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Worth it or a Waste of Time? Grad Studies in Paris (or indeed, elsewhere)

Paris works well as a place to visit, sight see and such but is it worthwhile deciding to stay here? Pursue grad studies here? What are the benefits? Do PhD studies still have the same value that they used to hold? In early 2011, I stumbled across an interesting article in the Economist that basically argued that opting to pursue a PhD could be a terrible choice. The evidence used in the article was predominantly aimed at a US audience, with a few examples from other parts of the world to bolster the argument or to add slight nuance. A major part of what the article says is quite pertinent : it argues that being a PhD student may only help to serve the interests of supervisors who act asa club of intellectual vampires: feeding off the energy, motivation and hard work of their bright graduate students and the commensurate cheap labour to boost their own publications records. It also makes the point that the economic benefits of doing a PhD are not guaranteed – …

Back to school but, I never quite left…

The holidays came and went too quickly as they always do – and it is now time to get back to academic life in earnest. Well, to be honest, I didn’t completely stop work on my academic interests. At post-graduate level, you see your thesis everywhere. It becomes a psychological problem of some sort. A socially acceptable form of madness. So, while for instance it would be viewed as problematic if you were to be compelled to smoke a joint of marijuana before Christmas lunch and after it, or carry your stash of pot everywhere and need to take a break to smoke and maybe miss Boxing Day tea and left over Christmas Cake – the same rules do not apply to postgraduate students. I continued to obsess over my studies; missed out on some of the pudding, left over turkey, et cetera because I felt too guilty to completely stop. I am sure that this is not healthy behaviour, but it is viewed as admirable and good because unlike smoking pot (which is also …

Oh… about the studies in Paris…:-)

Phenomenal day in Paris – left home for lectures at 730 am in the morning, only to return home at 2200! If there is one thing that the French education system provides, it’s excellent training in rigour and hard work! For those up to the challenge of studying in a challenging – but rewarding context – click here for info on studying in France! (for what it’s worth – studying in Paris is an excellent choice, and is absolutely perfect to live a dynamic, fulfilling, well-rounded student lifestyle in this blogger’s opinion!)

Doctoral Studies in France? How France measures up to the States

For students who have gone through English medium universities, the choice to study in France is often not an obvious one. he English speaking world has several great options for the young academics to choose from – while the linguistic barrier of studying in France only serves to be discouraging for the would-be students fromAnglophone would-be students. In recent years, however, the French system has become somewhat more international, English programmes are increasingly available at several top French universities. Furthermore, Paris as a city to study in has become more open to English speakers, making settling into Paris manageable. Given thar French institutions and the city are definitely more open and cosmopolitan and friendly to foreigners here to study – there is a definite case to be made for picking out Paris as a study destination option. The question that still remains is whether France is the best place to begin and build an academic career for graduate students intending to pursue careers in research and academia. A recent news article seems to suggest that …