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Preparing a Study Plan and Strategies on Applying to U.S. Schools

Our Speakers are Ms. Ellen Wang, Educational Advisor, Foundation for Scholarly Exchange. Mr. Clarence Fu, Educational Advisor, Foundation for Scholarly Exchange. Ms. Marguerite J. Dennis, Vice President, Suffolk University.

Preparing a Study Plan and Strategies on Applying to U.S. Schools
Friday, October 20 2006 (2:30 PM - 4:00 PM)

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

Host: (Ms. Marguerite J. Dennis)

Good afternoon. My name is Vice President Dennis and I am the vice president for enrollment and international programs at Suffolk University in Boston. I have been a college administrator for more than 35 years and have helped students select schools in the US and finance their education.

 

Host: (Mr. Clarence Fu)

我是學術交流基金會的留學顧問傅鏡平.

 

Host: (Ms. Ellen Wang)

Hi, this is the Education advisor Ellen Wang from the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Foundation).

 


Start of Chat


 

Host: (Ms. Marguerite J. Dennis)
Q
How does the Admission Committee think about students going to America for a degree different from their college major?
A
In most colleges and universities in the United States this is not a problem. For example, students who graduate with majors in English or History often apply to law schools in the US with no problem. (2006-10-20 14:36)
 
Host: (Mr. Clarence Fu)
Q
選校時要系排名為優先還是學校排名?
A
選校時還是以系排名為主,因為學校不見得在每一個領域都很強. (2006-10-20 14:39)
 
Host: (Ms. Marguerite J. Dennis)
Q
選校時要系排名為優先,還是學校排名?
A
It is NEVER a good idea to look at a ranking to determine if one school or another is the right one for you. Look at the program. Do your own investigation. Speak, if possible, with students who have graduated or are enrolled in a particular school or major and then make up your own mind. Use rankings as just one criterion and certainly look more at the ranking of the major rather than the entire university. (2006-10-20 14:40)
 
Host: (Ms. Ellen Wang)
Q
想請問台灣學生在申請商科的博士班上,比起大陸、韓國、日本等,是不是會因為未來可能的影響力較有限下,而失去了申請的優勢呢?
A
學生的國家背景也會成為學校的考量之一,但不是讓哪一個國家的學生"失去優勢",主要的考量一定還是你的論文發表...SOP...推薦信...研究所成績.... GMAT 這些具體學術相關的條件。不過商學院博士班的申請在一班同學們的申請經驗上,的確是困難度較高的來說,建議你至少要好好把握GMAT成績,多增強成績上的加分. (2006-10-20 14:39)
 
Host: (Mr. Clarence Fu)
Q
想請問台灣學生在申請商科的博士班上,比起大陸、韓國、日本等,是不是會因為未來可能的影響力較有限下,而失去了申請的優勢呢?(如差不多條件下,韓國學生是不是較台灣學生能申請到,因為能預期拿到博士學位後,其回韓國對該領域在韓國的發展,遠較台灣學生回到台灣的發展,整體影響力較大,所以會因此選擇韓國人。)
A
你的考慮可能成立,但絕對不會是美國博士班招生的主要考慮,博士班還是要考慮申請人的研究能力夠不夠強,能否對project有貢獻. (2006-10-20 14:40)
 
Host: (Mr. Clarence Fu)
Q
博士班就商科學生的花費上,如果有擔任RA,通常一年的花費還需要負擔多少?即一年在美國的花費,就Bosten而言,整體花費是不是還是很高呢?RA是完全抵掉學費嗎?
A
RA通常會完全抵免學費,有時甚至還有生活費可以領,節省著用,甚至可以完全花不到自己的錢.美國好像沒有叫Bosten的地方.如果你是指Boston,這一帶的生活費是美國本土生活費最高的地區,MIT的網頁介紹Boston的生活花費http://web.mit.edu/scholars/col.html. (2006-10-20 14:41)
 
