A reader in China writes:
Thoughts from readers--e.g., students from China now studying in North America, or faculty who have done admissions and admitted students from China to their PhD programs? Also, of course, any information about exchange programs for undergraduates from China would be welcome.
I am a Chinese undergraduate philosophy major who wants to pursue a PhD degree in North America. For 2012-2013 I have a chance to study philosophy at a U.S. department as an exchange student. My experience in the States so far has made me realize how unlikely it will be for a Chinese student to be admitted to a good program.
As there are more any more students who enjoy analytic philosophy (China has been greatly influenced by continental philosophy) want to get their degrees abroad, especially in North America, I believe my situation is not particular. On behalf of them, and of course me myself, I want to get to know whether US professors can provide some advice. Further, will they accept students from another country whose english isn't perfect and who in their college education analytic philosophy isn't emphasized, though they try very hard on their own to study analytic philosophy?
Can you post my concerns on your blog so people can talk about it and more students from China may benefit?