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FAQ for MAIS

Q: Where can I find information about the application process and an application form for domestic students?
A: Consult the webpage of the ECU Graduate School (link: http://www.ecu.edu/gradschool/)
Q: What is admission deadline for the MA in International Studies program for domestic students?
A: June 1 for fall semester and October 15 for spring semester.
Q: What is the ECU code for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?
A: East Carolina University's GRE code is 5180.
Q: What is the minimum GRE score acceptable for admission?
A: GRE scores are only one of the elements used to determine admission; another is GPA. In order to be eligible for out-of-state tuition remissions, however, out-of-state students must have a score of at least 1000 on the GRE and a 3.0 GPA. See below for more information about financial assistance.
Q: Does the student need to have transcripts sent directly from the previous schools or are unopened official transcripts accepted?
A: Although we prefer to receive transcripts sent directly from previously attended institutions, unopened official transcripts are acceptable.
Q: What are the current tuition costs and fees?
A: For current tuition and fees, consult the Cashier’s webpage (link: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/financial_serv/cashier/tufee.cfm)
Q: Are there any other costs?
A: All students who want to park on campus must purchase a parking permit. For more information contact the Parking Office (link: http://www.ecu.edu/parking/)
Q: What kind of financial aid is available for the domestic students?
A: For financial aid information see Possible Sources of Funding (link: http://www.ecu.edu/Financial/)
Q: When do students have to arrive? Enrollment dates? Beginning of the classes?
A: Students should try to arrive in Greenville at least one week before classes start so that they will have time to find housing, meet with their advisor, register for classes and take care of all other paperwork. The Graduate School has an orientation session during the week before classes begin. The important dates on the academic calendar can be found on the Faculty Senate Academic Calendar web page
Q: What is the average cost to rent an apartment in Greenville?
A: Rental costs vary according to the location and size of the apartment (number of bedrooms). One bedroom apartments may cost from $350 to $450 per month. Be sure to ask if utilities are included. Usually they are not, except water. Some apartment complexes include Internet connections and cable TV as part of the rent.
Q: Is there a university bus service?
A: For information about university bus service see ECU Transit
Q: Is public transportation available in Greenville?
A: Consult Greenville GREAT Bus System 
Q: What is the average length of the MAIS program?
A: Students usually complete the MAIS program in two academic years. It includes a field experience outside the U.S., which students typically complete during the summer between their first and second years.
Q: Can a student transfer in graduate credits from another institution?
A: Students can transfer in 6 graduate credits from another institution. Check with the Graduate School for details.
Q: Can a student take graduate courses at ECU before being formally admitted to the program?
A: Students can begin taking courses from the M.A. in International Studies program as a non-degree student. Check with the Graduate School for details.
Q: Can student take classes from other graduate programs or pursue another degree?
A: Because the MAIS program is interdisciplinary, its concentration courses are drawn from other graduate programs across the campus. M.A. in International Studies students in certain concentrations (e.g., security studies, economic development, international teaching, Hispanic Studies) are encouraged to complete graduate certificates in those fields in addition to their concentrations by taking a small number of additional courses.
Graduate students may not pursue two graduate degrees simultaneously if these degrees would share credits. Graduate students wishing to pursue two degrees concurrently that do not share credits should consult with the director of the MA in International Studies Program.
Q: What are the opportunities for internships, practical training or research?
A: MAIS students usually are awarded graduate assistantships to work with faculty members of projects or to assist university units in various ways. Domestic students can work 25 hrs/wk as graduate assistants. M.A. in International Studies graduate assistantships are usually for up to 20 hrs/wk. Other assistantships are available with units across the campus, such as the Laupus Library, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, the Office of International Affairs, the College of Education, the School of Nursing and the Office of Regional Development.
Q: What are the foreign language requirements for the domestic students?
A: The M.A. in International Studies Program does not have an entrance foreign language requirement. It does recommend, however, that students have some foreign language skills. It does have a graduation foreign language requirement.
Domestic students in the M.A. in International Studies Program are required to attain certain levels of proficiency in foreign language in order to graduate. The requirements can be found on the M.A. in International Studies web page and in the appendices of the M.A. in International Studies Handbook. Students may complete the foreign language requirement at any time during their program. The foreign language skills for the languages taught at ECU are usually assessed by an ECU faculty member. Students should consult with the M.A. in International Studies director to make arrangements for the assessment of skills in languages not taught at ECU.
Q: What are the field experience requirements for the domestic students?
A: Domestic students are required to complete a field experience of at least ten weeks in an international setting. Students may enroll in an intensive language course, complete an internship (paid or unpaid), work at a job, volunteer, do research or just stay with friends or relatives. Students receive credit not for the ten-week stay but for completing a portfolio of essays about their field experiences. Students who have completed extensive stays in an international setting before entering the program may request permission to use their time overseas as the basis of their portfolio.
Q: What is involved in the field experience portfolio?
