An idea has been taking more and more place in my thoughts and I was wondering asking you about it. I (French sophomore) decided this year to pursue my physics curriculum by correspondent courses. This was mainly motivated by 1) the fact that I got disgusted by the awful French undergrad environment, and 2) the fact that I wanted to do research during the year, which was incompatible with a "full-time" student schedule.
And so, I was wondering whether this choice would be harmful when I'd apply to graduate schools. I mean, is it considered bad, or really bad (or are schools above those kind of details) to do correspondent courses?
By the way, a similar question would be: I will soon cross the Atlantic to do an internship in the States (4 months in a university in Illinois). I see a lot of profiles remarking the fellowships they got for internships, so, would the fact that this one will be entirely self-funded make it less valuable? What I fear is that, in some way, it might be thought as a "bought" experience, some kind of bribe.
Thanks in advance for any opinion on these matters.