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  1. Hello everyone, I am currently very unsure how to decide between two master options I have to then further continue with PhD applications: Background: Bachelor in IR (top 10-15 European school) with decent, but not crazy good grades (maybe top 20-30%) Currently enrolled in US master in a PoliSci related, but interdisciplinary field (top 10 school), with currently a top grade standing Decent (international) research experience, a few well known scholarships, a few publications (nothing too extraordinary), 6 fluent languages, lack of quant knowledge, no GRE done yet, good letters of recommendations in sight Goal: Top PhD program, ideally in the US Topic Area: IR or Comparative Politics, potentially on the more theory heavy side and with a focus on South Asia as a region Options: I have two second master programs lined up for the fall (both one year), both are quite research heavy and fall into the area of regional studies: MSc in Modern South Asian Studies (Oxford) MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies (Cambridge) Both would be fully funded (including living costs) through scholarships Question: I am really unsure which program to choose. Both are quite similarly structured and have a strong research component. Cambridge is more established in South Asian Studies, seems more academic (also is named "MPhil"), and somehow the department seems more up to date and "healthy" Oxford, however, seems more flexible and would allow me to focus a little more on the political science side of things, which might be important considering my wish to do a PhD in PoliSci Oxford might be more prestigious and relevant from a US perspective? Does anyone have experience with with South Asia within PoliSci or can give me any information about the standing of Cambridge and Oxford in the US PhD market or just generally evaluate my profile? Any comments are greatly appreciated!
  2. Hello everyone, I have received an offer from Rhode island school of Design (Masters in Furniture Design) and from Royal College of Arts (Masters in Design Product). Both the college are well known for their quality of education in respective courses. Which one is better for an international student wanting to pursue a practical and exploratory course for masters and also intending to find a job in the city. Exposure wise I think the city of London would be better but RISD is also know for its workshop based curriculum. I would appreciate any kind of input or insight regarding the courses and the universities.
  3. I deferred my admission to a public policy program last year. However, over the year I also learned about another program at the same school. If I reapply, do I lose my deferred admission?
  4. Hi guys! I'm a third year undergrad student in the UK and was recently accepted into the Cambridge LMB PhD Programme. I was also invited to "visit" the Yale BBS (Biological and Biomedical Sciences) Programme at the end of February, and the post-visit admissions rate should be at least 50-60% , though I don't know for sure yet whether I'll get in. The problem is that I will probably have to accept/reject the Cambridge offer before I visit or hear from Yale and I'm having a hard time deciding what to do. I was wondering if anyone has advice regarding the programmes I applied to or doing a research PhD in the UK vs. US? Unfortunately, I am quite unfamiliar with the differences and advantages/disadvantages of research in the UK vs. US. I'd appreciate any advice I can get, thanks in advance!
  5. B.E in CS - 6.5/10 2 academic projects (one in app development and ML), 0 work ex (graduated this year) Taken the GRE a week ago, scored 303 (153-Q,150-V) . I want to know if I'll have more options (uni wise) if I retake the GRE with (atleast 315 in my mind). I'm aiming for fall 2020 and it's aready mid oct? So, shall I retake the GRE?
  6. Hi, I'm an international student with an interest in policy. My end goal is to become a consultant for government policy, and I was wondering whether looking into internships in US government entities is reasonable or a waste of my time. Could anyone help me on this?
  7. Hi to All, I had a query regarding how US universities perceive %ages scored ny Indian students in B.Tech. I scored 80% (from DTU) and the topper scored about 87%. Though my score is low, but so is of the whole batch. I want to apply for masters in US, is there anyway I can mention the .topper's percentage to them? Or any other alternative ? Or will they consider my GPA as 8 ? Thanks in advance!
  8. Hello Beautiful people, May you kindly help me evaluate my feasibility for MPP Programs in the US. Here is a brief overview of my profile; 1. GRE 332 (169 in Quant, 163 in Verbal), Toefl ibt 109 2. Undergraduate degree: Mechanical Engineering (2015 Graduate)3. GPA: 3.304. Work Experience: Present: 1.5 years since working in a non-profit as a Program Assistant developing policy proposals; Previous: 1 Year in Mutinationals including Engro Corporation, MOL Oil & GasI would especially like to hear the opinion of people already studying in MPP or other relevant programs; however, I am all ears to anyone providing a sound advice. I am also concerned about my undergraduate education not aligned with the social sciences. 
  9. Hello everyone, surprisingly, there's no thread for Italian this year and I thought I create one. I applied for 4 PhD programs and still waiting for a reply. I had two interviews a few weeks ago but nothing since. Do you people want to share your experiences as well? Cheers, P. EDIT: Yes, I am freaking out and I have a bad feeling about this whole thing.
