Please note that these directions apply to applicants for all TAM tracks who are interested in pursuing European MA degrees. There is no application fee for the European degree track of the TAM program.
All items should be submitted directly to the TAM office at UNC-Chapel Hill, via email or by post: TAM, Center for European Studies, 3208 FedEx Global Education Center; 301 Pittsboro Street; CB 3449, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.
A complete application includes the following documents:
1. TAM Program Application
2. TAM Language Evaluation(s) - This form should be completed for any languages which have been learned through study; however, if English is one of your non-native languages, a TOEFL score will suffice. The language evaluation should be conducted by a university or college faculty member, with the goal of confirming the student's ability to participate fully in university level coursework in that language. (If a student is a native speaker of one of the consortium languages, it is not necessary to complete this form.) Please note that this form is optional, but recommended, if you are applying for TAM’s track II. Please note also that if you are applying to study at Sciences Po, you must also take the DALF or the TCF. Download the foreign language evaluation form.
3. Statement of Purpose - Provide a 500-word statement in English explaining your interest in the TransAtlantic Masters program and your research interests. Although this statement does not commit you to a particular topic or location for your thesis, it should indicate that you have given some thought to the structure of your study program. You may submit either an email attachment or a postal mail version of this essay.
4. Writing Sample - Include a 10-page sample of your writing in English. This should be an academic essay, or a section of some larger academic work. You may submit either an email attachment or a postal mail version of this text.
5. Financial Certificate (Applies only to non-residents of the US) - In order to meet US immigration requirements for entry into the United States, proof of sufficient financial resources to cover educational and living expenses for the duration of your program must be in place before visa documents can be issued. A completed Financial Certificate outlining financial support available to you, along with original evidence to support the amounts indicated (bank statements, scholarship letters, etc.), must be submitted along with your application for admission. This form is also required for international students currently residing in the United States. 2014-15 TAM Certificate
All supporting documentation submitted with these financial certificates must be written in English, in US dollar amounts, and in triplicate. No exceptions can be made to this rule, and your application cannot be considered until these forms are completed.
6. Letters of Recommendation - Three (3) current letters of recommendation from persons qualified to evaluate your academic and professional qualifications are required. You should request recommendations from individuals who are familiar with your academic achievement and potential who can address your potential for success in this particular academic setting. The recommendation forms may be downloaded here in PDF format.
7. Official Transcripts - One official transcript from each post-secondary (after high school) institution attended, bearing the signature of the registrar and the seal of the institution, To prevent delays, applicants may submit transcripts before mid-year grades are posted (final transcripts must then follow). If possible, submit your official transcripts along with application since it will enable us to process your application more quickly.
8. GRE Scores - Official GRE General Test scores are required for all applicants. Plan to take the GRE by mid-December at the latest to be considered for fall admission. (UNC's ETS Institutional Code is R5816). Though photocopies of score reports are useful for informal evaluation, the official report of your score must arrive before admission can be offered.
Information on computerized testing, exam registration, and score distribution requests is available via ETS.
9. TOEFL or IELTS - All international applicants, except those from countries where English is the official language of instruction or those who have received a degree from a university in the United States (excluding trust territories) must submit an acceptable, official (reported directly from ETS) TOEFL or IELTS score. These scores are reportable for a period of two years from date of the exam. You should take the test no later than mid-December in order for the score to arrive by our deadline.
10. CV - A recent copy of your curriculum vitæ is also required.
Special information for non-residents of the US:
Transcripts - All international applicants are required to submit official academic records bearing the signature of the registrar or another academic official and either a raised or ink stamp or seal of the issuing institution. The prospective student must hold the degree of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, or its equivalent (based on a four-year curriculum) in a foreign country. Please be certain that your name appears exactly the same on the application and on all supporting documents.
Financial Certificate - Completion of the financial certificate must follow all regulations exactly. Please contact the TAM office at UNC with questions as you complete the forms and assemble supporting documentation. All supporting documentation must (1) bear the name of the student (2) be written in English and US dollars (3) be submitted in triplicate; photocopies cannot be accepted. Further information concerning visa, US Immigration, or financial certificate matters can be obtained from the UNC Office of International Student and Scholar Services. 2014-15 TAM Certificate