I am a US student who has applied to physics PhD programs while aboard on a Fulbright Scholarship in the Netherlands.
Based on the dates of open houses last year, I will be heading back to the US for the week of March 14-21 to attend graduate open houses.
Physics PhD programs allot roughly 500 dollars per admitted student for travel expenses for them to attend the open house. This was totally sufficient last year when I attended open houses as I was in the US.
Hypothetically, if I get into Brandeis on February 20th, buying a plane ticket to Boston from Amsterdam 3 weeks in advance would be doable — roughly $350.
However, hypothetically even if I got into USC later today, a plane ticket to Los Angeles would still mean money out of my pocket.
If I submitted my applications to December 15th deadline programs around December 5th-10th, is reaching out for an update around February 1st too pushy?