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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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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How to Get Into European Grad School in Journalism with a Low GPA

I'm wondering if someone can advise. I have a BA in Literature and a pretty low GPA under 3.0 from 2008. I've worked in varied industries, teaching (preschool, ESL) and IT (Data Analysis). I want ...
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Math postdoc in Europe or the USA

I am a PhD student in mathematics in the US. I got a 3 year postdoc position at a R1 university in USA and I was extremely happy about that as the department is pretty strong in my research area and ...
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Is it possible to get a Ph.D. position in Europe after a one-year diploma?

I had interviewed by a professor for a Ph.D. position in Australia and the application has been unsuccessful. However, the professor wrote I did well in the interview and encouraged me to apply for a ...
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What steps to find a good PhD

Let's say I want to embark on a PhD in Europe, but I still have to find good positions to apply for. What steps do you recommend me to follow to narrow down the possibilities? What steps do you ...
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US v/s European SOP (Motivation Letter) for Ph.D

Is there a difference in the kind of SOP you write for European Ph.D. vacancies/structured programs v/s US grad school? -- in terms of length, type of content to be covered (completely technical v/s ...
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Conditional acceptance [closed]

I just got a conditional admission from a highly prestigious master's programme in Europe but I have a question. What happens if I got conditionally accepted but I can't provide my diploma at a given ...
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What to expect from a Skype PhD interview in physics?

I have a Skype interview for a physics PhD in Austria, and was wondering what level the questions are likely pitched at. While I have a Master's degree, it is from the UK and I am aware that students ...
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Rejecting a offer after accepting it (PhD US - Europe) [duplicate]

I recently was offered a PhD position at a prestigious university in Europe (ETH), but the project is in a subject indirectly related to my field. I actually focused on applications mostly in the US, ...
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Applying to state-side Graduate programs with European degree(s)

So I'm a bit confused because the structure of higher education is different in America than it is here. In the States the typical undergraduate degree (for example in physics) is around 4 years. From ...
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Difference between “letter of motivation” and “research statement”

I am applying to a PhD position (theoretical physics, Austria) and the application asks for a letter of motivation, a CV, and a statement of research interests. Given that I have no publications/...
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Is it normal in Europe for graduate courses to be all in the evening?

I have been looking into master's programs in Spain. 95% of the Spanish programs I've been seeing tend to meet in the evening, with times like 3-6 PM or 6-9 PM. It's not clear to me whether this is ...
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What kind of work is expected in Masters dissertation for admission to PHD in Number Theory in Europe

I am a Masters students in mathematics at a University in Asia. I am applying to European Universities for Phd position in number theory. I am interested in Analytic number theory and wanted to do ...
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Building an academic career abroad

Good side of my background I'm 27 years old with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and now I'm about to finish my postdoctoral research. During my Ph.D. program, I've developed an innovative device ...
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Is a PhD degree from a European university considered equally valuable as one from the US?

I earned my PhD in continental Europe. Except going to a few conferences outside Europe, my network, collaborations and events were all in Europe so I was pretty much living in a European bubble. I am ...
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Why is the Marie Curie Individual Fellowship only for 'experienced researchers'?

The Marie Curie Individual Fellowship (IF) has the following eligibility requirement: "Researchers must be experienced researchers (ER), i.e. at the date of the call deadline (for IF) ... be in ...
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USA (or worldwide) Equivalent of H2020-ITN program

I am involved in the preparation of a project proposal. If you are from Europe and you do research the chances are high that you have heard of the Horizon 2020 (H2020) programme. For the ones who are ...
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How much actual funding does a Marie Curie fellowship entail?

The EU has a research fellowship program named after Physicist Marie Skłodowska-Curie. The website lacks a bunch of information, but I'm specifically interested in understanding what kind of funding ...
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Are there any examples of people who successfully did a startup AND worked in academia? Or is it better to just choose one?

I'm a newly minted PhD researcher from Sweden who just finished my defense this summer (after a really stressfull and draining final year). Ever since then I have been thinking about my future in ...
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Doing Bachelors degree in Maths as distant education for Phd in Mathematics after regular Master's in Optics

I finished my masters in Optics(5 years bachelors+masters together) recently. In the course I had to study subjects like Classical mechanics, Statistical Mechanics,Electrodynamics, Quantum physics and ...
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How can I get paid for a PhD in Europe?

