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Shweta Agate, Nepal

Earlham College

International Studies
BATCH : 2022













Updated on 03, Dec 2019

Earlham College

My Experience at Earlham University.

  • I always had the desire of pursuing my graduations from the US. I did a lot of brainstorming and research before applying for this particular University. I had also applied for other reputed educational institutions offering specialization in liberal arts, including Westmont College and Alvernia University. I had chosen this college because Earlham College's ranking in the 2019 edition of Best Colleges in national liberal arts is #80. I passed my 12th standard board examination with a score of 95 in English. The application process was completed at the common application, an amount of $35 was also charged for the same.


    The subjects included in my curriculum are the introduction to comparative politics and international relations, introduction to economic theories, social science research methods, senior capstone experience. The course provided me with in-depth knowledge and conception about the prevalent socioeconomic backgrounds of different countries in the world and the diplomatic trade relations essential to maintain global peace and harmony.


    I always had a keen interest in pursuing international studies, which would render me a proper knowledge about economic policies and trade relations operating among the leading countries in the world. I had submitted my TOEFL test scores of 95 as proof of my language skills and my SAT exam score of 1280 for getting admission into this college. I was also required to submit a conduct letter that was provided to me by the educational institution in which I studied previously.


    The exam structure in Earlham College includes a detailed analysis on the following subjects with credit scores assigned to each examination including an introduction to international studies with 3 credit score attached to it, introduction to diplomacy with 3 credits, international trade with 3 credits, the political economy with China and India with 3 credits, international finance with 3 credits etc. The entire course of studies is compartmentalized into semester examinations.


    The professors here are very cordial and interactive and rely preliminarily on graphical representations to make us understand the essence of the subjects we are studying. They mostly have terminal degrees like Ph.D.'s in environmental studies and MPhil in Economics. My teachers have greatly assisted me to develop a keen sense of understanding about the career-oriented growth which these subjects have to offer. I was taught to communicate my problems, receive solutions for the same and thus become proficient and attain credibility in my course of studies.


    I had paid around $45000 as tuition fees for the first year. The expenses for my hostels and fees amount to $10000. The cost of my books and supplies and miscellaneous expenses amounted to around $2500. I had applied for an educational loan from Kotak Mahindra Bank which covered $30000, a bulk of my expenses. I applied for the educational loan during the completion of my college procedures.


    I had stayed at the on-campus housing facility of the university which entailed a cost of around $8000. My transportation and miscellaneous expenses were around $2000 which included meal charges as well.


    An online portal regularly publishes information about jobs and posting for us. The college provides employment opportunities in many sectors including 14 grads getting enlisted in the education sector, 10 grads in the internet and software sector, 8 grads in the non-profits sector, 8 grads in the healthcare sector, 5 grads in administration and research sector. The college provides a placement percentage of around 60. The pay packages are up to $60000 per annum.


    Yes, our college offers Internship opportunities through an initiative called EPIC. This offer is virtually unparalleled in American higher education. It provides students with an opportunity to build their resumes without worrying about an iota about finances.


    The University carries out a large series of events throughout the year to maintain a healthy interaction between the students and the college authorities. Some of the prime events which attract the attention of students include Movie Night with Outdoors Club, Brown Bag Recital, Dance Alloy Performance etc.


    Yes, I applied for an educational loan of around 30000$ from Kotak Mahindra Bank at an interest of 8%. I was given the facility to repay the amount of this loan within a time period of 5 years including the amount of interest.

  • Monthly Expense : $1500 - $2500

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