I have been out of school for some time and I am not in contact with my professors. Who should I get to write my letters of recommendation, and who should complete my language evaluation?
The M.A. offered at Bath and the M.A. offered at UNC are officially-established degree qualifications at their universities and within the traditional education systems of their respective countries’ educational structures. The ‘Trans-Atlantic Masters’ degrees offered at Berlin, Sciences Po, and Siena are masters degrees created specifically for the TAM program and are formally approved by their university governing boards. The advantages of TAM’s innovative international approach to graduate education are directly related to the interests of a potential employer or future graduate program. TAM’s track I produces graduates who have demonstrated functional, active foreign language skills and an advanced knowledge of national and international politics and culture in the transatlantic sphere. The degree-track you choose will ultimately depend equally on your language abilities before you start the program and your employment plans afterwards.
If you feel that you are more interested in TAM track II’s social-policy focus, you will pursue either UNC’s MA in Political Science, Concentration European Governance, the Master in Political and Social Sciences from UPF in Barcelona, or the MA from the University of Bremen.
All students in the TAM program will need to consider visa issues and begin to make arrangements well in advance. Students who are not permanent residents of the United States will need to acquire a student visa (F1) in advance of the fall semester at UNC, which usually starts at the end of August. Students who are not permanent residents of an EU country will need to arrange their student visas for the appropriate European country (countries) early in the fall semester after they have passed their language screening at UNC (if TAM I) and/or over the summer (if TAM I or TAM II).
The UNC office of the TransAtlantic Master’s program will advise and assist you when possible, but ultimately it will be necessary for you to take full responsibility for acquiring your visa documents. You will need to contact the embassies/consulates of each country in which you intend to study and ask for the necessary requirements and paperwork. In general, you will have to provide documentation in the following areas: (1) Financial resources (2) Health insurance & Immunizations (3) Proof of admission to an academic program; (4) Police record / FBI background check. For the details of each country’s requirements, again, you must contact the consulate directly. Once you begin the TAM program, you will receive copies of an admission letter addressed “To whom it may concern,” which outlines your proposed course of study. You will need this letter at virtually every step of the visa process.
Immediately after admission, students who are not legal residents of the United States will need to begin the application process for the F1 visa which will allow them to study at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The Financial Certificate for International Applicants should be accompanied by:
- 3 original letters of guarantee from all scholarship sources
- 3 original letters of financial guarantee from any relatives providing financial support
- 3 original bank statements for the student’s and/or relatives’ bank account showing financial resources which will be used during the year in which you are enrolled
All documents must be originals, in English, in US dollars, in triplicate.
If these items are completed correctly, the UNC International Center will produce an “I-20″ for you. You must take this I-20 to a US embassy or consulate when applying for your student visa. You cannot enter the United States to begin the TAM program on any other visa. Before your arrival in the United States, you will also need to arrange health insurance for the length of your stay in the United States and provide documentation of that health insurance to the TAM office at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Students who are US citizens should not arrange visas or purchase tickets for travel to the sites of their European modules until they have passed language screening in the fall semester at UNC.