I'm confused: someone said that a PhD in Europe is free, someone said that you get paid. What's true? And how hard is to get a PhD salary in Physics in North Europe?
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Should I change thesis topic?

I'm a student in the technical field A in a European university. I'm currently doing a master thesis in a field that's notoriously at the interface of subjects A and B, I haven't officially started ...
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Does any country have free college & open admissions?

Here's my rough understanding of differences in higher education in different countries: In the U.S., college is paid for in general by the individual student, not the state. On the other hand, ...
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Chance of applying as a prospective PhD student in semesters [closed]

Is it usual that the chance for a PhD student that aims to apply for the second semester of the educational year (i.e. spring semester) and sends his/her application for professors may be lesser than ...
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Becoming professor and showing autonomy - when to exclude supervising professor from co-authorship

Following common scenario: You wrote a proposal for a larger several million € research project with several university partners after your PhD, the project got funded and you are the project manager,...
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How much do European PhDs care about GPA?

I have an undergrad degree in field A and have a lot of skills that led to me doing research in field B (not a lot of crossover traditionally, but the lab skills are similar and the experiments I run ...
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The importance of finding potential mentor before applying for a postdoc

I am going to apply for a competitive European research grant as a postdoc. How does finding a potential mentor in department help me to get postdoc position. Does it really increase my chance to give ...
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How to pursue an MD/PhD in France after BS from the US?

I am currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in biochemistry in the US. I would love to pursue an MD/PhD, but I want to move to France as soon as possible. I have never lived there, but have the ...
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Re-entering teaching after working in the industry (in Europe)

I have finished my PhD a while ago and have since worked at the university as lecturer. Now the contract is coming to an end and I am weighing two options: (1) Teach at the university (I am much more ...
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Immatrikulation and PhD in Germany

Do PhD students (who work as research/teaching assistant and get paid according to the TV-L E13 bracket) in Germany get an official student enrollment from the university 'Immatrikulation'?
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Bologna Process - Equivalence note in European Supplement

I recently graduated from a MSc in Spain. When applying for PhD abroad I discovered the equivalence system in place in order to "translate" my grades here into a standard one, as part of the Bologna ...
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Moving from a University to a National Research Institution, career implications?

Because of Brexit issues with my large grant, I'm considering a move from a permanent research+teaching post at a university to one of Europe's large research institutions. I'm not particularly ...
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Invitation letter Phd from Sweden

Recently I have been interviewed and gone through a writing task for phd position in Sweden. After that, My supervisors told me that they hope to show their labs and city to me in a visit to Sweden ...
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What sets “top” universities apart from “mediocre” universities in continental europe?

Every year rankings are published that list Oxford, Stanford and the like at the top, while many(most?) universities in continental europe share ranks well beyond 100. I myself am a Phd student at a ...
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Chances of getting into PhD without any technical paper?

I am a bachelor pass out of 2018. Electrical background. Currently i am working in R&D in an automobile company for the past year. PhD is something I have always wanted to pursue (mainly because I ...
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Does knowing the language of the country of a prospective institution influence admission chances?

This question applies to universities in the Netherlands If a given programme at an institution is being taught in English in full, would I be right in assuming that two otherwise identical ...
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Send introductory email to foreign university professor ahead of classes

Some of my college classmates and I will be studying for one semester at a foreign university in Belgium. To give context, we are Italian Erasmus students on an exchange program traveling to a foreign ...
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Why does the Discipline of the Bachelor Degree matter for most Non-US Architecture Master Programs but not for US Architecture Master Programs?

After some research, I've noticed that in the US it's mostly possible to apply for M.Arch programs regardless of the Bachelor discipline while outside the US a Bachelor in Architecture is required. ...
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Academic salary in Belgium

I've read that in Belgium academic salaries are based on years since PhD. If this is the case, is this always the case? Are there special cases where someone would be paid more than their "years since"...
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Scholarships and the PhD thesis in the Scandinavian system?

I'm totally confused about how you have to write your desired thesis in the Scandinavian higher education system when you've got their scholarship. By reading the articles about how it works I feel ...
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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&...
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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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