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I'm a Master's student who is applying for Ph.D in the U.S. In my case, I graduated from high school (China), undergraduate (Canada), Master's (Korea, my home country) in all different countries. So I can speak 3 languages, and am really open-minded and independent. I want to show this experience but I know high school info is mostly excluded from CV. Should I still not write high school information?

Thank you in advance.

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  • Are you planning on getting your PhD in a field relating to languages? Commented Oct 8, 2023 at 11:55
  • @AnonymousPhysicist No. Not really. Commented Oct 9, 2023 at 2:17

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Can you? You can write anything you like on your CV. Whether or not you should is the question.

Personally I don’t think there going to be any issues with stating the name and country of your high school on your CV - but it should only take up one line maximum. I don’t think it would make provide much benefit either though (unless the country is particularly relevant to the application - like if you had gone to high school in China and were applying for a PhD about the Chinese education system, for example).

It would be beneficial to some degree to include the different languages you speak though. Again, how beneficial depends on the subject area, but being able to speak three languages well in impressive by anyone’s standard.

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    "I don’t think there going to be any issues with stating the name and country of your high school on your CV" - Grimaces in country where two of the last five (and 5 of the last 15) heads of government went to the same high school. Commented Oct 8, 2023 at 12:13
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As someone else said, it's ok, but no more than one line. It is information that indicates your adaptability and resilience, and students need that to complete a PhD. The admissions committee might not even notice it, but if I saw it I'd think "hmm, interesting" and then jump to the more substantive things in your application. I don't think it would hurt you.

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