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FAQ: For International Students


GSOM and Clark Community

What support is provided specifically for international students?
The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) staff advises all international students, faculty members, scholars, and their dependents on matters relating to immigration as well as academic, social, financial, and personal concerns related to daily life in the United States. Immigration regulations change frequently. The ISSO has created a web page for students that is continually updated regarding the Executive Order on Immigration.

Please see the U.S. State Department embassy website for the U.S. Embassies in your country and Department of Homeland Security website for more detailed information on applying for a student visa.

Once you have been admitted to Clark University, you will receive information about applying for a student visa, as well as other information about preparing for the start of your program.

All incoming Graduate & PhD students will attend International Graduate School Orientation that will take place prior to the first day of classes. For questions related to immigration, the ISSO advisors can be contacted at:
Phone: (508) 793-7362
Fax: (508) 421-3732
E-mail: isso@clarku.edu
Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM
What if I have questions about anything before I come to Clark University?
Before you arrive at Clark University, you can always ask questions of the Graduate Admissions staff (gradadmissions@clarku.edu). If they cannot answer your question, they will refer you to the specific office on campus that can help you. GSOM and Clark are very friendly and welcoming places, we are always happy to help students and prospective students to find the resources they need.
What other services/resources are provided to students on campus?
There are many resources available on campus for graduate students. Some of them are described below and a comprehensive list and other links are provided here.

Center for Counseling and Personal Growth provides free counseling to graduate students.

Clark Dining Hall provides buffet style meals to students at affordable prices.

The Health Services office on campus has physicians on site during the school year, and can refer students to doctors in the hospitals off campus, too. There is a major teaching hospital located in Worcester and many high quality health services.

The Higgins School of Humanities sponsors a series of public events for students, faculty, staff and the broader Worcester community, such as lectures.

Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desk provides in-person, email, or phone support to students on various technological needs.

The Kneller Athletic Center is the fitness and recreation center on campus that is free to all Clark students. Multiple basketball courts and a pool are among the many amenities available.

The Writing Center provides free writing assistance to students in need of essay/paper editing, resume, cover letter writing, etc.

Life in Worcester and at Clark

Is it easy to get to, and get around, Clark?
Clark University is located in Worcester, Massachusetts. It is less than 2 miles away from beautiful Union Station, a hub for all of Central Massachusetts' transportation needs. There, commuter rail and Amtrak trains, as well as buses from Greyhound and Peter Pan, connect Worcester to Boston, Providence, New York and beyond. There are Worcester public bus stops around Clark, as well as taxis and Uber, which can take students to malls and other locations in and around the city.

Graduate students generally live on, or close to, campus and walk to classes. The university provides free safety escort van transportation after 4pm during the school year to give students rides between campus locations, their apartments, and grocery stores around Clark.
What is Worcester like?
Worcester is the second largest city in New England. The city is known for its burgeoning biotechnology and engineering industries, and maintains an established foothold in education, healthcare, and manufacturing. There are over ten colleges and universities in and around Worcester, and students make up a large portion of its population.

It is located in Central Massachusetts, only an hour's drive from Boston, Providence, Hartford, and three hours from New York City. There are also great options for hiking, camping, skiing, and other outdoor activities within a short distance to the north and west of the city.

More information about City of Worcester can be found here:
Worcester, the Heart of New England
Getting Around Worcester
How do international students usually get around Worcester?
International students typically do not have a car when they first arrive at Clark, but there are various ways to get around the city:
  • Taxi: Many students use the affordable taxis in Worcester, including Red Cab (508-792-9999) or Yellow Cab (508-754-3211). Uber is also available in Worcester.
  • Clark Zip Cars: Clark has a select number of Zip Cars on campus, which students can rent on a daily basis as long as they have a valid driver's license.
  • Public Buses: For easy access to shopping or entertainment, the Worcester RTA operates bus service throughout the city and into neighboring towns.
  • Commuter Rail (Train): The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, often referred to as the MBTA, is the public operator of most bus, subway, commuter rail, and ferry systems in the greater Boston, Massachusetts area. There is a Commuter Rail Station in Worcester (Union Station), which is less than 2 miles (3.6km) away from Clark University. The Framingham/Worcester line runs between Boston and Worcester numerous times every day. Find the Framingham/Worcester Line Schedule here.
How safe is it around Clark University? What should I do in an emergency?
Many necessities, such as groceries, cell phone providers, and banks are located within walking distance from Clark. Also, the Clark University Student Safety Escort Service (SSES) provides free, convenient, and safe transportation to and from the Clark campus area. The Safety Escort Service runs four vans from 4pm-4am, 7 days/week during the academic year. Typically, students use the service to go to grocery stores, restaurants, different facilities on campus, and their apartments.

