We appreciate your interest in the Institute’s PhD program in International Family and Community Studies. If you have additional questions or if any problems occur in the admission process, please contact our Graduate Studies Coordinator (IFNLgradinfo@clemson.edu). You can track your application on-line via the graduate admissions Web site (www.grad.clemson.edu).
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or a comparable degree from a recognized institution of higher education abroad. In general, applicants should have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a comparable record of academic achievement from an institution of higher education abroad in order to be considered.
Applicants who meet the GPA requirements may be enrolled in the final year of a bachelor’s degree program in an accredited college or university in the United States or a comparable degree program in a recognized institution of higher education abroad.
We have program coordinators at partner institutions in several countries. Applicants residing in the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, Estonia, India, South Africa, Spain, or Thailand should contact the Graduate Studies Coordinator (IFNLgradinfo@clemson.edu) for additional information before applying.
Individuals with disabilities who need graduate school on-line documents in an alternative format should contact Dr. Arlene Stewart, director of Disability Services (email@example.com or at 864-656-6848 (V/TTY).
To be eligible for an assistantship, an application must be received by February 1 of the year in which admission is sought. For those not seeking assistantship support, applications should be submitted by the end of February to be assured of consideration for admittance in the Fall of that same year.
Visa information for international students may be found at http://www.clemson.edu/administration/ia/.
Information regarding the SEVIS Visa fee may be obtained from the U.S. Customs and Immigration and from Clemon's Office of International Affairs at the web address listed above.
This Center (http://www.clemson.edu/studentaffairs/gic/) provides services and information to international students and helps them connect with other programs offered through the Office of Student Affairs. Programs include pre-arrival information, orientation, one-on-one advising and support (including class project support), and the Language Partner Program to assist with English and cultural learning. Louis Bregger is the director of International Student Programs; he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are two parts to the application process. Part 1 is the application you submit for admission to the Graduate School. Part 2 are the materials you submit directly to the Ph.D. program in International Family & Community Studies.
Read all materials regarding graduate study at Clemson University (http://www.grad.clemson.edu) and all materials regarding admission to the PhD in International Family and Community Studies. The major code for the Institute’s PhD Program is 117.
Fill out the application form for international students. For paper applications, please print all information carefully. For electronic applications, please do not use punctuation. To apply on-line, go to: http://www.grad.clemson.edu/admission/ApplyOnlineInternational.html#application
To request a paper application, go to: http://www.grad.Clemson.edu/forms/Applications.php
DO NOT submit applications in both electronic and paper formats. Dual submission will delay processing of your application.
NOTE: For LEGAL NAME, use your full legal name, including first, middle, and last names. Applicants who have enrolled previously at Clemson University under a different name and who wish their current legal name to appear on their academic records must present a certified or notarized copy or a legal document verifying the name change (e.g., a marriage certificate). Name changes at a later date will be made only upon presentation of acceptable legal documentation and completion of Form GS30, which may be obtained at http://www.grad.clemson.edu/forms/FinancialAidForms.php.
Submit the application to the graduate school (on-line or by mail).
A nonrefundable application fee is required as outlined in the applications process. You may use a credit or debit card to pay on-line, or you may send a money order or check payable to Clemson University and drawn on a U.S. bank. Cash is not accepted. If you apply to more than one program, a separate application fee must be submitted for each program. The application fee must be received before the application will be processed. Applications will be discarded after 60 days if the application fee is not received.
If you are submitting a paper application, mail the application, along with the application fee, directly to the Graduate School.
If you submitted an electronic application but chose not to pay the application fee on-line, send a check or money order (payable to Clemson University) to the Graduate School at the address below.Graduate School Admissions
The following materials are to be sent directly to the IFNL Graduate Studies Coordinator at the address at the end of this document.
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required. If you have not already done so, please register for the GRE. The GRE is now offered in a computerized format in many locations around the world. Registration forms or previous score reports may be requested from the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000, telephone 1-800-537-3160 or by email at email@example.com. There is also a GRE website at http://www.ets.org/gre. This web site lists computer-and paper-based test centers around the world.
We require the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections. We do not require a subject test. We would prefer test scores that are no more than 5 years old.
The scores must be sent directly from ETS to Clemson University. If you have already taken the appropriate tests, please submit a request to have the Educational Testing Service forward official copies of your scores to Clemson Universtiy (institution code, 5111).
In addition, enclose a copy of your GRE scores, if available, with your other application materials. You receive notification of your scores before ETS sends the information to the university. A copy of your scores helps speed up the review of your application.
All applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as evidence of English proficiency. Official scores are required to be submitted directly from TOEFL/ETS (please see instructions below for Submitting official scores).
The TOEFL requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a graduate degree in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction.
The TOEFL is administered via three testing methods: internet based (IBT), computer-based (CBT), and paper-based:
IBT: The new Internet-based test (IBT) was first offered in the U.S. in September 2005. The test will be implemented worldwide in a phased approach. Please refer to the official TOEFL web site at www.ets.org/toefl for information regarding test availability in your country.
