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Fulbright Admissions Application: Frequently Asked Questions


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  • I don’t know or I have forgotten my Online Application account password. How do I change it?
    • You can request a password change by visiting this page.
  • Where do I find my Applicant ID?
    • Your Applicant ID is included in an e-mail titled “Welcome to Fulbright’s Admissions Application: Creating Your Application” sent to you that confirms you have started your application.
  • I cannot find my registration email confirmation when setting up an account. Where did it go?
    • Your registration email is sent from Fulbright Admissions. Certain email filters will block our email. Most likely, it is somewhere in your spam folder. Please check your spam folder and make sure to add to your address book of recognized emails.


  • Who is eligible to apply to Fulbright's Class of 2024?

    • Any individual who will be graduating high school before September 2020, or who has graduated high school already but has not received a university degree is eligible to apply towards Fulbright’s Class of 2024. Individuals from Vietnam and from abroad are eligible to apply. 

  • I am thinking of applying as an international student. Can I apply?

    • Yes, we highly encourage you to apply! The process for applying as an international student is the same as all other applicants  please complete and submit the admissions application by April 12, 2020. For the interview round, we can make alternative arrangements (such as a video conference interview), if helpful. If you have specific questions about applying as an international student, please email us at
  • I am currently a student enrolled at a university. If I am accepted to Fulbright and decide to enroll, will my university credits be transferable?
    • No, your current university credits will not be transferable to Fulbright. You will be required to follow-through with Fulbright’s four-year undergraduate program and its courses.


  • What advice does the admissions team have for crafting a high quality application?
    • Here are three pieces of advice:
      • First, we recommend that you give yourself plenty of time to work on the application. We have designed an application that requires you to be reflective and to share various aspects of yourself. Crafting this kind of application well takes time.
      • Second, we recommend that you learn as much about our undergraduate program and admissions process as you can. For example, we recommend reading the Fulbright Undergraduate Program website at and this list of application FAQs in its entirety. This will not only help you better understand Fulbright, but it will also help ensure you do not miss anything in the application. If you still have questions afterwards, please contact us at
      • Third, for the creative and reflective components of the application  Activities & Awards and Personal Essay/Original Piece of Work  you will likely benefit from not just writing your submission in one draft, but by revising and improving upon it. Revisions can help you figure out what exactly you want to communicate to us, and help you refine your writing. For the written components, you may want to write and revise in an offline text editor first (such as a Word document) and then copy and paste your response into the appropriate text box in the online application once your response is finalized.
  • What type of help am I allowed to receive on my application?
    • We are interested in learning more about you through the application. We expect that the material presented in your application is yours and not the work of an instructor, friend, or family member. However, there are two specific ways that you may receive outside help. First, you may seek help to collect and confirm facts that you need to provide in the application  for example the occupation and job title of your parents. Second, you may have somebody review and provide feedback on the creative and reflective components of your application such as the learning reflection and the original piece of work. However, all submitted work should be the applicant’s alone - for example, every sentence in the written statement about your original piece of work should be written by you and not by anybody else.
  • I have not taken international standardized exams such as the SAT, TOEFL, or IELTS. Am I at a disadvantage?

    • Through the admissions application, we are interested in understanding who you are as a whole person  how you tackle challenging problems, how you pursue your passions, and how you work with others. Furthermore, applicants have varying levels of opportunity to take these exams. As such, Fulbright does not require you to submit any standardized test scores e.g. SAT; IELTS; TOEFL.

      If you would like your test scores to be considered, they will be reviewed alongside the rest of your application. Please note that not submitting any test scores does not negatively affect your application.

  • Is there an application fee?

    • It is completely free to apply to Fulbright.

  • Will Fulbright accept applications submitted after the deadline?

    • In the spirit of maintaining fairness, we will not accept applications submitted after the deadline. Please have your applications submitted by April 12, 2020. In order to avoid submission delays from unforeseen problems such as a poor internet connection, we recommend submitting the application at least one day in advance.

  • I’ve submitted my application already but I would like to make some changes. Is that possible?

    • Once you have submitted your application, it is considered final and you will not be able to make any further changes to your application. Please do not submit a second application. Minor errors such as grammar and spelling mistakes will not affect the outcome of your application.

  • Will my application be more competitive if I submit my application early?

    • No, there is no advantage to submitting your application earlier rather than later.
  • What is “Overall GPA”? What is a “GPA scale”?
    • Your overall GPA is the average of all your class grades at the end of each year, where “GPA” stands for grade point average. You will need to share your overall GPA for grades 10 and 11. If available, we ask that you also submit your overall GPA for the first semester of the 2019–20 school year. We understand that not everyone will have this. If that is the case, you do not need to submit your GPA now, but we may ask you to submit your GPA sometime later during the admissions process.
    • Your GPA scale is determined by what type of school you go to. For example, the majority of schools in Vietnam use the 10.0-point scale, thus give overall GPAs out of 10. Some private or international schools use a different scale e.g. 4.0-scale. We ask that you select the appropriate scale for your overall GPA for each year, so we are able to properly assess your GPA.
  • Do I need to notarize or translate my transcripts if they are written in Vietnamese?
    • No. If your transcripts are written in Vietnamese, please submit them as is. If your transcripts are written in any other language other than Vietnamese or English, we do require you to translate it into either language. The translated transcript does not need to be notarized.


  • I submitted my application. When will I know that I have been selected for an interview?

    • We will be reviewing applications and inviting students to interviews beginning in February. We will be contacting you through e-mail so please regularly check your e-mail inbox.


  • I didn’t get accepted. May I appeal the admissions decision?

    • Unfortunately, all admissions decisions are final and appealing admissions decisions will not be possible.