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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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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Can students from Materials science background apply for sports engineering?

I wish to apply for a MSc degree in sports engineering. But I'm from a Materials science background and don't have a bachelors degree in sports engineering. What are the chances that I can get ...
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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 ...
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Where does the remaining money of FP7 projects go?

'Framework programmes' (FPs) are main financial tools through which the European Union supports research and development activities covering almost all scientific disciplines. I am a fellow ...
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How can I find open physics postdoc positions in Europe?

What are the most common ways to find open postdoc positions in physics, in Europe? I use inspires and academicjobsonline, but on both sites, there almost haven't been any new positions in my field (4 ...
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What does it mean to have vacation time in European academia?

I am a US-based researcher who recently accepted a postdoc in Sweden. My offer letter states that I will be entitled to a 6-week annual vacation during my appointment. Being from the US where I have ...
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Doing a habilitation in Mathematics in Europe for a non EU citizen?

I'm a non-EU citizen, currently doing a postdoc in mathematics in Europe, and I'm thinking of doing a habilitation. Since my google search didn't yield much, I'd appreciate if you could please answer ...
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How to convert courses and hours (from a non-european university) to ECTS?

I'm getting my "Licentiate of Computers/Systems" degree soon, in Argentina. The degree is composed by 40 courses of 68 hours of lectures each. On top of that, you have to add the time you spend on ...
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Is the status of postdocs perceived differently in western Europe vs. North-America?

In a footnote at this answer by on leaving a postdoc early, user Luke Mathieson writes: A postdoc in the US has lower status that it does in Europe/Australia/New Zealand/..., I'm aware that ...
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What are the best CS PhD programs in Europe? [closed]

In the United States, there is a clear ranking for universities and almost all universities offer PhD programs. Unlikely, not all universities in Europe do so. I'm asking, what are the best Computer ...
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Potential disadvantages of a math postdoc in Europe vs US

I am a mathematics Ph.D student in the United States, and recently received a 3 year postdoctoral offer in Germany, which I have only a few weeks to accept or decline. The offer is very good (high ...
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PhD Physics Europe vs. United States

I've just finished my undergraduate education in Physics in Europe and as I want to stay in academics I want to pursue a PhD, which means either a master and then PhD in e.g. UK, Switzerland or ...
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Role/importance of letters of recommendation for PhD-applications in Europe?

In the US PhD prospects apply to several universities and those select an amount of applicants from that pool according to how many open spots the universities have for that term. Criteria for ...
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University Teaching Certifications for Different Countries

A while back I asked this question which was about teaching certifications. As I dig into the subject more, it seems teaching certifications are quite rare for university teachers in many countries. ...
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European style PhD in the US

I'm wondering are there any PhD programs (specifically in machine learning) in the US that are structured more like the European ones, i.e. where you immediately start doing research and don't spend ...
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Is it possible to obtain a second PhD degree in Europe?

As I have heard it is not possible to get a second PhD in Europe if you have obtained first PhD in Europe. Is it true? My 1st PhD is in Theoretical Physics which I won't find a fair job related to ...