Application Requirements

Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

  Deadline Notification by
Non-Hong Kong Permanent Residents May 1, 2018 May 15, 2018
Hong Kong Permanent Residents June 1, 2018 June 15, 2018

Application Requirements

To gain admission into the World Masters in Language Teaching program, you must apply and be admitted to the degree programs at both participating universities. Each university has a unique application process and requirements. Visit the HKUST website for more information on the HKUST application requirements.

USC Rossier application requirements

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended
  • Résumé/CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose and short answer responses
  • Recorded video response
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee
  • Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States: TOEFL or IELTS scores


 

Admissions Criteria

Academic Background

The USC Rossier admissions team seeks candidates whose prior academic work demonstrates the capability to succeed in a rigorous graduate program. To apply, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. If your prior academic study was completed outside the United States, you must have completed the equivalent of a United States bachelor’s degree. Please visit the USC Office of Graduate Admissions site to review country-specific requirements for documents or transcripts and English language proficiency. While there are no established prerequisite courses or majors, competitive applicants generally have an academic background related to the field of language education.

Work Experience

Applicants must have some work or volunteer experience relevant to teaching, language education or cross-cultural exchange. We prefer that you have at least one or more years of work experience and/or a record of involvement and leadership.

International Experience

Competitive applicants will have exposure to various cultures and countries via work or study abroad experiences.

Language Requirements

Most courses at both universities will be taught in English.

USC Requirements

If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you are will be required to submit an official TOEFL IBT or IELTS score as part of your application. You must have taken the test within the past two years. In order to be a competitive applicant, you must receive a score at or above 100 iBT. You are exempt from this requirement if: you hold a bachelor’s degree completed in its entirety in the United States or another Anglophone country or you are from a country where English is both the only official language of the country and the language of instruction.

HKUST Requirements

English

If your native language is not English and your degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was not English, you must complete the following English language requirements:

  • Chinese (TCSL) concentration applicants: IELTS greater than or equal to 6.5 (all sub-scores greater than or equal to 5.5), or TOEFL iBT greater than or equal to 85 (writing greater than or equal to 20/30)
  • English (TESL) concentration applicants: IELTS greater than or equal to 7.0 (writing greater than or equal to 7.0, and other sub-scores greater than or equal to 5.5), or TOEFL iBT greater than or equal to 100 (writing greater than or equal to 27/30)
Chinese

Please note: Chinese language requirements are required only if you are applying to the Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL) concentration.

If you are applying to the Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL) concentration and your native language is not Chinese and your degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was not Chinese, you are required to fulfill the Chinese language requirement by completing the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK by Hanban or the “New HSK”) level 5 or above.

If your native language is Chinese or your degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was Chinese, you must demonstrate your Chinese proficiency by obtaining the National Putonghua Proficiency Test (PSC) Grade 2B or above.

Any transfer of students between the two concentrations must be approved by the HKUST Academic Director. Transfer is contingent on whether the student can meet the language proficiency requirement of the concentration to which they would like to transfer. Double-concentration is not allowed.

You will be required to upload copies of your score reports into the USC Rossier application to demonstrate you have passed the required language exams.


USC Rossier Application Instructions

ALL application materials must be submitted by the deadline.

  • ALL application materials must be submitted by the deadline that corresponds with your permanent resident status. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
    • June 1st : non-permanent residents of Hong Kong
    • June 15th: permanent residents of Hong Kong

1. Complete the online application

You may save your information and continue to complete your application at a later date. If you are applying to multiple programs please indicate this in your application.

  • Select the application for the “World Masters in Language Teaching” program
  • Enter your name as it appears on your government-issued ID. Indicate any alternate or previous names in the “other name” field (i.e. maiden name)
  • Enter the email address USC Rossier should use to communicate with you throughout the application process.

2. Request official transcripts

College or university-issued transcripts must be received from all postsecondary institutions you attended (regardless of whether credit or a degree was earned).

Step One:

  • Request official transcripts (electronic or hard copy) from each college or university you attended and have them sent to you (printouts from portals are not acceptable).
  • Scan and upload these official transcripts into the application system online.

