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Panel discussion. Student experience Ellen Van Acoleyen: Faculteit Economische en Bedrijfswetenschappen University of Pennsylvania Joris Vandendriessche : Faculteit Letteren University of Minnesota - Katrien Lindemans : Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
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Panel discussion Student experience Ellen Van Acoleyen: Faculteit Economische en Bedrijfswetenschappen University of Pennsylvania Joris Vandendriessche: Faculteit Letteren University of Minnesota - Katrien Lindemans: Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid Stanford University, Law School Research experience-Bernard Vaneerdenbrugh: Faculteit Farmaceutische wetenschappen PurdueUniversity- Prof. Koen Geuten: Faculteit Bio-Ingenieurswetenschappen Yale University
What, when & why in the States? What do you do nowadays? Student experience - Ellen Van Acoleyen: Faculteit Economische en Bedrijfswetenschappen University of Pennsylvania - Joris Vandendriessche: Faculteit Letteren University of Minnesota - Katrien Lindemans: Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid Stanford University, LawSchool (LLM) Research experience- Bernard Vaneerdenbrugh: Faculteit Farmaceutische wetenschappen Purdue University- Prof. Koen Geuten: Faculteit Bio-Ingenieurswetenschappen Yale University
Question categories Admissions universities, admission procedures and scholarships Selection: Study Masters Admission: Study Masters Selection: Research Admission: Research Scholarships: Study & research Living in the US After the US experience? Other questions?
Selection: Study Programme/Institution Howdo you start looking for a programme? How do you find the right university and course that fits with your study area? Can you choose any university? Is it hard to get in contact with the best universities such as Brown or Harvard? Is the level of education much higher in the US than in Belgium?
Admission: Study Programme/Institution What kind of student is suitable to go to the US? How do you organize it to be accepted by a university? Do you need to have a certain (average of) grade to be accepted at the universities? What items of your CV and cover letter strengthen your chances for admission? What are the chances of studying in the US? the grades in KU Leuven are quite low as opposed to US universities. Are the admission committes aware of this? Is it better to have an European/Belgian Master before going to the States? Will this affect your application? What about all the required test results common for US students (GRE, ...)? How long does it take before you get confirmation of the university if you are admitted? How do you prepare yourself to get the best out of the study in the US?
Selection: Research Why did you decide to do research in the US? What are the PhD possibilities in the US? What are the procedures in order to find a PhD promotor or a post-doc position? How can I contact professors in US? Tips about how to make a great impression on professors?
Admission: Research What are the basic requirements of application to get into a PhD programme? What are the most important criteria for acceptance besides grades? Work experiences, lab experiences? Connections? …? Is it possible to combine a Master with a Phd to re-orient your research (when you already have a Belgian Master & phd)?
Scholarships for study and research How do you have to apply for a scholarship? Do you have to apply for an American grant or is it possible to receive one in Belgium which has the advantage of Belgian social security? Are there scholarships or ways that a person with family can go and study there? Can you have a job to finance my education if you don’t have a scholarship?
Living in the US What is the difference with living/studying/performing research in Belgium? Is it difficult to integrate in the US? How difficult is it to attend a college, with no background or family in the States? Social security? Do you stay a member of your Belgian security system? If one would take along his significant other: how feasible would it be for him/her to find a job?
After the US experience? Is there a guarantee of employment after studies? Is it possible to study in the US and stay there after graduation? How do you find work in the US?