Questions tagged [europe]

On standards or conventions specific to the European higher education system, which differs in structure and style from the systems in North America, Asia, or Oceania. Keep in mind that many different countries, customs and regulations coexist in Europe, so many questions will not have a unique answer that applies to the whole continent.

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Is there an equivalent in another country of the French “CIFRE”?

A "CIFRE" in French is another type of doctorate where the French government helps to fund a company to hire a doctorand. There are several differences between a CIFRE and a "doctorat" in France, or ...
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Accepted into EPFL, might not get Visa in time, what am I signing myself up for?

I was accepted to a Masters Program at EPFL 5 days ago. I am currently collecting all the necessary documentation to apply for a visa. However there is a chance it will take longer than I have to get ...
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Math PhD in US vs Master + PhD in Europe [closed]

I'm currently doing my bachelor's degree in mathematics in Germany (Heidelberg to be precise) and I'll soon be applying for master programs / grad school. I basically consider two options: I) First ...
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How is a PhD by publication valued in the US?

A PhD by publication is more common in Europe. I am expecting a few first authored publication this year in decent journals, but I am not sure of the value of this. Thanks!
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Doing part of my PhD remotely in Europe while working full time?

my US company offered me the prospect of doing my PhD (in public health, public policy, international development or something similar) at a European university while retaining my employment. They ...
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Motivation letter for tenure track position

A tenure track position I'm applying to (Netherlands) asks for a "motivation letter" in addition to the research statement. It doesn't give any details about what it should contain. Therefore my ...
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Researcher application in Norway

I have recently obtained a PhD in engineering from a US university and am applying for a researcher position at a university in Norway. They are requesting an academic letter that includes "a ...
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Is it standard to include a photo of yourself in a CV for a Swedish job search?

I know it's normal in a lot of European countries, but I don't know which way the Swedes roll.
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What to do if my advisor insists on early attendance?

I have a genuine problem in waking up early in the morning. My advisor prefers to walk in my office whenever he wanted to. Lately, he started to complain to me about not showing up in the morning. ...
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How closely is Electronics and communication engineering related to computer science?

I'm applying for my masters in the field of computer science. I observed that most universities in Europe ask for a degree in computer science or a related course. I want to change my field from ...
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How feasible would it be to transition from a Master in Finance to a phd in Pure Maths?

I know this sounds weird. I'm getting a Master in Business (MSc, not MBA) with emphasis in Finance (in my country you can't officially get a master in finance, logistics or marketing, they are all ...
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2 degrees with average grades or 1 degree with excellent grades? [duplicate]

I asked this question before here but asking about "double major". I have since been informed that a double major is not the correct translation for what I wanted to ask about, and that a double major ...
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2 majors with average grades or 1 major with excellent grades?

Is it incentivised to pursuit two (related) majors (eg. Math and Aero- Space Engineering) or a single major (eg. Math)? The question is asked with the premise that if one chose a single major, one ...
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Can someone explain European graduate programs in STEM fields? [closed]

I'm a US undergraduate in math and physics and I'm looking to ultimately do a PhD in either physics or math. It seems that a lot of the research I connect with the most is happening in Europe. I also ...
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How to add self-study workload in the ECTS credits?

I'm applying to a Master's program in "Mechatronics", in Germany. One of the program requirements is a ECTS credits form for some specific fields. According to the university I'm applying (Tuhh) the ...
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Are there application fees for PhD positions in Europe? [closed]

I'm new to the applying process and I'd like to ask a simple question. Does a PhD position in European universities require an application fee?
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What's the logic behind the European grading system? Why did they make it so confusing? [closed]

The European grading system also follows an ABCDEF system like in the US. However, an A in an European grading system is worth more than an A in an American system. So what is the point of using ...
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Studying in the UK for a Master's degree, still worth it?

I am an Italian student who is about to get his undergrad degree in Computer Science. As I look to further my education, I'm also looking at universities outside of my own country, also in the UK. In ...
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CV with photo for postdoc application

I am preparing an updated CV for application for postdoc positions. Is it necessary to put a photo on a CV for postdoc positions?
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In the EU, how much protection do I have if I report an assault on myself by my department head?

I had a very ugly incident at my corrupt institute (I live in E. EU). In short, I was assaulted by one of the department's heads during my own group meeting on my own grant for daring to "back talk" ...
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As an American, if I get a Master of Modern Languages in Italy, how hard would it be to get into an American PhD program?

As an American, if I get a Master of Modern Languages in Italy, how hard would it be to get into an American PhD program? My end goal is to be a professor of one or two languages at an American ...
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How to build healthy working relationships with my male colleagues as a young-ish, attractive-ish woman?

I'm a PhD candidate from Asia currently visiting a prestigious university in Europe. Recently I've noticed quite some "strange" behaviours of male "colleagues" around me (by "colleagues", I don't mean ...
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Applying to theoretical physics Masters in Europe while not having a physics undergraduate degree

I intend to apply to European Master programs in theoretical physics. I don't have an undergraduate degree in physics. My question is : Is an undergrad degree in physics absolutely required for ...
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What is the “chalk talk” at job interviews?

