Harvard Needs You!

Harvard is interested in students from the Philippines seeking to enhance their educational experience in the U.S. according to Dr. Sheila Thomas, Dean, Academic Program and Diversity, Graduate School for Arts and Sciences. Harvard University recently conducted a student information session at UP Manila titled “Educational Opportunities at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and How to be a Strong Candidate in US PhD Programs” at the UP Manila Theater on March 14, 2017. The event was attended by faculty and students from various colleges at UP Manila.

At Harvard, students outside the US come from countries around the world however, “We need more students from the Philippines!” Dean Thomas said. The oldest college in the US and considered one of the most prestigious would provide UP students the educational opportunity of a lifetime. The big question is, how far would you go to get into Harvard? Do you think you have what it takes to get a Harvard education?

During the information session, representatives from Harvard University provided the students an overview of the application and selection process, various programs offered (53 PhD, 3 Masters), financial aid opportunities and also resources for international students. Dean Thomas said that Harvard offers a variety of options to help students finance their education. All admitted PhD students are guaranteed 6 years of tuition and fees and 5 years of stipend. Executive Director Theodore J. Gilman of Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs revealed that there is no particular checklist on the kind of students they want, but on what he/she can contribute.

A Q and A session followed the Information Session and students and faculty were provided the opportunity to ask questions and address concerns. The Office of International Linkages (OIL), UP Manila, headed by its Director, Dr. Tammy Dela Rosa, organized the event for the benefit of those who are interested in an exchange program with Harvard University.

For other details, check the Harvard University websites as posted in the Facebook pictures (https://www.facebook.com/casupm/?fref=ts).

(Write-up: Dina A. Estanislao, Photos: IPPAO)