A: The field experience portfolio consists of a statement of intent, 3-4 essays in which students comment on and analyze culturally significant experiences of their overseas stay using the concepts and ideas they learned in their core courses. Since the portfolio courses, INTL 6930 and INTL 6940 are very much like process-writing courses, students submit drafts of their essays to the field experience instructor, receive comments and editorial suggestions, and rewrite the essays. Students do not receive a little grade for the course, which is treated much like a thesis course. Instead, they receive an "in progress" grade (Q) until their successfully complete the portfolio, at which time they receive a R grade.
Q: Where can I find information about the application process and an application form for international students?
A: Consult the webpage of the ECU Graduate School 
Q: What is admission deadline for the M.A. in International Studies Program for the international students?
A: March 1 for fall semester and September 15 for spring semester.
Q: What is min/average TOEFL score?
The Internet-based version of the TOEFL test (TOEFL iBT) is now in use. This newest version will provide better information about the test takers ability to communicate in English in an academic setting. The new test includes speaking and emphasizes integrated skills. The test will be administered through the Internet at secure test centers providing more access to students.
Because of the new exam a new scoring scale will be implemented. Five scores will be provided on each score report. The scores are: Reading, Listening, Writing, Speaking and a total score. Each section is scored on a 0-30 scale. The total score is the sum of the four sections with a 0-120 scale.
In setting a new standard score for the Graduate School at East Carolina University we have examined the score comparison established by ETS. We have decided to set a minimum score of 20 on each of the four sections with a total score of 80. This would be in comparison to the 213 computer based score and 550 paper test our current requirement. As this is the first test with a speaking section we may decide, in the future, to require a higher speaking score for TA’s.
This test will be used for all students now taking TOEFL. If a student has previously taken TOEFL we will use that test in evaluating admissibility.
Q: What are the ECU code for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and TOEFL?
A: East Carolina University's GRE code is 5180.
Q: What is the minimum GRE score acceptable for admission?
A: In order to be eligible for out-of-state tuition remissions, international students must have a score of at least 1000 on the GRE and a 3.0 GPA. See below for more information about financial assistance.
Q: What are the current tuition costs and fees?
A: For current tuition and fees, consult the Cashier’s webpage 
Q: Are there any other costs?
A: International students are required to purchase medical insurance. Contact the Office of International Affairs for more information.
All students who want to park on campus must purchase a parking permit. For more information contact the Parking Office.
Q: What kind of financial aid is available for the international students?
A: Graduate Assistantships: The MA in International Studies Program awards a limited number of graduate assistantships. Graduate assistantships are available from other university units as well, e.g., International Affairs, Honors Program, Office of Community Engagement, Joyner Library. The director of the MA in International Studies Program assists international students in securing graduate assistantships. The assistantships usually require that the student be enrolled full-time (i.e. at least 9 s.h.). International graduate students are not permitted to work more than 20hours/ week as graduate assistants.
Out-of-State Tuition Remissions: There are a limited number of out-of-state tuition remissions, which cover the out-of-state portion of the student’s tuition. The remissions are highly competitive and are awarded by the MA in International Studies Program at the time that students are admitted. The minimum criteria for eligibility are a 3.0 overall GPA or a 3.0 senior year GPA, and an acceptable score on the standardized exam (ex. GRE (V,Q,A) 1000; MAT 50; or GMAT 500). The prospective student is strongly advised to apply to the MA in International Studies Program as early as possible in order to be considered for these awards.
Financial Aid: Most graduate financial aid comes from the US federal government in the form of low-interest loans and work-study opportunities. These assistant programs are not available to international students.
Other Sources of Financial Support: There are other sources of support from special US government programs such the Edmund Muskie Fellowship and private foundations. One search engine that is often used to locate these sources is the Community of Science (COS) . Another great source is Institute of International Education (IIE) 
Q: When do students have to arrive? Enrollment dates? Beginning of the classes?
A: International students should try to arrive in Greenville at least one week before classes start so that they will have time to find housing, meet with their advisor, meet with the international student advisor in the Office of International Affairs, the Graduate School’s international student advisor, register for classes and take care of all other paperwork. An international student orientation session is usually held during the week before classes begin. The Graduate School also has an orientation session during that week.
The important dates on the academic calendar can be found on the Faculty Senate Academic Calendar web page 
Q: Does ECU provide on-campus housing for the international graduate students?
A: ECU does not provide on-campus housing for international graduate students. A number of privately owned, non-university apartment complexes are within walking distance of campus. Many others are on the university bus routes.
Q: What is the average cost to rent an apartment in Greenville?
A: Rental costs vary according to the location and size of the apartment (number of bedrooms). One bedroom apartments may cost from $350 to $450 per month. Be sure to ask if utilities are included. Usually they are not, except water. Some apartment complexes include Internet connections and cable TV as part of the rent.
Q: Is there a university bus service?
