Questions tagged [international-students]

Questions in relation to students who are non-national to the country or location of academic institution they may be studying in.

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how i can have a professor's promise to give me admission for PhD after doing a self-funded visiting [closed]

I asked a professor for a PhD position, and he said that he dont have an open PhD position, but i can go there as a self-funded visiting scientist or apply for a PhD position later. As i am from ...
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What should a lecturer do when an international student plagiarises and the student claims it was unintentional?

A student has plagiarised her assignment. The lecturer gave all students a lecture on plagiarism at the beginning of the semester. The student maintains she was absent that day but the university does ...
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Should I turn down PhD offer if I think I may not pass qualifying exam (risking immigration issues if I fail)? [closed]

I am done with my MS in EECS from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and I currently working full time in a good company on OPT. I will be defending my MS Thesis in coming December. Moreover, when ...
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Is it polite to ask for acknowledgement of transcript received at university

I have been offered admission in one of the top Canadian University. After admission I have sent them my transcripts from India. This transcripts were supposed to reach by 23 May but I have no ...
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Studying medicine in Germany

I'm sorry if this a wrong place to post this question but I don't know where to ask. I'm a medical student from Alexandria, Egypt. By next year I'll have completed the pre-clinical phase of the ...
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What should a graduate student be doing in the summer? [closed]

What should a grad student do during summer?
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Will my chances of obtaining a student visa in Canada be reduced if I mention I applied for permanent residency?

I have been accepted into one of the top 10 engineering universities in Canada. I am starting to fill in the forms for a student visa, but my permanent residency application is still in the pipeline. ...
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The GRE: Why does this still exist?

I did my undergraduate degree in the US and am heading to graduate school here in less than a month, so I myself have taken the Graduate Record Examinations (the general as well as two subjects tests) ...
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Can I apply for masters program on Polymer Science after having completed my masters of Pharmacy..

I completed my master in 2012 with a specialization in Pharmacognosy. After completing my graduation, I joined a company as a Pharmacist due to unavailability of job related to my area. Currently I am ...
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Accepted for Masters, Is It Rude To Ask About Scholarships?

First things first: I'm not a native American, and I was accepted for my masters at an American college. So far, I still need to send some documentation before the official offer is made. On their ...
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How to respond to the teacher who puts the feet up while talking to student?

A friend of mine who is from Japan told me that his professor in USA puts the feet up while talking to him. He was saying that he felt very bad with that. Is this acceptable culture in USA academia?
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Visa and funding options for undergraduate internship in US

I wrote to a professor (let's say Prof. X) in a US university (cannot disclose the name) for an internship over the next summer. Prof. X is happy to have me work with him. The university has a ...
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Have American universities cut back on H1-B visa sponsorship of new international faculty and F-1 student visa sponsorship for PhD students?

Concerning industry, I've read that Google and Amazon have cut back significantly on its H1-B visa sponsorship of new candidates (though it's unclear what the renewal rate is for currently sponsored ...
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Dr.rer physiol. title in Germany

I am a future PhD student here in Germany and I am worried about whether the PhD German title (Dr.rer.physiol.) will be accepted internationally in general and in Germany in particular. In fact here ...
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Are non-citizen Muslim professors and students going to be removed from US universities and subsequently deported by Trump's ban?

Does anyone have any information on this? Are academics somehow protected from Trump's ban on Muslims? I know that some have the "alien of extraordinary ability" work visa, but what about for ...
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Why do universities require international students to show language proficiency?

For example, Let's say an American person wants to attend a French university F. F explicitly states that French is the main language of instruction. Why would they require the student to take a ...
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What are the major informal obstacles students face when they go abroad for a research degree?

I have a completely introverted personality. I am seriously struggling with interpersonal relationships with my colleagues, to a point that I am actually at the brink of quitting my job. If I go ...
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What should we say to affected students about Trump's travel ban? [closed]

I am an American working overseas. I work with several students from Iran who have never been to America. What should I say to students who have been banned from entering my home country?
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How can I assist other graduate students who may feel increasingly “unwelcome” due to their countries of origin?

I work in a research group with a large number of international graduate students. Recent news in my country (the United States) has been deeply unsettling for some of these students, especially the ...
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How are research assistantships for international graduate students funded in the US?

I was recently talking to a professor at a top university seeking advice for graduate school applications. The professor happened to mention that departments in the US have funding concerns when it ...
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Should we tell students they need to improve their English?

As an instructor or teaching assistant for a graduate class at a top institution, is it okay to tell students (e.g. in homework feedback) that they need to improve their English? What's the best way ...
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Should non-native speakers get extra time to compose exam answers?

Today I met with a student who had plagiarized answers on an exam from online sources. She explained to me with apparent honesty that she had spent too long answering the first two questions and then ...
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Are concerns about studying in Russia reasonable?

I'm sorry if this is not the right place to ask this sort of question, but I really need an answer. I'm from the middle-east and wants to apply for a master's degree in Russia, but lately people are ...
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What to do if international student exchange supervisor doesn't answer my email?

I am applying for an exchange program in Romania next semester. The teacher in Romania sent a research topic one month ago to my teacher (So I guess they both found an agreement and I should be able ...
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What strategies are there for defining learner profiles for an online course aimed at international students?

I am interested in developing a set of postgraduate level courses that will be taught entirely online aimed at a primarily international (non-UK) audience. I am seeking strategies for defining a set ...
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How are international graduate applicants perceived by universities in the US?

