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Advice to Applicants

General comments on the skill sets, qualities and backgrounds of those offered places at the ILA for Spring 2017:

  • Successful applicants tended to be able to identify specific courses on offer within their chosen concentration and to link these with their personal and/or academic interests.
  • Successful applicants demonstrated a consistent ability to link their experiences and skills to discussion about world issues that they care about.
  • Successful applicants were already engaged in some kind of self directed study, going beyond school supplied materials in building upon their passions and interests.
  • Successful applicants were able to clearly articulate a link between personal experience and passion for the choice of concentration.
  • Successful applicants with average or below average reading or writing scores (TOEFL 21 or under) demonstrated knowledge of bodies of literature that they were familiarizing themselves with outside of a formal curriculum.
  • Successful applicants with average or below average grades demonstrated knowledge of bodies of literature that they were familiarizing themselves with outside of a formal curriculum.

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