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Recently I was offered a PhD position at University X in Switzerland and I accepted it. I had been giving several interviews at several universities and this was the only decent offer I had in months, so I had no option but to accept it, and I liked it as well. Two weeks after accepting the offer and they having started the work visa process, I received a PhD offer from university Y (a much superior university and a great project), also in Switzerland! Now I plan to reject the PhD offer from university X, but the issue is its been three weeks since they started by process for work visa (I am an international candidate). Will my rejecting it at this stage affect my work visa situation at University Y? The offer I have from university Y is amazing and I really don't want to lose out on it because of legal issues. Can someone kindly advise me on it?

  • Have you enquired about the status? It may not have advanced very far in a few weeks. – aeismail Apr 20 '18 at 14:22
  • Are they in the same Canton? You may find non-academic issues very challenging as not all Cantons wotk the same or have the same available spaces or opportunities. – Solar Mike Apr 21 '18 at 20:49
  • No, the previous one was in basel and the new one in Zurich – ks223 Apr 23 '18 at 4:01
  • Do you think my telling the professor in the new university that I had previously accepted an offer from another Swiss university but now plan to cancel it, make them rethink their decision about accepting me? – ks223 Apr 23 '18 at 9:09

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