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  1. Hi all, Looking for a answer that many international students probably look for as well, but I couldn't find a thread back. (feel free to share one). I am looking for advice/suggestions/lessons learned about US banks that offer favorable conditions for international students in the USA. Given that many students need to access their funds while on the move (outside the US), what banks are financially useful when it comes to ATM withdrawals, sending and receiving money internationally, internet banking, and making online/credit card transactions outside the US? There are often hidden fee
  2. By now there are a bunch of equally ranked schools that don't require the GRE for their history programs: U Michigan, Yale, Columbia...Check those out
  3. Quite a lot of history graduate students had their training in different fields, and many departments across the States explicitly state that they welcome non-history majors. Plus, you have many of the desired assets such as language training, master degrees, and international exposure, so I wouldn't worry too much about that! As you may know and others's statements here, you'll be getting a master and possibly an mphil (few schools) along the way. You need to convince your poi and selection committee why you believe studying history naturally befits your research plan, and how
  4. When I was in undergrad (just a few years ago), the professor used this as his textbook: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/Early-Modern-Europe/9780198207603 I liked it quite a lot, because of the wide coverage of themes pertaining to EME. So it can definitely be used as a jumping board for narrower searches.
  5. It's surely not an odd thing for many American PhD grads to find opportunities in Europe and Asia. From what I saw, universities in China,Korea (among others) have been doing much to "internationalize" their programs by recruiting foreign PhDs. (You'll find quite a bit of news about that on google). You can look at the placement records of other US universities, and you will definitely see similar things happen elsewhere. It's also common to hear that US phds are quite marketable, though a lot also depends on the concrete hiring process (say publications, research focus, professional con
  6. As a humanities major, I was wondering how it feels like to pursue a phd at a STEM-field oriented university. While big names such as MIT and CalTech in the States do have humanities departments, they are usually very small compared to the STEM departments (I read like 5 percent at MIT) and/or different disciplines are squeezed together. On the European side, Germany has also these Technical Universities that are somewhat similar. I'd be happy to hear if someone has any experience, ideas, or further reading suggestions about this. Is graduate study as a history major much tougher or isola
  7. Hi fellow grads, I am sure you have seen this question over and over again on this forum, so I'll be brief. I need advice on whether or not I should make a third attempt at retaking GRE. I'll be applying during the next cycle fyi. Background check: I am from Europe and the top programs would be Berkeley, Duke and Columbia, among others. I am less concerned about the other application materials: I have two graduate degrees and some work experience in the region of interest, the necessary languages, great master's gpa, reliable/glowing recommendation letters. I assume to work a lot on
  8. Hey everyone, I have my GRE exam in about two weeks and I did a mock test today with somewhat disappointing results (about 10 points each on quant and verbal below my target) On the verbal section, most of my mistakes were made in the Reading Comprehension section. So I am now scouting for advice. How did you learn to tackle dense RC texts? Do you have any "I-wish-I-knew-this-earlier" advice to get better at solving these questions? I have a background in humanities, so the verbal section is really important for me. Thanks!!
  9. You're right. They do have some Certificate Program called REEES (Russia, Eastern Europe, Eurasian Studies) at PIIRS.
  10. I'd say the same elite ones like you because of their brand name, funding and (library infrastructure). Indiana and Wisconsin also have strong traditions in Russian studies. But I would add and ask this: what about supervisors? How do you view the importance of your prospective supervisor in your decision-making? I think Princeton should definitely be included, simply because of Kotkin (for his epic studies on Magnitogorsk and his biography of Stalin) and others (Cohen and Rozman, though they retired already). Harvard has great people too like Kramer (not sure whether he takes on st
  11. A question that applies perhaps to those that don't study the history of their country, i.e. studying American history as an American. As a European, I'm focusing on 20th century Russian/Soviet history. My contact with scholars from Russia recently made me realize how different their academic culture is from where I come (although I was prepared for it): professional careers, modes of research and writing, styles of publication and so. While language is totally not the issue, I sometimes have problems in sharing my ideas (say, how I'd like to contribute to theoretical debates on m
  12. Dear all, I'm currently working in an archive to collect materials for my thesis, which deals with urban history. While I have access to maps and photos, I don't really know how to get them in a high-quality digital format (to use them in my thesis). I can take pictures (I have a nikon d3400) but I'm not able to scan or copy in the archive. Any tips on how to deal with this?
  13. I have been looking for some more insights regarding this question, but as I get different opinions, I wanted to ask this in this particular segment of the forum. Whether you're still applying or already are a phd student, how much does the publication record of your (prospective/current) supervisor matter? I'm asking this specifically, because someone I know recently encountered this scenario: The person found a possible supervisor at an ivy league university and history program, but the supervisor in question hasn't published much (perhaps even very little) in the last 10-15 years,
  14. My apologies for not being so clear. I'm on the waiting list for the MA program, and I might only receive a definitive answer by the end of July. So yes, I'm pressed to accept the Chinese offer. However, I would like to get in to the MA program in 1 or 2 years, after some language training.
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