I am an economics undergraduate, and I applied abroad for my master’s. Luckily, I was admitted to two top schools – one in Germany, other in France. I have spoken with students from both schools, their programme directors, my professors and, in general, weighted the pros and cons of living and studying in them.
The result from all this is that I am still very uncertain which programme to choose. There are plenty of differences, but the most important distinguishing factor is that one is a PhD-programme (MSc included) with funding while the other is a MSc and no funding (However, entrance to PhD-programme with funding after first year is guaranteed if grades are good enough. On the flip side of the coin, funding as well as the right to continue PhD studies ceases in the other programme if grades drop below a certain threshold.) For completeness, I should add that I am very interested in doing a PhD but I am not interested in an academic career.
I have decided to visit both schools in person in the near-future and make my decision after that. My question is that is this a good idea and second, are there specific factors or things that I should pay attention to in my visit? I am wondering if there are certain things that I can and should investigate better in-person.