Grad School Abroad for US student

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ofey
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Grad School Abroad for US student

Postby ofey » Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:29 pm

What do people know about this?

I want to leave the US for various reasons as soon as a finish my undergrad degree, what opportunities are there for a funded Ph.D. program abroad?

I plan on applying to most non-US schools, I'm mostly interested in the other Anglo-phone countries but have heard there are opportunities in continental Europe as well.

I take a particular interest in Australia and NZ. I've seen very few American applying anywhere besides maybe a handful of UK school, so I am hoping someone might know some more about details.

Thanks.

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Re: Grad School Abroad for US student

Postby midwestphysics » Fri Dec 31, 2010 5:45 pm

ofey wrote:What do people know about this?

I want to leave the US for various reasons as soon as a finish my undergrad degree, what opportunities are there for a funded Ph.D. program abroad?

I plan on applying to most non-US schools, I'm mostly interested in the other Anglo-phone countries but have heard there are opportunities in continental Europe as well.

I take a particular interest in Australia and NZ. I've seen very few American applying anywhere besides maybe a handful of UK school, so I am hoping someone might know some more about details.

Thanks.


From what I've been told, as I kind of looked into the abroad option too, funding internationally is rough if not impossible beyond taking out loans yourself. Of course, there might be exceptions, how strong is your resume? The best way to find out I would say is to talk to the universities you want to apply to and ask them about both international funding options through the university and if they can give you data on how most internationals at their school cover costs.

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Re: Grad School Abroad for US student

Postby grae313 » Fri Dec 31, 2010 5:54 pm

I was looking at international universities until I found out that full funding was not usually standard the way it is here.

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Re: Grad School Abroad for US student

Postby zxcv » Mon Jan 03, 2011 3:30 pm

The other thing to keep in mind is that the experience of getting a PhD is typically very different overseas. In most cases, students enter PhD programs with masters degrees and then the PhD is perhaps 3 years of research only -- sometimes with strict time limits.

One of the best ways to insure funding at a foreign grad program would be to bring it with you. I'm pretty sure this is possible with an NSF grad fellowship, and with the dramatically increasing number of awardees every year any Americans applying to grad school would be fools not to apply.




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