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  1. I plan to enter an anthro graduate school program (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]. I want to use this unstructured time ahead the best way I can. If you were in my position, how would you spend these spare 12 months before grad school officially begins? How would you prepare for what’s ahead, what would you focus on? It goes without saying that I have already given these questions a lot of careful consideration, but I’m very curious to learn how others would approach this topic; especially, current PhD candidates, postdocs, and lecturers/professors. Knowing what you now know, if you could go back, how would you spend a spare year like that? Some background: My field is social/cultural anthropology. My ultimate goal (grad school and beyond) is to prepare a CV and a research portfolio, which will aid me in launching an academic career in Europe. I have a BA in anthropology and an unrelated MA, I currently freelance (unrelated field); I have plenty of spare time, and can arrange my schedule in whatever way I see fit. I live in a mid-size European city (not a capital); can’t move anywhere this year, but can likely do some limited traveling. There’s a small anthropology department here, but I’m not affiliated with it, and never was. My degree is from the US. I can speak the local language fairly well. The grad school (next year) will be in a different county, and learning the new language will be one of my key objectives this year. The language of instruction will be English, however. Note: Not sure if I made this clear, but I’m not looking for suggestions such as “travel for fun,” or “get a new hobby.” I want to use these 12 months in the most productive way possible.
  2. 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). That being said, the language of instruction and the key aspects of academic culture remain the same coast to coast. In comparison, what is the situation like in Europe, particularly Scandinavia and Switzerland? For example, given that the population of Denmark is comparable in size to that of Massachusetts, how does this affect the academic job market? Is it standard practice for PhDs & lecturers/postdocs located in Denmark to search for their first career placement across Europe [and beyond]? Or do they search for employment primarily on the national academic job market? How do the national differences in language/academic culture fit into this equation? Background: I’m considering PhD/Academic Career in Europe. Ideally, I would like to learn the local language and assimilate as much as possible during the PhD. Given this long-term effort, I would prefer to continue on in the same country following graduation. I’m especially interested in hearing from those with experience in the social sciences and humanities (working or studying in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, or Switzerland). However, please consider contributing even if you do not fit this particular set of criteria. My own experience is in Cult/Soc Anthropology (USA).
  3. Hello. I'm currently a senior at an American university, pursuing two BAs (one in Geography, one in Urban Studies and Planning). I'm getting ready to apply to graduate school, and the more I think about, the more I realize Europe might be a strong option for me, particularly Germany or the UK. I want to get a Master's degree in Urban Planning or a related field, with a specific focus on commuter railroad administration. Essentially, I want to be an urban planner who specializes in public transportation. When it comes to infrastructure, Europe is just plain better in this regard (I live in a city with amazing public transit for America, and when I went to the UK I was deeply humbled), and I see a strong argument for studying under those who have designed systems much better than most of my own country. Plus, Europe is so interconnected that I could explore the systems in many countries and cities other than the one I end up studying in. Finance wise, it looks like it'd cost the same or cheaper as studying in the US (if I do a 1 year program, I stand to save a ton). I would most likely return to America upon obtaining my degree. The thing is, I have a 3.35 GPA (too much time at my part-job, not enough in the library). I don't know how that looks to European schools. I am doing an Urban Planning thesis this Fall that I can bring up in my applications, but I don't do an internship until Spring semester. Is all of this nothing to worry about, or could it present a problem?
  4. Anthro friends, After years of exploring various fields, I'm finally closing in on my longtime dream of breaking into the field of humanitarian aid (through anthropology). I'm interested in applying to doctoral programs this fall to research humanitarian aid, ethics, and the role of religion with a focus on China/Asia. I majored in English in undergrad and have a first master's in religion. I did a one-year conversion course in social anthropology because I was drawn to the anthropological research method but still feel relatively ignorant about the field, particularly in terms of strong universities, programs and better known faculty. Eventually I would like to transition into doing research for a large international NGO to improve humanitarian practices. Any advice? What are some great Anthropology programs for studying humanitarian aid, ethics, and religion, hive-mind? (I am applying for PhD programs) Thanks in advance for your response(s)!
