Internships in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia
Frequently Asked Questions
Before contacting the Crossroads Program Team, please read through the answers to commonly asked questions below:
Can I apply if I have already graduated from university?
Yes, we accept students (approx. 18-22 years old), who are enrolled as undergraduates OR who are recent graduates of university, graduating from an undergraduate program within the past 3 years.
Can I apply if I am already in a postgraduate program (master’s degree, PhD, etc.)?
Yes, we accept students (approx. 18-22 years old), who are enrolled in a higher education program. Students must be enrolled as undergraduates OR who are recent graduates of university, graduating from an undergraduate program within the past 3 years.
I’m turning 18 later this year (August 11-December 31, 2018). Do I still qualify?
Yes, as long as the other criteria is met. This would include already being enrolled in university or the ability to provide proof that you will begin an undergraduate program Fall 2017.
I am older than 22 because of an alternative education timeline. Do I still qualify?
Yes, on a case by case basis as long as other criteria is met. We realize that extenuating circumstances may have altered your path, resulting in graduating from university outside of traditional age expectations.
If I am currently working and not enrolled as a student, do I qualify?
We accept recent graduates of university, graduating from an undergraduate program within the past 3 years.
If I graduated exactly three years ago, do I qualify?
Yes, as long as the other criteria is met.
If I am about to begin my first semester of university this year, do I qualify?
Yes, as long as the other criteria is met.
If my parents went to a vocational college do I qualify?
Yes, this will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
If my parents went to a professional college, do I qualify?
How do you define “first member in family?”
This refers to the first generation of a family. Family includes adoptive and/or biological members of your immediate family.
If my sibling or cousin is already enrolled or has already graduated from university, am I still eligible?
Yes, the stipulation for “first member in family” refers to the first generation of a family to attend university.
Do I need a TOEFL or IELTS score to apply to the program?
No. While fluency in English is required, shortlisted candidates will only need to demonstrate fluency during a Skype interview and through their written submissions.
If I went to the Crossroads program last year can I go again this year?
No, at this time we offer the opportunity to people that have not attended the prior course.
Applying to Crossroads
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is Tuesday, May 15th, 11:59 PM EST. Late submissions will not be considered. Calculate the time difference between your location and Harvard here.
How do I apply to the Crossroads Summer Program?
Please consult the detailed instructions found here.
Can I apply through mobile?
We highly suggest that you use a computer to apply.
What is a resume?
A resume is a one-page document that details your educational background, work experience, skills, and volunteer experiences. Please find more information here.
I have requested an XID but I cannot seem to logon to CARAT.
You must activate your XID first by following the instructions in your confirmation email. Please consult step 3 and 4 in the instructions.
I have requested an XID but I do not see a confirmation email.
Please check your spam folder.
I have activated my XID successfully, but I can’t seem to log onto CARAT.
Please wait at least 24 hours after activating your XID before logging onto CARAT. If you have waiting at least 24 hours and are still having difficulty logging onto CARAT, ensure that you are on the XID login pane on CARAT before attempting to log in. Consult step 8 in the instructions.
I have logged onto CARAT successfully, but I cannot seem to find the Crossroads Application.
Please consult step 10 of the instructions.
How do I submit my recommendation letters?
Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly to CARAT by recommenders.
How do recommenders submit the letters?
You will input the recommender’s name and email address into the “References” section of the CARAT application. Once you input the name and email address of your recommender, a button should show up that says “Send a Reference Request.” Click on this button, which will automatically send a button to your recommender.
My recommender says that they did not receive the email to upload the recommendation letter. What do I do?
We suggest that you do the following:
- Ensure that you press the “Send a Reference Request” button.
- Ask recommenders to check their spam folder on their email.
- Ensure that you have written the email address correctly in CARAT.
- If you are still having difficulty, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does it mean to “waive my right to access the letter of recommendation written on my behalf”?
If you click “Yes” to waiving your right to access the letter of recommendation, it means that you have agreed not to request the recommendation letter after you have submitted your applications. If you click “No,” that means that you can request the letter .of recommendation at a later time, after applications are completed and finalists selected. Your decision on this question will not affect your standing for the application.
Who should write my recommendation letters? Do they all need to be academic references?
Recommendation letters should offer insight into the student’s academic achievements and their ability to take on challenges. Examples of potential recommenders include a former professor, teacher, or member of an academic institution who has first-hand experience working with the student in an academic setting. While both letters can be academic references, it is also possible for a work supervisor or other non-academic mentor to provide a recommendation.
What should letters of recommendation include?
Letters should offer insight into the student’s academic achievements and their ability to take on challenges.
Do letters of recommendation need to be in English?
Yes, letters must be in English. Non-English letters will result in an incomplete application.
What should I submit as a transcript if my previous semester grades will not be available until after the deadline?
Send the most recent official grades that are available to you.
What is an “electronic signature”?
This is to ensure that you have double checked and validated the details of your application. If the information is all correct, then please input the ID in the parentheses into the signature field.
Will the program fund my travel and living expenses in Dubai?
Will the program fund my visa fees?
Yes, the program will fund the visa fees.
Will SAI help me obtain a visa for my travel?
We will supply relevant letters and documentation.
What are the Air Arabia Destination Cities?
The list of Air Arabia Destination cities can be found here.
Do I need a passport?
Applicants must be in possession of a valid passport from Africa, the Middle East, or South Asia.
What if I have dual citizenship from one of the partner countries listed and another that is not?
If at least one of your citizenships is from any of the countries that are listed in the program, you do qualify to apply.
What do I do if my passport expires soon?
Applicants must be in possession of a valid passport from Africa, the Middle East, or South Asia. Many countries have specific requirements for passport validity, and often require passports to be valid significantly longer than the length of your trip—this can vary depending on your country of origin, as well as other factors. Please check the passport and visa requirements for all countries you’ll be visiting on your journey, and make sure your passport has appropriate validity to cover your whole trip.
About the Crossroads Program
What should I expect from the program? What topics will be covered?
Participants will gain exposure to a variety of experiences, such as a Harvard classroom environment, sessions led by Harvard faculty, mentor talks, site visits to key places in Dubai, learning from your peers, the opportunity to think of your future education and career possibilities, and much more.
Will the program provide support for a subsequent graduate school application process?
Can applicants re-apply next year?
Accepted individuals may not apply for the program in the following year. Applicants may re-apply if they were not accepted in previous years.
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