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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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A question regarding renewal of postdoc fellowship, and the mentor not making the picture clear

I'm a postdoc in Europe on a one year contract, where the renewal is not necessarily guaranteed. When I was interviewed, I was told that the his grant was for a year, and whether it'd renew would ...
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Path for American to become professor in Europe

I'm an American, and I’m considering – sometime in the future – getting a PhD in computer science. My impression is that Europe is a lovely place, both in general and because of its sane work culture. ...
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Late bachelors graduating overlaps with possible future masters degree start

I am posting this question on behalf of my friend. Currently my friend is attending the last year of the bachelors degree and has a interest on following up the bachelor with a masters degree. Now ...
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Education or employment: What is a post-doc? What is a PhD student?

I’m afraid this question is mostly opinion-based, but I was wondering if there is any piece of material out there that covers the spectrum of opinions. What exactly is a post-doc? Is it an education, ...
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What protections exist in the European Union against discrimination in an educational institution?

For those who aren't familiar with it, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act ("504" for short) is the U.S. law that protects the civil rights of students with disabilities at institutions that receive ...
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Could I work as a Professor in Europe if I only speak English?

My wife is finishing her doctorate in a few years in a very specific field: Assessment (or Language Testing) of learners' English as a Foreign Language. She will probably apply for research ...
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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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Why are UK universities “disproportionately successful at winning EU-awarded research grants”?

I read on Wikipedia: UK universities rely on the EU for around 16% of their total research funding, and are disproportionately successful at winning EU-awarded research grants. Why are UK ...
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Starting a PhD in Europe around March?

I'm going to graduate with a physics degree at the end of next year (around December). I want to do my PhD in Europe, but I know that the academic year starts in September, and I don't think I can ...
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Not sure when exactly will be applying for a PhD (and what program) - is it a good idea to ask for letters of recommendation now?

I graduated last year (MEng) and since have been working in an office software development job. I figured that I want to start pursuing research, in order to contribute most to the issues I care about ...
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What kinds of degrees are there in Europe that can be completed in 12-18 months?

I am just about to complete my Bachelor degree in Property Economics at the University of Technology, Sydney. I would like to study some more in Europe (France, Belgium, Holland or Switzerland) next ...
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Make my Professor a gift [duplicate]

I just received my diploma from my university. I'm very happy and my results aren't that bad either. Now, as the result is already known, I would like to thank my professor and my supervisor for their ...
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Is there any way to get accepted in PhD program without masters? [closed]

I am applying for a PhD position for last few months but all the Professors say they need a masters whereas I have quite good lab experiences than a masters student even. I am very much depressed ...
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Semi-administrative position in academic/research setting after finishing Ph.D. and postdoc(s)

I would like to know what are the scopes for semi-administrative positions like research coordinator, scientific coordinator, program manager or something similar that are available for someone with ...
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How to apply for a research funding for companies?

I recently graduated from PhD and right now I am working in a consulting company. My manager asked me to write a proposal to get public funding to do research. The topic is computer science and ...
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Differences between fellowships in Europe

From the perspective of a young postdoc career in Europe, what are the differences between applying to a Marie-Curie, a Humboldt (in Germany), or an Emmy Noether fellowships? Bonus question: Are ...
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How long should an academic CV be for someone applying to post-doc positions in Europe?

I am preparing my CV for applications to post-doc positions in the field of social sciences. I will apply to positions in the EU, mainly in German language countries. I have updated my CV with my ...
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What is the English term for a Belgian non-university higher education institution?

I graduated from what is known as a "Hogeschool" in Belgium. When trying to explain this term on English websites, I've always used the term "University College" or "College", However, I'm not sure ...
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Research in computational neuroscience or computational medicine in Europe [closed]

How popular is research in computational neuroscience, or computational medicine in (mainland) Europe? I'm aware that INRIA in France does some good work, but do you know any other such groups and ...
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Does it make sense for the professor to write a recommendation letter that is directly readable by the student?

It seems that US universities usually provide a link to the professor of the applicant, and let him/her directly upload the recommendation letter to that link, meaning that the student would have no ...
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Could Brexit negatively affect PhD students in the UK who are EU nationals?

This question relates to the potential withdrawal of the UK from the European Union, a.k.a. Brexit. I am an Italian citizen, and I will start a (funded) PhD in the UK in September. Right now I don'...
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Why is it necessary to have a master’s in Europe to apply for PhD?

When I look for a PhD position, they always write that they need a master’s degree. However, most of the times I see that I have all the experience they are looking for. PhD is a lab-based work, so ...
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What is a European Doctorate Programme?

I am currently a PhD student in a EU country and recently I was advised to pursue a European Doctorate Programme. I thought that, being "European", it was some kind of regulated, inter-country ...
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Will already having a masters degree make it harder to get funding for a second masters in Europe?

If a person who already has M.Sc degree (from the university outside of Europe) wants to enter European university for another M.Sc degree, would having M.Sc degree be a hindrance for getting a ...
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Is it common for professors to use questions from the internet on an exam?

