I finished first year undergraduate studies at the home university and continued the second year (accepted directly into second year) at a top university in the field in Europe.

It all started nice (i had top scores in the main subjects) but soon I stopped going to classes (depression, no social contact) and I ended up failing the second semester and therefore the year. Now i am re-taking the 4th semester and I am in the top 10% (with rank 1 and 2 on two main subjects).

My question is: How does that look in the eyes of a MSc/PhD admission committee or even an employer?

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To the admissions committee:

You'll definitely want to explain it in your Statement of Purpose (or whatever the equivalent may be in your country). It will probably be noticed but there isn't anything you can do about it now except do better and possibly seek help about your issue if you haven't already.

Some relevant questions are Explaining bad grades in application: SOP or separate letter and How do I make a bad semester not look bad during my scholarship application?.

To employers:

This is highly dependant on the field and employer. In Computer Science/software engineering, from my experience, employers don't care. They care about your abilities and the only time they even want your transcript is to check off HR's requirement that he/she does indeed have a degree. Larger and more corporate companies may care more, but my horrible undergraduate transcript has passed many times without any question (as have my colleagues').

  • "do better and possibly seek help about your issue if you haven't already." It has actually gotten much better since, but sincerely, thank you :) Mar 29, 2015 at 17:16
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    @MarkoKarbevski Then it really sounds like you have won the battle. Don't stress too much about a bad semester. I assure you, I've known plenty of people to have bad spots on their transcript and still get into the schools they want. Mar 29, 2015 at 17:18

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