  5. Hello! I'm currently studying an Economics undergraduate program of 240 ECTS in Europe, with a strong quantitative background. I have passed 200 ECTS of those 240. I have realised this program is a waste of time (any other BSc in Economics comprises just 180 ECTS). I would like to give closure to my studies here and attend an Economics-related MSc. The question is: is it possible to access an MSc in Europe after passing more than 180 ECTS of the undergraduate course but without holding a diploma (as I wouldn't reach 240 ECTS)? Thanks
  6. G'day everyone, I've applied to 4 M.A / MSc programmes in Philosophy: KU Leuven, Edinburgh, UCD, & Essex. I've already had offers from the two latter. I'm over in Australia so travelling back to Europe prior to making a decision will be tricky - that's where you helpful people come in Has anyone studied at any of the above? (doesn't have to be Philosophy) If so, could you offer a bit of guidance on what to expect regarding: department atmosphere, academic expectations, support from profs, size of classes, living in those cities, etc. I think I'm about to reject my Dublin offer as its $18,000 and it was always my 4th choice. Hopefully that narrows it down a bit. Please DM if I can be of any help to people in a similar situation. Cheers.
  7. I'd like to know if it is common for masters students in EE at the top universities in Europe to publish papers (either journal or conference papers). I'm interested specially at the following universities in the field of communications systems: ETH Zurich, Imperial College London, TU Delft, KTH and TU Munich.
  8. I am currently a student at a top 3 US public uni and am working toward a STEM degree and an IR degree. My IR GPA is very good (somewhere around 3.7-3.8-ish), but as you can imagine, my STEM GPA is rubbish. My overall GPA is around a 3.4. I really want to go to graduate school in Europe to study IR and international security, focusing on cybersecurity and internet governance, preferably at a place like Sciences Po or King's. My issue is that I know European schools are very strict about GPA cutoffs. I do have some classes from community college and other universities through summer programs that can back me up but I'm not completely sure if it's enough to push me over the line without doing some wonky math I'm not entirely confident in. I've had research experience and have had my work published in a journal. I've had a variety of extracurriculars related to my field and in public policy (well as far as a college student can get into public policy anyway). I did have some really insane life issues that lead to uneveness in my grades (particularly in the last 18 months, big family problems affected me deeply and pushed me into therapy for depression). But I wonder if any of this can make up for the fact that my cumulative GPA might not be over the magic 3.5 cutoff line.
  9. Hello everyone. I wish you happy new year, and good start in 2017. I am interested in pursuing 1 year full-time Master program in Sustainability ( MBA or Masters) in Europe, or 2 year course if it is outstanding. I am looking for something which has strong focus on Sustainability/ Sustainable Development/ Food Security and related topics. Moreover, the program should be for people who has lot of work experience. I have already worked for 8 years in IT in Asia and Europe, hence looking for programs which has students with average age of more than 25 yearsI have only come across these 3 programs so far. Please see below. Any inputs for these three programs will be helpful too. HEC Paris - MSc Sustainable DevelopmentSustainability Management School Switzerland - Master in Management Sustainable Development Exeter - One Planet MBA. IHIED - Development studies which can be combined with a major in Sustainability; but it is 2 year program and they might be more inclined for people with Social Science background, and I have engineering degree. Can anyone help me answer my question ? Can someone tell me other programs he/she is aware of? I will really appreciate your help. Regards.
  10. Hello everybody, I'm finishing my MA and am interested in applying for linguistics PhD programs in non-English-speaking countries, specifically European countries such as Germany, Netherlands, Norway, etc. However, a professor in my department told me that when she would hire a professor, she would have a question mark if the applicant had his/her PhD from Europe. She did say that Netherlands seemed OK, though. And I've had some people who told me that the research environments in France and Germany aren't as good as in the US. What is your opinion on doing a linguistics PhD in continental Europe? Do countries like Netherlands or the Scandinavian countries offer good research environment? What about the job prospects afterward? I would appreciate your advices. Edit: I am interested in cognitive semantics, and I plan to go into academia after my PhD.
  11. Hello Guys. Thanking all of you ahead for reading my posts and writing your thoughts as comments. I have been out of Grad School application scene past 5 years and need some help assessing my profile and giving me few tips and suggestion. It will be great to know how my profile stacks up against fellow applications for Top 30 EE RFIC/Analog IC/Circuits PhD Programs in US/Europe. Any University suggestion is appreciated as well. For Spring 2018/Fall 2018 session. (Critics are welcome as i need to improve, be as frank as possible) My Profile: GRE (Q 170 / V 155 / 4.0) , MS in EE with Research/Thesis from TTU (2012) - GPA 3.7/4.0, BS in EE GPA 3.6/4 (No Publications) Work Experience -- 4 years and counting -- 3 years at Qualcomm (top 5 RFIC Company) as RF Hardware and Test Engineer, 1.5+ at another competitor (present). I have been told my work experience is negative for PhD as its been 4 years since i graduated with MS, Does it matter that much ? What do you guys think about my acceptance chances to Top 30-50 EE Programs In US/Europe . Any university you want to suggest. Few University of my choice with similar research interest -- UT Austin, Texas A&M, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine/Davis. Georgia Tech, Univ of Colorado Boulder, Arizona State University, University of Washington. USC, UMass Amherst. NCSU Thanks Again,
  12. I am planning to apply for Master in International Relations and Public Policy fall 2017. Which universities in the US and Europe offer the most scholarships for these programs? Thank you!