CBT: The computer-based test is given at Sylvan Technology Centers worldwide and is available throughout the year by appointment.
Paper-based test: The paper-based program is still offered in some countries. A free information bulletin is available for each of the testing programs from the TOEFL web site at www.ets.org/toefl.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151 USA
Telephone: 609-771-7100; TTY: 609-771-7714
If testing in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico or U.S. Territories: 800-468-6335
We do have a set minimum TOEFL score requirement. Depending on your TOEFL score, however, we may recommend taking some no-credit courses in English as a second language.
Once you have completed the TOEFL, submit a request that the Educational Testing Service forward official copies of your score(s) to Clemson University (institution code 5111). Be reminded that certified copies of your scores are not acceptable except from sponsoring international agencies that have received scores directly from ETS.
In addition, enclose a copy of your TOEFL scores, if available, with your other application materials. You receive notification of your scores before ETS sends the information to the University. A copy of your scores helps speed up the review of your application.
In order to meet U.S. Immigration requirements for entry into the United States, proof of sufficient financial resources to cover educational and living expenses for the duration of your program must be in place before visa documents can be issued. Complete the International Student Certification Form – GS50 (http://www.grad.clemson.edu/forms/generalforms.php). Source of funds and amounts must be documented. Attach documented proof of amounts indicated (previous 2 months’ bank statements and signatures of bank officials if using personal or family funds; letter of support from sponsor; copy of letter of award of Clemson University assistantship). All documents should specify the amount of funds in U.S. dollars. Visa credentials cannot be issued without required proof of funding. Documents must not be more than 1 year old to be acceptable. The financial certificate is also required for international students currently residing in the United States. Include this document with other application materials you are submitting.
Please attach a photocopy of the identification page of your passport.
We suggest that international applicants in need of financial aid write to the Institute of International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York City, NY 10017.
Request that the registrar of each college or university you have attended give you two (2) official transcripts of your academic work. These transcripts should be in a sealed envelope. Include both an official copy in your native language and an official English translation of all academic records. Do not open these sealed envelopes.
If you have attended an institution that does not transmit records similar to transcripts issued in the United States, alternative documentation of your educational records will be accepted. All documents must be certified (i.e., each page attested) by an authorized official of the institution(s) from which you have received or will receive the degree(s). These documents should be in a sealed envelope. Uncertified or illegible copies will be rejected. All documents received, including official transcripts, become the property of Clemson University and cannot be returned.
If you have attended an institution in the United States, you must request that the registrar send two (2) official transcripts. Refer to Transcript Request Form-GSTR: (http://www.grad.clemson.edu/forms/pdf/GSTR.pdf).
Have the transcripts sent to you, but DO NOT open them. Enclose the transcripts with the rest of your application materials.
Applicants admitted on the basis of a provisional certificate must supply a copy of the degree(s), with an English translation, within 6 months of the date of graduation or not later than 1 year after enrollment at Clemson University. A graduate degree will not be awarded in the absence of these documents. Applicants are, therefore, strongly encouraged to forward this evidence prior to leaving their home countries.
Three (3) letters of recommendation from persons qualified to evaluate your academic and professional qualifications are required. The letters should be on letterhead (if possible). DO NOT use Clemson University’s Recommendation for Admission to Graduate School (GSL) form.
You should solicit recommendations from individuals who are familiar with your academic achievement and who are able to comment on your potential for success in a rigorous academic setting. If you have been out of school for a number of years and are unable to contact former professors, letters from other individuals who can comment on your achievement and potential will be accepted. We advise against using generic letters of recommendation such as those provided by campus career planning and placement offices.
Letters of recommendation can be submitted directly from the evaluator to the Graduate Studies Coordinator by E-mail (IFNLgradinfo@clemson.edu), postal service, or courier mail (mailing address below). Alternatively, you may ask an evaluator to return the recommendation to you in a sealed envelope with the evaluator's signature over the flap for inclusion with the other supporting documents. The latter method permits you to monitor whether letters of recommendation have been completed.
Submit a vita or résumé that includes information about your academic accomplishments (awards; publications; presentations at professional meetings; internships, research projects), volunteer experience (community and professional service), association memberships, languages (spoken, read and written), and work experience. In reporting volunteer or paid work experience relevant in family and community studies, briefly describe any programs or projects that you organized or in which you participated.
Your Statement of Purpose is a critical component of your application. It sometimes is the determining factor in approval for admission. Your statement should reflect (a) the nature and origin of your interests in international family and community studies, (b) your goals and ambitions in the field of international family and community studies, and (c) your beliefs about the ways that this PhD program will help you to achieve those goals.
Your Statement of Purpose should not exceed two double-spaced pages. At the end of the statement, please indicate one or two Institute faculty whose work fits with your goals and interests.
Submit other material that supports your application for admission to the program. Such materials might include reprints of publications, electronic portfolios, evidence of professional recognition, etc.
Make copies of your application and other material for your files in case any questions arise or in case materials are lost in the mail.
Package all original documents together in an air mail envelope and mail the materials to:Graduate Studies Coordinator
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