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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where to go after academia in the humanities? [closed]

I am a full prof in the humanities at a small liberal arts college in rural America. I am relishing my sabbatical in a European country with a flourishing economy and appealing culture. I do not want ...
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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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How much salary can I expect as a physics post doc in the Netherlands?

I am considering a post doc in the Netherlands. I am a bit spoiled -- currently doing a post doc in the US with a salary of about $75000. I found a PI in the Netherlands whose project sounds very ...
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How recent should the English language certificate be to apply for Master thesis?

When applying for Master in an European country, English certificates such as CAE, CPE, TOEFL, IELTS are required. Is there a limit about the "age" of the certificate? I got CPE 5 or 6 years ago. Is ...
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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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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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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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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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Are European schools experiencing the same cost raise as American schools?

After factoring in government subsidies (or lack thereof), is the total price for one year of undergraduate education in Europe increasing at a rate similar to America?
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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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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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PhD. in the US directly after European BSc., or is it better to go for a MSc. at first? [duplicate]

I'm currently in the final year of my BSc. in physics and the second year of my BSc. in mathematics at a university in german-speaking Europe. I'll have my degrees finished in summer 2018. Eventually,...
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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" 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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Do European PhD programs offer the opportunity to take on teaching assistantship duties? [closed]

I know that, in North America, the opportunity is given (and often mandated) to take on teaching assistantships while in a PhD program. I knew that, often, European PhD programs pay you to do RA ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Intellectual Property Rights When Moving University

I am considering moving institutions (from a one UK University to another), but I am concerned about what Intellectual Property (IP) rights my current institution may retain. Some of my PhD students, ...
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Application Letter for European Universities

I'm applying for a research fellowship at a European University, and one of the requirements is an application letter that outlines which project proposals (created by professors at the university) I'...
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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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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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Estimating the effort for applying architectural research projects to calls for entries by public organisations

In this year I will become occupied with finding and applying for government grants like open calls by the European Commission (so called "Drittmittelbeschaffung" in Austria). I am working for a ...
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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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Why are US PhDs different from European PhDs?

So apparently I heard from here, here and here about the differences in PhDs in the US and in Europe. To sum up, it takes longer, on average, in the US than in Europe to finish a PhD since US PhD ...