Also, Clark University Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a student-run organization comprised of both certified EMTs and First Responders. They provide rapid medical care for the entire university community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, when classes are in session.

In case of an emergency, students can also always contact the University Campus Police at 508-793-7575.
What are the living expenses like in Worcester compared to Boston or New York?
In general, Worcester is 35% less expensive overall than Boston, with housing being at least 50% less expensive. And Worcester is 37% less expensive than New York with housing being at least 60% less expensive. A breakdown of the basic living expenses for a student at Clark is below:

Housing/living expenses: Typically $10,000/year.
On-campus housing is available to graduate students. The cost of housing is $3,875/semester during year 2016-2017. Many students rent apartments in complexes or multi-family houses at very reasonable prices and within a short walking distance to Clark. The typical cost ranges from $400 - $800 per month depending on the apartment size and number of roommates.
Health Insurance: $1,679/year
Books, miscellaneous: $2,150/year depending on the course requirements.
Are there any religious locations close to campus for students to attend?
Below are just a few of the religious locations easily accessible to students:

Worcester Islamic Center
248 East Mountain Street Worcester, MA 01606. Located 7.9 miles, 17 minutes from Clark University campus.

Catholic Church Directory
A listing of the Catholic churches in Worcester.

India Society of Worcester (Hindu)
152 Main Street in Shrewsbury, MA. Located 6.5 miles, 15 minutes from Clark University campus.

Admissions

What are the application requirements for the GSOM graduate programs?
- Application fee (non-refundable):
    $100 for the M.S. in Accounting and M.S. in Finance programs
    $75 for the M.S. in Business Analytics, MBA, M.S. in Management, and dual-degree programs
- Personal Statement
- Resume
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
- Transcript(s)
- GMAT/GRE
- TOEFL / IELTS
What is the TOEFL / IELTS requirement for international students?
A TOEFL or IELTS test score is required for international students, except those who have received an undergraduate degree from within the U.S., have studied in the U.S. for at least 3 years, or are from countries where English is the official language. Generally, the minimum requirement for TOEFL is 85, and 6.5 for IELTS. However, exceptions have been made for candidates who provide strong overall application materials.
How do I know if supporting materials for my application have been submitted?
Once you have submitted an application, you will have access to an online portal where a checklist is updated daily to show any new materials received. Applicants should check the online portal and self-monitor the status of their third-party application materials, such as transcripts or letters.
Can I apply to more than one program?
Yes, you can apply to more than one program, but you need to fill out a separate application for each program you are interested in. Alternatively, you can submit one application, and email gradadmissions@clarku.edu to ask the Admissions office to clone the application for you; however, you will still need to submit a personal statement for each program you apply to.
When is the application deadline for international students?
The official application deadlines are provided on our website and shown below. If the deadline has passed, please contact gradadmissions@clarku.edu to inquire - we may still be able to accept your application.
M.S. in Accounting:
    Fall: February 1
    Spring: November 1
M.S. in Business Analytics: February 1
M.S. in Finance: February 1
MBA:
    Fall Admission:
    Round 1, December 1
    Round 2, February 1
    Round 3, April 1
    Round 4, June 1
    Spring Admission: November 1
M.S. in Management:
    Fall: February 1
    Spring: November 1
Dual Degree: MBA/CDP: January 15
Dual Degree: MBA/ES&P: January 15
What is the process to get a From I-20 and how can I get it?
Form I-20s are issued to applicants who have been admitted and have accepted the offer of admission by submitting the Enrollment Reply Form, necessary documentation, and their non-refundable deposit. To be reviewed for a Form I-20 once you have accepted the offer of admission, you will need to submit a bank statement that is no more than 6 months old, affidavit of support (if necessary), copy of your passport, and fill out the International Student Information Form on your checklist portal. These documents can be uploaded through the portal. Once all this material is received, we will send it to the International Students and Scholars Office for I-20 production.

