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US Masters ?

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by dmarsh, May 25, 2009.

  1. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    No I'm not talking about golf ! :D

    I'm toying with the idea of doing a masters, since I have already studied fulltime in England, if I were to do a fulltime masters I would quite like to do it in another country.

    I've looked at a few websites, but I must confess to finding it all very confusing ! I can't even find a breakdown of the fees on most sites. There seems to be a lot of options.

    I'm keen to take a Masters on Scientific Computing / HPC, that sort of thing.

    If I were to take it in the US I'd like a state with reasonably low taxes. Obviously I'd also like a good college.

    Approximately what would most likely be my costs of living and tuition as a foreign student ?

    What is the application process like ?

    Where should I go to find out more ?

    Does anyone have any advice on the matter ?

    thanks

    dave
     
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  2. wagnerk
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    Is it only the US that you're considering? Cause I was thinking, how about doing it at a recognised University in a country that's not part of the current G20 or what use to be the G7? Cost of living would be lower, so the fees would be lower.

    -Ken
     
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  3. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    We I'm not really one for languages, (I can barely manage english ! :wink:) so I figured it would have to be somewhere where they spoke english for me to learn anything ?

    Also the US seems to excel in IT. I figured the cost of living would be lower than the UK so in that way I'd be ahead, the one drawback would possibly be I would not be allowed to work on a student visa where in the UK I could potentially do small bits of work.

    Did you have anywhere in mind ? Your league of nations hints are too cryptic for me ! :D
     
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  4. wagnerk
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    lol, well I lived in the Philippines for just under 4 years (that's where I finished my high school) and while I didn't speak the native language, all but the subject tagalog (the native language) was taught in English. Added to that there are also English and US communities out there.

    -ken
     
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    Denmark? other EU countries do courses in english like uni of zurich etc but i would stick with UK to expensive to go any where else
     
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    Sounds like a great idea Marsh and looks great on your CV. I'd love to do a masters somewhere like Geneve or Copenhagen but I'm weird like that :twisted:

    This might give you some ideas my friend. Only as a starting point to investigate local rent prices, cost of living etc. http://www.webometrics.info/top6000.asp
     
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    Perhaps Toronto mate, its higher thought of than Oxford and Canada is supposed to be lovely and cheaper than the states :biggrin
     
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  8. Mathematix

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    Whichever state you go to you will be paying as a foreign student, which is a very high cost. There is another forum where I hang out under a totally different moniker that should get you on your way investigating.

    Be warned, it's tough! :)
     
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  9. dmarsh

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    Well I was figuring on a better exchange rate !

    Masters in the UK seem to cost anywhere between £5-£22k.

    I found this on undergrad expenses, not sure how accurate it is and if it applies to masters level.

    I'd like to get a better idea of the costs in the US but I expect even as a foreign student costs may not be much different or even cheaper than the UK.
     
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  10. wagnerk
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    Does the US have different fees for international students like the UK? Which could be up to 4 times the cost of a "home" student.

    -Ken
     
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  11. dmarsh

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    Yes, I'm aware there is a big difference in the UK, I thought this was because the government part funded courses for UK nationals ?

    I'm not sure if the same exists in the states, with all the stories of parents saving for the college fund, I thought it was a totally private system ?
     
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  12. Mathematix

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    You can only rely on the better exchange rate as long as the economy keeps improving. Last year when I was in the US the exchange rate was £1 = $1.75, then with the recession it recently fell to $1.30 and is only just now $1.62.

    If you have the finances to tolerate the potential fluctuations, given that there is still a 'global' recession going on, then fine. If you have just enough to study on a good GBP/USD exchange rate then think again. :)
     
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