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Schools A hard situation

  1. Jun 20, 2016 #1
    Hello PF,
    I am from Lebanon and i have been accepted to AUB (our most important university here) in physics.
    Now i haven't applied to any other university but we have our government university (Lebanese University) and there i can apply directly to physics with instant acceptance.
    Now here is the problem :
    AUB costs about 70 000$ for my bachelor and the rest is free.
    The Lebanese University is totaly free.
    I can also apply for engineering to USJ (another top university but not as good and french) or also to the LU but that would need an exam in July.
    And my acceptance will be denied in AUB for physics if i do not pay 1000$ before 30th of June.
    So now i am stuck i cannot leave the AUB and go for the engineering exams cause if i don't get accepted it will result in me doing nothing for a year and be accepted nowhere.
    I like both engineering and physics and i can't take a decision on what to pursue unless i try one of them.
    It should be also taken into consideration that in AUB i can transfer to engineering but not in LU.
    So what should i choose? I have the financial capacity for AUB but why not choose the free one and keep the money? But here also i fear that the program is not as good.
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  3. Jun 20, 2016 #2
    Dependent on if the physics course the lebanese uni covers everything in later years you want to study then id go for that one but I guess it depends on how much you need 70000$

    As for engineering vs physics I dont really see why this is always a debate, firstly the subjects cover completely different things and if you want to be an engineer then you should do engineering but if you dont want to be one then dont study engineering
  4. Jun 21, 2016 #3
    thank you for your advice sir. Any other point of view is welcome.
  5. Jun 21, 2016 #4
    I forgot to mention that AUB is an american university and here i will have more opportunities to transfer to american universities in the US but the LU is more oriented to France and i am not that into going there.
  6. Jun 21, 2016 #5
    Well only you can weigh up whether thats work 70000 to you.
  7. Jun 25, 2016 #6


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    Hey jamalkoiyess.

    What do you plan on doing after university (At least what do you imagine doing)?
  8. Jun 27, 2016 #7
    I would love a research job with some lecturing maybe. Actually today I payed for the AUB. So i am in AUB but i can change and welcome any advice
  9. Jun 27, 2016 #8
    Why would anybody be so crazy to pay 70000$ for a university when they can get in a cheaper one?
  10. Jun 27, 2016 #9
    1. I think that this university is better and has more connection internationally and it was one of the top 5 in the Middle East.(that's better for me since my goals are not here in Lebanon)
    2. In this university i can switch easily to engineering or any other major from any other faculty which gives me an opportunity to switch if i ever found that physics was not my thing.
  11. Jun 27, 2016 #10
    I don't really think 70000$ is worth that, but it's your choice of course.
  12. Jun 27, 2016 #11
    If in some world i was a genius somehow i would definitely choose the free because i would be intelligent and can do the same impact without the extra education level. But i am not even near being any genius so i took this choice to help me be better and stronger in my field.
  13. Jun 27, 2016 #12
    Strength of universities doesn't mean much. Definitely rankings are meaningless. Education is what you make of it: you can easily get a better education at a top 100 universities than somebody in a top 10 university if you put in the work and use all the opportunities. But again, if rankings are worth $70000, then that's ok. I just think it's a dumb choice.
  14. Jun 27, 2016 #13
    Okay rankings are not that important but take into consideration also that AUB has a lot of developed labs and research centers. And also it has a Ph.D. program that the other university has not.
    I am not trying to convince you here and i am sorry for taking your time but i know you are smart and have experience that can help me. Thank you.
  15. Jun 27, 2016 #14
    It's not really all that relevant since you're not a PhD student.
  16. Jun 27, 2016 #15
    but i am aiming to become one.
  17. Jun 27, 2016 #16
    but you're not one.
  18. Jun 27, 2016 #17
    So what ? I forget my goals just because i am not in them? What you are saying now is that if i am not in a Ph.D. i should not aim for it but how can i get in it if i do not go for it ?
  19. Jun 27, 2016 #18
    I didn't say that at all. I just don't really see the benefit for you that a university has a PhD program. You need to do your undergrad first and then you can apply to PhD programs.
  20. Jun 27, 2016 #19
    yeah so i thought if i was in the university that has the Ph.D. program it would be easier for me to get in and blend in afterwards.
  21. Jun 27, 2016 #20
    American universities don't like to take PhD students from their undergrad programs. Some universities like MIT by rule don't take in MIT undergrad students. You should check whether the same is true for your university.
  22. Jun 27, 2016 #21
    Oh i didn't know this but i don'think it is true here anyways if i cannot be accepted here that would give me more push to study abroad which was my initial goal.
  23. Jun 27, 2016 #22

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    Jamlkoiyess, it sounds like your mind is made up and you are looking for validation of a decision you have already made. If that isn't the case, you might ask yourself why you are arguing with people who point out issues with that plan?
  24. Jun 27, 2016 #23
    Being connected internationally means very little to nothing for an undergrad student, when you apply for a phd supervisors are looking for how good you are as a student not what rank your university is
  25. Jun 28, 2016 #24


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    If you are set on research then the advice I would give is to keep your grades up and look for any opportunities for research where you go to university.

    Note that there are many opportunities for research across the world in many areas and other things like being able to communicate, fit into the university/research culture, and possibly even teach or assist with other duties are additional to where you went to university/college.

    Some universities place particular emphasis on teaching versus research which is something else to factor in.

    Also be aware that not every university is MIT or Harvard - many universities across the world exist with a lot of opportunities for research and don't get completely focused on the prestige argument because a one-dimensional rank can't represent everything about a department or research program - let alone a university so I'd recommend to try and keep an open mind about this sort of thing.
  26. Jun 28, 2016 #25
    That is the case.
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