Questions about navigating logistics, opportunities, and etiquette when visiting an academic institution or colleague.

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Is it OK to ask my host for an externally organized stay which hotel is being booked?

I will be spending 2 weeks in China later this year, to visit a university and talk to the various research groups. The host university will be paying all my expenses. My contact person at the host ...
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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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Advisable to visit other labs?

Is it advisable to do a short (2-3months) visit to a different lab at a different university while doing a PhD? I would think that it would be good for setting up collaborations, but would a PhD ...
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“Thank you” notes after giving a seminar talk

I am just finishing my PhD and I have now been on the job market and started to speak at many universities. I have realized it is a time commitment for a person to host a seminar speaker and am really ...
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What are the 'right questions' to ask professors at a visit day for prospective graduate students?

I'm in mathematics, though I don't know if the answers to this will be field-dependent. There have been previous good questions that answer what to ask graduate students here and only somewhat ...
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Potential Post-Doc supervisor visit: should I give a talk or just have a meeting?

I am a PhD candidate in computer engineering. I saw an announcement for a post-doctoral position on the internet. I wrote to the professor having that open position asking him if I could come to ...
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Visiting Student/Scholar

Can one be titled "Vising Student/Scholar" at a university if one is already graduated from another institute (with BSc/MSc) and is currently not affiliated with any university? Does one have to pay ...
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How to arrange sabbatical leave?

Sabbatical leave is very common as it is nice to spend a year as a visiting professor in another university and experience a new environment. It is very beneficial for the host university to have a ...
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What's the point of visiting students?

I've started a PhD recently and seen a few students from other universities visit our lab for a few days or maybe few weeks. The other university pays all expenses which many times amount to thousands ...
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Offer for a pre-PhD visit, how to handle the situation with other PhD applications in the queue?

I have received an offer to visit a lab for 4/5 months that could lead into a fully funded PhD. In the meantime I have other applications in the pipeline from which I will hear back in either a few ...
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How to get the most out of a period in another university during PhD?

Many PhD programs envisage for every candidate a period (3, 6 months or more) in another university, in order to carry on research in another institution, acquire new skills and (maybe) lay the ...