I'm preparing to apply for business PhD and lifestyle means a lot to me, apart from the academics..
Anyone can suggest what is the best place to live for 3-4 years in Europe in all aspects?
Thanx in advance, your opinion really matters!!
Please be a bit more specific:
1) Money - how are you going to finance your stay?
2) Do you need a job at the University?
3) Are you getting a scholarship? From where? Do you want one?
4) What do you mean with "lifestyle"? Party, fashion, etc?
5) Shouldn't you be focused on the academics first?
6) Languages you speak and can study in? Languages you would like to learn?
Hey! Thanx for the reply.. So here are my specifications:
1) Self-financed mainly, hopefully I will succed in receiving some form of research support/ grant
2) If this is not out of focus with my academics, yes. I mean, teaching or assisting in research or student recruiting would be ideal.
3) I WANT ONE, but as I have mentioned I will apply this coming year for start in Fall 2007, so nothing is determined yet
4) Lifestyle means choices to me. Nightlife, friendly people, openess in the university, international environment, just everyday life! I'm quite extravert and cannot rely solely in the academic satisfaction..
5) Of course academics come first, but who doesn't want to combine both? I would not exchange a top university for a party city of that is your question. However, Lancaster UK has a great uni for example, but can you imagine leaving in the countryside with sheeps and goats around you for 4 years? It may be a great landscape, but good psychology is the #1 for success in life.
6) Fluent english, native Greek. Some German (just a little - have forgotten most of it), Good Spanish. I would like to study in an English speaking environment, not necessarily in UK though..
You are talking about thousands of universities, and thousands of cities in the whole Europe. t-maia threw very good questions to get you thinking... I would narrow it down to a list of possible places to go, for example, Paris France, Lausanne Switzerland, London UK, Madrid Spain, etc., considering all factors such as financing, language, academic reputation, future career options other than the life style of the city itself. People in this forum know a lot of great things about the countries and the cities and provide very good insights as long as you ask the question smartly.
I agree with the others. You have a LOT of options in front of you. I think it would be best to see which universities have the degree you want, then go from there. IMHO, academics should be your first priority. Plenty of universities should have the degree, so you can then narrow them down based on location. Contact the graduate studies office of the universities you're interested in. They could probably get you in contact with an ex-pat living and studying there. Even tiny universities like the one I go to have international students, and that's even more true abroad.
BTW, in September I'm moving to Lausanne, Switzerland. I'll be doing undergrad studies, but I can definitely give you some feedback on the town and university. They teach a wide selection of PhD programs, and it's a well respected university in terms of the quality of their programs. They recommend that your French skills be at least upper intermediate if you're going to study there.
Good luck in whatever you choose!
Any university in a big city with lots of students will probably provide the lifestyle you want.
Given that, I'd agree with Rhotchkiss, the first step is to write a shortlist of all the best institutions for your particular PHD programme, taking into account entry requirements, language issues etc.
Then start narrowing the list by looking at things like the cost of living. Within the UK, obviously London is a really expensive place to study, although further north is cheaper. For example Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds all have very good reputations academically and are excellent cities to live as a student.
If you are interested in studying in Germany, contact the DAAD, the Deutsche Akademische Auslandsdienst (German Academic Foreign Service). They offer scholarships to gifted young foreigners intending to do PHD in Germany. Some PHDs/Master Studies are conducted in English.
Other European countries have similar outfits like DAAD. Ask at their embassies.
[ Edit: Edited at Jul 16, 2006 7:17 PM by t_maia ]