Host: (Ms. Marguerite J. Dennis)
Q
對於想要從商或者金融業的人而言,在大城市唸書或者小城市唸書,會不會影響將來再美國找工作的困難度呢?
A
Generally selecting a school in a big city would be preferable. There are more opportunities for internships and/or OPT- Official Practical Training opportunities after graduation. Remember all international students are permitted to work in the US for one year after graduation. It helps to be in a big city for this. More opportunities. (2006-10-20 14:48)
 
Host: (Ms. Ellen Wang)
Q
請問,念MBA拿獎學金是不是很難?
A
比起其他領域,MBA提供獎學金的比例小.但是不是沒有,我還是看過有學生成功的例子。但是由於唸MBA的人數很多,申請獎學金又是更加激烈. (2006-10-20 14:50)
 
Host: (Ms. Ellen Wang)
Q
就目前美國商科博班而言,有提供RA的機率高不高呢?還是我們都應該預設好,要帶足夠的經費赴美就讀?
A
博班的部分,原則上得到RA跟TA的比例頗高,當然這是和老師關係保持很好,同時也很積極的學生。而且如果得到助理機會,學費也可以部分刪減。你的確可以準備至少兩年的學費,預防萬一你入學的那幾年沒拿到,這樣比較保險。也有一個情形是:大部分的國際學生例如印度和中國大陸的學生,都會特別積極的申請。 (2006-10-20 14:52)
 
Host: (Ms. Marguerite J. Dennis)
Q
我想請問,如果想在美國就讀MBA,想拿獎學金的話,有沒有一個明確的方向可以去努力?
A
The best thing is to have an outstanding undergraduate grade point average and high TOEFL and GMAT scores. If you have all of these and apply EARLY your changes of getting a scholarship for MBA study will be great. (2006-10-20 14:51)
 
Host: (Mr. Clarence Fu)
Q
我想請問之前聽朋友(美國公民但住台灣),因為是以當地學生的身份申請,但是因為寄資料時是國際信,所以被學校放在外國學生納,造成兩邊都被當成資料不齊全,以致沒被審核.
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因為他具有美國公民的身分,所以他不需要I-20,但是他必須要先向學校說明此點,否則容易被混到國際學生那邊. (2006-10-20 14:56)
 
Host: (Ms. Marguerite J. Dennis)
Q
請問申請研究所有什麼策略嗎?
A
Begin your search early. Do a thorough investigation on your own. Use perhaps one guide book- I suggest the Princeton Review-to get some insight into the school. Try to find someone who graduated from that school or someone who is currently attending. Know yourself. Do you want to be in a big city or a small town? The educational experience will be very different. Do you want a program with lots of international students? That also will affect your educational experience. Give yourself lots of time to prepare. For example if you want to go to school beginning in Sept, 2007, you should conduct your research right now. Apply early. Apply for financial aid/scholarship early. You will have a clear advantage over students who apply later. (2006-10-20 14:56)
 
Host: (Ms. Judy Chow)
Q
請問我們要如何能夠在美國教中文呢?
A
這牽涉到您想要教書的學校等級,如大學或是高中.若是在高中以下任教,由各州州政府負責,並有相關的執照規定. (2006-10-20 14:57)
 
Host: (Mr. Clarence Fu)
Q
請問申請博班時,是否應該要附上碩士論文?
A
你可以將碩士論文做一個英文摘要做為附件,放在申請文件中一起寄送. (2006-10-20 14:58)
 
