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    About Hawking radiation

    Perfect! Thanks for replying so promptly!
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    About Hawking radiation

    How exactly is the amount of Hawking radiation emitted by a black hole related to it's mass/Schwarzschild radius/etc? Is there a formula relating the two for instance? (I'm trying to calculate the time it would take for one of the LHC black holes that will supposedly destroy the Earth - ad...
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    Schools How difficult is it for an international student to get into a top US university?

    Apologies for the double-post, but I can't find the edit button - it's not where it usually is... Just to clarify, when I said "previously successful," I meant "previously successful in applying to a US university." Sorry again...
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    Schools How difficult is it for an international student to get into a top US university?

    Absense of data on which SA schools were previously successful, I mean, because there will be very few previously successful schools. I think Ivilean suggested that they would consider this above actually looking at individual schools.
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    Schools How difficult is it for an international student to get into a top US university?

    You mean that in the absense of data on previously successful schools, they'll look at/research the specific school of the applicant? Or do you mean that they will somehow have sufficient data, despite the low admission rates?
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    Schools How difficult is it for an international student to get into a top US university?

    I was just being facetious about the contrabassoon... With regard to the quota system being too good to be true, I did not mean that I was hoping for lowered standards! Far be it from me to take advantage of such a system! If I am not admitted on merit, then my admission ultimately means...
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    Schools How difficult is it for an international student to get into a top US university?

    Blast! *Crosses juggling lessons off personal schedule* :tongue: Wait... Universities have quotas for international students? Really? Huh. Well, if that is the case (forgive my doubt, but it seems too good to be true. Could anyone corroborate this?) and I'm only really competing against...
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    Schools How difficult is it for an international student to get into a top US university?

    Haha, none taken. That I do... I'll try and come up with something. Just to clarify, would any unusual ability do, or should it be something relevant to MIT. For instance, to continue with the contrabassoon metaphor, should I be able to play in the Orchestra? Any suggestions as to something...
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    Schools How difficult is it for an international student to get into a top US university?

    Recommendation letters, of course! Thanks, I'll speak to my teachers about that. MIT has an orchestra? Wow. Of course, that won't help me. I only play the piano and the guitar, and not at a professional level in either case! Nevertheless, I'd like to get hold of one of those recordings...
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    Schools How difficult is it for an international student to get into a top US university?

    Firstly, I know I've already thanked everyone twice, but I'll do it once more: Thanks for all input, I appreciate every word. Okay, I can see now that I haven't been clear about some things. Firstly, I was just using MIT as a example (although it would admittedly be my first choice in a...
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    Schools How difficult is it for an international student to get into a top US university?

    Thanks for the input, everyone. I agree with Xmavidis; could anyone specify what sort of thing you could do to stand out from the crowd?
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    Schools How difficult is it for an international student to get into a top US university?

    Yeah, I was afraid of that... Statistically, MIT recruits about 0.5 South Africans yearly, so the odds are not looking good... From what I gather, the money shouldn't be a problem though, (IF by some miracle I get in) because (correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this applies to international...
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    Schools How difficult is it for an international student to get into a top US university?

    What are the requirements for entry as a freshman at say, MIT? (Studying physics of course). I've heard its highly competitive... All and any help would be greatly appreciated!
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    Programs Physics undergrad degree (→theoretical high energy physics) in the US?

    I am currently a high school student (in my final year) in South Africa. I am passionate about physics, and can frankly see myself following no other career path. Ultimately it is my goal to become a theoretical high energy physicist. (And then unify quantum mechanics with general relativity...
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