Thursday, 5 July 2012

New application deadline: get started

SAIS Bologna's new application deadline is January 7, 2013. It may appear to be a long way away. In some respects it is. Winter seems a lifetime away now that it's full summer. However, in "application terms" the time between now and the deadline is not as extended as you might think.

While the application process is fairly straightforward, it could take you some time to gather all the required documents together.

Before you start your application be sure you understand our program. There are several ways in which you can get information. There is our website, this journal and of course Nelson and me in the Admissions Office. You can reach us by email, Skype (jhubc.admissions), on the more traditional telephone +39 051 29 17 811 (ask to speak to Admissions) and at number 11 of Via Belmeloro.

In the fall we'll hold a few recruiting events. We'll be at the APSIA fairs, we'll hold information sessions, online and in person, and there will be an Open Day in early December. More activities are in the works --we'll tell you more later in the summer.

How can you get started with your application? 

If you're a non-native English speaker (click here for the definition), you can start by looking into TOEFL, IELTS and the Cambridge Proficiency in English scores. These tests are not difficult for those whose English language skills are strong. Nonetheless, they require some preparation. Knowing how these tests are structured will help you get a good score.

Whether or not English is your mother-tongue, we recommend you look into standardized tests, such as the GRE and the GMAT. They're not a requirement for application, but a good score can help your candidacy.

Start thinking about your statement of purpose and analytical essay. Jot down some ideas. Your reasons for applying and your topic of interest may change in the meantime, but this is a useful exercise because you start thinking about why SAIS is right for you and you are right for SAIS. Click here to view past posts on the statement of purpose and here for the analytical essay.

As you discover why you want to come to SAIS, be sure to keep your referees in the loop. If you tell them why you're applying, it will be easier for them to write a letter supporting you. Here is an expert's view on letters of reference.

Last but by no means least, start looking at how your finances might work out. You know you can apply for financial help from SAIS Bologna. However, you should look into alternative sources to be sure you'll have sufficient funds to attend our program. Some institutions that provide funding have early deadlines. Keep on top of the game to seize every opportunity available.

Have any questions? You know where to find us.

Amina Abdiuahab