Post # 1
My fiance and I are getting married in December and I finish my BA in April. We have decided we are moving to Europe for Graduate School! Scary and Exciting, right? Well, the program that I will be doing (International studies / conflict resolution / peace studies / human rights) Is offered at very few schools. After extensive research, I ended up with 45 schools and have been narrowing them down since by price, size, location, ranking, etc. So, I have a few countries left. Where would YOU go if you could move to Europe and live there for a few years? My remaining countries are in the poll – I’ll keep my areas of most interest in living secret!
Post # 3
(P.s. my fiance and I both speak English and Spanish fluently but we want to learn a third language, yet these programs I am looking at are all in English! Most graduate programs nowadays are.)
Post # 4
How exciting! My fiancé and I are both grad students and are hoping to move to Europe for post docs in a few years. You should definitely look into cost of living. For example, Switzerland is crazy expensive (a McDonald’s meal is ~ $15!) but grad students, at least in engineering get pretty generous stipend….
also, even though the programs may be in English, not speaking the country’s language will probably affect how easy it is to make friends outside of school. Just a thought!
Post # 6
Are you planning to work at this chosen place too? Because that would knock out Ireland in the running.
Post # 7
Italy, for sure. If you’re going to move to Europe, you should go all out. I would eliminate Ireland and England. Nothing against them!
(Are there any schools in Austria?! Having been to most of these places, I would personally choose Austria – it’s amaaaazing there.)
Post # 8
I would look at how graduates are working when leaving the program, and the international recognition. Try to go to a big centre for your focus.
I studied in Italy and it changed my life so I’d recommend it, but it was specificaly Italian Art History and Literature. FI studied at a well known program in Milan in his field and his colleagues bring it up often.
Post # 9
Between all those…I’d pick Italy. But I wouldn’t put the place above the program, if that makes sense. If the hands down best program (ranking, job-wise after you graduate, STIPEND, what they pay for) happens to be in another one of those countries and I got in…I’d take the program over the location. Now if there are a few that are pretty much the same as far as what they are offering you…then I’d go for location!
Post # 10
@ckgonzalez122912: I voted for Italy, but I’d love to live in any of those countries!
@KateByDesign: +1 I studied in Austria for a semseter and it was great. It’s also really central, so you can visit a lot of other places.
Post # 11
I voted for Switzerland, if only for Geneva (which contains many United Nations and Red Cross headquarters). The Netherlands would have been my second choice, because The Hague is home to The International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court, which also sounds appealing when keeping your program in mind. Upon a little further research, Austria would also make sense if you lived in Vienna.
IMO, I would consider where the universities are located. If your universities in the running are based in Geneva, The Hague, or Vienna, that would be a huge plus.
ETA: Out of those nations, I have been to Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Italy. If I ever live in Europe though, I’d most likely live in the Netherlands, simply because DBF is a Dutch citizen and that would make residency easier if we were married by that time.