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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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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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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?

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 ...
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'Teaching position or teaching oriented position' in Mathematics in Europe?

Here I am talking about teaching positions in Mathematics. In the US, we know of many positions in the US (also in Canada?) that is teaching position or teaching-oriented position. For example 1) ...
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For a postdoctoral/Ph.D. position in Mathematics in Europe, can I make this somewhat irregular request?

I am not sure whether this question is suitable for academia, if not it would be great to know the site where I should ask this. I am a finishing Ph.D. student in Mathematics at a decent school in the ...
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What are the long-term advantages of a US PhD compared to Europe/Oceania?

I have applied to PhD programs in ecology in Europe (Germany, Denmark, UK) and Oceania (Australia/New Zealand). Now the deadlines for US programs are coming up and I am debating whether I should apply ...
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Moving to Europe and seeking research assistant work after undergrad / masters - best approaches?

I have just finished an honours degree in Psychological science in Australia - this is a 3 year bachelors with an additional selective entry 4th year involving 50% coursework and research. In ...
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Undergraduate European Computer Science Schools and their application process?

I'm a U.S. sophomore (junior in the fall) studying Computer Science looking to transfer. I have three questions: What schools in Europe should I look into for Computer Science? To clarify what I'm ...
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Online resources for summer schools in software engineering?

I'm looking for an online resources that lists all summer schools of the actual year in a specific domain. Are there any sites? I just found one: Summer Schools in Europe, but this site seems to be a ...
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Academic salaries at European universities

Is there a good source to compare academic salaries at European universities? For example, what are the salaries of full professors in different countries? I would particularly welcome a possible ...
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Are European schools experiencing the same cost raise as American schools?

After factoring in government subsidies (or lack thereof), is the total price for one year of undergraduate education in Europe increasing at a rate similar to America?