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International internships/study abroad programs

  1. Mar 5, 2007 #1
    So I'm very interested in studying abroad at some point in the next three years and also doing some research over said period of time. Right now I think an interesting way of killing two birds with one stone would be to apply for REUs in other countries, or some analog of such a program.

    The problem is that I can't seem to find any information on such programs outside of my school's own study abroad web page, which doesn't appear to offer the kinds of programs that I am interested in pursuing.

    does anybody have any ideas as to where I could find programs like this.

    PS. I'm an american, and am particularly interested in finding programs in Russia, although I would be doing this next summer or the summer after that, so I have time to learn any necessary languages.
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  3. Jan 5, 2015 #2
    Hey, why don't you try out Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT).
    This institute is very less known outside the soviet countries. It has also got the reputation for being the Russian MIT!
    It has a 6 years program after which you end up with a Masters degree but you can also opt to leave the course after 4 years with a Bachelors degree.
    This program can be very grueling!
    A typical course load during the first and second years can be over 48 hours a week, not including homework. Classes are taught five days a week, beginning at 9:00 am or 10:30 am, and continuing until 5:00 pm, 6:30 pm, or 8:00 pm. Most subjects include a combination of lectures and seminars (problem-solving study sessions in smaller groups) or laboratory experiments. Lecture attendance is optional, while seminar and lab attendance affects grades. Andre Geim, a graduate and Nobel prize winner stated "The pressure to work and to study was so intense that it was not a rare thing for people to break and leave, and some of them ended up with everything from schizophrenia to depression to suicide."
    Don't go for the rankings because you're hardly gonna find this institute anywhere in QS, ARWU, Times or any other rankings and there are few good reasons for that.

    It is also said that MIPT specialist/Master's diploma may be roughly equivalent to an American Ph.D. in physics!
    So, if you know Russian well, then go for it without a second opinion :)
    All the best :oldwink:
  4. Jan 5, 2015 #3


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    I guess you didn't notice the date on the original post. :D
  5. Jan 5, 2015 #4
    Yeah, my bad! -_-
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