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UT Austin vs ETH: EE Masters

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So I got offers from both UT Austin and ETHZ and now I am confused as hell. I haven't received funding from either, that could have made my decision a lot easier, since money is an issue for me.

From what I have read all across the internet is that  UT Austin is like a job haven while ETHZ has a huge problem on that end (especially for non-EU citizens like me, an Indian, who btw does NOT know German). On the other hand, ETHZ costs nearly half of UT Austin (based on rough estimates on their respective websites). Not to mention that this year's rankings put ETH in 3rd for EE and 7th overall.

Moreover, I am not entirely sure I want to pursue a job after masters or study further and get a Ph.D. If I were to pursue a Ph.D., I guess ETHZ would be a much better choice given it's reputation. But as I mentioned above, if I were to pursue a job, ETHZ doesn't come close. 

Just for the sake of completion, I also got an offer from TU Delft, but felt ETH probably be a much better choice. And I am also awaiting results from UIUC and KTH. Since I felt UT Austin would be better than UIUC and ETH better than KTH, I am not thinking about them too much, unless one of them offers funding, which changes the whole equation.


Any suggestions, advice, anecdotes from your experience, or anything really you feel can help me.

Appreciate your time. Thanks :)

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Hello Tracer_Bullet, what track of EE Masters at UT Austin did you get into, when did you get a reply from them and how(via email or the web page)?

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  • 2 weeks later...

Hi Tracer_Bullet, 


Congratulations on your success! Would you kindly share your background? Bachelors uni, GPA, any research experience, GRE, TOEFL/IELTS, internships... 

Btw, I would definitely try checking UT Austin for possible TA/RAships and also at ETHZ if you can survive a semester on your own budget it is quite likely that from the second semester you can get RA/TAship. My friend got to EPFL CS without sch and he started, after a semester he was assigned RAship so now he can fully fund his studies with that money. Search well and find the best for you! Ask professionals ;) 

Thank you and Good Luck! :)  

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