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On standards or conventions specific to France's higher education system, which differs in structure and style from the systems in North America, Asia, or elsewhere in Europe.

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Equivalent of french CAPES or agrégation exam without having to teach

I am a mathematics student in a French university. But I have studied many other subjects on my own with university books. So I would like to have a diploma or an exam that proves that I have a ...
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As a double major if you do reasonably well in only the second major will it affect your chances of getting into a good grad school?

I started out as an economics major after being pushed into it by my family. However, I never had much of an interest in this subject. I was going through a very rough time in the first two years and ...
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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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Is it a good idea to do a (cs) phd in France with a fixed topic?

For what I know, one finishes PhD with only 3 years in France which is rather efficient, but one may suffer if one's research interest gets changed in the mean time, because the thesis topic is locked ...
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French M2 research internship as a UK MSc student? [closed]

I'm planning on starting a UK MSc degree in September, but keen to get some research experience abroad. I'm wondering if anyone knows if French universities/research labs would be accepting of a ...
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Are theses done in industry (French CIFRE) a disadvantage in academia?

France has a mechanism, named CIFRE, by which a PhD student can be employed by a private company while working on their thesis. This is done in relation with a university or institute, which awards ...
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What is US equivalence of “diplome du baccalaureat technologique (STL) spécialité chimie de laboratoire et de procédés industriels”?

If someone who has "diplome du baccalaureat technologique Sciences et technologies de laboratoire (STL) spécialité chimie de laboratoire et de procédés industriels" and wish to study further in the US,...
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Ask former PhD supervisor advice

I did my PhD on topic X, and my PhD advisor is an expert on X and on Y. For a problem I have come across in my postdoc, I think that Y would be a good approach. There is no one I am currently working ...
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M1 or M2 for masters in Mathematics for Engineering background

I want to apply for master's program in mathematics in France. I have a dual degree (M.Tech+B.Tech in 5 years) in Electrical engineering but my master's thesis was complexity theory in learning ...
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Asking for funding opportunities for phd in France if a professor has said yes to me but his university doesn't have any doctoral scholarship

I am a masters of mathematics student in India and a professor to whom I mailed my CV has said his Institute doesn't have a doctoral scholarship at the moment but he will be happy to supervise my ...
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During a PhD, what should I do that is not research? [closed]

I am PhD student finishing my first year in Computer Vision. While I take my research seriously, I was wondering what I could (or should?) do that is not research. I can think of very different things:...
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What is the difference between an academic CV in the US and an academic CV in France? [duplicate]

I am currently applying for graduate school in France. How (if at all) would I modify my existing CV in the standard US format to conform to French academic standards? I have searched online, but ...
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Translated letter of recommendation from employer

I live and work full time in the United States. I will be applying to graduate school in France through CampusFrance. All documents, apparently including letters of recommendation, are to be ...
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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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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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Extension of international internship in France

I am an undergraduate student from India and I was offered a year long research internship in France for my undergraduate thesis. However, since the French government does not allow for internships ...
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Two masters simultaneously?

I am from Germany and about to finish my second bachelors degree (two different fields). And am now considering options for masters studies. Now i know that in Germany i can study two masters ...
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Translate academic titles (lecturer, assistant and associate professor, tenure track, instructor) in French

I am puzzled how can one translate the following in French? Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Tenure Track, Instructors Does Maître de Conférences translate the first three ...
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French master student, equivalent honours in the UK?

I am completing my second year of Master in mathematics in France and applying for a PhD in the UK, I wonder how to present my grades. I had average grades of 17.1/20 and 17.4/20. Shall I just write ...
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Is it acceptable to publish student names with the label 'stupid question', on a publicly-visible website?

While I was browsing faculty websites, I came across this page (new link: http://www.pdmi.ras.ru/~iaroslav/teaching.php?screen_check=done&Width=360&Height=640). Near the bottom there is a ...
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Grade conversion for PhD application: Masters in France -> Phd in the US (Math)

I am Masters student in France and I am considering pursuing PhD in the US. Grading in France seems to be less uniform then in other countries, which results (from my experience) in that getting 90% ...
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How to build healthy working relationships with my male colleagues as a young-ish, attractive-ish woman?

I'm a PhD candidate from Asia currently visiting a prestigious university in Europe. Recently I've noticed quite some "strange" behaviours of male "colleagues" around me (by "colleagues", I don't mean ...
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High likelihood I'll be unable to submit my thesis before the deadline… What's my outlook?

Ok, so I'm in a pretty dire situation here. I'm coming towards the end of my PhD contract in France. For a litany of reasons, it hasn't gone too well. I had extreme difficulty getting my experiments ...
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Where are academic jobs (starting from postdoctoral contracts) advertised in France?

I the United Kingdom there is a very useful website (jobs.ac.uk) which allows researchers to search academic jobs, including postdoctoral positions, lecturer's posts, and so forth. I have been looking ...
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the date of PhD award in France

When a person is awarded PhD there is a date the Phd is awarded. This date is later used as an eligibility criteria for fellowship applications (i.e., time passed since the Phd was awarded). In France,...
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Current state of French mathematics school [closed]

France has a very strong reputation historicaly in mathematics, and many famous mathematicians studied in their top universities. But is it still the case? I am particularely interested in the current ...
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Hiding M1 grades or first year of master grades

I had obtained my bachelor degree with first class of honor then I pursued my master studies in France. During the first year of my master (M1), I had pretty bad performance. I failed a course but I ...
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Besides salary, is there any difference between “classes” of faculty in France?

