On standards or conventions specific to the European higher education system, which differs in structure and style from the systems in North America, Asia, or Oceania.

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Is education in Europe really this cheap?

Is tuition in Europe really US$300 or €200 a year? That is one tenth the cost of the tuition in the developing country university where I took my bachelor's and master's. Is it really true that some ...
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How long is it reasonable to wait for a graduate student or postdoc to obtain a visa?

For a recent position for which an offer has been made, a colleague of mine has been waiting for more than eight months for a visa to be issued. Is there any reasonable point at which it makes more ...
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Academictransfer.com -like sites

In search of PhD vacancies across Europe, I found this site gathering a large number of vacancies from the Netherlands. Does anybody know sites like that for other European countries (and if possible, ...
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English Bachelor of Computer Science - Germany

I've googled so much for English Bachelor of Computer Science in Germany and I just found Jacobs University which teaches Computer Science in English. Though Germany is a place I would like to study, ...
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You must have a relevant Bachelor's degree to get into European grad schools in sciences? [closed]

Using Bio-sciences as an example, below seems to be the norm for admission prerequisites. US grad school in Bio-sciences: Have taken Bio 1 & 2, Chem 1 & 2, Physics 1 & 2 + some upper ...
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Short-Term Research Programs for International Students [closed]

I will finish my MS soon and I will apply for fall 2016-PhD. I am wondering is there any short-term research assistance program ( 6-9 months) especially in Australia or European countries? If there ...
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“You are one of our top candidates.” How many candidates are there likely to be?

I have applied for a Ph.D. position at a research group in a European University and gotten an acknowledgement from a research unit member. His reply states "... you are one of our top candidates and ...
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Changing majors for masters degree specifically in Europe

I have done my bachelors in Electronics & Communications Engineering from India and I am currently working as a software developer with 1.5 years of experience. I would like to do my masters from ...
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How many PhD programs does the average STEM applicant apply to in Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)?

I was wondering if there are data on the number of applications that people make to PhD programs in Europe (Ger, At, CH). My guess is that it depends on the area/field, in particular I am looking for ...
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Which countries have funding opportunities like ERC Advanced Grant?

The eligibility of ERC Advanced Grant is very interesting, everyone from anywhere can submit a proposal, and upon approval he should work in a host institution within European Union. This gives an ...
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How to set salaries in ERC proposals?

I am preparing a proposal for an ERC call. I am a little bit unsure about the amount of salaries. Since I solely work on this project, 100% of my time is devoted, and I should set a full salary for ...
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How to get the letter of commitment of the host institution for ERC Calls?

For applying for European Commission grants, specifically ERC ADVANCED GRANT, I need to get an official letter from the host instuttion that they support my proposal. How is the procedure to get this ...
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Where to find successful proposals of previous ERC calls?

I plan to apply for ERC ADVANCED GRANT 2015. Is there any place for finding previous winner proposals? The templates are straightforward, but it is very useful to see what winners have written in ...
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Awarding Habilitation to senior researchers?

For some positions and activities, a Habilitation is required in countries like France and Germany. My crude understanding is that in Germany, but not in France, one needs to write a special thesis ...
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In places outside the US and Europe, how do I know if the standard is that one applies to a PhD program with a specific PhD advisor already in mind?

Suppose I want to apply to PhD programs at a university outside of the US and Europe. How do I know if most universities there follow what the US is doing or what Europe is doing? Elaboration: How ...
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How common and expected is it to have published papers or patents as a Master student in Europe?

I am writing my master's thesis and applying for PhD programs in Europe, where Master studies are usually composed of mostly coursework and voluntary research projects. I do not think it is very ...
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Sending several PhD applications to professors in the same university?

I am looking to apply for PhD programs at university XX. My background is in chemical engineering and biotechnology. Said university XX has a very ample offer on these areas and there are several ...
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Why are US PhDs different from European PhDs?

So apparently I heard from here, here and here about the differences in PhDs in the US and in Europe. To sum up, it takes longer, on average, in the US than in Europe to finish a PhD since US PhD ...
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Immigration for visiting scholars in Europe [closed]

A few years ago, I went to the USA as a visiting scholar. The embassy did not ask me any special financial proof to issue a J1 visa. Although, I was self-funded, I found some TA tasks there which ...
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Disclosing hidden disability to employer

I'm doing a project-based postdoc in an European university. I have serious ongoing eye conditions that significantly affect my reading speed and as a result it took me 5 years to complete my PhD in ...
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European Ph.D. student salary range web site [closed]

Is there any web site that shows average Ph.D. student salaries in European countries, and also information about living cost and so on? update: what about France and Germany?
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Switching to linguistics from computer science – financial aid [closed]

I’m a computer-science undergrad and will be graduating in one year’s time, with (most likely) a little over an A – average in a 4-year BSc. I would like to pursue a masters in linguistics (focusing ...
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Is it possible for an F-1 graduate student in US to do internship in Europe?

I am a graduate student in US with F-1 visa. I have an internship offer from a company in France. Is it possible/feasible for me to accept this offer, or are there any rules preventing me from doing ...
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European MSc vs MEng in CS when applying for PhD in the US?

I've read other questions regarding MEng vs MSc when applying for PhD in the US. However, those questions were from people studying at US universities, and I have a question about transition from ...
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Do European PhD programs offer the opportunity to take on teaching assistantship duties?