It was only recently that I heard about the academic "chalk talk" at job interviews (from biologist friends). As I understand, this is a closed-doors talk the applicant must give to the existing ...
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Rationale for Passing Students “by Compensation”

Certainly in Ireland at least, there is a mechanism whereby students, with otherwise good grades, are allowed to "pass by compensation" a module(s) that they have failed. For example, a student ...
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Second Bachelors in Maths after Masters in Optics for Theretical Physics Phd

I have completed my Masters(5 year Integrated) in Optics recently with average CGPA. I have couple of projects experiences in Theoretical Physics, but no publications. My masters course had rigorous ...
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Math PhD after graduating with average grades

I am currently an MSc student in math in Europe (I'm doing mainly analysis and applied math). During my Bachelor's I've had mainly average grades (I'm not sure what the exact GPA equivalent is, but it ...
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Effect of PhD advisor name/department on my future

I am in the first year of my PhD research (in Europe) in Biostatistics and I have a day-to-day supervisor, however he is not a full professor so he cannot be my promotor. Our department head is, but I ...
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Should I list my degrees chronologically, or in order of relevance in my CV?

Say that I have achieved a Masters degree in Physics, then a Masters degree in Mathematics. Then for a couple of years, I focused on different fields. I have had placements related to agriculture and ...
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Teaching the daughter of a lecturer, while being simultaneously enrolled in his course

I'm a student in a bachelor program at a local university, while I'm also a teacher (professional school) of apprenticeship students within the same sphere of study. A few days ago I received the ...
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Funding for applied mathematics postdoc - how does it work?

I am an applied mathematics Ph.D. student at the end of my Ph.D., looking for postdoc opportunities. My strategy has been to apply for different positions that are already funded. Now I am thinking ...
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How can I justify doing a second Master's in Mathematics?

I'd like to apply for a PhD in Mathematics/Applied Mathematics in Europe. I have a BSc in Math and a taught 1-year MSc in Applied Math (without thesis) both from top US universities. I have taken ...
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What should I do to get into a PhD in Mathematics in Europe without a thesis in my BSc and MSc?

I'm going to apply for a PhD in Mathematics in Europe with my BSc and MSc in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (respectively), from two top-tier (say, top 10-20) US universities with advanced ...
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Which region should I apply for with a BSc in my case? US, Europe or Canada? [closed]

I am an undergraduate student looking forward to applying for a Master or preferably a direct Ph.D. program for Fall 2019. My undergraduate degree is in physics and I want to study data science or ...
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Recommendation Letter for grad school without academic connections

I have recently developed an interest in a hot topic of computer science and I would like to pursue a master's degree in that topic. Looking at the available grad school programs and their admissions ...
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Where to start with grant proposal writing [closed]

I finished my Ph.D. in Robotics in a French institution and I am moving to Switzerland for my PostDoc. For my new position, I am supposed to write a lot of grant proposals. I participated in writing ...
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How is a tenure-track appointment in Sweden?

I have been offered a tenure-track position in Sweden starting this September. I am very excited. Due to both cultural and working system differences, many things are unclear to me. I do not want to ...
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How to avoid personal issues interfering with my Ph.D. studies?

Background My life had (and still has) difficult problems (chronic disease and its consequences: social isolation, anxiety, having to take extra measures to take care of my health...). As a ...
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What is the common dates to apply and then start a PhD in western Europe?

I am currently looking for a PhD in computer science for the fall in France, Germany and Switzerland. Although I still find some offers, I think applying in June is quite late. What are the common ...
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How do ects grades compare to American grades?

How does the ECTS ABCD etc grades compare to the American ones? Would I in particular be right in saying that the European B is worth more than the American B?
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Learn new methods during PhD?

I just started my PhD in an interdisciplinary research lab. For the research I wish to pursue, I am missing some methodological skills, particularly in statistics and machine learning. Are there any ...
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What is the difference between PhDs in the US and Europe (in terms of employment)? [closed]

It is frequently mentioned that PhD students are employed in Europe (e.g. the Netherlands, Scandinavia, etc). I still don't understand how this affects a PhD program. What is the difference when one ...
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How and why are PhD programs free in Europe?

In some European countries, PhD programs are free. As I understand, PhD opening depends on the research funds of the supervisor. In other words, PhD research is funded by a national agency or EU. ...
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Chasing up response to PhD offer

I'm asking this from the perspective of the future supervisor. After a round of interviews I approached the highest ranked candidate. My error was not including a deadline in the initial email. Now ...
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Applying for second PhD after quitting first one after 2 years on same topic

I left my first PhD program after two years and after that took up a teaching job for two years and now I am planning to apply for the PhD on the same topic again. In my first PhD i was not a failure ...
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Doubts when looking for possible PhD supervisors

I'm currently in my last year of my master in environmental engineering and I'm strongly thinking about doing a PhD afterwards. I'm looking around for possible supervisors working with research ...
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Must publicly funded research in the EU be published as open access by law?

I remember reading a while ago that there was a proposal going around in the European Parliament. If I remember correctly, it said that all publicly funded research should be publicly accessible. Did ...
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Can I live off post-docs?

I'm currently a theoretical/mathematical physics PhD student in Brazil. I still have little more than a year until my PhD finishes, and as far as tradition goes, it's soon time to look for a post-doc ...
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Do universities prefer not to hire their own PhD graduates in faculty positions? [closed]

I have heard that universities tend not to hire people who earned their PhD there for professorships (tenured or not). (I've read this question, but it's about postdocs: Is it normal that research ...
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Is getting into MSc programs in Europe easier than PhD in US?

PhD programs in US usually include an MSc degree and many of the admitted students don't have an MSc. In Europe however, with just a few exceptions, everywhere requires an MSc for a PhD. There are ...