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    Generic is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Regarding Application Documents

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    Hello guys, I'm asking this question here because the university office is closed and it would really help me to know the answer by Monday. I figured the current students would know the answer since they've already applied.

    Jagiellonian's website's description of the 4 year medical application package raises a question about how official transcripts and recommendation letters should be sent:

    Should it be sent (and this idea came up because this is how a Czech school asked me to apply) with a sealed official copy of my college transcript + sealed recommendation letters all within an application package mailed by me?

    Or should I just send my application form/essay/CV in a package and then have my school send out my transcript and letters separately?

    I get the impression that the latter is more official and generally preferred by schools but that the former is easier and really more efficient if the school is willing to take the risk of trusting applicants.

    Thanks a lot for your help!

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    Your impression is correct and it probably works that way.

    I had the school send mine in and gave the professors a ton of stamps to mail the letters, but I know of at least three students who sent sealed copies of letters of recommendation with their application. We didn't (as far as I recall) talk about the transcripts. One student said that she had one of the letters of recommendation notarized (which you could have done tomorrow, if you make that decision) because the professor was away on holiday and the deadline was around the corner. It was a generic letter. I say this because it's always better to have the letter addressed to a particular school (you already know this). Hopefully someone else will be able to provide a different perspective.

    I doubt it's going to be a problem as long as they're sealed. The school website clearly states that the transcript needs to be sealed. Also, it really isn't a question of trusting students. All it takes is a single email to verify a letter or transcript, which if modified in any manner, would prove disastrous to the student. In addition, they could always write back to you asking you to have the school/professor send the transcript/letter directly later. I see no harm in it. I don't know the reason for your sense of urgency, but if you really want to mail your application on Monday and have it complete by the earliest possible time, you could always send your completed application with the sealed letters and transcript tomorrow, and request the school/professors on Monday to post a set directly.

    Good luck in your application and Merry Christmas.
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    Thanks for the sound advice, Glokta. My school's appropriate offices will close for a month after Tuesday, which was the reason for urgency. Really, it may have been a stupid question; it seems a matter of course that any school would accept the letters/transcript separately from the student's application forms and then match them up. With that in mind, it makes more sense to simply have the official sources send them separately. I had been considering a likely foolish concern that there may be problems with sending them separately.

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