I'm currently applying to several PhD programs in the STEM sector in Europe. Some universities invite me to submit my bachelor's thesis as an optional document for my application. I would like to do that because the thesis can give some insight about my background, even if it wasn't about anything new and it wasn't published.

Problem is, my thesis was written in a language different from English. Does it make sense if I translate it into English and send both the original and the translation for the application?

The thesis is less than 30 pages long and it would be quick to translate. However, I wonder if it is common practice and if it will be considered by a potential committee.

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    If it really won't take you much time, then I say go for it. What have you got to lose? Just make sure you state that you have translated it yourself from X language. – astronat Nov 4 '20 at 14:59
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    What language? If it's common enough, it might not be worth bothering. – Alexander Woo Nov 4 '20 at 23:22

Yes I would translate it.

Some pros:

  • It helps you demonstrate your capabilities in research;
  • It may help you demonstrate your knowledge of the subject matter in your field if relevant;
  • It demonstrates that you are oriented toward communicating the findings of your research, which is a graduate capability they are looking to develop anyway; and
  • It shows initiative.

Some cons:

  • Its too expensive to translate;
  • Its too technical to translate;
  • You think your application would be stronger without it!

These are the only cons I can think of...and my guess is based on what you have said that the pros definitely outweigh the cons :-)

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