Step Two:

  • After you submit your application and receive your 10-digit USC ID number, request a second copy of all official transcripts and have them sent directly to USC. You can use one of the following methods to send USC your official transcripts:

Electronic transcripts
Official electronic transcripts are preferred as long as they are from a U.S. institution. Transcripts must be emailed directly from the college or university to the USC Office of Graduate Admission at etrans@usc.edu.

Hard copy transcripts
Hard copies of official transcripts from all post-secondary schools you have attended should be sent to the addresses provided below:

University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission
3601 South Flower Street, Room 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

Transcripts must arrive at USC in a sealed envelope from the institution. You may not send transcripts that have been previously opened.

3. Upload a résumé/CV

Your résumé should be detailed enough to help the admissions committee understand the various experiences – extracurricular, leadership or volunteer – that have shaped your interest in the program.

  • • Make sure your résumé clearly outlines your role(s) and responsibilities within each organization. Highlight any special achievements or accomplishments.

4. Input contact information for recommenders

Ideally, your recommendations should come from current and former supervisors who can comment on the value you have added to your workplaces, or former instructors who can describe your ability to perform well in graduate-level courses.

  • Provide the name and email address for each reference who will electronically submit a letter of recommendation. References will receive an email with a password and instructions for submission.
  • Recommenders must complete the cover sheet and write a letter.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure all recommendations are submitted by the deadline.

5. Write your statement of purpose and short answer responses

The statement of purpose will be used to evaluate program fit.

  • Review the instructions in the application and write an essay describing your objectives in pursuing this program. Response should not exceed three pages.

Essay responses will be used to evaluate your personal, professional and educational experiences, path to a degree in student affairs and ability to effectively communicate ideas and organize written thoughts.

  • Answer the required essay and short answer questions in the online application. Remain within assigned character limits for each question.

6. Record a short video response

The short video response will allow the admissions team to get to know you beyond your online application.

  • After you submit your online application, you will be sent an email invitation to a short video prompt. The invitation to complete this portion of the application is typically sent 3-5 days after your online application has been successfully submitted. We recommend that you submit your application at least one week before the deadline to ensure that you receive and complete the video interview prior to the application deadline.
  • Record your response using an internet-connected computer with a webcam. Please note that you can only record the response once. Practice questions will be provided. For assistance with the video response, email support@kiratalent.com.

7. Submit $90 application fee or obtain fee waiver

  • Application fees must be paid via credit or debit card
  • An application fee waiver is available to applicants who meet certain eligibility criteria. If you choose to apply for a fee waiver you must:
    1. Start your online application – do not submit until fee waiver is approved.
    2. Provide supporting documents to demonstrate qualification.
    3. Have your fee waiver request approved.
    4. Complete and submit your online application.
  • Eligibility criteria and instructions for obtaining a fee waiver can be found at the USC Graduate Admission website.

APPLICANT INFORMATION FOR NON-CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES

USC Rossier welcomes applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States. If you are a citizen of a country other than the United States, please be aware that you are subject to U.S. government regulations regarding entry into the United States and enrollment in an academic program. Please follow these additional instructions to complete your application:

Request official copy of TOEFL or IELTS

If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you are required to submit an official TOEFL IBT or IELTS score as part of your application. You must have taken the test within the past two years. In order to be a competitive applicant, you must receive a score at or above 100 iBT. Official test scores should be sent from the testing agency directly to USC. Only scores received directly from the testing service are considered official. USC does not accept self-reported test scores. You are exempt from this requirement if: you hold a bachelor’s degree completed in its entirety in the United States or another Anglophone country or you are from a country where English is both the only official language of the country and the language of instruction.

  • TOEFL: To send scores, use USC’s ETS code 4852
  • IELTS: Select “University of Southern California” at the time of registration. Alternatively, provide this information to your testing center after taking the test. Scores are valid if earned within two years of the intended first term at USC
  • No department code is required to send TOEFL and IELTS scores

Financial Statement and Passport

In order to obtain a student visa you will be asked to upload a Financial Statement/Verification of Funds document in your application as well as a copy of your passport.

Please complete this step at the time of application to prevent delays in processing your admission and student visa.

For more information, visit the international student application page.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION

  • Once your application is submitted, refer to your USC Rossier personal portal application status tab for updates on your application status (including missing items).
  • If your application is complete by the round application deadline, you can expect to receive notification of your admission decision no later than June 15th.

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