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Education Webchat

Our speakers are Ms. Andrea Tao and Ms. Stephanie Lo.

Education Webchat
Friday, April 15 2005 (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

Please note: Portions of this transcript have been edited for clarity

Host: (Andrea Tao):

Hello everyone, I am Andrea Tao. I was formerly an Educational Adviser at AIEF.

 

Host: (Stephanie Lo)

Hi, my name is Stephanie Lo and I'm currently a Masters student at the University of Pennsylvania. I'm in Taiwan as a Fulbright grantee and working as a counselor at the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange. I look forward to helping you answer questions.

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Start of Chat


 

Host: (Stephanie Lo)
Q
請問如果想出國唸書,我們除了要準備托福以及GRE的考試之外,還需其他哪些準備?
A
Besides preparing for tests, you will need to (1) fill out the application forms; (2) prepare; (3) letters of recommendation; (4) prepare a statement of purpose essay or study outline essay. (2005-04-15 14:09)
 
Host: (Andrea Tao)
Q
Do the MD/PhD programs accept international students and the criterions?
A
Yes, international students are accepted into MD/PhD programs in the U.S. You will have to check each program to see the application requirements. (2005-04-15 14:11)
 
Host: (Andrea Tao)
Q
Can you get the whole info through the websites of these schools offered the programs? I only have information about the case western University.
A
Yes, you should be able to get all the information. You can also go to the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange at No. 1-A, Chuan Chow Road, Taipei. Tel:2332-8188. There are catalogs listing all the programs (2005-04-15 14:12)
 
Host: (Stephanie Lo)
Q
I've applied for a community college, and I would like to know how to rent a house in the U.S.?
A
Some schools provide housing. If that is the case, they normally will provide you with application forms once you have enrolled. If the school does not provide housing, go to the school's website and look for the housing section. they typically will have an off-campus housing section that will provide more information. There are also newsgroups that you can join to look for more options as well. (2005-04-15 14:16)
 
Host: (Stephanie Lo)
Q
我要找研究所的排名,但是USNews(以繳費)對於政治系國際關係的排名只有到20名,如何可以找到更後面的排名?
A
If you go to the USNews website, the list should be more comprehensive. (2005-04-15 14:21)
 
Host: (Andrea Tao)
Q
我已經利用信用卡在USNews的網站上繳費,看到全部的排名,但是仍然不夠,我想要看夠多的排名相關的資訊,要如何找?
A
There are many books written by different authors which compare schools by different criteria. You can find these different books at 學術交流基金會. (2005-04-15 14:27)
 
Host: (Stephanie Lo)
Q
請問生物醫學領域在美國是否算保護的科系?
A
No. (2005-04-15 14:25)
 
Host: (Stephanie Lo)
Q
我想要出國唸書,一定要用在校成績嗎?
A
Yes. If you are applying for undergrad, you will need your high school transcript. If applying to graduate school, then you need your undergrad transcript and grad transcript if you have already completed a graduate degree prior to applying. (2005-04-15 14:27)
 
Host: (Andrea Tao)
Q
University of Rochester在化工領域的名聲如何?
A
The best way to make sure that University of Rochester has a good program, ask a professor in your Chemical Engineering Department. (2005-04-15 14:30)
 
Host: (Stephanie Lo)
Q
之前聽申請的學長姐說因為生物醫學是算保護的科系所以很難申請的上?
A
Well, there are many reasons for being rejected from a school. It could be a very competitive program. Your classmates' grades, test scores, recommendation letters, or essays may not have been strong enough. Again, your field of study is not considered restricted. This has nothing to do with your chances of being accepted into a program. (2005-04-15 14:31)
 
Host: (Stephanie Lo)
Q
如果在校成績並不理想,可以使用其他方法申請外國研究所嗎?
A
Official transcripts from all the schools you have attended are mandatory. However, keep in mind that grades are not the only criteria that schools will look at. If you have solid TOEFL, GRE/GMAT scores, strong letters of recommendation and essays, you still have a good chance of getting into a good program. (2005-04-15 14:33)
 
