I'm wondering if anyone knows anything about the selection process for programs at large universities in European countries like Sweden, Ireland and others... there are postings for applications to some programs that aren't due until late April, so it's a good choice for me since my options are limited right now. I noticed some differences from the American system, so I'm wondering if applying is a waste of time or not. They all seem to want only a cover letter, references, and a CV. This means my imperfect transcripts and my crummy GRE scores aren't going to be a part of the selection process. On paper, this translates to me being a much better applicant. I have great research experience, sometimes in very specific preferences listed in the application.
Does anyone know anything about these programs that they can share? Any information is useful, I've found nothing at all but the job postings so far.