Host: (Ms. Ellen Wang)
Q
想請問諸位留學輔導專家:我有意申請07'諮商所(特別是以實習取代論文為畢業要求的碩士班),如果我GPA很低,CBT托福雖有過213,GRE也只是中等,但我有五年的相關工作經驗(另還有大學的實習和志工經驗),未來還是想從事實務工作。 想請問(1) 對於GPA、TOEFL、GRE成績不高,評審委員如何看這樣的申請者? (2) 如何能在SOP或其他申請資料中表現自己呢?
A
學業成績如果太低在加上TOEFL、GRE沒有加分,對於申請其實是很不利的。畢竟是升學,所以證明你是好學生最有利的就是學術成績。如果分數都過不了學校公佈的門檻,那麼工作經驗多幾年也是沒有太大幫助。鼓勵你真的有很紮實的留學經驗,好好準備留學測驗是很重要的第一步。至於SOP的部分,具體說明你的學術還有實務經驗,讓過去的發展脈落很有邏輯的排列,然後提出未來的讀書計畫,一氣呵成。 (2006-10-20 14:59)
 
Host: (Ms. Marguerite J. Dennis)
Q
成績中等的人,申請研究所的策略應該如何?申請幾間?排名的分布?有建議嗎?
A
You should look for schools with an academic profile of accepting students with average grades. There are many such schools in the US. Try to match your grades with the grades of previously accepted students. I cannot tell you how many schools to apply to as I do not know your major. Only apply to schools which you have a reasonable chance of getting admitted to. Look at the rankings of The Princeton Review. I like that book because it is based on the information supplied to by students. I think you get a more honest evaluation of the school from that source. (2006-10-20 15:03)
 
Host: (Ms. Ellen Wang)
Q
請問關於留學財務方面問題,假設申請美國碩士學位,可辦理國內銀行貸款及申請獎學金以及當地打工方法,是否可支付生活費及學費?是否有實際的例子?或者有實際經驗,可否敘述這樣的時間是否足以兼顧學業?因為怕如果打工會影響課業.
A
根據統計超過六成的國際學生的財務支援都是來自父母。完全要靠貸款(碩士只能貸款80萬新台幣),而獎學金只有非常少數的精英學生可以拿到,再加上碩士生拿到RA的機會比起博班學生低。所以你的計畫要實現應該有些許的困難。我見過的學生,大多是由家裡支援財務,或者自己多工作幾年存錢在赴美就讀,這樣你唸書的財務壓力就不會過大。有學生告訴我甚至他拿到RA的機會,也決定放棄。主要的考量就是時間不夠用,寧可先把碩士課程唸好,才是主軸。 (2006-10-20 15:04)
 
Host: (Ms. Marguerite J. Dennis)
Q
請介紹一下貴校IMC課程的,關於整合行銷的課程介紹.
A
This degree allows students to take both communication and business courses. The program is an integrated one which means the courses complement each other and the student is learning not just communications but also business. Highly recommended and very popular major. (2006-10-20 15:07)
 
Host: (Mr. Clarence Fu)
Q
那學校選擇RA跟TA的條件為何呢?成績?英文程度?
A
過去有研究經驗對RA會有優勢,TA會特別注重語言能力,所以會要求TSE(Test of Spoken English)的成績,台灣自從改考新托福後已經不舉辦TSE,你必須到美國考或是問可以用新托福的口說成績來替代. (2006-10-20 15:07)
 
Host: (Ms. Ellen Wang)
Q
請問碩士成績在資料審核過程中,扮演的角色為何?為什麼一般申請,要的還是大學時期的GPA呢?
A
原則上,在校成績因為是正式文件,所以美國學校傾向重視。一般來說只需要出示你的上一個學位的成績單,例如博班給碩士成績,碩士給大學成績。不過也是有申請博班時,學校要求大學部及碩士的成績,一切就看學校的policy. (2006-10-20 15:09)
 
Host: (Mr. Clarence Fu)
Q
請問申請MBA時,GPA重要性是否會隨著工作年資增長而降低?
A
MBA主要看四大項,GMAT, GPA,工作經驗,及Essay中展現的人格特質,如果GPA不高,可以從其他三個項目去加強,但是GPA如果實在太低,再多的工作經驗也是無濟於事. (2006-10-20 15:15)
 