Host: (Stephanie Lo)
Q
請問在選擇學校的時候,除了上網到該校的網站查詢入學條件,比如說托福成績之外,還有其他辦法嗎?
A
The most important thing would be to determine what you want in a program. Also, what are your goals after the program? Are you looking to go on for a PhD? Then maybe you should consider schools that lead into PhD programs. Location is important too. Do you want to be in a city or a more remote area? Do you want a place with many other Taiwanese students? How much can you afford to pay for a program? These factors ought to be considered as well. (2005-04-15 14:38)
 
Host: (Andrea Tao)
Q
請問申請學生簽證(F-1)必須提供財力證明,其中必須要證明「有持續的經濟來源支付所有求學費用」,財力證明需要哪些資料來證明此點?
A
財力證明其實就是你的銀行戶頭。這就是為什麼學校要求至少一年學雜費及生活費的財力證明,因為至少第一年你可不用擔心沒有錢待不下去。 (2005-04-15 14:39)
 
Host: (Andrea Tao)
Q
在申請學生簽證(F-1)時要提供全戶戶籍謄本,如果是影本可以接受嗎?
A
請查詢AIT網站 www.ait.org.tw (2005-04-15 14:43)
 
Host: (Stephanie Lo / Andrea Tao)
Q
申請生物醫學方面博士班的GRE要求最好多高(新制的話)?
A
(Stephanie)That's difficult to say. It depends on which schools you want to apply to. The top schools obviously will have higher standards, but they will still vary from school to school. I recommend going to the school department’s website and looking up the average score of matriculated students. That will give you a good idea of what score to aim for. / (Andrea)數學接近滿分是需要的,其實生物醫學會建議你考GRE Subject,那個更重要。第一部份單字會說450 -500,不過當然越高越好。加起來前兩項要1200 以上才比較好申請。 (2005-04-15 14:44)
 
Host: (Stephanie Lo)
Q
請問申請MA是否通常都沒有FUNDING?
A
Not necessarily. That depends on what field of study you're in. (2005-04-15 14:45)
 
Host: (Stephanie Lo)
Q
I’m planning to go on for a PhD. I study about medical image processing. I prefer to live in a little town rather than a city, and also want to live with a foreign family. I also want to know how much money I need to prepare for one year. Do I have a chance to have a part-time job? Just like an assistant in the university.
A
I will suggest you to look at program first. For PhD student, first thing is to find a Prof. who is working on the subject you are interested in, then you think about other conditions. I think you will have chances maybe one semester or a year later. What you need to do is to talk to your Prof. 通常第一年學校比較難給國際學生經濟上的支援,所以財力證明要一年的。但是一年或一學期間只要你的表現不差,你的學科應該是還蠻多機會的。我也贊成不要做Part -time的工作,不要因小失大。 (2005-04-15 14:54)
 
Host: (Stephanie Lo)
Q
I have been admitted by George Washington University with no funding. Is it easy to apply a part-time job, RA or TA in a private university?
A
Well, MD/PhD typically has full funding. You typically will have an RA position as part of your financial aid package. So, money should not be a huge issue. You probably won’t have time for an additional job. MD/PHD programs are pretty rigorous. If you’re looking to study in a smaller town, I’d consider Duke’s program. St. Louis’s Washington State U is also in a smaller location. Keep in mind though, that these two schools are among the top schools in this field. (2005-04-15 14:55)
 
Host: (Stephanie Lo)
Q
台灣的獎學金是要去教育部的網站看嗎?
A
Yes. The fields offered will also vary each year. You will need to check if your field is offered for the year that you want to study. (2005-04-15 14:55)
 
Host: (Andrea Tao / Stephanie Lo)
Q
生物醫學方面是否最好唸過碩士再去申請較好?
A
(Andrea)我建議直接去美國唸。如果已經打定主意要唸博士,去美國唸碩士會少很多麻煩也會較有優勢,例如學分承認跟推薦信的力度會不同。(Stephanie)Not necessarily. Typically the natural sciences don't require a master's degree. What's more important is how clear you are about what you want to research. Do you have research experience, work experience? These factors are relevant as well. (2005-04-15 15:03)
 