  10. Hi there! I've always been told that it is wise to listen to experienced people, so I would like to know your opinion in the following matter. I have studied an undergraduate degree in Europe, in aerospace engineering, a field that I love. I've been granted a scholarship to study in the US a graduate program (master's degree). Given my qualities and interests, I would like to eventually work on a engineering management job, in the space field if possible. I feel like I have learnt a lot in my undergrad degree of technical knowledge, but I feel I still have lots to learn about management... So what do you reckon is wiser, to keep doing a specialized master's degree and thus achieve a greater level of technical expertise, let's say in space engineering, or start doing an engineering management degree instead, in order to complement my already existing technical basis? Please also take into account that as long as it's possible, I'd like to stay in the US after studying and work there, despite how hard I have gathered it is for international students... Thanks a lot,
  11. Hi all! I have my GRE in a month and I am having a freakout in terms of my preparation. On the test day they give you an option to send your scores to 4 universities for free. I have been trying to figure out 4 safe universities for my profile, but all options I considered earlier have very low acceptance rate. Can you please help me find out some safe universities for my profile, or point me in the correct direction? Thanks so much in advance. Here's my profile: GRE practice tests - 322 manhattan, 320 (3.5 awa) princeton review I national conference paper 1 year experience (will be 2 at time of joining - fall 2019) at fortune 500 company internships in all 3 years - 1st yr at startup, 2nd yr at ngo, 3rd year at above company ~80-82% undergrad Did some relevant nanodegree courses with scholarship, and another relevant professional course from a top 5 college in India. Anything else I forgot to mention? I'll add in comments... Looking for masters program in computer science.
  12. Hey guys, I was offered a place at the University of Bath to do my masters in Microbiology. The only problem is that I can't really afford the cost of paying as an international student. I was looking online and mostly found scholarships for 3rd world country students. So I was wondering if anyone knew of any scholarships that US students can apply to. Thanks!
  13. Hello folks? Anyone out here applying for 2018 I/O Psych Ph.D. programs? Let's connect! It would be helpful and fun.
  14. Hi, I have a question regarding employment regulations for international students in the US. I understand that as an international student in the US, you are not allowed to work off campus, and not more than 20 hours per week. That much is clear. My question is, does this apply to publishing? In the simplest example, if you have a story/article and want to sell it to a magazine in a freelance capacity (i.e. you're not employed by them), can you do it? I couldn't find any solid information about this online. It's not employment in the traditional sense, but you're still getting paid. If you have knowledge about F1 VISA regulations, I'd appreciate some clarification on the matter. Thanks!
  15. I'm currently doing my Bachelor's (BTech. - Final year) in Biotechnology in Manipal Institute of Technology, India. I'm quite keen on applying for graduate programs later this year, colleges like UCB, UPenn, Columbia, UCSD, Cornell and also considering Yale, MIT, Stanford and the works. I will be giving my GRE exam shortly and also have completed a 2 month internships in a pharmaceutical company and a premier university (Indian Institute of Tech) in India. I will also be interning from January 2017 at the Centre of Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB, Hyderabad), another renowned lab. I had previously briefly worked on a project in college to devise a diagnostic kit and am currently working on another (in collaboration with the Department of Virus Research, Manipal). I am hopeful of publishing a paper on the latter, sometime later this year. Being from India, I'm severely lost with regards to the requirements expected from top universities as mentioned above in terms of GRE scores, GPA requirements and lab experience & LoRs in general. Given my lab experience and a 8.5 CGPA (Indian standard) without publications, am I being realistic in considering these colleges for my master's? Would working in few more well-established labs and applying next year improve my chances?
  16. 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)!
  17. Which one should i choose for MS CS: Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ North Carolina State University,NC Which one has better internship and job opportunities??
  18. I got several official letter in biostatistics phd program. After Ph.D., I hope to continue my biostatistical research as post-doc and professor. I'm wondering the future career in biostatistics after Ph.D. as follow universities. NYU, Miami, Indiana, Arizona, Wisconsin-Madison, South Carolina, Penn State, UC San Diego, University of Florida. The thing is that they are not included in the ranking of biostatistics phd program because those programs are belonging to medical school.
