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Indiana University Bloomington

FAQ for International Students

General questions

GRE/TOEFL questions

Applying online

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Answers to commonly asked questions from International Students

When is the deadline for applying?
The priority date is December 1st.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 1st in order to guarantee maximum consideration.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 Department. 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.
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Do you offer any spring semester admissions?
We do not accept applications for the Ph.D. for the spring semester, due primarily to the limited availability of funds and to the nature of the required course curriculum.
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What if I have more questions?
Please let us know if you have any other questions! Email us or call 812-856-1301.
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Are there minimum test scores in order to be considered for admission?
GRE: We do not have a minimum GRE score for admission. We can only say that our average computer based test score for students is around 1350 (verbal + quantitative), a score consistent with “Competitive Scores” listed on the Kaplan GRE scores page here. The average for the optional advanced (subject) test is a 600 or above. Taking the advanced (subject) test is not required but highly recommended.
TOEFL: The minimum TOEFL score is 79-80 for internet-based tests (213 for computer-based tests and 550 for paper-based tests) but the average admission score is around 100 for internet-based tests (250 for computer-based tests and 600-603 for paper-based tests). or a minimum of 7.0 on the IELTS.
This is not to say that those with lower scores are not admitted. However, those with higher scores are at an obvious advantage.
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What are the department codes for GRE and TOEFL tests?
GRE - Institution code: 1324, Department code: 0202
TOEFL - Institution code: 1324, Department code: 34
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I'm concerned that my official test scores will not reach you by the deadline. What should I do?
You do not need to list your scores on the application form, although it would be helpful.We are now able to receive your official GRE scores electronically 14 days after you take the exam. If you have a paper copy of your test scores, you may provide photocopies of your exam scores for review purposes by faxing, emailing, or mailing a copy of your test results. Even if you have provided a copy of your results, we will still need your official results reported directly from ETS.
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If I have applied online, do I still need to send an Application for Admission?
If you have applied online, you do not need to send a separate form.
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If I have submitted my Statement of Purpose online, do I need to include it in my application packet?
If you have applied online, you do not need to include it in your application packet.
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If I apply online, do my recommenders have to submit their letters online as well?
The letters of recommendation do not need to be submitted online. You may have your recommenders send their letters of recommendation through the postal mail as long as it is received by the deadline.
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Where do I send my supporting documents?
Please upload your transcripts with your online application, then send your official documents to the following address:

Office of International Services
Poplars 221
400 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

ACADEMIC RECORDS: Submit official academic records in the original language from every postsecondary school you have attended, whether or not you obtained a degree. If the original document is not in English, also provide an official, exact (literal) English translation.
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Can I send all of my application materials in one packet?
Yes, you may send all of your application materials in one packet. For information on what you need to include in your application packet, please see Office of International Services Graduate Admissions.
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What type of financial statement do I need to send?
Please refer to the Office of International Services Graduate Admissions for their requirements.
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I've sent my materials to your office. How do I know if your department has received it?
You will receive e-mail verification that we received your application after it has been processed by international admissions.
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How do I check the status of my application?
All submitted applications go through a review process. You will be notified if you are selected for a video or telephone conference. Admission decisions are made no later than April 15th, and you will be notified of your status.
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