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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Working and doing an MSc in physics in Europe

I'm currently finishing up my undergraduate degree and I will soon start to apply for graduate school. I'm gonna apply to some schools in Europe (mainly Germany), but one thing I'm very worried about ...
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How does Erasmus Programme work when the language of education is different?

How does an exchange student go to another country for a year when the language of education is different? Doesn't the exchange student attend any lecture or course during the visit? Except for ...
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Switching Academic Fields for Grad Admission - Europe and Australia

I am a pre-final year Electronics and Communication Engineering Undergraduate. I am very much interested in pursuing higher studies in Radio Astronomy and am working on multiple projects in a specific ...
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How usual/feasible is it for European universities to accept PhD candidates right after their bachelor's degree? (computer science field)

I am nearing the end of my bachelor's degree and wish to know what my options are for continuing. Optimally, I would be able to immediately pursue a PhD, but I get conflicting information on the ...
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Is it appropriate to apply for assistant professor positions a few months before obtaining my PhD?

I am finishing my PhD at a famous research institution located in Europe. I am quite delayed due to COVID-related disruptions, which forced us to devote most lab equipment to vaccine development and ...
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How many weeks of holidays does a Ph.D. student in Germany have the right to take?

As a Ph.D. student in Germany, what's the maximum allowed holiday time per year? I heard of 1 month per year. Thanks.
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Fellow student doesn't share progress in joint paper for coursework - how should I react?

I'm currently enrolled in a course (Masters-level) where we are supposed to write a paper together with another fellow student. The paper will not be published publicly. It has been difficult since ...
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Applying PhD during the last year of master studies

I am a final year master student and currently I am working in my thesis (I have done about 70% of my work). My graduation will be expected to be latest in this August. I have published several ...
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Public university refuses to support ERC application

I'm from university from Central and Eastern Europe (btw. underrepresented in ERC). I contributed to the research proposal of my colleague for ERC starting grant. However, within internal review ...
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What are the available postdoctoral fellowships in Europe that non-European can apply for? [closed]

In life Science, What are the available postdoctoral fellowships in Europe that non-European can apply for? Once joined an EU research center can a non-EU researcher apply for Marie-Curie postdoctoral ...
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Is it common for a lab to pay for international moving expenses? [closed]

I am a senior postdoc. My lab is moving from UK to Austria, the IST specifically. We have been told reimbursement for moving is not possible. There are tax benefits that we need to apply for, which ...
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Why am I getting rejection in PhD admission after interview?

When I was in my bachelor's program, I applied to three universities in Europe for masters. My two first choices accepted me and offered me funding for my masters studies which is competitive (2 ...
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PhD in Europe: Time vs Quality [closed]

I am asking this question out of curiosity. Is it possible that an average university in the Western European countries in a specific field doesn’t accept a very good student for a PhD student because ...
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What does Level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) - RNCP 34262 Level 7 certified mean?

I am looking to get a more formal education in data engineering. I found the following "masters degree" at Data Science TechInsitute. The content does look great, also the fact that the ...
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How do you add two independent master's degrees to your name?

Assuming you add one master's degree (Master of Science) like that: FirstName LastName, M.Sc. What is a proper way to add two independent1 master's degrees (both Master of Science)? Do you just add ...
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Generally speaking, when are the deadlines applying for PHD's in Europe? [closed]

29 year old male, considering applying for PHD programs that begin 2021 or else 2022. Have I left it too late to apply for a PHD that begins in 2021? I know this question is fairly general, but it ...
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How is East European PhD viewed in the USA?

Eastern Europe is composed of the former Warsaw Pact, plus the European part of Russia (e.g. St. Petersburg). I believe Eastern Europe's higher education is influenced by the former USSR. On the other ...
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How much will a terrible freshman undergradate year affect academic future?

I wasn't able to attend university during my freshman year due to personal reasons, so I ended up only barely passing 1 class the whole year (didn't even show up for the finals for all the other ...
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Do PhD admission committees prefer prospective professors over practitioners?

I am about to submit my application to a PhD in Statistics and I was wondering whether writing in the SoP about being willing to work in the industry to make a tangible impact would downgrade my ...
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Statement of Purpose conventions in Canada and Europe

I'm applying to universities in Canada and Europe (The Netherlands, Belgium and France) for admission to their computer science/mathematics master's programmes. I showed my statement of purpose to a ...
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When to start contacting possible PhD supervisors (Europe)?

Currently I'm a master in statistics student in a European country and I'm planning to graduate in June 2021. During my master's thesis, I became interested in doing research and therefore, I have ...
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A graduate program has botched the current online semester. What recourse is there, if any, for the students who have paid tuition for the year? [closed]

I am writing this post on behalf of a number of students who have had a challenging experience with this past fall semester. I myself am a former graduate student who has taught 7 semesters of classes ...
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Should I sound needy in my Statement of Purpose?

I am going to apply for a Ph.D. position in Europe and I am asked to write a 1200 words statement of purpose (SoP). I was wondering whether I should be cold and objective about past experiences and ...
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Possible to use exchange semester credits for master's degree at exchange university?

I am an undergraduate student from South Africa about to enter my fourth year of study in economics. Key to what you should know is that our (in South Africa) academic year starts at the beginning of ...
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What should I do now to go ahead and restart my aspirations to become an appropriate candidate for a Ph.D. program?

