Nishikata wrote:When it comes to estimating the money I would need for non-funded programs, I only consider the fixed costs: tuition fees, on-campus dormitory rent fees. The variable parts such as food or entertainment can always be tuned to your budget. Hence bench-marking your condition to your friend's is probably only gonna stress you out.
I'll probably be in this situation very soon (only 2 schools left in my list that guarantee funding, and I might not get in), so I calculated my savings during the past three years in my job. I'll have to use 60-70% of it to finance a Master's in the UK, while possibly only 30-40% in Japan/Germany. Then my doubts would only be how much I want my degree, which I find that I indeed want the degree. This simplified flow of thought helps settle my decision: do I have the money? --> do I want to trade it with something that I want?.
See that I do not include "but it is a lot of money" in the flow, because I already know that it is a lot, I just took it out of the decision making process.
I do not think that the ETHZ prof will be very happy to wait till you graduate from PSI, neither PSI would be happy to hear about your plan.
When do you have to form a financial contract with ETHZ? Do you have the time to search for internal and external funding options?
Ask their graduate office for internal funding schemes, also look for external agency funding, or government scholarships.
Last but not least, consider taking a student loan from the school. Not from shady loan sharks that will give you trouble.
Being indebted to the school, at least won't place a burden on your parents, and you can pay the debt after you graduate.
jabennett2194 wrote:For your interests (based on the profile you posted in the profile thread), it seems ETH is the logical choice
Nishikata wrote:About the bad review on Quora, PSI posts their lectures at their website, so you might want to watch them and see for yourself if their style is appealing to you.
https://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/train ... i-lectures
kronotsky wrote:Also, if there's more to your life than physics (maybe not but just sayin), there are many more reasons to want to live in Zurich than Waterloo. I mean, Waterloo is nice. However, it is not in Switzerland. All this modulo local attitudes about foreigners and costs of living, of course...
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