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Questions in relation to academia across international borders or in different regions globally.

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Modify the page layout of application materials (i.e. A4 vs. Letter) when applying for jobs in multiple countries?

Most countries use A4 paper. The US and Canada use letter paper. When applying for jobs across several countries should application materials always be designed to meet the page layout norms for the ...
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Is there a single website where one can get to know about all upcoming international conferences? [duplicate]

It's very important for a research professional (such as a Statistician) who needs to work on multidisciplinary fields to attend international conferences and see what's going around in the field of ...
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What is life like for Western-raised/trained academics who are faculty in countries with extremely tight governmental control?

There are a growing number of prominent universities in the world which are based in countries where the government exerts substantial control over its citizens in ways that are not typical in ...
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How should I approach a Tokyo University professor to join their lab?

What are the guidelines that I should follow when contacting a foreign University professor to ask for joining their lab? I need to find a professor for my already accepted semester abroad as an ...
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Is it very difficult for international applicants to get a Visiting Assistant Professor position in the US?

I am a mathematics postdoc working outside the US and this year I am preparing for applications for positions (mainly in the US). I should also add that I am not a US citizen. Sometime ago I have ...
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What countries offer the best opportunities to advance one's academic career? [closed]

I am currently finishing my PhD and I have just started the search for postdocs or tenure-track positions worldwide. For the last five years I have been in the same town working with the same people ...
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How is undergraduate Indian percentage converted to US 4.0 GPA by graduate schools? [duplicate]

I am applying for Fall, 2015 in PhD programs (Computer science). The admissions page of many universities I saw, demand an undergrad GPA of at least 3.0 and graduate GPA of at least 3.5 Now, I ...
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Are postdoctoral scholars considered students or researchers in other countries?

I am currently working under a post-PhD (postdoc) scholarship. In my country (Argentina) I am usually considered still a student (although it's kind of a gray area). In other countries, would I ...
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Is there a list of research funding agencies worldwide, ordered by money spent?

I have found a Wikipedia page ranking countries based on amount of funding and GDP. Is there a list that breaks this down further by funding agencies? For example, the wiki list says US funding, ...
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On the verge of being “fired” from post-doc position, how to act towards supervisor?

I am in month 5 of an extremely unfulfilling post doc position in France. My sole responsibility is debugging 10k+ lines of spaghetti C++ code. I am a mechanical engineer and although I did my PhD ...
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Is someone with a masters in CS eligible to apply to a CS masters program in another country?

I've completed my Masters in Computer Science in India. Here we've had no specialization as such and the subjects assigned have been as per University rules. Now I feel the need to specialize in my ...
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Culture clashes in authorship norms

I'm an American professor in a branch of theoretical science at a US institution. There is a Japanese postdoc in our group who has nearly finished writing a paper with one of the American postdocs. ...
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Special (non-english) character in name. What to do as author? Internationalize or not?

In German, as well as in other languages, people have Non-English characters in their names. e.g. ß, the umlauts etc.. I frequently face problems when flying, opening bank accounts, etc., ...
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What can academics and students do to reduce racism in academia?

I am a postdoc at a university in the UK. Before I came here, a friend warned me that racism is common in the UK. True enough, during my first few months here, I have already received a couple of ...
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Feasibility of Study in Cuba for U.S. Undergraduates

I'm assisting an undergraduate student with developing plans for summer 2014, and I'm considering the viability of study in Cuba. Are there any U.S. users who have traveled to and studied in Cuba and ...
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List of international internships/student programs

Is there a website where a list is maintained and constantly updated for undergrads/graduate students looking for internships/competitions/conferences in whatsoever field? Such a website will be an ...
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Average length of graduate studies in the UK in the life sciences

What would be the usual time spent doing graduate studies (Masters + PhD; courses + research) in the UK for someone studying life sciences? I am applying for a Junior Research Fellowship in hopes of ...
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Difference between International edition of a book and a non international one

Most of the textbooks I used during my undergraduate studies (outside north America) are International editions, so what is the difference between a national and an international edition of a book? ...
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What does a US university expect of a student applying from the UK?

How understanding are American Top-10 universities of different expectations abroad? In the UK, nearly nobody publishes anything before they start their PhD. The master courses are much shorter and ...
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The GRE: Why does this still exist?

I did my undergraduate degree in the US and am heading to graduate school here in less than a month, so I myself have taken the Graduate Record Examinations (the general as well as two subjects tests) ...
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Why is there such variation in PhD length internationally?

I'm an undergrad in Australia, and at this stage I want to go on to do further study in maths (or maybe physics/CS, still have a few years till then). Should I do so, I imagine that I will want to ...
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Grad schools in International Development to consider when earning average grades [closed]

I am an average student (2.9 GPA) with an interest in International Development and committing time to improving the lives of women and children in developing nations. I am not sure if I should go ...
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Advantages of delaying/accelerating PhD application

I'm an Australian maths undergraduate student, and our academic year ends at the beginning of December. I understand that PhDs in the USA (and elsewhere?) generally start before this time, about ...
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Math PhD application process

I expect to be graduating with a maths BSc (with an honours year, in Australia) in the not-too-distant future. I’d like to pursue a PhD in pure maths, with the view of becoming a research ...
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What is academic degree after PhD? [duplicate]

Does your country have any academic degrees after the PhD? If yes, what is it called and how graduating this degree? Additionally, what is a Post-Doc? Is it a degree or something else? I have seen ...
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International student in Canada - employment in the US

I'm an international Ph.D student currently at a university in the US (F1 visa). My professor is moving to Univ. or Toronto, and has invited me to move as a part of his research group. While I ...
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Getting a Master’s degree in China

I love traveling and I was thinking of getting my Master’s degree in mathematics abroad (I got my bachelors in the USA). I know that I can get funding if I go to China for my Master’s. My question ...
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How should a job title be translated?

When you introduce yourself to an international audience and come from an non-US system, there always is an awkward moment of translating your job title into a form recognizable by the people you ...
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Neuroscience- NIH-IRTA for a international student

I've finished my bachelor in Cognitive science and mathematics and I'm looking for research opportunities in the US, starting in a half year. Are there any programs for people in my position? The ...
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Can American students do research in Europe with only a bachelor's degree?

It's not clear to me, looking over all the various regulations and requirements, how (or even if) it is possible for students holding a four-year or five-year bachelor's degree from the US can work at ...
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Is there an international taxonomy of academic titles/ranks?

Looking at the list of academic ranks on Wikipedia shows that the same academic rank/title can mean quite different things in different countries. For instant, a "research assistant" in the US can ...
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Obstacles in job hunting for US citizens in non-US nations

I am curious to know the kinds of obstacles a US citizen would come across when trying to find work in academia outside the US and/or those that a non-US-citizen faces when trying to get an academic ...