30. How many recommendation letters should I submit?
Your application for admission must include two recommendation letters. Your application will not be considered complete without the submission of both recommendation letters. Additional recommendation letters will not be considered. If you are applying to more than one program, you should still only submit a total of two recommendation letters.
31. Am I required to use AUA’s recommendation letter template?
Yes. You may download the form directly from your online application.
32. Who should write my recommendation letters?
The best recommenders are those that know you well and can fully assess your ability to perform and succeed in your graduate level studies. Recommendations typically come from current or former professors and/or supervisors from a job or internship. The recommender cannot be a friend or family member.
33. Will AUA accept a recommendation letter in a language other than English?
While AUA prefers recommendation letters in English, we also accept them in Armenian and in rare cases, Russian. However, please note that your recommender must complete your recommendation using the AUA template, which is only available in English.
34. Should the recommendation letter be typed?
If you choose the email or hard-copy options, please note AUA prefers typed recommendation letters. However, we will also accept letters that are handwritten.
35. How can I submit a recommendation letter?
Recommendation letters should be submitted online or sent via email directly by your recommender. In rare cases, you may bring a recommendation letter in hard copy enclosed in a sealed envelope, to the Office of Admissions on behalf of your recommender.
36. How do I submit a recommendation letter online?
We strongly encourage applicants to ask recommenders to submit recommendation letters online. To do so, select the “My recommender will complete the recommendation letter online” option from the recommendation letter section of the online application for admission. You will then be asked to fill out contact information related to your recommender. Once you have done so, an email will be sent to your recommender. Please ensure your recommender checks his/her email frequently and submits the form by the deadline date to which you plan to apply. Letters received after the deadline date will mark your application as incomplete and your application will be moved to the next available deadline date or marked ineligible for rolling applicants. Recommendation letters submitted online do not require a signature or a seal.
37. How can I submit my recommendation letter via email?
If your recommender prefers to submit the recommendation letter via email, then select the “My recommender will send a complete and signed recommendation letter as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org” option from the recommendation letter section of your application for admission. Once you select this option, download the form directly from the online application and send it to your recommender to complete. Recommenders must then complete the form and email it to email@example.com. The letters must also include the recommender’s signature as well as the seal/stamp of the organization. In rare cases, we will accept letters without the seal/stamp if the organization simply does not have one.
38. How can I submit a hard copy of the recommendation letter?
The Office of Admissions strongly discourages recommendation letters to be submitted in hard copy; however, we will accept them in rare cases. If this is the only option for your recommender, then select “I will bring a hard copy of the signed recommendation letter to the Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope” in the recommendation letters section of the online application. Afterwards, download the form directly from the application.
To submit a hardcopy recommendation letter to the Office of Admissions, please make sure your recommender encloses it in a signed and if available sealed or stamped envelope. Enclosed hardcopy recommendation letters must be delivered to the Office of Admissions located in Room 108M on 40 Baghramyan Avenue.
39. Who should complete the Applicant’s Information on the First Page of the recommendation letter?
If you choose the online application, there is no need for you to enter this information. If you choose the email or hardcopy versions we recommend you complete this information. After completion, you should send the blank form to your recommender.
40. Does AUA require a seal or stamp on the recommendation letter?
If you choose to submit your recommendation letters online, then there is no need for either a seal or stamp. However, should you prefer your recommender to submit the letter via email or in hard-copy, then the letter must be sealed or stamped by the organization. In rare cases, we will accept a recommendation letter submitted via email or in hard-copy without a seal or stamp if the organization simply does not have one.
41. Should I attach the recommendation letters to my application?
No. AUA will not consider any recommendation letter attached to your online application. Since recommendation letters are confidential, they must be submitted by your recommenders either online or via email. If they choose to submit a hardcopy recommendation letter, then the letter must be enclosed in an envelope.
42. What happens if my recommender submits my letter after the deadline date?
In order for your application to be considered complete, you must ensure that you meet all requirements by the deadline date to which you plan on applying, including the submission of your recommendation letters. If your recommender delays the submission of your letter, then please note that your application will be marked incomplete and your application will be moved to the next available deadline date or marked ineligible for rolling applicants. An important note if you choose the online recommendation letter option – you cannot submit your application until your recommender has submitted your recommendation letter.
43. Can I use a recommendation letter I have submitted previously?
Yes, you may use a recommendation letter previously submitted with your AUA application as long as it is valid. Recommendation letters are only valid for one year. If you plan to use a valid recommendation letter(s) from a previous AUA application, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org detailing which recommendation letter you would like to be considered on by the application submission deadline.
Since recommendation letters must be submitted on the AUA template, you cannot use recommendations provided to you for other purposes.
44. Will I receive confirmation once my recommender submits my recommendation letter?
If you choose the online option, you will receive an email from email@example.com once your recommender submits your letter. Should you choose the email or hard-copy options, you will not receive any confirmation related to the submission of your letter(s). However, you can check your online application checklist where we will note the recommendation letter section is complete once they have been processed.