Hey, I’m an international from Europe looking to potentially pursue graduate education in physics, chemistry, or engineering in big US grad schools like the Ivies or maybe Oxbridge. I have kind of a strange comparison dilemma. I know how important research is during the selection process to grad schools, so I’m wondering what I should choose here. I have 2 options, and the fees are all covered in both of them. I’m leaning towards Amherst because I want to experience that US college lifestyle, but not sure.
Pros - US college feel; closer to my target grad schools both culturally and connections-wise; most prestigious liberal arts college in the US; lots of opportunities for student exchange programs; from what I saw, outstanding professors; seems very diverse and accepting of internationals and different cultures.
Cons - Potentially fewer research opportunities as it’s a liberal arts college; rural setting is nice but I’d prefer a big city; I’d also prefer a student body that’s larger.
Technical University of Munich
Pros - Best university in Germany; closer to home country; bigger university feel; potentially more research opportunities; located in a big city; I have family in Germany.
Cons - I practically can’t stand the German language lol; I’m less acquainted with German culture than with US culture; I’ve heard German locals aren’t that accepting of internationals (coconut personality vs. peach personality thing).