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Reading this article explaining about the difference between "apply for " and "apply to",

https://www.dailywritingtips.com/apply-to-apply-for-and-apply-with/

I am still puzzled about why the correct sentence is

Winston is applying to the teaching program at Harvard.

not

Winston is applying for the teaching program at Harvard.

Is not the teaching program that Winston wants? Winston wants to obtain the teaching program so he "apply for" it.

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Just as your cited article says:

Winston is applying to Harvard.

Winston is applying for teaching certification.

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  • So it is correct to say "Winston is applying for the teaching program at Harvard."
    – NoNames
    Dec 28, 2018 at 14:43
  • Err, no, "Winston is applying to the teaching program at Harvard. He is applying for a teaching degree."
    – Peter
    Dec 28, 2018 at 14:51
  • My basic understanding is that you "apply to (somewhere)" while you "apply for (something)".
    – user3169
    Dec 29, 2018 at 6:09
  • My understanding is that one apply to an "institute," so the teaching program is, in a sense, an organization that deals with teaching degrees, am I right?
    – NoNames
    Dec 29, 2018 at 13:53

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