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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Why does Switzerland have such a strict policy in terms of medicine studies for foreigners?

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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Differences in the working styles of American and international graduate students (and professors)? [closed]

I will be soon joining a PhD program in physics at a US university. I am very interested in knowing the differences in working styles of American and international (especially of non-European descent) ...
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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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Can I use a project to get a scholarship/fellowship or start at a higher first year? [closed]

Last year I graduated at pre-university secondary education in Europe. I was planning to go to the university next year. That way I could do some things I wanted to do in this year. The good news is ...
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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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PhD courses in non-English speaking countries

I've always wondered whether in non-English speaking countries (for example Germany, Sweden, Italy, etc.) a PhD student who only knows English and doesn't know the native language of the country can ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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How are international graduate applicants perceived by universities in the US?

I've always wondered how professors and admission committees in the US think about international applicants for doctoral programs in the US. Skills: Why are international applicants selected over (I ...
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How do international PhD students typically obtain health insurance in the United States?

Could anyone kindly provide me with information about how PhD international students can be covered by health insurance in the US? : Is it often granted by the University? How much does it cost, ...
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Are concerns about studying in Russia reasonable?

I'm sorry if this is not the right place to ask this sort of questions, but I really need an answer I'm Middle-eastern guy that wants to apply for master degree in Russia, but lately people are ...
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Received offer to work for free, how to negotiate for a salary?

I was an international student and graduated 3 years ago. Now I want to continue my research career instead of working in the industry. I worked for free for a professor for one month last year. It ...
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How to find an alternative international transcript evaluation service?

I need a career evaluation for applying to a U.S. university graduate program in computer science. I have an official transcript of all my exams in Italian. I've found this site spantran that ...
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Effective way to organize a course so that it can be followed from abroad

I'm reaching out because I'd like to take a Master's Degree in Spain (which starts in October), but my current job will end in December, and I'm trying to find an effective way to organize classes ...
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Is it rude to ask via email to a professor if there are any internship opportunities?

I've worked for an university for one year after my master's degree. Now I'm searching another job. For the moment I've tried to ask to several professors via email if there is any internship ...
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Is it easier to obtain H1B / green card as academics in the US?

I am a social science PhD student (with a quantitative bent) at a U.S. research university. If paperwork is not a concern, I would be equivalently interested in working as an academic and in private ...
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International Students transferring between graduate programs

I'm an international graduate student in my first year as a PhD candidate. I'm looking to transfer schools for two reasons- I had a hard time here with my health in jeopardy, so I'm looking to move ...
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Are TOEFL requirements waived for foreigners with US bachelors degrees?

I notice that perhaps most US graduate programs require non-native English speakers to get a certain mark on the TOEFL. Is this requirement typically waived for students who completed their bachelors ...
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Research grants for international PhD candidates

I recently came across a friend who is applying for a PhD in my lab. He happens to be from Brazil, on an F-1 visa. He was told by my advisor that his citizenship status affects the sources of funding ...
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Struggling as an Undergraduate International Student [closed]

I am an international student that studies Computer Science and Applied Math in a United States College. I have no U.S. citizenship and that is a huge disadvantage compared to my colleagues. I am ...
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Is there any major problem in applying to PhD program in US after getting BSc and MS in UK?

I'm considering getting my BSc and MS in UK instead in US, since I prefer specialization rather than diversity in education. However, I'm not sure whether or not this choice will affect my chance to ...
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How difficult is it to get a paid PhD studentship in physics in Germany?

I would like to ask about the possibility of getting a paid PhD position in Germany. I am going to defend my thesis in Physics after a few days and I am thinking of applying for a PhD. My ...
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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 ...