First of all, I'm sorry if this is off topic, I wasn't sure if I should post or not and couldn't decide based on the guidelines.
My situation is a bit unique. I go to a large state university (X) that is relatively well known in my field. It has its main campus in city A in the U.S., and a small branch campus abroad in country B. I spent 5 semesters in branch B, and have been at main campus (A) for a semester, a summer term, as well as this ongoing semester. I am currently applying to PhD programs in the U.S.
Here are the facts:
My degree doesn't specify campus. Branch B is not degree granting, and my degree just says X university.
I have only one transcript and one GPA. My transcript looks like this:
- Fall 2013 - Campus A
- Fall 2016 - Campus B
My last 3 journal publications since I came to the U.S. bear a double affiliation with both campuses.
2/3 of my letter writers are from main campus in the U.S.
Most importantly, I have no idea where I will spend my next (and last) semester. I might stay at A in the U.S., or I might have to go back to B abroad. Either way, it doesn't change my degree or anything else, just where I'll physically attend classes.
I'm quite concerned and confused about how to treat this situation on my PhD applications. Naturally, I'd enter both and upload same transcript twice:
a. X University (Campus B): Fall 2013 - Fall 2015
b. X University: Spring 2016 - Present
However, I do not know how to approach this since I'm technically and officially just a student of X university with my degree from there. More importantly, I have no idea where I'll be next semester! I also technically still have affiliation with campus B since I haven't internally transferred to the U.S., they're just letting me stay as long as I need for research. For my CV, I did this:
X University .... City A, State
X University (Campus B) .... City, Country B
Degree, Thesis, GPA, etc.
I don't want to get admitted somewhere only for them to realize I spent my last semester at B and revoke my offer for fraud or something like that. Most of my professors here in the U.S. said I just list X University, but I guess that's just because they fully understand my situation and how the whole branch campus thing works.
How do I make sure that this information is transmitted honestly and clearly to the admissions committee?