Sats wrote:Hello, I was wondering if there was anyone here who knows about applications/acceptance to european graduate programs if you're an american student. I'm aware that the programs are different, but I'm unsure by how much and if they even accept mid range students.
I'm looking to study in France/Switzerland, but my GPA is 3.5 overall, (3.2 Physics, 4.0 French, 3.5 Math). Does anybody know where I should look, or if I should just abandon the idea and stay in states?
I'm by no means an expert as I haven't attended a school outside the US. However, from my limited knowledge of the subject I'm pretty sure you need to screen the schools very carefully. I believe a lot of European schools don't go through the same stages as the US. Here we can go right from bachelors to phd but over there I think a lot them require you to have a masters to pursue a phd. You also have to take into consideration funding and language issues (Switzerland only for you, as some may be in German, but others like ETH are in English), and I'm also pretty sure that the GRE and PGRE don't mean anything to them. Again, this is very limited knowledge that needs fact checking but you should still look into those potential barriers.
ETH though, a fantastic school obviously, has a strange admissions process. You can apply directly to the school, or oddly enough, directly to a single professor. I read a little bit about this back in that day, not sure if it's still around. But If I were you I might try going straight to profs that you want to work with. Zurich itself is kind of boring but you are right in the thick of it all which makes travel really fun. Beware though, Switzerland is insanely expensive, to the point of being insultingly ridiculous.