  13. Hello. I am currently pursuing a degree in biology here in the U.S. and have a cumulative GPA of 3.7 (this is my last year). I have been looking at various MSc degrees abroad (e.g. Germany, Belgium, Austria, Norway, and Russia). I'm still trying to figure out which program to pursue. I want to focus on water resources, oceanography, limnology, fisheries, marine science/bio, environmental engineering, or something along those lines. Right now I'm leaning towards Belgium, Austria, or Norway and spend a year in Russia before I begin my studies to teach English and learn Russian (I am fascinated with Russia). I would like to know how easy it is to be accepted in European programs, specifically at BOKU in Vienna, UIT in Tromso, University of Oslo, and the University of Antwerp (also Gent and Brussel). Also, how are these programs viewed here in the U.S.? Will I have equal job opportunities with a master's degree abroad? Thank you very much.
  14. Hi everyone! I am planning on applying to MSc programmes in statistics in Europe with the goal of doing a PhD immediately after, probably at the same school. I wanted to ask what people think are the best departments of statistics in Europe. I know that schools such as Oxford, Warwick or ETH are good but I don't have a full picture of the best departments in the continent and, broadly speaking, how they are ranked. What would be a tentative top 10? Also, I am particularly interested in France or other French-speaking cities and would be curious to know what the best schools there are. Thank you very much!
  15. Hi, Newbie to the group here. Excited to be learning and sharing information with everyone. J It’s been my dream to go to grad school. I’d like to apply for a Master’s in Counseling in Europe for a fall program 2017 but don’t know which programs or which countries are good to study in. I’m looking for affordable good programs. Here’s a little bit of my background: I am originally from the Philippines but now work as a business trainer and life coach in Florida. I’ve been working in this position for two years. Before that, I was a university lecturer teaching English as a second language in China for 8 years. I worked as a college instructor in the Philippines and taught English Literature for a year. I have degrees in Applied Linguistics and Literature (GPA 89%- A- =3.7 US equivalent), Secondary Education (B+ =3.0) and Special Education ( A =4.0). Foundation of International Services in the US evaluated my transcripts and they found all degrees bachelor’s equivalent from a regionally accredited university or college in the United States. All my universities are all accredited and recognized internationally. I am also a licensed teacher. I have experience teaching children with autism and orphans who are emotionally disturbed. As a life coach, I had clients who had severe anxiety, depression and OCD. I would like to specialize in multicultural counseling and counsel minorities dealing with anxiety, depression and addiction. I just finished a Certificate of Counseling course from University of the West Scotland and am thinking of volunteering for a suicidal hotline to improve my chances of getting in. I’m not aiming to get into top tier schools though it would be nice. What I would like is a reasonably good school that teaches in English and is academically challenging. I have looked at universities in the US (but the costs were too astronomical) and then the UK but as an international student, many are out of my price range (I’m looking for USD12,000 a year max. I don't want to break the bank). I have heard Germany and other countries are free or subsidized. Can anyone suggest universities with a good affordable program that someone with my qualifications and background can get into? Which cities/countries can I start looking at? I could really use some advice. Hope someone can help. Thanks!
  16. Hi everyone, I've received offers for Research Masters programmes at the Universities of Leiden and Oxford and I'm really not sure which one to choose. Leiden is my first preference. It seems to have a broader course offering and the opportunity to live in continental Europe (which I really enjoyed when I visited there). On the other hand, Oxford has a second to none reputation, and this could make me more attractive in the world of academia. But for me, Leiden's programme is a better fit and I feel that the only reason I'd go to Oxford would be for the prestige factor. If anyone has any thoughts or advice, that'd be great!