Typically, it takes 1 - 2 weeks for processing from the time we receive the final document necessary for From I-20 review. You will receive an email from Graduate Admissions when your I-20 has been produced and the physical document is ready to be sent to your postal or street address.
How long does it take for the Form I-20 to be processed?
Typically, Form I-20s take between 1-2 weeks from the time we receive the last document necessary for review. To be reviewed for a Form I-20, you must submit a bank statement, affidavit of support (if necessary), a copy of your passport, and complete the International Student Information Form. All documents can be uploaded online through the student's portal. Once all of this material is received, we will send it to the International Students and Scholars Office for Form I-20 production. You will receive an email from Graduate Admissions when your Form I-20 has been produced and is ready to be sent out.
Can I switch from the visa I am currently on to a student visa while studying in the U.S.?
There are certain types of visas that allow admitted applicants to start their studies while in the process of converting to an F1 student visa. To find out if a visa you currently hold allows you to do this, please contact the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) at isso@clarku.edu.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Fellowships

What is the tuition of the programs at GSOM?
The tuition rates listed below are for the 2016-2017 academic year. Please note that the tuition rates at Clark University increase by approximately 3-5% each academic year.
-MS in Accounting: $46,350 - $55,620 depending on whether you need to take zero, one, or two foundation courses
-M.B.A.: $57,038 - $65,488 depending on potential course waiver for Experienced Professional Track candidates
-MS in Business Analytics: $50,985
-MS in Finance: $ 46,350
-MS in Management: $42,250
Is financial aid/scholarship available to students?
Starting at 25% of tuition, merit-based scholarships are available to outstanding candidates at the time of admission to GSOM. Criteria used in scholarship consideration include academic achievement and background, GMAT or GRE test scores, professional experience, potential to add to diversity of the class, and potential for success in the field. Scholarships and aid available to graduate students can be found here.
Whom can I contact about other financial aid options?
You can reach the Financial Aid Office below:
Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (EST)
Clark University, Office of Financial Assistance
950 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610
For new international applicants only: intlfinaid@clarku.edu
What do I do if I need to postpone my enrollment after being admitted? Can I defer my enrollment?
Yes, admitted students may defer enrollment for up to one academic year after your original application semester. A deposit will be required to secure your admission into the program. If you want to postpone enrollment for more than one year, you will be required to re-apply to the program.
What if I need to withdraw from the university after starting in a program?
If you feel you need to withdraw from the university, this link will take you to a page that describes what you need to do. International students should contact the International Students and Scholars Office (isso@clarku.edu) to make sure they are taking all appropriate steps if they think they need to withdraw from the university.

Academic Life at GSOM and Career Outcomes

What are the expectations of students?
Each program has specific expectations, and some programs have specific pre-requisites. You should consult the program page to make sure you understand what the pre-requisites are. Contact Graduate Admissions if you have any questions. Extensive prior knowledge of business and finance are not required as each program's curriculum covers subjects comprehensively. All students must follow Clark's code of Academic Integrity. Please note that U.S. universities may be stricter about enforcement of these codes than many schools in other countries.
What are the faculty like?
GSOM faculty are friendly and approachable. They are dedicated to helping you succeed in the classroom, as well as after you graduate. They also expect that, as graduate students, you will be motivated to work hard and take responsibility for your own learning. Many students form friendships with faculty and stay in touch long after they leave Clark University.
What is the class size in GSOM? What is the classroom atmosphere like?
Class size at GSOM typically ranges from 15-35 students. Although the format of the class will depend on the subject matter and the professor, students are generally encouraged to be active participants in their learning. In most classes, professors expect students to ask questions, participate in discussion, and learn from each other as well as from the professor.
When can students register for classes? Is there a sample list of courses that I can check out?
Class registration usually starts during orientation, which is a week or two before classes start. The list of GSOM courses offered is updated each semester and can be found here: Course Listings
When should I buy books?
Faculty usually provide information about required and recommended course materials prior to the start of classes through the course website and/or syllabus. Students should wait until they register for the class and access this information from the professor before they purchase books or other materials.
What type of Career will I typically find after completing my degree?
GSOM graduates work at prominent firms in healthcare, financial services, retail, consulting, technology and non-profit sectors, including:
    Athenahealth
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Dell
    EMC
    Ernst &Young
    Fidelity Investments
    LL Bean
    PricewaterhouseCoopers
    PUMA
    State Street
    The Boston Consulting Group
    World Bank
What can I expect from the investment I am making in my graduate education?
You can find testimonials and success stories from graduates of Clark University here: ROI and Successes
Where can I find information about the faculty at GSOM?
Clark GSOM professors are widely published, edit the top journals in their fields, and advise Wall Street firms, government agencies, and companies worldwide. Above all, they are enthusiastic, highly accessible, and eager to provide students with the tools to achieve their professional goals. More information about specific faculty members can be found here: GSOM Faculty

