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Deadlines & Application Submission

When are the application deadlines?

Early Deadline: January 31

Final Deadline: March 21 (for applicants who need a Czech visa) or April 15 (for applicants who do not need a Czech visa)

How do I start an online application?

To apply, you will have to create an online application account by following these simple steps:

  1. Start an online application by clicking here or by clicking ‘Apply Now’ on the left side of your screen
  2. Click where it says ‘Create Account’ and fill in the required information
  3. Once you create your account, you will be given a PIN that will allow you to log in to the application system (it will also be emailed to you).  It is important that you remember your PIN and password because you will need them every time you want to log in to work on your application.
  4. Click ‘Login’
  5. Check the box to indicate that you agree with the terms and conditions
  6. Answer ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to the privacy policy question
  7. Click ‘Continue and Create’
  8. Click ‘Start Application’

Once you complete these steps you will have created an online application account and can begin working on your application.

How do I submit my online application?

Once you have completed your application, you need to submit it.  We are unable to view your application until you successfully submit it.  To submit your application, you should follow these steps:

  1. Click ‘Submit Application’
  2. If you are missing any required questions/document, you will see ‘Application Status: Incomplete’ followed by a list of what you are missing. If you see this message, you have to go back and answer or upload all missing questions and documents before you can submit your application.
  3. Once you have completed all required parts of the application, when you click ‘Submit Application’ you will see ‘Application Status: Ready for Submission’ at the top of the page.
  4. Read the information and then check the box indicating that you have read and understand it and wish to submit your application
  5. Enter your full name as your electronic signature.  The date should already be filled in.
  6. Click ‘Submit Application’

After clicking ‘Submit Application’ you should see a message that says ‘Submission Complete!’  You will also receive a confirmation email.

Please note that once you have submitted your application, you cannot make any changes to it.  If there are any errors, you should email international@tfas.org.

I’m worried that my transcript/letter of recommendation will arrive after the deadline. Will you still review my application?

We will still review your application even if your transcript or letter of recommendation arrives shortly after the deadline.  Please note that it is your responsibility to make sure your application materials arrive in as timely a manner as possible.

Do I have to be a current undergraduate student to apply?

We give preference to current undergraduate students, but we will also consider applications from recent graduates and graduate students.

We do not accept applications from high school students.

Do all of my materials need to be submitted at the same time?

No. Your online application can be submitted before or after your letter of recommendation and official transcript have been received. You may also send materials in different packages. Materials will be added to your file as soon as they are received.

Please remember that your application will not be considered complete until all of your application materials are received. It is your responsibility to make sure that we have received all of your materials.

Is there a fee for applying?

No.  There is a no fee to apply to our international programs.

I want to apply to more than one program. Do I have to choose a preferred program?

Yes. You are welcome to apply to more than one institute, but you will only be accepted to one institute at a time.  You will be considered for your preferred institute first, so you must select a preference.

When and how will I be notified of my admission status?

We review applications on a rolling basis and we make admissions decisions within 4-6 weeks after an application is marked complete.  You will be notified by email of your admissions decision. You can also check your admission status by logging into your online application account.

Please note that we will not review any applications that are missing documents.

What is Rolling Admissions?

Rolling Admissions means that your application will be reviewed as soon as your application is completed. The earlier you apply, the more likely your application will be accepted. If you wait to apply until or near the application deadline, your application may not be accepted because of space limitations. Each year, we decline a number of highly qualified applicants because they waited too long. With rolling admissions, it is possible that admissions for some countries will be suspended before the final application deadline.

Application Materials

What are the application requirements?

In addition to answering all of the required questions in the online application, the following application materials must be submitted for your application to be considered complete:

  • A 500-1000 word writing sample (the essay topics vary by program and are available in the online application)
  • Your updated resume/CV
  • Your official transcript
  • A letter of recommendation

What is an official transcript?

An official transcript is a document that lists each course you have taken at your university as well as the corresponding grade you received in each.  Official transcripts have a stamp or signature from the university.

If your official transcript is in a language other than English, you are responsible for having it translated into English.  We will not review your application if you have not provided the translated version of your transcript.

How should I submit my transcript?

There are several ways you can submit your official transcript:

  1. Request your university to mail your official transcript to our office (please visit the Contact Us page for our mailing address)
  2. Upload your official transcript into the online application
  3. Email your official transcript to international@tfas.org
  4. Fax your official transcript to 202-315-3880

Please note that if you email or fax your transcript to our office, you should upload a Word document in your application that indicates how and when you have submitted it.  You can upload this document in place of your transcript.

All scanned transcripts are subject to verification.

How can my recommender submit their letter of recommendation?

There are 4 ways your recommender can submit their recommendation letter:

  1. Through the online application system
  2. By mail (please visit the ‘Contact Us‘ page for our mailing address)
  3. By email (international@tfas.org)
  4. By fax (202-315-3880)

If your recommender will be submitting their letter through the online application system, make sure you answer “Yes” to the question ‘Will this provider be submitting the letter of recommendation online?’ in the Recommendations section of the application.  If they plan to submit it by email, post, or fax, please answer “No.”

