Questions in relation to students who are non-national to the country or location of academic institution they may be studying in.

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Is there a negative stigma associated with choosing a university for non-academic reasons?

I am considering a master's degree in Japan. From a purely career oriented POV, I should be aiming for universities in the USA, Germany or Italy as these are the leading countries in my field. ...
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Listing rudimentary language proficiency in an application in that country despite English being working language

Should a person list his/her (very basic) knowledge of a language spoken in a country he may be working in on an application for a position in that country, even if the language really isn't necessary ...
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Why is discrimination based on citizenship allowed in PhD funding in the UK?

This question is specifically aiming at the UK PhD admission system. Having spent roughly 6 years in the UK - 2 years A-Level and 4 years undergraduate, I am now moving forward into applying for PhD ...
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Computer grants for international PhD students

I am a PhD student in the U.S. and I have encountered research problems where I have to run experiments using gpus given the big amount of data and the computational complexity of the algorithms that ...
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What are interests of a country to fund international PhD students?

I would like to understand positive and negative effects for a host country and for a home country of a student.
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How would the UK leaving the EU affect academia and PhD admission?

Will all European applicants count as ‘international students’ then? Are there any proposals on this yet? I am finishing my BA in two years and was considering applying to the UK, but am worried now ...
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Why is getting your PhD in Iran invalid for obtaining a post-doc position in the US?

My friend earned her PhD in Tehran Iran, I assume from the primary university. She received many awards and published several articles in Condensed-Matter/Cosmology. However when she applied to ...
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Should I be concerned about the validity of my degree if my peers in other educational systems seem to have more difficult exams?

I'm an Italian student of mathematical physics at the university of Edinburgh. I have recently caught up with one of my friends and noticed that their exams in Linear algebra and calculus (analisi I, ...
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How to protect the timeline of my project when the supervisor is not willing to negotiate anything?

I am currently working on an 8 month final project, of which 1 month has already passed. Its for an Engineering Doctorate degree. I have one supervisor and one client (who is a Phd student). ...
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Where to advertise PhD positions without paying a fee?

We have several opening in our group working in the field of computer science and electrical engineering (more specifically digital system design). We put an advertisement in our webpage and also ...
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Is it a bad thing if my Personal History Statement reveals my intention to immigrate?

I am an international student applying for Computer Science PhD in US. Some universities I plan to apply to require Personal History Statement in addition to Statement of Purpose. I believe that I ...
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Misunderstood exam question with consequences for incorrect answer

I suspect a student misread an exam question worth 10 points (exam out of 120). Aside from this one student, the rest all understood the question and the average grade was 8.2/10 for this question. ...
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How to apply to a prestigious American university as an international student?

I am planning to do a Ph.D. in theoretical physics in the US, more specifically California, and recently started looking into potential Universities that offer a good physics programme. A number of ...
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In order to apply for an internship in the United States, what exactly will I need to send? The academic transcripts of my grades? The TOEFL? The GRE? [closed]

I'm a French student looking to do an internship in the United States. My question is: in order to apply, what exactly will I need to send? I'm guessing I'll need to send a CV and a resume... but ...
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Applying for a Physics Masters as an international student

I am a citizen of Bangladesh, an underdeveloped country in South East Asia. I would like to apply to universities in Canada for a Masters degree. In particular, I would love to secure an admission to ...
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Should I hold the same writing standards for international students as I do for domestic students?

I teach courses in physics, astronomy and planetary science. Often, but certainly not always, international students (and even some domestic students, for whom English is not their primary language), ...
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Misguided plagiarism phobia - is it a thing? (mainly related to difficulties in understanding English)

I'm an enthusiastic contributor to one or two sites that help learners of English. I've noticed a problem that crops up again and again. Many non-native speakers of English make efforts to disguise a ...
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Why does Switzerland prevent foreign students from studying medicine?

I have been browsing for information on language requirements for universities in Switzerland, and on a page studyineurope.eu I accidentally read a quite interesting note about studying medicine in ...
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Importance of undergrad GPA, when you have a masters, applying for phd? [duplicate]

Background: I'm a fourth year student studying a commerce and science degree at one of the top univerisities in Australia, namely, Monash University. My majors are in finance and mathematics. ...
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How to deal with a PI who is erratic in decision making?

This question was actually asked previously, but it went on hold. So I simplified to make it visible, as I need a quick advise. I am an international graduate student, currently working in a lab for ...
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Time taken by department to offer the admission decision

How much time does it take for getting the admission decision after all the required documents are submitted at a university that offers admissions on Rolling Basis? I had my application and all ...
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How can I emphasize my interest towards PhD with no real research experience?

I am 23, I have a Russian diploma in Computer Science and I am interested in getting into PhD in Computer Science in the US. But after reading this post and some google search I realized that I have ...
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Dealing with students who sent email with empty body but the homework attached

I am responsible for the exercises for a graduate course. The students submit their solutions via email and all of them send a normal email: greeting me and telling that the solutions file is attached ...
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Costs of being an MS student in Germany

I am an open-minded Indian student and I will be going to Germany to join the University of Bonn for my masters in Computer Science. I have planned a monthly budget of € 830 including studentenwerk ...
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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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Do PhD courses in engineering fields in European non-English speaking countries require knowledge of the native language?