I've always wondered how professors and admission committees in the US think about international applicants for doctoral programs in the US. Skills: Why are international applicants selected over (I ...
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How to stand out in mathematics PhD admissions as a student from an online school, with no research or opportunities to get strong recommendations?

After reading some the posts here about graduate admissions for PhD/masters in mathematics in different countries, it seems like the requirements are quite a lot higher than what I have in my country. ...
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Exams during MBBS [closed]

What are the national and international competitive exams an Indian medical student can take during his/her undergraduate years (during MBBS)? Specifically, I am looking for an international olympiad ...
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What should be done about a professor who treats foreign students worse than domestic students?

My school and my department has a lot of undergraduate students from China. When I took this instructor's class, he routinely pressured the foreign students to answer questions about their home ...
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Consequences for foreign students of being dropped from a class?

Say a student from another country is in the US on a student visa, and is enrolled in my community college class. I'm required to drop students who aren't participating in the class, and I have a ...
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How can an international student get accepted into a PhD program in an area different from his MSc? [duplicate]

First off, I realize my question is too broad as it depends on the country, but I would be interested to hear mostly about the process in Canada and in western Europe, where it is common to complete a ...
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What are the most common ways international students secure funding for graduate school in the U.S.?

I am an Egyptian undergraduate student who is considering attending graduate school programs in statistics. My preference would be to attend a U.S. graduate school program to obtain a masters or Ph.D. ...
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How can international students improve chances of getting into top US/UK schools

I graduated last year from my university which is located in a developing country. It is the top university in the country but relatively unknown to the outside world. I graduated from CS at the top ...
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Restrictions for a full scholarship holder in Australia (applying working Visa after studies, full time work for spouse) [closed]

I am a B.Sc. (Food Science and Technology) degree holder with a 1st class, GPA – 3.82. I plan to apply for a full scholarship/full funding (MSc or PHD) in Australia. I know that 20 hours/week is the ...
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Why do many PhD programs expect a higher average physics GRE score for international students than US students?

Browsing various PhD admissions programs, I consistently find that there is a higher expectation of international students on the physics GRE for admission. For example, at UT Austin, the average ...
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Listing rudimentary language proficiency in an application in that country despite English being working language

Should a person list his/her (very basic) knowledge of a language spoken in a country he may be working in on an application for a position in that country, even if the language really isn't necessary ...
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Is there a negative stigma associated with choosing a university for non-academic reasons?

I am considering a master's degree in Japan. From a purely career oriented POV, I should be aiming for universities in the USA, Germany or Italy as these are the leading countries in my field. ...
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How to protect the timeline of my project when the supervisor is not willing to negotiate anything?

I am currently working on an 8 month final project, of which 1 month has already passed. Its for an Engineering Doctorate degree. I have one supervisor and one client (who is a Phd student). ...
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Why is discrimination based on citizenship allowed in PhD funding in the UK?

This question is specifically aiming at the UK PhD admission system. Having spent roughly 6 years in the UK - 2 years A-Level and 4 years undergraduate, I am now moving forward into applying for PhD ...
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Why does Switzerland prevent foreign students from studying medicine?

I have been browsing for information on language requirements for universities in Switzerland, and on a page studyineurope.eu I accidentally read a quite interesting note about studying medicine in ...
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FAFSA eligibility for international students

I am Indian citizen, applying for Fall season graduate studies in the USA. Are international students like me eligible to apply for Federal aid (FAFSA)?
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How would the UK leaving the EU affect academia and PhD admission?

Will all European applicants count as ‘international students’ then? Are there any proposals on this yet? I am finishing my BA in two years and was considering applying to the UK, but am worried now ...
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What are interests of a country to fund international PhD students?

I would like to understand positive and negative effects for a host country and for a home country of a student.
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Should I be concerned about the validity of my degree if my peers in other educational systems seem to have more difficult exams?

I'm an Italian student of mathematical physics at the university of Edinburgh. I have recently caught up with one of my friends and noticed that their exams in Linear algebra and calculus (analisi I, ...
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Is it a bad thing if my Personal History Statement reveals my intention to immigrate?

I am an international student applying for Computer Science PhD in US. Some universities I plan to apply to require Personal History Statement in addition to Statement of Purpose. I believe that I ...
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What can I do to prevent ethnic conflicts in research groups?

Many research groups are international. While I hope that academics are in general open-minded and tolerant, there might still be a potential for conflicts when researchers from different ethnic ...
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How to apply to a prestigious American university as an international student?

I am planning to do a Ph.D. in theoretical physics in the US, more specifically California, and recently started looking into potential Universities that offer a good physics programme. A number of ...
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Do PhD courses in engineering fields in European non-English speaking countries require knowledge of the native language?

Can a Ph.D. student who only knows how to speak English study in a European non-English speaking country (e.g., Austria, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, etc.) without any problems? Does applying to ...
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Is feeling lonely and uncomfortable in my (foreign) country of study a valid reason to drop out of a PhD?

I've been studying for my PhD in Sweden (I moved from the UK in January 2014). It's been alright. I've had difficulties before, and I've thought of quitting it, but I pushed through. I don't speak the ...
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In order to apply for an internship in the United States, what exactly will I need to send? The academic transcripts of my grades? The TOEFL? The GRE? [closed]

I'm a French student looking to do an internship in the United States. My question is: in order to apply, what exactly will I need to send? I'm guessing I'll need to send a CV and a resume... but ...