According to Dr. Daniel G. Amen, each person has his personal definition of success. Therefore, you can't argue with anyone regarding their personal definition of success. My personal definition of ...
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Shifting from a bachelor's degree in ChE to graduate studies in Mathematics [closed]

I am currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering (2nd year student) from SLIET, Punjab, India, which is a Central Funded Technical Institute under the Ministry of Human Resource ...
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Is it common for professors in France/Europe to accept students for PhD positions but ask them to arrange their own funding?

I completed master's of mathematics in Asia in June 2020. I had written to some professors for PhD positions in number theory in December 2019 . One of the professors in France said yes to me but he ...
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Legal responsibility of a university for international students (Europe)

I am a non-EU student in a European university that has international master and doctoral programs for foreign students. I have found the university does not offer important forms in English that ...
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Master's degree after Bachelor in Liberal Arts and Humanities

I have a question regarding a futher education after obtaining Bachelor degree in Liberal Arts and humanities. Is it feasible/possible/widespread to obtain Master's in some other specialization? ...
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Why people without publication can have a good placement?

I am browsing CVs of some new AP who graduated this or last year and take on an AP as their first position in a prestigious EU university. I surprisingly find that none of them have successfully ...
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In what language do scientists communicate with each other in European research institutions?

I was just wondering out of curiosity. Nothing relating to my own circumstances. In what language do scientists in facilities like the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (whose campuses are there ...
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Want a recommendation letter, but the professor passed away

I am in the process of collecting recommendations for my PhD. I was the best-performing student in final exams on three different courses, all given by a single professor. (The results of the exams ...
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If a research project leads to potential financial benefits, who owns such benefits?

I am deciding if I should follow the academic path or work in industry. One of the perceived benefits of academia is the ownership of your own work, be it papers or patents. I want to know how much ...
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PhD Student/Candidate distinction - European/French universities

I read an interesting topic entitled "PhD candidate vs. PhD Student". I understood that the distinction between the use of those terms is strongly linked to the structure of PhD programs in ...
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What are the advantages and downsides of a broad PhD thesis? [closed]

A previous version of this question focused too much on my personal situation. The current one aims at being more generic. The main question boils down to what are the advantages and disadvantages of ...
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Past experience seems to be overlooked by future employer in recruitment process: Is that a bad sign?

I have been involved in the recruitment process for a researcher position in Europe and I have been informed I was accepted. However, thinking about how the interview went, I noticed that most of it ...
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Asked for PhD grade in application but no grades awarded in my country

I'm applying for a fellowship in continental Europe (Spain) and have been asked what grade I received. I think in many countries it's normal to receive grades over the course of a PhD, as well as an ...
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Apply for two different Ph.D. positions at same group?

Currently, I am applying for several Ph.D. positions. I have seen two interesting positions from the same group/professor. The requirements for both positions are really similar but the topics are ...
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Would a Russian specialist degree (diploma in dentistry) qualify me a for a master's program in Europe?

I have a specialist degree (specialist diploma in dentistry) from a Russian institution. Would I be eligible for a European (e.g., German) master's program in economics? If so, how do I use the ...
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Going into a PhD in Europe or US [closed]

I am an International Student perusing a Masters in Actuarial Science in the US. I did my Bachelors here in the US (Actuarial Science), worked for 2 years as an Actuarial Analyst in the US. I am doing ...
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How to show special respect to a famous PhD advisor?

I am about to enter a 3-year PhD. Neither my bachelor’s nor my master’s were research-oriented nor very typical for my field, and I had to find a potential supervisor on my own. Due to my background, ...
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Why did UK quit Erasmus?

Why did the UK throw away something that has been one of their most valuable assets in higher education? It is a bit like a company that has successfully manufactured items which generated the lion's ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing a PhD project V.S. own dissertation?

In Europe, normally PhD students are going into two tracks -- taking a contracted PhD position with a given research project OR joining a well-structured PhD program to write up his/her own ...
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What is more valuable: PhD degree or journal publication?

Suppose, Mr 'X' has a MSc plus 3y PhD degree and only 2 journal publications. On the other hand, Mr 'Y' has only an MSc degree and 6 journal publications, 3 text books written, and 3 professional ...
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How should I cite emended laws?

I'm writing a document in which I must cite several laws and other regulations, but I have a doubt about citations. I endend in the following situation several times: There is law A, the main valid ...
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How to deal with systematic rigging of academic position job postings?

In a discussion with some of my close friends in other academic institutes, we noticed the common experience* in which it seems that well over 80% of the advertised job postings for permanent or ...
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Additional funding for PhD students

Are there 'additional' grants/fellowships available for Mathematics PhD students (who already have their funded positions) in Europe? In other words, does any program analogous to the ERC Starting ...
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Why could an accelerated education be seen as negative?

I've had discussions with professors in conjunction with my postgraduate application. Many were very skeptical at the fact that I completed one BSc and two MSc within 4 years. This would normally take ...
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What kind if questions can I expect in an an interview for an Associate Professor position in the Netherlands?

I am an Asst Prof working at a mid-size liberal arts college in the US. Recently I applied for an Assoc Prof position in the Netherlands and got invited to do a Zoom interview. I’m pumped! I’ve read ...
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What is expected in a masters thesis for Phd admission in Europe by admission committee in Number Theory [closed]

Background of question ( Background is somewhat related to this question Asking about how to minimize the effect of a not so good thesis due to abandoning by supervisor without even telling in Phd ...

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