  17. A few years ago I left a top20 biomedical science PhD program in the US after two years of training. Most of the labs w/ funding in my research area left the school, so there were more students than available mentors. When I left, ¾ of the students in my research area did not have a lab at the end of our 2nd year. I also did not really like the area I was living in or the institution, so I decided to cut my losses and leave the program. I left before my prelim and I was so burnt out at the time I did not try to get a masters degree (would have had to find lab to fund me and stay there several months to write and defend it). I have several years of full-time lab experience before and after my time in graduate school. Anyways, I am looking at my options to enroll in a biomedical doctoral program again. I have defined research interests now and I know what I need from a mentor and lab. Considering these things facts and my prior two years of graduate coursework, I am starting to think about potentially pursing the degree abroad. From my limited knowledge the European and Canadian systems in general have less course work and you have a lab at the time you matriculate into the program. Based on my background and experiences, I think that this system may be a better option for me, as I could almost immediately start working on my project. Hence, I would likely graduate faster. Can anyone comment more on these systems? I know a couple people that completed their degrees in Europe, but they all graduated more than 10 years ago. I have never heard of any Americans going abroad to complete their degrees, except the NIH programs in Britain and Sweden. Is it even possible for Americans to apply directly to programs abroad? If it possible, how flexible are they on the master’s degree requirement that most programs I think have? I think that the schools w/ agreements w/ NIH, wave this requirement for the Americans in the programs. Do most schools do this for people w/ a lot of research experience?
  18. Ahoy, This is my first post ever. I recently left the chemistry PhD program at Johns Hopkins with a master's and now I don't know what to do with my life. Finding a job has turned out to be much harder than I thought it would be. I applied to one PhD program in the US (northwestern) and I probably didn't get in (long story). So I am thinking about going to Europe to get a PhD since it only take 3 or 4 years instead of having to start over in the US. I am kind of confused about how admissions procedures work there and I am hoping someone here will have some advice since any time I email someone at these schools it takes at least 3 weeks to get a response. I recently sent a feeler email to a professor who is advertising a PhD position online. It's been two weeks since I sent it and he hasn't responded. The supposed deadline is the end of February. Should I just send him my application? If so, should I include my GRE scores? He asks for "CV, certificates, transcripts and references" in the application. What does he mean by certificates? He doesn't ask for GRE scores and it seems like most european schools don't require the GRE (at least for chemistry). I really wish they did require the GRE because that's my strong suit. I have mediocre grades but 2 publications, and pretty good GRE scores (790Q, 570V, 95 percentile on the Chemistry GRE). I'm probably going to wait a few more days and then send my application to him. If anyone thinks that's a bad idea, please tell me.
  19. Is anyone applying for Slavic Languages and Literatures this go around? Seems like there are always few in the pool- but it's be interesting to see who's out there this year.
  20. Hi! I'm an international student in a top US college and I'm seeking advice for my future. I think I want to pursue a master degree in Europe because I'm a person who loves to change and doesn't really enjoy stability. I could apply to masters in US graduate schools and is likely to get good results but I want to learn something more about Europe. I'm now deciding what master should I apply to? I prefer studying in France because I want to learn a new language and culture, but I don't know what master is suitable for me. I'm interested in political science, law, economics, history. I saw that in US, there are degrees like Master in European Studies, for example, Yale, Columbia. However, I know that the Education of US is very very good, but I don't know how it is in Europe. I'm sure it's good, but I am still not sure what are their strengths and weaknesses. I now see that many German students go to US to pursue graduate degress, like Phd! But for master degrees, I don't know. And I don't know why they came to US but not in Germany. This summer I talked to a person who knows a lot about world education. They told me that for undergraduate, US is the best but you have to use it in the right way. For European Schools, they told me that their graduate degrees are pretty good, but not for public schools since there are so many people. For private schools, they are really good like ENS, Sciences Po etc. I compare the programs on several fields between top US and European Schools, basically French. I found that if I did MBA or MPA, I would rather choose US since US schools are of higher reputation and also their faculty is also stronger. But for master degrees like European Studies. Even though US has close ties with Europe and many European professors go to US to teach. I still think that the European Schools are better. Probably because it is Europe? Not that simple! I found out that for courses in US graduate schools, they are not very systematic and their research is kind of different. For example, Yale simply unites all European fields into one and it didn't give really clear on what courses you should take. You should decide your own. Well, I'm sure there is more freedom but I think knowledge needs continuity, especially for Master degree, or I may get really little information and Yale probably has a clear path for what students to study if they are focusing on European Union. Another thing is that European schools on master in European studies have courses that US colleges would not cover. For example, EU and China. I don't know whether I have to go to Europe to have a better understanding of modern Europe or I should just stay in the US. I really love to visit Europe and study there! But I also hope to choose the right place to study! Sorry for having you reading so long, but this is all what I've learnt and thought. Also I don't know whether this is the right forum but on the website, they call this a master degree in social science. Thanks!