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I know that many universities in the US and an increasing number in the EU are against taking on their own graduates. Does the same apply to exchange students? I'm wondering if I didn't make a strategic mistake by going there. On the other hand, I did everything to go on exchange to that school because I think they do great research.

  • Every department is different. You just have to ask them. – JeffE Jun 29 '13 at 22:50
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I know that many universities in the US and an increasing number in the EU are against taking on their own graduates

I assume you mean for grad-school ? This is the first I've heard of it. We encourage our undergrads to search widely, but I'd love to take my own undergrads for grad school if I could persuade them to stay.

The sentiment you're referring to is more prevalent at the faculty hiring level: namely, universities are less likely to hire their own Ph.D students as faculty (at least not without some time spent elsewhere first)

  • it definitely happens at the postdoc and higher levels, but I've also read here that there are departments that don't admit their undergrads. Probably I'm worrying too much. – Piotr Sokol Jun 29 '13 at 19:38
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    Right. But in any case I doubt this would apply to exchange students. As a general principle, many of the questions on this forum could be answered by "you're worrying too much" :) – Suresh Jun 29 '13 at 19:41
  • I believe Stanford does not admit its own undergraduates into its Computer Science PhD program. – JeffE Jun 29 '13 at 22:51

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