Computer Science / Mathematics: easier to get in for domestic students?


<p>I am just wondering. Quite a few tech schools have students from all over the world. However, is it true that it's much much more difficult for them international students (than say the domestic ones) to gain admission into PhD programs, say in Computer Science, Mathematics, and/or Applied Math?</p>

<p>If so, why? what sorts of factors might contribute to this phenomenon?</p>

<p>please help</p>


<p>As posted by someone in another thread- US students only have an advantage when they can bring funding, such as a fellowship, that is only available to US students. It is obviously not more difficult for equivalently intelligent and well trained/knowledgeable foreign students to enter US grad schools in many science related fields- look at the high numbers of foreign students in various US progrmas.</p>

<p>^^ This is interesting. Somehow I'm wanting to believe it to be true, because I know for a fact that not all the international students I've seen necessarily raze through everything and find it not too hard. Some of them seem to struggle just like anyone else.</p>

<p>My intuition would say that if it were as tough as I would have (blindly) guessed for internationals to make it, every one of them would be on par with some of the strongest graduate students.</p>

<p>I would be interested in hearing of other opinions on this.</p>

<p>As wis75 notes, the only advantage to being a domestic candidate is that certain prestigious funding sources are limited to citizens. There are certain obstacles to internationals - specifically English-language proficiency and academic preparation commensurate to a US undergraduate degree - but these are obtainable and managable by most.</p>