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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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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. Near the bottom there is a section called Top 6 Most Stupid Questions & Remarks That I'he Heard from my Students where one can find ...
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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

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 ...
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Doctorant (PhD student) vs doctorant contractuel (contractual PhD Student)

In the French education system, what is the difference between doctorant ("PhD student") and doctorant contractuel ("contractual PhD Student")?
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What does “to be enjoyed with all rights and privileges pertaining thereto” mean on a French diploma? [duplicate]

I have noticed that many French diplomas contain the mention "Pour en jouir avec les droits et prérogatives qui y sont attachés", which can be translated into "[The diploma is conferred upon Mr. X and ...
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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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How much harder is it for an American mathematician to teach in France rather than in the U.S.? [closed]

How difficult is it for a U.S. educated (PhD level) mathematician to land a tenured mathematics research/professorship in France, relative to achieving the same position in the U.S.?
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What level of French education is generally considered to be equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor's degree: 3rd year of Licence or 1st year of Master? [duplicate]

In France there are three levels (these are the same for most countries in Europe I think): Licence (3 years) Master (2 years) Doctorat (about 3 years) In the U.S. I believe there are three levels: ...
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Should I add my business experience in my application of master program in math?

I'm going to apply for the master program in math in France next year. I plan to do pure math (real and functional analysis, probability, computing, PDE, etc) in the 1st year to equip myself enough ...
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What are the equivalencies between the higher education in France (Licence - Master - Doctorat) and the higher education in the United States?

In France the higher education is like this: 3 years of "Licence" 2 years of "Master" 3 years of "Doctorat" But what about in the United States? I heard that they have things called "undergraduate",...
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What is the most elegant way to let the recruiting committee know what the applicant has done to make it to the interview?

I live in country "A" (in Europe) and, a couple of months ago, I bought a round trip flight ticket to the US, for family reasons (not tourism). A couple of weeks after I bought the ticket, I was ...
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Special status of some physicists in France

This is a question specific to France. Permanent positions at the university typically are either research only or research and teaching. For the latter, positions are "maître de conférences" (...
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Why are there so many awards in academia in the US compared with academia in France?

I spent a bit of time in France and in the USA. I observed that there are many more awards given to students and academics in the US than there are in France. Is that observation correct, and if so ...
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Worldwide Dissertation Database? or French, German, Italian ones?

Is there a global/worldwide database of dissertations? If not, how can I access French, German, Italian, etc. dissertations online?
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Can you do paid external work under a PhD contract in France?

If someone has a PhD contract in France and wants to work during summer for instance, is it fine if that person receives any external support during that time, outside the PhD contract support?
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What is the history of teaching assistants (TAs) in France?

I know that in France, as late as the early 20th century, although I'm not sure if this is true now, a university student (undergrad or grad?) would take a nationwide concours exam to receive the ...
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What is the process for PhD applications and contacting professors in France?

I would like to apply to a PhD program in France, but I am having trouble understanding the admission process. How should/could I submit my application? Is it proper to contact the Professor I would ...
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How to get a PhD (doctorat) in France?

I previously asked this question in Mathematics.SE (which is now removed from that site): How to be a professor and a researcher in academia if I only have a baccalauréat in maths and don't have ...