blighter wrote:I would go to Leipzig.
Etranger wrote:blighter wrote:I would go to Leipzig.
Right now, that's my preference. But why would *you* go there?
This has also put things into a whole new perspective...if I could still reasonably get into grad school in the US from Leipzig, then maybe I should focus on some "better" schools in the States. Not Princeton better (I don't even like them), but schools like Carleton or Middlebury, which I previously wasn't going to apply to because I thought they weren't within reach.
TakeruK wrote:The biggest "problem" with a Leizpig undergrad is the fact that it's only 3 years. Many US grad schools might not like this and it means you have one fewer year to get research experience etc.
Etranger wrote:Since I'm not American, I can't apply for REUs either! So, I'm not sure where I could get research experience, outside of 'Bama. One thing that a certain liberal arts college does, is that they send their international students (physics) to do research in...wait for it...GERMANY! But I don't know where, and I've never heard of any kind of formal undergraduate research internships over there.
blighter wrote:Always rank comfort higher (more so during your undergraduate). Increased financial burden will cause additional discomfort and might screw with your GPA. Moreover Alabama as far as I've heard isn't such an awesome place to live in. Maybe for better American LAC's.
TakeruK wrote:In addition, I know that in Canada, there are many "exchange research students" from Europe visiting our schools. In the summers, we would often get students from European universities doing a 3-4 month research position with us. Maybe the US has similar programs but if not, getting this opportunity in Canada can allow you to have a North American position on your CV for applications.
TakeruK wrote:More about the 3 year thing -- I agree that the main problem isn't the "minimum 4 year degree rule", since most rules can be bent! But compared to a US student, you have one fewer year (and one fewer summer!) to do research before applying to grad schools. For me, I found that only the top students are able to find research positions after their first year! But maybe with the accelerated European 3-year system, it's more common for students to start research earlier? But it's definitely a small concern compared to all the positives of Leipzig!
For the exchange thing, it was both at Queen's and UBC. Unfortunately, I don't know the name of the program. In addition, I can only remember the French students but I don't know if it was a French-Canada program, or if it's just coincidence! I think when (if?) you get to Leipzig, talking to the right people at your school will help you find the right programs.
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