As we enter the peak processing time for international graduate applications, we have a few updates to share with you in an effort to make the 2018 admission cycle as seamless and efficient as possible.
- A11 Holds Spring 2018
Graduate students who have not provided final, official academic records to our office had an A11 hold placed on their account on February 15, 2018. If you have a student who is unable to register for classes due to this hold, please submit the graduate A11 extension request form on istart and encourage your students to submit their documents to OIS as soon as possible.
- Peak Processing Timelines
February and March are the peak processing times for bachelor’s equivalency determinations. Please allow 3-5 days for a bachelor’s equivalency determination and 48 hours for a response from firstname.lastname@example.org
- System Issue
Students occasionally get “stuck” in the Kuali workflow and do not move forward for final review. Our office runs weekly audits for the students. However, if you notice that a student has not moved from the “Admit Decision Received” stage after your department has made an admission decision please notify email@example.com.
- TEPAIC Policy Updates
There has been an update made to the requirements for English adequacy prior to taking the Test of English Language Proficiency for International Associate Instructor Candidates (TEPAIC). While the TOEFL or IELTS exam are the preferred method for ensuring adequate English proficiency, admitting departments may accept alternative evidence of adequate proficiency:
Undergraduate degree for a university in a primarily English-speaking country
IELTS: 6.5 or above
Person PTE: 53
If a department has judged that a student has evidence of English proficiency from sources other than the TOEFL or IELTS they may be allowed to take the TEPAIC under the following conditions: 1) A signed departmental memo attached to the department’s initial authorization stating that the department judges the student to have adequate proficiency in English; and 2) if the student does not pass the TEPAIC at the level required for teaching in their department, before being allowed to take the exam a second time, they must demonstrate proficiency through performance on the TOEFL or IELTS or successfully complete T502 “Communication Skills for International Associate Instructors.
- Immigration Document Creation
Please ensure that your international graduate admission letters include the following information to prevent any delays in the immigration document creation process:
If tuition remission is included in an award package it must be stated clearly in the admission letter
If your department is offering a student an Associate Instructor (AI) position the admission letter must clearly state what type of funding the student will be offered if the student does not pass the Test for English Language Proficiency (TEPAIC) (i.e. Associate Instructor is switched to a Research Assistant).
As a reminder, there is an international graduate admission letter template saved on the graduate intranet for your reference.
- Out of Office: Maternity Leave
Rachel Salinas will be on maternity leave from Friday, March 2 through Monday, June 4. For general inquiries regarding international admissions processing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are here to help and support grad departments. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at email@example.com.