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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When do most students publish in a European PhD?

in US PhDs, it's typical to start publishing (first author or not) in their latter-half years. How does that work in the EU? Since EU PhDs are shorter than US programs, is it common for EU phd ...
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France/USA collaboration funding for young researcher? [on hold]

I am a French citizen, I defended my PhD in Paris in November 2014, and I am working as a post-doctoral researcher in the US since December 2014. I am working in between Astrophysics and Computer ...
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Do Europe committees care about my community service for GRE learners?

I have finished applying into US schools, and now I turn to other countries. Since I don't think that there is much different between US and Europe (more specifically, UK) in the requirements in the ...
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How does PhD candidate salary compares between differen European countries, and the USA? [closed]

I would like to know which is the salary average of a PhD candidate position in chemistry in different countries of Europe or in USA. I know that in Germany and France the salaries are around 1300€ ...
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How can a Master degree lead to 300 ECTS?

http://emjd-dc.eu/files/2011/11/emjd-dc.pdf Here, one of the admission requirements is, A Master's degree corresponding to 300 ECTS. How is that possible? A Masters degree is at most of 2 years. 2 ...
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ECTS credits for US teaching credentials

In the southern United States, one of the general requirements for teaching a given course is to have 18 semester hours at the graduate level. I currently have 12 graduate hours in two separate ...
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How long do the Marie Curie IF grant results take to come out?

I submitted a Marie Curie postdoc fellowship at the beginning of September and as of now (Jan) I have not heard back —I have checked the ECAS portal. The website does not give a single Gantt chart or ...
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Applying for PHD in Europe: getting a recommendation

I'm considering applying into an (individual) PHD program, after graduating from a top Russian university (computer science) with moderately high grades in 2013 and 3 years of professional experience. ...
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Europe: Central Academic CS Job Market Service like CRA?

When searching for faculty positions in CS, I find the service http://cra.org/ads/ very useful. There you can find many job ads from North America based institutions. Is there any similar service for ...
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How fast is the admission procedure for single-slot PhD applications in top universities in the UK?

I have applied to five different universities. Four of them are in the UK and the last one elsewhere in Europe. Based on initial discussions, two of the UK universities consider me a competitive ...
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Is it practical to pursue AERO-MS in Europe?

I have an affinity for Germany, and I've heard a lot about the growing value of international experience, so I'm entertaining the possibility of applying for an MS at a German institution. However, ...
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Is it possible to get into a neuroscience master if I'm a speech pathologist? [duplicate]

I'm a speech pathologist from Chile, I just finished my 5-year bachelor's degree. My program had a lot of psychology. I had some physics, biology, psychiatry, neurology, audiology, however, I didn't ...
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Second Masters in maths after master's in physics: how does it help getting into PhD in Europe?

How does it help doing a second master's in mathematics after doing first master's in Physics for getting a PhD in theoretical Physics in Europe? Will it be helpful to compensate for a low GPA in ...
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Teaching at University (pathway 3 and teaching-oriented positions)

In England, in principle, there are three pathways to Professorship, or in general to teaching permanent positions at Universities. The third one is for academic staff whose responsibilities are ...
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European COST Actions

I would like to ask if you think the European COST Actions are interesting for researchers? Do you see any potential advantage to join any of them? If yes, I would like to ask you how I could join ...
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How are mathematics PhDs from the USA viewed in mainland European universities?

Do American-educated mathematics PhDs generally have an advantage over natively educated PhDs (in, say, France or Italy) in applying for research positions?
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Does early application have more chance to get accepted? [duplicate]

I am going to send application for Master degree program soon, the application period started on December 1st and will be on until 15 January. I heard rumors, that if department have two very similar ...
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Is a Polish PhD degree in engineering equally respected in North America?

Is a Polish PhD degree in engineering equally revered as a North American degree (i.e., from Canada or USA) in the area of academia and job-market?
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Should you contact professors at universities you plan on applying to for graduate studies in mathematics? [duplicate]

I am currently applying to graduate school in mathematics. In the last year of undergraduate study I have read many papers and books by experienced mathematicians, and with the help of my honours ...
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How recent should the English language certificate be to apply for Master thesis?

When applying for Master in an European country, English certificates such as CAE, CPE, TOEFL, IELTS are required. Is there a limit about the "age" of the certificate? I got CPE 5 or 6 years ago. Is ...
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Can Erasmus student go to a research group for research only?

I have been invited for interview for an academic position. I am preparing my plan for building a research group there. This is my first time in Europe and have no clear information about the official ...
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Is it possible to co-finance a personal grant in Europe if it doesn't meet salary conditions of the country?

If one obtains a personal postdoc grant to cover a couple years of research as a full-time employee, but the value of the grant is only 60% of the union-stipulated wages in the country in which you ...
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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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English Bachelor of Computer Science - Germany [closed]

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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Why are computer science related degrees at some good European universities not ABET accredited?

I was wondering why some good European universities in the field of Computer Science and related careers, I mean: Computer Science Information Systems Software Engineering Their faculties do not ...
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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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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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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? [closed]

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 ...