Host: (Andrea Tao)
Q
請問學校宿舍費用是約4000/semester,這是指四個月還是六個月呢?
A
應該是四個月,不包括暑假。 (2005-04-15 15:05)
 
Host: (Stephanie Lo)
Q
請問申請生物醫學相關的MA有沒有FUNDING?
A
Ok, well there should be TA or RA positions available in your school, possible scholarship funding as well. Again, that will vary on the school. You can also try applying for Taiwan's government scholarship as well for Taiwanese students studying abroad. (2005-04-15 14:47)
 
Host: (Stephanie Lo)
Q
請問一下最近還有美國教育展嗎?
A
I don't believe so. You'll have to wait till Sept. (2005-04-15 15:06)
 
Host: (Andrea Tao)
Q
我目前有拿到英國的碩士入學許可,美國的博士申請已經有數間學校拒絕了。請問是建議我先去英國念碩士還是先在台灣當研究助理明年再丟美國試試看呢?
A
我的建議是先去英國吧,但是博士一定要回到美國,畢竟博士唸完後還是要想到就業的問題。還有就是兩國的研究方法也不同。對申請博士而言,英國的碩士會比台灣的助理有力。 (2005-04-15 15:40)
 
Host: (Stephanie Lo)
Q
請問九月份開學,要提早多久前準備住宿比較好?
A
I would begin looking immediately. (2005-04-15 14:23)
 
Host: (Andrea Tao)
Q
GRE成績不是絕對,但通常新制應該要考多高才有競爭力呢?
A
要看你唸的科系,分析寫作不管任何科系都是重要的。 (2005-04-15 14:36)
 
Host: (Andrea Tao)
Q
請問我們有機會先到美國做助理然後同時申請學校嗎?
A
是有案例,不過可能得先找你的老師幫幫忙,這種機會不是公開申請的。 (2005-04-15 15:08)
 
Host: (Andrea Tao)
Q
美國大學生物醫學方面有開碩士的課程的似乎不多,我知道major生物相關直接申請博士是允許的,可是學士畢業申請上的可能性根據老師說法是零,但我又很想去外國唸書,真令人煩惱!
A
不是說非常容易,但也不至於是零。申請碩士也不一定光看科系名稱,你做的題目有可能在別的系下面。如果你確定作什麼,而且已經有點成果當然可以直接申請博士。反之,如果不確定,那還是先申請碩士。 (2005-04-15 15:13)
 
Host: (Andrea Tao)
Q
請問是不是看我想要做什麼題目,然後建議直接去跟老師談呢?
A
是的。你們平常的論文期刊都有老師的名字或學校科系,先做點功課,拿你的實驗成果或研究想法跟這些老師討論一下看看雙方做的東西是不是一樣。如果一樣,老師也絕得你的想法不錯,其實有時你申請碩士老師還會問你要不要念博士,因為碩士唸完兩年要走了,他培養你會中斷。 (2005-04-15 15:17)
 
Host: (Andrea Tao)
Q
重點就是要尋找到你要的老師談,那GRE成績這時重要嗎?
A
如果她真心想收你,就會比較不重要。不過成績當然也不能太誇張,讓他原本想收你結果看到GRE反而卻不了。有些學校比較嚴格可能會給條件式入學,要你去美國再考一次。通常字彙方面來說分數三百以下就不太好,三百到五百是最多人的分數。分數接近四百分則不頃向重考,半年內重考的分數會被質疑,因為它是智力測驗而不是英語能力測驗。 (2005-04-15 15:24)


End of Chat


 

 

Host: (Andrea Tao)

Andrea worked at AIEF as an Educational Adviser. You may also contact her colleagues at AIEF at Tel: 2705-8840.

 

Host: (Stephanie Lo)

Thanks for participating everyone. Again, the following is information for the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange: No. 1-A Chuan Chow St. Tel: 23328188. Website: ustudy.org. Email: stephanie.lo@gmail.com.