I'm in Western Europe doing a Master's degree, and I expected the education quality to be much higher then what I've seen in my previous school which was in the Middle East, but some professors here ...
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What could be the negative factors in getting a PhD position in theoretical computer science?

I have been searching and applying for funded PhD positions in Europe specially in Germany for a long time to no avail. I think, what pushes my applications back the most is the lack of proven prior ...
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How do I prepare for another application?

I applied to a Master degree in Computer Science, however my application was not accepted. The university that I applied to is one of the top ranked my field and I do intend to apply the following ...
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non-US PhD's with extensive course work [closed]

I think I understand the general difference between US and European PhD. US GRE is compulsory to get admitted to any PhD programs. First we get admitted to the institution. Need to do extensive ...
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Habilitation in Germany as a nonresident

I am a young scholar about to complete my PhD. in Finance from an Asian country. I am interested to know whether it is possible to pursue Habilitation from Germany (or any other European country) ...
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Query for a PhD

I have completed my bachelor.I have the following question 1)is it possible in any country of Europe to do a phD without a masters degree?
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How to attract students under Erasmus

I am new to Europe and have a well funded research project (but limited funding for human resource). Since the topic is very interesting, I though I can attract some graduate students to join my group ...
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Is a PhD from a developing country worth paying for?

In my country, Egypt, some well-known institutes offer PhD degrees. I want to apply for a PhD program in biostatistics for which I will certainly pay a lot of money. How much would such a program ...
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When do most students publish in a European PhD?

in US PhDs, it's typical to start publishing (first author or not) in their latter-half years. How does that work in the EU? Since EU PhDs are shorter than US programs, is it common for EU phd ...
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France/USA collaboration funding for young researcher? [closed]

I am a French citizen, I defended my PhD in Paris in November 2014, and I am working as a post-doctoral researcher in the US since December 2014. I am working in between Astrophysics and Computer ...
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Do Europe committees care about my community service for GRE learners?

I have finished applying into US schools, and now I turn to other countries. Since I don't think that there is much different between US and Europe (more specifically, UK) in the requirements in the ...
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How does PhD candidate salary compares between differen European countries, and the USA? [closed]

I would like to know which is the salary average of a PhD candidate position in chemistry in different countries of Europe or in USA. I know that in Germany and France the salaries are around 1300€ ...
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How can a Master degree lead to 300 ECTS?

http://emjd-dc.eu/files/2011/11/emjd-dc.pdf Here, one of the admission requirements is, A Master's degree corresponding to 300 ECTS. How is that possible? A Masters degree is at most of 2 years. 2 ...
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ECTS credits for US teaching credentials

In the southern United States, one of the general requirements for teaching a given course is to have 18 semester hours at the graduate level. I currently have 12 graduate hours in two separate ...
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How long do the Marie Curie IF grant results take to come out?

I submitted a Marie Curie postdoc fellowship at the beginning of September and as of now (Jan) I have not heard back —I have checked the ECAS portal. The website does not give a single Gantt chart or ...
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Applying for PHD in Europe: getting a recommendation

I'm considering applying into an (individual) PHD program, after graduating from a top Russian university (computer science) with moderately high grades in 2013 and 3 years of professional experience. ...
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Europe: Central Academic CS Job Market Service like CRA?

When searching for faculty positions in CS, I find the service http://cra.org/ads/ very useful. There you can find many job ads from North America based institutions. Is there any similar service for ...
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How fast is the admission procedure for single-slot PhD applications in top universities in the UK?

I have applied to five different universities. Four of them are in the UK and the last one elsewhere in Europe. Based on initial discussions, two of the UK universities consider me a competitive ...
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Is it practical to pursue AERO-MS in Europe?

I have an affinity for Germany, and I've heard a lot about the growing value of international experience, so I'm entertaining the possibility of applying for an MS at a German institution. However, I'...
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Second Masters in maths after master's in physics: how does it help getting into PhD in Europe?

How does it help doing a second master's in mathematics after doing first master's in Physics for getting a PhD in theoretical Physics in Europe? Will it be helpful to compensate for a low GPA in ...
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Teaching at university (pathway 3 and teaching-oriented positions)

In England, in principle, there are three pathways to professorship, or in general to teaching permanent positions at universities. The third one is for academic staff whose responsibilities are ...
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European COST Actions

I would like to ask if you think the European COST Actions are interesting for researchers? Do you see any potential advantage to join any of them? If yes, I would like to ask you how I could join ...
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How are mathematics PhDs from the USA viewed in mainland European universities?

Do American-educated mathematics PhDs generally have an advantage over natively educated PhDs (in, say, France or Italy) in applying for research positions?
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Is a Polish PhD degree in engineering equally respected in North America?

Is a Polish PhD degree in engineering equally revered as a North American degree (i.e., from Canada or USA) in the area of academia and job-market?
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Should you contact professors at universities you plan on applying to for graduate studies in mathematics? [duplicate]

I am currently applying to graduate school in mathematics. In the last year of undergraduate study I have read many papers and books by experienced mathematicians, and with the help of my honours ...
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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 ...