Dec 18, 2009, 7:51 AM
Post #762 of 1018
Re: [FreakingOutInBd] Choosing an MFA Program (2009) & (2010) - International Applicants
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Obviously I don't know about the funding situation in all the schools I'm applying to. But I do know of international students accepted in many of the programs. Indians, a Canadian Indian, a Sri Lankan, several Brits, an Aussie. And one Bangladeshi.
Most students won't even consider applying without the possibility of a full funding package - whether they're American or not. We all know how hard it is to get into any of these good programs, but we do/can apply because the possibility of full funding exists.
The better known programs do receive int'l applications every year. I find it surprising that they would continue to do so - and in some cases encourage - this with no intent of providing funding and with the intent of pocketing the measly few hundred dollars these international admission fees represent.
I'm sure you're all right and that there are schools who do not/cannot provide funding to int'l students. But I do think that they're not a large number.
I'm also surprised that in my lurking of a year and a half, this is the first time that I've heard this mentioned. Pedro and I aren't the only int'l applicants on this board or the other forums, I'm sure someone would have heard/noted this rumor. Because that is what this is right? A rumor? Does anyone have any hard facts?
At any rate - we're all deep into application season. The time to draw our attention to this information is past. We're all done with or in the process of finishing off our applications. It's a done deal.
Exactly, for many of you guys this is over with, so what is the point of raising such an issue now! I'm applying next year and I've been doing research for the past year, and so far I have not encounter a single person, american or not, that shares this point of view. Actually, everyone seems to encourage me to try. Let's not pretend it will be easy, but I realy don't see this scret plot to cash in application money from international students all around the world! I mean, it sounds ridiculous. When I was at the US, I talked to the director of the North Carolina State University, and even tough it was a State University, he was very open to international students, and while I was talking to him he introduce me to two (TWO) international students (from China and India). And he also said that the fact that I am Brazilian might even work for me since he could not remember ever seing an aplicant from Brazil. And ever since I came back to Brazil and have been calling people and doing research I have not encounter a single person that share this view tha international applicants won't be considered. And I ask the same as you, FreakingOutInBd, where are the facts?? So far this just seem like a very very stupid notion!