Host: (Ms. Ellen Wang)
Q
再請問一下顧問,如果你很喜歡這間學校,但如果他的program你並不是很有興趣,是不是會建議放棄?例如我想走 International business, 但學校卻是走 Finance.
A
從教育的立場,program的內容其實才是重點,你應該優先考慮這個部分。建議你多瀏覽其他的program,相信會找到最符合你的需要的。可是要是你還是非常愛那間學校,就放進去你的申請名單中,到時候如果真的申請上了,再做第二階段的學校選擇也不遲。 (2006-10-20 15:15)
 
Host: (Ms. Marguerite J. Dennis)
Q
倘若在台灣唸完碩士班後欲申請國外博士班(碩士領域與大學不同),大學時期的GPA不高,對於申請學校該怎麼增加?
A
Absolutely! Most doctoral programs are very small and admit only the best students. I do not want to discourage you but unless you have an A average most doctoral programs would be out of reach. (2006-10-20 15:15)
 
Host: (Ms. Ellen Wang)
Q
請問GPA的計算,有學校以A+=4.0,A=3.7,請問這要如何將百分等級的成績進行換算呢?
A
GPA換算,台灣大部分學校都由校方決定。不過如果英文成績單上沒有,才需要自己算,而美國學校一定會重新計算。算法的部分你可以參考我們ustudy網頁http://www.ustudy.org.tw/us_help/default.htm . (2006-10-20 15:20)
 
Host: (Ms. Marguerite J. Dennis)
Q
想請問在美國轉學的事情?可行性很高嗎?要先辦休學嗎?(假設2007先上比較不適合自己的碩士班,2008在轉學到比較符合自己的學校)
A
It is very easy for international students to transfer from one school to another in the US and no, you do not need to return to Taiwan first. Many American students transfer from one school to another. In fact, some years it is one in two who do transfer. (2006-10-20 15:22)
 
Host: (Mr. Clarence Fu)
Q
想請問在美國轉學的事情?可行性很高嗎?要先辦休學嗎?(假設2007先上比較不適合自己的碩士班,2008在轉學到比較符合自己的學校)
A
美國轉學並不要先休學,通常是你拿著成績單去和想要申請的學校科系面談,有些會要考試,如果新學校接受你,你拿著新學校的證明回原來學校去辦離校手續. (2006-10-20 15:22)
 
Host: (Ms. Marguerite J. Dennis)
Q
I am interested in know how schools in the U.S. evaluate applicants’ Personal Statement and Statement of Purpose? Should the contents of the latter be more specific if there is a given topic?
A
My best advice is to be honest and be yourself. Another piece of advice be certain there are no typos. Have someone else read your personal statement. Each school puts different weight on these personal reflections of yourself. Honesty is ALWAYS recommended. (2006-10-20 15:23)
 
Host: (Ms. Ellen Wang)
Q
請問美國各地區大學研究所學雜費主要是看公私立和各州規定嗎?有沒有其他影響的因素呢?
A
通常都是由校分公佈學費,至於生活費交通費則是由估算出的平均值,每一年約有3-5%的調漲。至於誰決定或是影響學雜費的問題,我就不清楚了,抱歉。 (2006-10-20 15:26)
 
Host: (Ms. Marguerite J. Dennis)
Q
想請問美國是否有像台灣國科會這樣的單位,可以查詢美國的教授目前是不是有接什麼研究計畫呢?
A
We do have the National Academy of Science in the US. You should be able to find out which professors and/or institutions in the US have government funding. You may also ask each individual college or university to tell you which professors in their school are working on what specific science projects and which have university or government funding. (2006-10-20 15:28)
 
Host: (Ms. Ellen Wang)
Q
剛剛顧問提到「具體說明你的學術還有實務經驗,讓過去的發展脈落很有邏輯的排列」,我的理解是:說明工作內容、前後經驗串整對專業學習的心得與幫助,特別經驗層次鋪成,是嗎?若否還有其他遺漏的重點呢?
A
簡單來說,SOP的重點就是說服學校你是最適合的學生,你要去讓評審印象深刻。因而,不需要太多敘述性的說明顯不出獨特性,舉實際例子不管是實務或是學術很好,不妨多些創意。如果你有和該所教授聯繫,也可以在SOP中提到。 (2006-10-20 15:31)
 