I know that, in North America, the opportunity is given (and often mandated) to take on teaching assistantships while in a PhD program. I knew that, often, European PhD programs pay you to do RA ...
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Resource for learning about research funding system in the UK/Europe

I am currently considering to take up a tenure-track job in computer science at a UK university. I have little (i.e. no) experience with the research funding situation in Europe. Is there any ...
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Do European PhD programs have a qualifying exam, and if so, what form do they take?

Now, I understand that European PhDs are far from monolithic in format, and that most quals in my field (physics) can fall into two general formats, as far as North American PhD programs are ...
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Options for a teaching position in a liberal arts college in Europe vs US?

I am a 4th year PhD student doing Computer Science in an Ivy League School. During the past months the question of what I want to do once I graduate in the next 2 years seems to absorb most of my time ...
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Pure mathematics graduate scholarships in Europe for international students with a bachelor degree only in engineering?

Short Question: Are there any graduate (PHD or masters) pure math scholarships available in Europe for international (non-European) engineering students ? I would like to get examples. Long ...
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What is the relationship between credits and course hours?

Why can courses at the same department have an apparent disproportionality between credits and hours? For example at my French university my department offers a 12 credit course with 48 hours of ...
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How can one compare a postdoc position in Europe and USA?

I am an EU citizen, and 27 years old. I completed my Bachelor's and Master's in Electrical Engineering in the UK, now finishing up my PhD (in EE as well) in the USA. I am currently applying for ...
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Resume writing guideline for applying a PhD position

I've been working a Software Engineer for almost 7 years. A few months ago I finalized my Master's degree on Computer Science, and now I'm thinking in applying to a Phd program in a European College. ...
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Find information about research grant calls from around the world

I am based at a southern European university where little local research funding is available. Other than Horizon 2020, how can I find out about programs designed to sponsor research in any country?
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How does Erasmus programme work?

I read several documents about student/staff exchange of European Union, Erasmus, but I do not fully understand how it is in practice. When an undergraduate student go from his university to a host ...
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Is it possible to restart a PhD due to issues with supervisor (and should I do it)?

I am a PhD student in Europe and I am in the state of permanent crisis because of my PhD supervisor. He is a very nice person, who is very active with public engagement, very successful at grant ...
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How to improve myself as a recitation (discussion,lab,tutorial) teacher?

This question is related to How to improve myself as a lecturer?. However, being a PhD student, my main teaching obligation is leading recitations, i.e. sessions for groups of ~20 students that take ...
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What is the equivalent of European “seminar” in US universities?

At my Czech university where I study computer science (but I believe math and physics are organized the same way here), most courses have both lectures (professor presenting the topic to a large ...
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Asking for a site visit as a master's applicant

I'm currently an undergraduate, and I will finish my bachelors this coming spring. I've been looking at graduate programs, including one physical chemistry masters program in the Amsterdam. I found ...
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PhD in Europe without scholarship from non-European homeland

I earned my Bachelor degree from my homeland country in Computer Engineering. I am now studying for Master of Physics in the same university. Next year I plan to move back to the Computer field and ...
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How much salary can I expect as a physics post doc in the Netherlands?

I am considering a post doc in the Netherlands. I am a bit spoiled -- currently doing a post doc in the US with a salary of about $75000. I found a PI in the Netherlands whose project sounds very ...
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Take a few courses in another university

I'm a foreign (non-EU) student enrolled at the CS master's program in a European university. I would like to take 2-3 courses that my university doesn't offer, and the first idea that came to mind ...
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Stay put or enter the US application process

I am an American who came to Europe last fall to do an MS which would complement my BA, since the field of study for my BA was different than my current one. My original plan was to apply to PhD ...
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Job prospects after completing graduate studies in Geology

Background I am in my mid-30s' and have recently found myself in a dilemma. Around 4 years ago I completed a MSc. (Geology) and two professional courses (in other fields) in Northern America as an ...
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Can one have two different sources for postdoc fundings together in Europe?

Let's consider the hypothetical situation of a postdoctoral candidate C, who get funded simultaneously as follows, starting at the same or different times, with overlap: Funding agencies F_1, F_2 ...
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Postdoctoral fellowships/calls to work in Europe for scientists/mathematicians/engineers that are similar to Marie curie?

I was wondering where I can find any information on the postdoctoral fellowships/calls to work in Europe which are similar to Marie Curie? I'm doing my basic internet search on this, but don't seem to ...
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European fellowships for neuroscience or anatomy?

I'm not sure this kind of question is appropriate here, but if not here, probably nowhere else. I'm interested to know if there is a) any mailing list for jobs in neuroscience or anatomy (apart from ...
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Can a Ph.D. candidate at a US-style Ph.D.-only graduate school be admitted to a European doctoral course?

While most European doctoral courses require its applicants to hold master's degree, many doctoral courses in US often do not. In these graduate schools, by satisfying conditions set by the schools, ...
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PhD in the US compared to Europe

I start my master studies this fall in quantitative finance/economics in Europe. Since this will just take 3-4 semesters i want to take a look ahead and obviously PhD is one option to do. So i am ...
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ECTS time validity and expiration

Hope this is the right place to ask this. I'm currently enrolled in a Master's Computer Science degree in Europe. I've completed most of my classes with the exception of 2 + my thesis (which would ...
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Dissertation proposal before admission: Is it possible?

It seems that most universities in Europe require an outline of the planned dissertation at the application stage. I think even choosing the title of a dissertation needs a lot of dialogue between the ...