FAQs: international students
- When is the deadline for applying?
The priority date is December 1. This is a priority date, not deadline. We will review applications received after the priority date; however, we recommend that you submit all application materials by December 1 in order to guarantee maximum consideration.
- Do you offer application fee waivers?
All requests for application fee waivers will be denied. Processing the thousands of applications that come to the university at large, to all of its departments, is an expensive process. Contact the Office of International Admissions if you have any questions.
- Will I be required to interview with a faculty member?
Interviews are a required part of the admissions procedures. Those selected to sit for an interview are invited to meet with one of our faculty members early in the year - usually in January or February. These are conducted either by videoconference, phone, or in person.
- Can I be directly admitted into a faculty member's lab?
No applicant is directly admitted into a lab. Admission decisions are made by a committee. It is therefore not possible for an individual faculty member to accept an applicant into his or her lab directly. New students do not actually enter a lab until after their first year - they must participate in a series of rotations through three labs before they select a lab to do their research.
- What type of financial support will I receive?
All Ph.D. students that are admitted are supported by the department for at least the first year of their graduate studies. In remaining years, students are supported either as a research assistant or as an associate instructor (AI). To be supported as an AI, international students whose native language is not English must first pass the Test of English for associate instructors examination (an examination that is required and administered by Indiana University). Applicants must be thoroughly adept at both understanding and speaking English in order to pass this examination.
- How many students are admitted into the program?
We have no way of predicting how many students will be admitted from year to year. These decisions are entirely dependent on the availability of funding each year.
- If I applied last year and was not accepted, can I apply again?
If you are reapplying to our graduate program and you have already paid the application fee you do not need to pay it again. You do, however, need to complete a new application. You need to request this from the Office of International Services Graduate Admissions.
When you reapply, be sure to include a cover letter along with your application indicating that you are reapplying and that you would like to have your application materials resubmitted to the Interdisciplinary Biochemistry Program. You should add new transcripts, scores, etc. if appropriate and a new statement of purpose along with your application. Feel free to add any additional materials if you feel they would enhance your chances of being accepted.
- Do you offer any spring semester admissions?
We do not accept applications for the Ph.D. or M.S. for the spring semester, due primarily to the limited availability of funds and to the nature of the required course curriculum.
- What if I have more questions?
Please let us know if you have any other questions. Email us or call 812-856-1301.