While learning about the different faculty jobs in France, I discovered that the two different ranks of faculty are subdivided in classes: maitre de conférence are sorted in "normal class" and "...
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Can a “maitre de conferences” be called “professor”?

In the French system and other francophone systems, tenured faculty is divided in two categories: maitre de conferences, equivalent to associate professors if I understand correctly, and professeurs, ...
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Faculty job in France VS US

In September I got a (permanent) junior faculty position in France. The academic year is about to finish and I am taking stock of the year to see if that is really the right place for me to be. Before ...
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Do I need to contact professors before sending my postdoc applications?

I intend to apply for a call for a postdoctoral position. Is it necessary to contact professors before sending my application formally? If so, which documents should be sent? Is my CV enough or should ...
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M1 vs M2 in France: In the French system, which one is designed for those interested in Academia, M1 or M2?

I'm applying for Master's degree in France and have learned that there are two different ones - M1 and M2. I read the answers to this question and a few websites with general explanations, but couldn'...
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What to do if a team member does not work but they have to answer committee questions?

I am a master student in a French university and the university states that for a project students must form a team. However, I ended up doing the whole work by myself (They always come up with an ...
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Post Doc application form in France asks for very personal details, is it normal?

I'm trying to get an engineering post doc which I will conduct at a company's R&D labs, however I need to jump through all of the sponsoring university's hoops. I just received their application ...
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What is the salary range for a Post Doc in France?

I was wondering what is the salary range for a Post Doc in France (Engineering - Ecole des Mines)? In the UK the range is £31K - 38K and I'm already midway in the range. I'm considering moving to ...
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What are CNRS research units and how are they staffed

The Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) is the major funding body in France. With nearly 32,000 staff members it is bigger than the US NIH and US NSF combined, yet only has a 1/10 of ...
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What is the CNRS? [duplicate]

What is CNRS? From Wikipedia, we learn that CNRS "is the largest governmental research organisation in France and the largest fundamental science agency in Europe."
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In how much detail should one describe their past and projected future work for a junior scientist application to CNRS?

The competitive application process for CNRS jobs has opened this week, and part of the required documents are a report on past work, as well as a project for future work (together with a list of CNRS ...
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Is it possible to get my habilitation in France while being in industry?

I've finished my PhD in pure mathematics in late 2013 in the US (2 published papers, 1 preprint), and after almost 4 years of postdoc in the subjects of pure math (1 year-unproductive), medical ...
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What do they mean when say “the French equivalent of a Ph.D.”?

I read the biography of a French-born scientist-turned-entrepreneur Philippe Kahn. It says that Philippe Kahn received the “French equivalent of a Ph.D. certified by the French Academy of Sciences”. ...
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Vacations during my one year postdoc

I am a researcher in South America and this year I will do postdoc in Paris for a period of one year. After this period, I will return to my country. However, I have an elderly aunt for whom I am ...
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Should I take a student loan now, if I intend to become a mathematician? [closed]

I intend to pursue my degree in Mathematics and Physics at Ecole Polytechnique in France. The institution has offered me an interest free loan of 18,000 euros, which has to be repaid three years after ...
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Is 14/20 a good grade on master studies in France?

When I asked my professor why Is my grade so low, he told me that it is a good grade. Maybe he didn't want to make me sad? In my country 14/20 is just "not being dumb" grade. I am an international ...
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How to translate French “colleur”/“khôlleur” position into english?

French higher education system is quite singular: besides traditional universities (following Bologna Process scheme with Bachelor (3 years), Master (2 years) and PhD (3 years)), there are so-called ...
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Young engineer not wanting to work in academia: is PhD worth it? [duplicate]

I'll soon get my engineering diploma (~MSc, from a "renowned-but-not-in-the-top-3" so-called french grande école). The degree itself is not specialized, but I mainly studied mechanical and industrial ...
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How to contact professors for a Ph.D position in France, when I don't have a research question?

I completed Master's in Netherlands in Aerodynamics and I am looking for Ph.D in the field of aerospace in France. In Netherlands & Germany, I can see the available Ph.D offers in University ...
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France national research institutes hinder work by banning foreign online services

I recently started a postdoc in France. I am not French, do not speak any French yet, and I am new to the culture. It turns out that all national research institutes in France have a rule against ...
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Advertising European PhD opportunities for students in China [closed]

We have got interesting funding opportunities for Chinese students interested in doing a PhD in France. A good match would be familiar with proof/type theory and functional programming. However, we ...
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What does “masters 2 level” mean?

I saw an offer in a research group described as 'Research position at master 2 level'. Can anyone clarify for me what that means? Is it a 2nd masters or anything else? Does it always need a masters ...
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Word choice for salutation in a formal email to your PhD adviser, Is *Dear Boss* appropriate?

I am a first year PhD student in France, born and raised in India. It is not customary in here where I am doing my PhD to call one's adviser boss but I do, partly due to my reluctance to call her by ...