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 RSS feed for academic jobs published on Euraxess?

Euraxess is an European platform collecting academic job offers. There was previously an RSS feed at http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/rssJV.cfm. However, this URL is dead. Is there a new RSS feed for ...
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Backing out of accepted post-doc position in favor of a permanent faculty position

I got a PhD in mathematics three years ago, and am currently a post-doc. My appointment is due to finish this August, so I am now looking for a new job. My dream job would be a permanent faculty ...
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Changing field and master in mathematics [closed]

Now I am studying engineering.But i want to do master in mathematics in Europe.The only math classes I've taken are linear algebra and calculus.Where should I start and what should I do?
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How will the success of my previous projects affect future funding?

I have two funded projects. One works great but the other is terrible (probably wrong postdocs and PhD students). When I send future proposals, my history is evaluated against the overall research ...
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How to negotiate a salary in Norway/Scandinavian countries?

So, my application looks like its going very well. I've got a feedback from the Norwegian institute that I am the most suitable candidate for the job among 13 ones. In a few weeks, I will be in the ...
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Are hobbies in the CV detrimental?

I have a serious, artistic hobby and I write an application for a scientific job. The hobby is music. I studied music for three years, but didn't conclude, because I decided to pursue a scientific ...
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Are ECTS Credits based on performance?

I was wondering if ECTS Credits are based on performance. For example, I know a course is say 5 ects credits, are those 5 credits awarded to a passing grade or is it based on performance and only a ...
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Which authority establishes the equivalence of degrees from different European countries?

I hold a degree from a European country, and at that time we didn't have a system similar to the common "Bachelor + Master". My degree has been considered as equivalent to a Master by the University ...
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How to find out someone really holds a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Hungary?

How to find out if someone holds a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Technical University of Budapest? I know that the university changed its name to Budapest University of Technology and ...
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Are Assistant professorships with no starting packages/benefits and high teaching load considered normal?

I am asking this question because I simply do not know. The story is that some department (northern continental Europe for what is worth) is (unofficially for the moment) negotiating an Assistant ...
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How can a department head recruit international students?

I had a brief skype job interview for the position of department head at a mid-size/rank university in England. One of the key questions was about my plans for the international student recruitment. ...
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How to prepare for grad school? [with 1 year to spare]

I plan to enter graduate school (MA+PhD) in September 2018, which means I have something of a ‘gap year situation’ ahead of me [not in a strict sense, as I’ve been working for a number of years now]. ...
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Does GPA matter ?! [closed]

I'm still undergraduate, have 2 years to graduate but i don't like my major so much and my college. i go twice a week. i don't attend lectures too much because professors and the contents are so weak ...
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Academic Job Mobility in the European Context

In the United States it is not uncommon to apply to academic jobs all over the country. Personally, I do not know a single person who limited his or her search to just one state (i.e. Massachusetts). ...
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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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Retaking a course but the exams are exactly the same as last year's

I recently faced a problem that is, I took a course at my university last year and got some grade for it, so for further improving it I gave the course this year again. The course is purely evaluated ...
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A question about thesis supervisor responsibility

I have heard many people in academics state that a thesis is a students own project and that only the student is responsible for its quality and completion. Unfortunatelythis does not agree with my ...
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How competitive are places for PhD positions in mathematics?

I am a master student in mathematics at a university in the Netherlands and am currently applying for PhD positions as I will be graduating soon. Thus far I have applied for about ten positions (in ...
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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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What is (if there is one) the equivalent of the tenure-track phase in Europe?

In the US, tenure-track (TT) positions seem a common and natural step in the progression towards an academic career and quite "stable" state-wise in terms of what one might expect from them, in that ...
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How do I know how well I am progressing in my PhD?

A striking difference between being a student following courses and a PhD student doing research is the independence and lack of rigid structures such as homework and exams. I started a PhD in ...
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Is there an entrance exam I can take to get admitted directly into a European PhD program in electrical engineering without a masters?

I'm an undergraduate electrical engineer. I have studied up to 80 percent of a masters in electrical engineering program and have two IEEE published papers. Is there such a thing as a PhD entrance ...
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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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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 ...