  19. Hello there! I'm currently an undergrad (graduating in 2018) with the ultimate goal of pursuing a PhD in English lit (specifically my interests are Romantic & Victorian studies). Unfortunately, it so happens that I am not majoring in anything related to English, so I am looking to complete a master's degree first. I have some interest in studying in the UK, but I wonder if there is any significant difference between US & UK master's degrees in the field that could potentially harm my chances at later pursuing a PhD in the US? Ideally, I'd love to be able to get into one of the better programs, so to speak, though I know how insanely difficult that is. I am currently at a top 10 school for undergraduate, if that has any bearing, and specifically would like to pursue my master's at University of Edinburgh (I'm really interested in their Romantic & Victorian program). So I guess my questions are: does the name of the graduate institution matter a great deal in PhD applications? Would a UK degree put me at any disadvantage? Thanks in advance for your responses!
  20. Hello all! I'm new to this forum and this is my first post here. I'm in a bit of a dilemma so I thought I'd ask you guys because I've been going over the posts on this forum and you all give some great advice! Basically, I've applied to about 8 schools for my Master's in Aerospace Engineering (Aerodynamics in particular) and I've gotten accepted to 2 of them. I'm still waiting to hear from the rest. I've received admits from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, Netherlands) and University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign (unofficial, but still). Both great schools but I have not received funding offers from either of them. The cost of attending TU Delft (incl. living) is about half of that of UIUC, but I'm pretty sure chances of getting an RA/TA in UIUC would be much higher as TU Delft requires their RAs/TAs to speak Dutch, which I do not. Assuming I get no funding from the remaining offers as well (keeping my expectations low so as to not be disappointed), it really boils down to a US vs. Netherlands debate. Most of the schools I have applied to in the US have around the same cost, so I can safely say that I'll be paying half of what I would in the US, at TU Delft. However, I am also sure that my chances of getting an RA/TA would be much higher in the US, than in the Netherlands. What do you all think I should do? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
  21. 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,
  22. I've lurked around this forum for a rather long time. It's certainly US-centric, but I was wondering whether someone has heard about the Doctoral Training Centres. Unlike regular 3-year PhD UK programmes, these centres require students to carry out rotation labs, take classes and whatnot, just like a regular doctorate in the States. They are still shorter, however: we are talking about 4 years. Are these kind of programmes well/better regarded in the USA? In particular, I've heard about people being rejected from graduate departments like MIT Biological Engineering, Stanford Bioengineering at MASTERS LEVEL!, Harvard SEAS and yet promptly accepted by Imperial College, Cambridge or Oxford (Synthetic Biology/Bioengineering). Does this mean that these top UK programmes are second tier?! Or are they well regarded?
  23. Hey everybody, I wanted some help in deciding something. I have recently been offered a PhD position at a new institute in France. I originally met the institute head in an internship in England while I was working in an adjacent lab to his with some of his collaborators. He was then preparing the move to this new institute and offered me a possible position. I was then in the middle of my undergrad. Fast forward a year later and he's just opening up his institute and he formally offer me a position in August. It's a good option that already comes with funding, but I was planning on applying to US and UK schools and I will only receive answers from these schools late Feb/March. I was a bit overwhelmed with schoolwork and applications when he made his offer clear, so I said that I might be able to answer better in November when my schoolwork would be smaller. November has come and I don't know what to answer. As I said, it's a good offer, even if the research that they specialize is different than what I would originally choose, but there's also a possibility of a co-advisor closer to the research that I want to undertake. I would be satisfied in working with him from what I've seen, but I would decline that offer if I get into my top schools. I don't know if I'll be able to get in to my top schools, but at the same time, I don't want to offend him by asking for a very big extension (and therefore making it clear that he's not my top choice). So, what should I do? Do I ask for an extension and risk losing this chance? Or go into an ethical minefield by just accepting it and if I get into my top schools I decline? Am I overthinking this?
  24. Hi All, I'm searching for additional funding as a U.S. Citizen in a Canadian doctoral program (Interdisciplinary Humanities). I'm trying to find smaller scholarships that are available through charitable foundations or trusts. I have run across a ton of foundation directories for the UK and some other countries, but haven't been able to find anything terribly useful for the US or CA. Anyone know some good places to look for this kind of thing? Or, alternatively, some good scholarships for me to look into? (I'm applying for OSG, inelligible for SSRHC because I'm not a CA citizen, missed the deadline for Fulbright this year- I applied and started my program very late in the game so now I'm playing catch-up). Thanks in advance for any help!
  25. I'll be applying for Fall 2017 Masters programs in the US and was wondering if there was any advantage of applying early? Of the 9 colleges that I am planning on applying to only U of Chicago has an "early action" deadline. If I apply early do I get my reply earlier? Is my application evaluated earlier? Any help is appreciated Thanks
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