Donavan wrote:I'm in a similar boat as you, just that I hail from a different country (Singapore), and am in my senior year; from my understanding US universities require only a first degree for enrolment into the PhD program.
I am probably not much help, but I am hoping to get some answers too, so perhaps I'd piggy-back on this post!
TakeruK wrote:I'm from Canada and I have no idea why your professors say that public universities in Ontario are ruled out. First, in Canada, there are only public universities that do graduate level research in physics. In Canada, private universities tend to be religious and undergraduate focused.
Zulily wrote:They claim that, since two years, the Ontario government started levying penalties against universities for taking on international students past a certain point; the good ones for my subfield are past that limit.
TakeruK wrote:I've been in department faculty meetings where they discuss funding for international students in Ontario. The way it generally works is that the University provides some funding to each department to help the department pay for the extra costs of having an international student. This effectively sets a soft "limit" on the number of international students, because any more than this number would mean extra costs to the department. So, when money cuts are made, it's likely this is where some cuts will be done and this could limit the number of international students (but it wouldn't be a direct penalty). However, when this happened while I was there, the professors decided that they would increase their contribution from their own grants to the department so that the department can accept additional international students. Professors also have the option of paying the extra cost out of their own grant directly if there was a student they really wanted.
So, maybe there are now direct penalties against too many international students, but this sounds very unlikely and it would be against a lot of Canadian goals (where we want to attract bright international students!). Budget cuts may have lowered the soft limit, but it's really a soft limit. I think if you really want to be somewhere in Canada, you should apply to the school and hopefully they will find a way to fund you. Budgets change on short timescales and I wouldn't throw away a good opportunity just because someone guesses that they might not have a spot
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