Friday, April 10, 2015

University Track and Applying to Graduate School

To complete the University Track, you must
get at least a 3.0 in these classes.

  •   Academic  Reading and Writing 5
  •   Academic Listening and Speaking 5
  •  Academic Listening and Writing 5
  • Academic Reading and Speaking 5 
  •  Applied Academic Skills
  • Two Level 5 electives

If the University is an IELP Partner-

  • Do not need to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores if you complete University Track with grades above 3.0 
  •   You will need to meet or exceed all requirements listed on the departmental website other than the English Language Proficiency requirement. This includes all grades, test scores (GRE or GMAT), and coursework.
  • Must apply to the program
American University System


Make certain to begin early! Graduate school applications take time and often must be submitted 9-12 months in advance of the program start.

Tips for Success
  • Keep a college calendar of all deadlines. 
  •   Register for tests: TOEFL, IELTS, GMAT, GRE 
  •   Look online  
  • Make a system for keeping track
  • Talk with people
  • Contact advisors. Build a relationship.
  • Look for what is important to you!
  •  Application deadline
  • Cost
  • Academics
  • Location
  • Size
  • Reputation
  • Clubs & activities
  • Support for International Students
Learning more- Visit a Department
  • Contact advisor
  • Develop a relationship with them
  • Ask to meet/talk with current students
  • Do class visits
  • Be polite. Be on time
  • Write thank you notes
Prepare for a Visit
  • Find a partner
  • Tell your partner about yourself
    •   Where you are from?
    •  What you are hoping to have at a graduate program
    • Why you chose the field you chose 
    •  What questions you have about applying to graduate school?
What are they looking for?
  •  Academics: Will you be a good student?
  • Career: Will you be a good colleague?
  • Communication Skills
  • Fit: does this person understand this program? Do you know what you are getting into?
Parts of the Application
  • Application Form
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Test Scores (TOEFL/IELTS and GRE/GMAT)
  • Make easy to read
  • Fit on one to two pages
  • All work and study experience since high school
  • Put in chronological order
  • Do not include:
    • Photos
    • Personal information such as: marital status, hobbies, religious affiliation, favorite foods
Statement of Purpose
  • Double space
  • Use capital and small letters: This is NOT texting.
  • Count words – be close!
  • Get feedback from other people & edit!

  • Course name
  • Grade earned
  • Number of credits 
  • GPA: cumulative AND last 2 years
  • Official & Translated

Test Scores
  • Prep Courses
  • Scores take time to be sent  (Take at least six weeks early!)
  • OK to take more than once
  • Address in an essay if weak score
  • Meet with admissions staff
Letters of Recommendation
  • Choose the teacher carefully
  • Choose people who know you. 
  • Ask the teacher directly
  • Give specific information
    • Provide a statement of purpose
    • Provide a resume
    • Short paragraph why you want to study this subject / at this institution

  • Ask at least two weeks in advance
Getting Help

Thursday, April 9, 2015

GRE Prep

The University of Washington Women's Center offers a GRE Prep class for the month of May!

Dates: Every Sunday from May 3rd-May 24th
Time: 12pm-3:30pm
Location: Savery Hall, Room 132
Cost: $275

*This class is open to both men and women

For more information, or to sign up, visit the UW Women's Center Website-

Preparing for the TOEFL and IELTS Exam

Toastmasters Division International Speech Contest

CIEP student Abdulmajeed Alzakari will be giving a speech at the Toastmasters Division International Speech Contest this Thursday evening (April 9th). He won the 1st place on the club speech contest and area 71 speech contests, as well. This is the next step.  Good luck, Majeed!

To learn more about Toastmasters, check out their website-


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

CIEP End-of-Quarter Ceremony Speech Zeyad Almujaybil

Check out the speech given by Zeyad Almujaybil at the End-of-Quarter Ceremony for Winter Quarter 2015.