A: For information about university bus service see the University Transit 
Q: Is public transportation available in Greenville?
A: For information consult Greenville GREAT Bus System 
Q: How many courses per semester should international student take to maintain full-time status?
A: Graduate students must take 9 credit hours of courses (usually three courses) to be considered full-time.
Q: What is average length of the M.A. in International Studies Program?
A: Students usually complete the MA in International Studies Program in two academic years. International students may be able to complete the program in one academic year plus one summer, since they do not have to complete a field experience outside the US. (Their stay in the US is considered their international field experience by the MAIS program.)
Q: Can student take classes from other graduate programs or pursue another degree?
A: Because the M.A. in International Studies Program is interdisciplinary, its concentration courses are drawn from other graduate programs across the campus. M.A. in International Studies students in certain concentrations (e.g., security studies, economic development, international teaching, Hispanic Studies) are encouraged to complete graduate certificates in those fields in addition to their concentrations by taking a small number of additional courses.
Graduate students may not pursue two graduate degrees simultaneously if these degrees would share credits. Graduate students wishing to pursue two degrees concurrently that do not share credits should consult with the director of the MAIS program.
Q: What are the opportunities for internships, practical training or research?
A: M.A. in International Studies students, including international students, usually are awarded graduate assistantships to work with faculty members of projects or to assist university units in various ways. International students can only work 20 hrs/wk as graduate assistants.
During the summer between their first and second years in the M.A. in International Studies Program, international students can apply for internships or practical training under the Curricular Practical Training Program (CPT). After they have completed their degree, they can apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT). They should consult with the international student advisor in the Office of International Affairs, Mr. William Mallett.
Q: What are the foreign language requirements for the international students?
A: International students in the M.A. in International Studies program are required to attain certain levels of proficiency in English in order to graduate. The requirements can be found on the MAIS web page and in the appendices of the M.A. in International Studies Handbook.
Q: What are the field experience requirements for the international students?
A: International students in the M.A. in International Studies Program do not have to complete a field experience outside the US. Their stay in the US is considered their international field experience and will serve as the basis for their international field experience portfolio. They should consult the international field experience portfolio section of the M.A. in International Studies web page and M.A. in International Studies Handbook for more information.
Q: Are there advisors for the international students?
A: The graduate student advisor in the ECU Graduate School, Ms. Colleen Roland, is an excellent source of information and assistance for international students. Mr. William Mallett is the international student advisor in the Office of International Affairs . Ms. Rhonda Brown, also in the Office of International Affairs, handles all immigration and visa questions.
Q: Is there an International Student Association?
A: There is an International Student Association. Information is available from Mr. Mallett. Students from a particular culture have also from time to time organized into an association. For example, there has been an Asian Student Association on campus in recent years.
Q: What accommodations are available to someone with a physical disability?
A: Under the ADA, students who demonstrate a learning, emotional, or physical disability are permitted reasonable accommodations (i.e. alternative: testing locations and formats, relocation of class to an accessible room, note takes, scan materials to an alternate format etc. Please see the ECU Disability Support Services Website for details 
Q: I have a learning disability will I be able to receive accommodations?
A: Under the ADA, students who demonstrate a learning, emotional, or physical disability are permitted reasonable accommodations (i.e. alternative: testing locations and formats, relocation of class to an accessible room, note takes, scan materials to an alternate format etc). Please see the ECU Disability Support Services Website for details 
Q: I have an assistance animal, is it possible for me to bring it along on my foreign experience?
A: Most likely. Before making final preparations, contact the country's consulate or embassy for information on their importation laws. But also be sure to contact the NC USDA on their return entry regulations. Depending on where you travel, you may have to ensure your assistance dog has a veterinarian complete a physical before you return to the US. Traveling to a place like Europe or Canada is less complicated then traveling to Africa or Asia. It is important that when you travel abroad with your dog, you carry a copy of your dog's certified importation information and current rabies certificate. Some countries, like the United Kingdom have strict quarantine laws that may influence your final decision in where you want to complete your foreign experience, so be sure to research the destination on their imploration and exportation laws. You may also want to contact the local assistance animal or guide dog association in that country. They can provide you on any local laws and cultural perceptions regarding your assistance animal.
Q: I am physically disabled would I still be required to fulfill the foreign Experience? If so, how can I find an appropriate experience?
A: Yes you are required to fulfill the Foreign Experience. The experience can be a formal internship or study abroad program lasting at least ten weeks. Planning ahead and flexibility are key to traveling abroad with or without a disability. The foreign experience can take place anywhere from Canada and Mexico to Europe, Africa or Asia. Use your contacts and background to find an opportunity. If you are still stuck on where to find opportunities consider contacting the ECU Study Abroad Office or the ECU Career Center . Interested in a federal internship abroad? Consider the State Department's summer internship Program which has an early application deadline in early November. You may also find websites on the Internet helpful. Consider looking at sites like the Transitions Abroad with a great section for disability travel.