Host: (Mr. Clarence Fu)
Q
請問在申請告一段落在等待學校通知的期間,可以作些什麼來未之後的留學生活作準備呢?
A
通常台灣同學的英語聽說能力一開始不太足以應付課堂的需求,所以這段期間可以加強英語,如果你是唸MBA,多研究美國商業界的著名case會有助於日後課堂討論. (2006-10-20 15:37)
 
Host: (Ms. Marguerite J. Dennis)
Q
是否在申請學校的同時,都應已確定自己有興趣於該領域的某個方向?例如確認要念EE,但是卻還未有確定某個特定方向,是否在申請時很吃虧?
A
Not at all. You can decide on a specialty after enrollment. Will not hurt your chances for admission. (2006-10-20 15:37)
 
Host: (Ms. Marguerite J. Dennis)
Q
請問在申請Master leading to PHD,是否要寫出明確的研究主題?
A
Not at the beginning of the program. Once you have a semester or two then you, along with your advisor, can determine the appropriate research topic for you. (2006-10-20 15:39)
 
Host: (Mr. Clarence Fu)
Q
請問在申請告一段落在等待學校通知的期間,可以作些什麼來未之後的留學生活作準備呢?
A
通常台灣同學的英語聽說能力一開始不太足以應付課堂的需求,所以這段期間可以加強英語,如果你是唸MBA,多研究美國商業界的著名case會有助於日後課堂討論. (2006-10-20 15:38)
 
Host: (Ms. Marguerite J. Dennis)
Q
您好!想請問明天酒會的主要內容…
A
Tomorrow we are hosting Asian alumni. There will be alums from Korea, Japan and of course Taipei. Please come and bring your friends. It will give you an opportunity to meet Suffolk graduates, their parents and of course me!!! (2006-10-20 15:44)
 
Host: (Ms. Ellen Wang)
Q
台灣學生申請時候的競爭對手,是所有國際學生,或者只需要和台灣學生競爭呢?或者,各國的學生在不同學校中會不會有一些不成文的內定名額限制?
A
所有國際學生都是一起競爭的。的確有些學校會會有平均各國學生來源的做法,例如亞洲一些,歐洲一些,非洲一些....。一切都是學校該年的policy,每年也可能改變。 (2006-10-20 15:46)
 
Host: (Mr. Clarence Fu)
Q
對於大四男生來講如果計劃一兩年內順利出國.但是因為兵役問題,會有一年的空窗期.請問什麼樣的規劃才是比較合適的?謝謝!
A
因為無法確定當兵的單位輕不輕鬆,所以建議還是提早準備,尤其是GRE和托福的口說部分,然後注意想申請學校的截止日期,順利的話,退伍後的次年就可以出去. (2006-10-20 15:48)
 
Host: (Ms. Ellen Wang)
Q
請問基金會是否有最近申請成功同學的資料,想參考以決定自己選校的區間應該落在哪裡?
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我門的確有同學申請成功的案例,也很替他們開心。但是因為每個申請人的背景還有想念的科系差異很大,個案的例子幫助不大。但是如果你多了解細節,歡迎到學術交流基金會來接受個別諮詢。 (2006-10-20 15:51)
 
Host: (Ms. Marguerite J. Dennis)
Q
想請問關於留學學費加生活費的問題,若是以碩士學位,申請在美國東岸的學校之學費,是否一年要至少準備一百萬台幣?因為知道每一所學費會有所不同,是想請問平均值的數字,謝謝.
A
I think you should count of about $20,000 US for tuition and about $8,000 for living expenses. (2006-10-20 15:52)


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