FAQs

1. Students FAQs

Are students who finished high school eligible to apply to SYE?

SYE is mainly directed towards high school seniors who could start their college careers right after their final year of high school. However, in some cases, SYE could accept applicants who are a year younger or older than that of a high school senior; this includes students who have graduated from high school and are taking a gap year.

Does SYE help with the visa application process?

SYE provides admitted students a letter that confirms participation in the program, which could help the student with the visa application. However, a visa to the United States can, by no means, be guaranteed by anyone other than the officer interviewing the applicant at the embassy.

Does SYE offer scholarships?

No. SYE works closely with all students to prepare them in order to have a solid understanding of the application process. It also helps students prepare their applications for schools, scholarship opportunities, and financial aid packages.

Does SYE offer TOEFL & SAT classes?

SYE gives its students access to world-class online platforms, which offer detailed and intensive courses on TOEFL and SAT.

Does SYE Support Students only located in Syria?

Syrian students all over the world are welcome to apply to the program.

How do I indicate when is too late to start applying?

It can be too late to apply for a specific term (e.g. Fall 2019, Spring 2018…etc.), but it is never late to just apply.

How long is the mentorship program?

Mentorship program is generally a 6 month program, which runs from July to January. Although, mentors and leadership are willing to assist students further if a student’s need or situation requires them to do so. Such situations need to be requested through the mentor and presented to the leadership team.

What are the requirements for US Universities?

First and foremost, English proficiency. Most U.S. universities require international students to take language proficiency tests like TOEFL, which tests their listening, writing, reading and speaking skills. Once that’s checked, Universities will look into a variety of other fields to make sure an applicant would be a good fit for the school they are applying to. Some of those fields include (but are not limited to), looking into a student’s analytical skills by checking their SAT, Baccalaureate, or 11th grade scores and transcripts, reading recommendation letters from your previous or current teachers, employers..etc.
An important aspect for US Universities are extracurricular and cocurricular activities. Therefore, any sports, hobbies, volunteering or organizational experiences are worthy of mentioning in the application.

What is the criteria for selecting mentors?

Mentors are carefully vetted and trained to help SYE students achieve their educational and career goals. All mentors have a deep understanding of Syrian, American and other international educational systems. Students and mentors are carefully matched based on educational fields, school interest and other more specific aspects. To learn more about this please look at the Mentor Role Description Document.

What is the criteria for selecting SYE students?

SYE has a lengthy and usually difficult recruiting process. Students who pass the first round of application are required to engage in a phone interview with an SYE representative. Sometimes, certain students could be asked for a second phone interview to better determine the final decision. The selection is a concluding decision which includes taking into consideration the student’s academic standing, English proficiency, extracurricular activities, volunteering experience, ambition, commitment, goals, character, willingness to give back…etc.
SYE does not discriminate applicants based on their religious beliefs, political affiliation, gender or city of birth or residence.

When should I start preparing to apply to US Universities?

Application deadlines for the Fall semester are usually between the beginning of December and mid February for most schools. However, preparations could take anywhere between 3-9 months as students work on improving your English skills, taking required tests, and fulfilling application requirements. SYE requires its students through its curriculum to start preparing in the summer.

2. Mentors FAQs

Do I need to speak Arabic to become a mentor?

No, one could still be selected as a mentor if they do not speak Arabic but have an excellent understanding of what we do at SYE and is qualified. Those who do not speak Arabic will be matched with students who are more efficient than others or fluent in English.

How can I contribute?

Individuals can contribute depending on their ability, skills, availability, willingness…etc. by: donating, applying for mentorship, applying for other volunteering opportunities, help with fundraising, and others depending on need. Individuals and organizations are welcome to submit proposals, ideas, partnership proposals by emailing it:

info@sye-syria.org

How can I deal with questions from a mentee (as a mentor) that I do not know the answers to?

SYE mentors are supported by a robust larger network of SYE mentors, as well as, the leadership team. Mentors are welcome to contact the Leadership Team with any issues that arise at any point during their time of service. In addition, SYE partner Institutions and individuals are and will be valuable resources. In addition, SYE developed a curriculum, which mentors could benefit from.

How long is the mentorship program?

Mentorship program is generally a 6 month program, which runs from July to January. Although, mentors and leadership are willing to assist students further if a student’s need or situation requires them to do so. Such situations need to be requested through the mentor and presented to the leadership team.

How many students will I be required to work with if I become a mentor?

Most mentors usually work with 1-2 students. However, SYE is flexible with this. If a volunteer is willing to only allocate the time needed to mentor one student, they will be assigned one. On the other hand, if a volunteer has more time and is willing to take 2-3 mentors, that could also be arranged.

What is the criteria for selecting mentors?

Mentors are carefully vetted and trained to help SYE students achieve their educational and career goals. All mentors have a deep understanding of Syrian, American and other international educational systems. Students and mentors are carefully matched based on educational fields, school interest and other more specific aspects. To learn more about this please look at the Mentor Role Description Document.