Can a Ph.D. student who only knows how to speak English study in a European non-English speaking country (e.g., Austria, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, etc.) without any problems? Does applying to ...
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Grading term papers and reports written by non-native speakers

I'm teaching an advanced undergraduate computer science course that requires a 5-7 page term paper worth about 20% of the student's grade. The class has several international students, and some of ...
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How can international students improve chances of getting into top US/UK schools

I graduated last year from my university which is located in a developing country. It is the top university in the country but relatively unknown to the outside world. I graduated from CS at the top ...
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How much are local (same state or country) applicants favored in PhD admissions?

How protectionistic are PhD admissions? Here, protectionism means to favor residents of the country (or state) the university is in, as far as PhD admissions are concerned. Usually, protectionism ...
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How to deal with Educational Testing Service (ETS) inefficiency and awful post-exam service?

I took the TOEFL test more than three months ago (outside US). Well before my deadlines. But I haven't received the paper scores yet and I shall mail them to the admission committees as an obligatory ...
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Must graduate applicants who will need funding submit financial statement for I-20?

I am applying this time for graduate admission in physics at Utah. In the online application they require a financial statement. Does graduate admission require it too, even though I must need a TA/...
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What must an international graduate student do before arriving in the US?

I am an international student, and I am going to be doing an MS in Structure and Materials in Aeronautics at MIT. Before I arrive, what do I have to do?
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How can someone from a developing country study pure mathematics/theoretical physics at a university abroad?

The quality of university level education in developing countries (North Africa in my case) is mediocre at best, especially in the sciences (my interests lie primarily in mathematics). I've found that ...
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Is feeling lonely and uncomfortable in my (foreign) country of study a valid reason to drop out of a PhD?

I've been studying for my PhD in Sweden (I moved from the UK in January 2014). It's been alright. I've had difficulties before, and I've thought of quitting it, but I pushed through. I don't speak the ...
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Using previous student essays as examples

I teach English as a second language to pre-college adults in the U.S., and I'm interested in the idea of using essays from previous students as examples in a writing class. At a previous institution ...
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Is it realistic to apply to a Master at MIT, Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, Stanford with a Bachelor of a German Fachhochschule? [closed]

I am a 31 year old German Bachelor-student in his 5th semester in a University of Applied Sciences, studying in Business Information Systems. The total time for receiving the Bachelor is 7 semesters. ...
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Suggestions for working effectively with international students from a non-western culture

I am a Masters graduate student studying finance at a large public university located in a major city. Recently, I accepted a job as a teaching assistant. A significant number of students are from non-...
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What can I do to prevent ethnic conflicts in research groups?

Many research groups are international. While I hope that academics are in general open-minded and tolerant, there might still be a potential for conflicts when researchers from different ethnic ...
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Why do many PhD programs have a higher average physics GRE score for international students than US students?

Browsing various PhD admissions programs, I consistently find that there is a higher expectation of international students on the physics GRE for admission. For example, at UT Austin, the average ...
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Does an admission committee assess Verbal/Analytical Writing scores differently for International applicants?

I have always wondered how admission committees in the US look at the Verbal/Analytical Writing scores for international applicants. English is my third language, although the primary language of ...
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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 Question:...
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Does getting pay to be a subject in an experiment violate an F1 visa in the US?

I am in a university in the US. I need 10 subjects for a 2-hour experiment. The compensation is 100 USD. If a subject is an international grad student on an F1 visa in my university, will it go ...
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Consequences for foreign students of being dropped from a class?

Say a student from another country is in the US on a student visa, and is enrolled in my community college class. I'm required to drop students who aren't participating in the class, and I have a ...
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Is rejection the default decision for international applicants to PhD programs in the US?

I am applying to PhD programs in the US. I am wondering if there is a default decision imposed on international applicants. This question may sound ridiculous, but, I still ask here because I have ...
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What are the requirements for admissions to a masters degree in computer science in Canada for an international student?

I am a double major in Physics and Computer Science from an underdeveloped country. I would like to apply for a masters in computer science in Canada. What requirements do you think I should fulfill? ...
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Can a US university force a foreign student to obtain health insurance from a specific provider?

My wife is doing her MBA at a state university, and they have a requirement that she purchases health insurance from a specific provider (which has a pricing agreement with the university, but that is ...
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Are both GRE and TOEFL a must for a PhD program in the US? Or only TOEFL will suffice?

I have completed my masters in English Literature from India and now want to do my PhD from the US. Should I take both the tests, i.e. TOEFL and GRE? Or only TOEFL will be enough? And if I need to ...
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What are the masters funded opportunities for a British citizen living abroad?

Since I have been living in Pakistan for the past 6 years (completed my Bachelors of Electrical Engineering from here), I find myself not eligible for most academic scholarships in the UK. For ...
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Can international students study via distance without applying for a visa?

If an international student wants to study in a US degree program (AA, BA, MA, PhD, etc.), but entirely on-line while living in their home country, and without ever entering the US, can they skip all ...
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Can an international student gain admission to medical school in the USA?

I have been an international student in the US for quite a few years now (since 11th grade, 4 years to be exact), and I have always been interested in studying medicine in order to become a doctor. ...