at least 213 computer-based [cBT] (80 internet-based [iBT], 550 paper-based [pBT]), or b. c. d. e. An IELTS score of at least 6.0 overall band, or A GRE verbal score of at least 400, or A GMAT verbal score of at least 22, or Obtaining a US Bachelor's or Master's degree through study solely in the US Individual colleges may choose to establish minimum TOEFL standards that exceed the University minimum for English Proficiency Verification. Scores from TOEFL examinations administered more than two years before submission of the application for admission shall not be eligible for English Proficiency Verification. English Proficiency Certification can be achieved by: f. g. h. Scoring at least 80 on each of the six sections of the English Language Proficiency Examination (ELPE), or Obtaining grades of A or B in English Language Institute (ELI) courses at the 300 level or higher, or Requesting alternative certification by the Office of Graduate Studies. Students who have received a baccalaureate degree following four years of study at an accredited U.S. institution will qualify for English Proficiency Certification under this alternative. International students who fail to attain a score of at least 80 on ONE of the six sections but attain a score of 80 or more on the other sections, may appeal their results. Such students should contact their departmental graduate advisor for further information. Graduate students who have completed an equivalent English training program at an institution other than Texas A&M may request English Proficiency Verification or Certification. Verification or Certification on this basis is requested through the Departmental Graduate Advisor. The student should provide the Departmental Graduate Advisor with documentation to support their Verification or Certification. If the department concurs with the request, the Department Graduate Advisor will submit a letter, recommending and requesting Verification or Certification and documentation, to the Office of Graduate Studies. The Office of Graduate Studies will determine on a case-by-case basis whether Verification or Certification is granted. For more information about English Language Proficiency, please visit the following site: http://international.tamu.edu/iss/people/newstudents_elpe.asp. 9. Arrival Information Shuttle service is provided for new incoming international students from select airports on specific dates. If you would like to take advantage of this service, please visit http://international.tamu.edu/iss/checkin_orientation/resources_arrival.asp for more information. 10. Financial Resources International applicants who are accepted must submit evidence of their ability to support themselves and any accompanying dependents before a Certificate of Eligibility can be issued. For information about the amount and type of evidence that must be submitted, visit the ISS website at http://international.tamu.edu/iss/checkin_orientation/resources_arrival.asp. On this website, you will find an Estimated Expenses Sheet to guide you. 11. Transfer-In Form An international student who is accepted to the University and who has attended another school in the United States (language school, college, or university) will receive a Transfer-In Form (TIF) with the acceptance letter. This form describes the student's immigration status for the semester immediately before enrolling at Texas A&M University. It also prompts the current school to release the student to Texas A&M by entering a release date in the federal government's SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) database. The TIF needs to be received and processed by the International Student Services (ISS) Office before an international student can receive the Certificate of Eligibility. The TIF can be downloaded from the ISS website at http://international.tamu.edu/iss/people/prospective.asp. Immigration Information International Student Services (ISS) issues a Certificate of Eligibility, I–20s for F–1 visa holders and DS-2019s for J-1 visa holders. ISS also provides information for international students about which immigration status is the most appropriate for them while attending Texas A&M University. Please complete the Immigration Questionnaire so that you can be advised and the proper documentation can be issued. The Immigration Questionnaire and other important documents and information are available at http://international.tamu.edu/iss/people/newstudents.asp under the New Student tab. For additional immigration advice, please contact: International Student Services (979) 845-1151 Fax (979) 862-4633 E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://international.tamu.edu/iss International Graduate • When Can I Register For My Classes? New graduate students will register for their first semester classes after International Student Check-In with ISS. International Graduate Students should then meet with their graduate advisor for assistance in registering for classes. • Is Health Insurance Required? The following link will provide information on the universities regulations on health insurance: http://international.tamu.edu/iss/insurance/forstudents.asp. • Are There Any International Clubs/Organizations I Can Join? There are many clubs and organizations approved by the university. Information on various clubs, religious organizations and additional community programs, including how you can join, can be found at the following link: http://international.tamu.edu/iss/people/currentstudents.asp, under the heading Community Activities. • Am I Allowed to Work While Attending School? Most student visas allow students to be employed while enrolled in courses. For more information please visit http://international.tamu.edu/iss/immigration/f1students.asp, under the heading Work Authorization. • Is Financial Aid Available for International Students? The following page http://international.tamu.edu/iss/financial/financial.asp, was created to provide international students attending Texas A&M with detailed, up-to-date information about financial assistance.
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