Who should write my letter of recommendation?

Your letter of recommendation can be from a professor, advisor, dean, or boss, although a recommender who knows you in an academic capacity is preferable.

We will not accept letters of recommendation from family members or friends.

My transcript file is too big to upload in the online application. What should I do?

If your official transcript is too large of a file to upload into the online application, you can submit it by email, fax, or mail.  To submit your application, you should upload a Word document where it asks for your transcripts that explains how and when you submitted your transcript.

International Programs
The Fund for American Studies
1706 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Email: international@tfas.org
Fax: 202-315-3880

I have more than one transcript. How can I upload them into the online application?

The online application only has a place for you to upload one transcript. If you have more than one transcript, upload your current or most recent transcript into the online application and then submit the other transcript(s) by email, fax, or mail.

International Programs
The Fund for American Studies
1706 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Email: international@tfas.org
Fax: 202-315-3880

How long should my resume/CV be?

Your resume/CV should be one-page. We offer a sample resume in PDF form that can be found in the online application system under Downloadable Forms.

How strict is the 500-1000 word limit for the writing sample?

It is okay to submit a writing sample that is slightly under or slightly over the word limit, but please do not upload any lengthy documents.

Instead of answering the writing sample question, can I submit a paper I wrote for a class?

No. You should answer the specific writing sample question for the program you are applying to.

How many recommendation letters are required?

We only require you to send only one letter of recommendation.  If you wish, you can send additional letters and we will include them with your application.

Scholarship Application

How are scholarship awards determined?

We award scholarships based on academic record, extracurricular achievement, leadership ability, and financial need.  We award scholarships on a rolling basis, so if you need financial assistance we encourage you to apply early.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

The scholarship application is within the online application.  You should indicate that you are interested in being considered for a scholarship by answering “Yes” to the question, “Would you like to apply for scholarship funding?”  Then you should indicate how much funding you are requesting and fill in as much information as you can about the cost of attendance at your current university and you sources of funding.

All students who are applying for a scholarship should upload a scholarship statement that explains why you need a scholarship.

American students should also submit a Student Aid Report (SAR) or a tax return (for the most recent available year).

Please note that we do not provide scholarships that exceed the total cost of each program.

Are scholarships available?

Yes, scholarships are available.  The scholarship application is within the online application.

Do you cover travel expenses?

No. Students will have to cover their travel costs to and from the program. Prior to the start of the program, e-groups will be established, allowing accepted students to communicate with each other. In the past, students have used this as a means of working out traveling plans with other students from their region.

Technical Problems

How do I submit my online application?

Once you have completed your application, you need to submit it.  We are unable to view your application until you successfully submit it.  To submit your application, you should follow these steps:

  1. Click ‘Submit Application’
  2. If you are missing any required questions/document, you will see ‘Application Status: Incomplete’ followed by a list of what you are missing. If you see this message, you have to go back and answer or upload all missing questions and documents before you can submit your application.
  3. Once you have completed all required parts of the application, when you click ‘Submit Application’ you will see ‘Application Status: Ready for Submission’ at the top of the page.
  4. Read the information and then check the box indicating that you have read and understand it and wish to submit your application
  5. Enter your full name as your electronic signature.  The date should already be filled in.
  6. Click ‘Submit Application’

After clicking ‘Submit Application’ you should see a message that says ‘Submission Complete!’  You will also receive a confirmation email.

Please note that once you have submitted your application, you cannot make any changes to it.  If there are any errors, you should email international@tfas.org.

My transcript file is too big to upload in the online application. What should I do?

If your official transcript is too large of a file to upload into the online application, you can submit it by email, fax, or mail.  To submit your application, you should upload a Word document where it asks for your transcripts that explains how and when you submitted your transcript.

International Programs
The Fund for American Studies
1706 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Email: international@tfas.org
Fax: 202-315-3880

I have more than one transcript. How can I upload them into the online application?

The online application only has a place for you to upload one transcript. If you have more than one transcript, upload your current or most recent transcript into the online application and then submit the other transcript(s) by email, fax, or mail.

International Programs
The Fund for American Studies
1706 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Email: international@tfas.org
Fax: 202-315-3880

Acceptance & Enrollment

I’ve been accepted. What should I do next?

Congratulations on your acceptance!  Now that you are accepted, there are 5 things you have to do:

  1. Enroll online
  2. Complete your tuition payment
  3. Submit photos of yourself
  4. Complete any visa paperwork, if you require a visa
  5. Send us your travel itinerary

For more detailed and program-specific information about all of these items, see the ‘Accepted Students‘ page for the program you are attending.

What is Rolling Admissions?

Rolling Admissions means that your application will be reviewed as soon as your application is completed. The earlier you apply, the more likely your application will be accepted. If you wait to apply until or near the application deadline, your application may not be accepted because of space limitations. Each year, we decline a number of highly qualified applicants because they waited too long. With rolling admissions, it is possible that admissions for some countries will be suspended before the final application deadline.