Career Related Resources and Opportunities

Are career services available? As an international student, what do I need to be aware of?
The Stevenish Career Management Center at the Graduate School of Management offers a suite of services to all full- and part-time MBA, MSF, MSA, MSBA, MSM, and dual-degree students. They partner with the students to help direct their career development as soon as they join a program.
International students should speak with the ISSO prior to accepting any internships or job offers, to make sure you follow the right procedures in order to maintain your immigration status in the U.S.
Can I work on campus and what do I need to get a job?
Immigration regulation can be complicated. You should check with the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) to see if you are eligible to work on campus. (Am I eligible?) The ISSO is the only office on campus that is authorized to advise you on the legality of employment. Students looking to work on campus can refer to Clark's online job listing under "Non Work-study" or inquire at individual departments/offices as to whether they have positions available.

Activities and Events

Are there any important or notable events on campus?
International Gala: Held each spring, the International Gala is a showcase of traditional and contemporary dance, music, song, theater and fashion from the diverse cultures represented within the Clark community.

Graduate Student Multidisciplinary Conference: Sponsored by the Graduate Student Council and the Graduate School, Clark University's Graduate Multidisciplinary Conference is an annual April tradition designed to highlight the important scholarship produced by our talented graduate community. The event also gives graduate students an opportunity to hone their presentation skills before presenting their work at national and international conferences.

GSOM Spring Banquet: Hosted by GSOM's Student Council, the GSOM Spring Banquet is the formal annual event for all students, faculty, and staff of the Graduate School of Management. The event allows everyone the chance to connect on a more personal level and offers excellent food, an awards presentation, and musical entertainment for the entire evening.

Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society Induction: Each spring, GSOM hosts a special awards and induction event for Beta Gamma Sigma, the prestigious international honor society exclusively for business programs accredited by AACSB International. Beta Gamma Sigma recognizes and promotes scholarship in business. Membership is the highest recognition a business student can receive in a program accredited by AACSB International.
What student organizations are available to graduate students on campus?
Graduate Student Council. The Graduate Student Council is an active group whose goal is to enhance the professional and personal lives of all graduate students here at Clark University. The GSC is student run and supported and works on behalf of all graduate students in several ways. The GSC provides graduate student representation on university-wide committees that make decisions affecting graduate students, promotes an active and interactive graduate student community, and functions as a unified voice for graduate student concerns at Clark.

The GSC also organizes/coordinates events during the school year for students to gather and explore various interests, such as lectures, language practice groups, happy hours, and sightseeing trips. Their event calendar can be found here: GSC Events

GSOM Student Council. The Graduate School of Management Student Council (GSOM-SC) promotes an interactive student community, represents GSOM on university-wide graduate committees, and functions as a unified voice for GSOM student concerns.

GSOM Finance Association. The Graduate School of Management Finance Association (GSOM-FA) is dedicated to promoting professional and academic awareness of the finance industry while fostering social activities. The goal of the Finance Association is to educate and prepare students for Finance-related careers by hosting a series of events and activities.

Clark Women in Business. The Clark Women in Business (GSOM-WIB) organization encourages the development of female students as leaders and professionals. The group, which is part of the National Association of Women MBAs, promotes individual growth and goal achievement, and helps women reach out to each other to create strong support networks.

Clark University Net Impact Chapter. Clark University's Net Impact Chapter gathers students to learn about opportunities for involvement in the areas of corporate social responsibility (CSR), social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, international development, and environmental sustainability. Our chapter is part of the international nonprofit Net Impact organization with a mission to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.