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Hi, i've created a topic before. i think it was under a wrong sub-forum (profile evaluation for US). However, I'm interested in MS at Europe. So, i decided to open a new topic here to get comments.

I'm from Istanbul Technical University (good international reputation) and i want to apply some EU universities for a MS based on VLSI. I have a proceeding at a national IEEE congress. I'm currently working on a very high speed SAR A/D converter using 65nm process tech. (it will be my BSc thesis). I have a GPA 3.64/4 which is equal to 9.1/10 and it could be raise a little bit, before applications. I will be probably in the first to three degrees of my program at the end of the year. I'm currently working on a VLSI design center (part time). I have good references from well-known professors.

I'm wondering about my chances for that list:
1- KU Leuven
2- TU Munich (MSCE)
3- TU Delft
4- EPFL
5- ETHZ
6- TU Darmstadt
7- TU Hamburg (i know, it requires a GRE but i can get before application)
8- Helsinki Tech.
9- Karlsruhe Inst. of Tech.
10- TU Eindhoven
11- KTH (with scholarship)

Suggestions about your choices are welcome.

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schottky Could you please paste all the replies from the previous thread so that we have a better idea about what has already been said? Very Happy

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yes, of course anuragm ! Very Happy

(09-20-2011 04:57 AM)anuragm Wrote:  Have a little patience, @[schottky]. The difference between your last two posts was about an hour!

Okay, you have a very good profile and I don't see any reason why you may not get multiple admits from the schools in your list. Except for ETH Zurich, you have a reasonably good chance of getting into all other universities, with moderate chances for EPFL, KIT, KU Leuven, TU Delft and TU/e. The only thing that remains is your SoP - work hard on it.

As far as the scholarship is concerned, I cannot comment on it. It really depends on your application as a whole, and is very subjective.

I hope you have already gone through the programs offered by these universities.

All the best!

(09-20-2011 11:36 AM)yogi1 Wrote:  
Quote:I'm wondering about my chances for that list:
1- KU Leuven moderate/ambi
2- TU Munich (MSCE) moderate/ambi
3- TU Delft
4- EPFL
5- ETHZ
6- TU Darmstadt moderate
7- TU Hamburg (i know, it requires a GRE but i can get before application) moderate
8- Helsinki Tech.
9- Karlsruhe Inst. of Tech.
10- TU Eindhoven
11- KTH (with scholarship)

(09-20-2011 03:11 PM)schottky Wrote:  thanks for the replies.

i was thinking that KU Leuven is moderate and TUM is safe for me. however, you say otherwise. i'm hungry to more comments about this two.

i have a very big chance for a DAAD scholarship about 750 euros/month (for any univ. at Germany), will that scholarship help me about admit? if i couldn't get it, i will choose KU Leuven because i heard Leuven is more cheaper. but i get an impression about it is more harder to admit there, right?

i want to add, i'm in contact with a professor at EPFL. may that kind of personal relationship help about admit and scholarships?

another question, i you were me, which was your choice? i'm planning a PhD after MS and i think a PhD at US would be wonderful. which is more prefable in that aspect?

so, i need more comments pleaseVery Happy

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The steps involved in my application to TU Munich were: online application (pre-application), sending in attested documents, Skype interview - and this was for their MS program. TU Munich is a little picky, but you can get in with some effort.

I believe you need an admit to get a scholarship and not the other way round. However, the costs in Germany are pretty low. You would need about 600 Euros per month. The fees is also not too high at about 500 Euros per semester. I've no idea about the costs involved at KU Leuven, though.

Personal connections always help. In fact, one of my juniors at my college had worked for a joint project with Purdue University, and he was offered a PhD position there. Another of my batch-mates did her internship in New Zealand, and was offered a place there. The point is, if the professor knows you and is willing to take you, he can get you an admit and scholarship. Whether you need to formally apply or not, depends on the university. So, there is no harm in mailing the professor and asking him if he would be willing to take you as a MS student.

I appreciate your interest in pursuing a PhD from US, and I don't think a MS from Europe will be, in any way, a hurdle to that end. The guide is the most important factor when going for a PhD, rather than the college or the country.

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Thanks again anuragm Very Happy

Your replies are very helpful. Now, i know that:
- i have a good chance about german universities, except KIT.
- the professor i know at EPFL can help me about an admission and scholarship. i will try to arrange a face to face meeting. (i have right to travel visa-free to EU countries)
- a PhD at US does not depend on the university.

i heard 600-700 euros is enough for Leuven. however, some say it might be more than 750 euros for Munchen. i can handle up to 700 euros, but not more. that means, if i get multiple admits, money will talk Very Happy

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My first thoughts after having a glance at your profile: you have a stellar profile. It is fantastic that you are working in 65nm technology while you are still in your bachelors. Everything seems to be fine with your profile.

I strongly believe that you will get an admit from one of the best universities .

Now, for my profile evaluation for VLSI related courses.

1- KU Leuven- slightly ambi but definitely send an application
2- TU Munich (MSCE)-mod/ambi (need a bit of luck to go your way)
3- TU Delft-no idea about univs other than germany
4- EPFL
5- ETHZ
6- TU Darmstadt- safe (requires an admission test)
7- TU Hamburg (i know, it requires a GRE but i can get before application)-safe
8- Helsinki Tech.
9- Karlsruhe Inst. of Tech.-mod/safe
10- TU Eindhoven
11- KTH (with scholarship)


Well, I think you should apply to all of these/max of these univs. In addition, I can also suggest University of Stuttgart.

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thanks for your comments, anjanakarthik Very Happy

yes, Univ. of Stuttgart has a good MS program, Infotech, too. i will consider that.

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(09-22-2011 01:53 AM)schottky Wrote:  Hi, i've created a topic before. i think it was under a wrong sub-forum (profile evaluation for US). However, I'm interested in MS at Europe. So, i decided to open a new topic here to get comments.

I'm from Istanbul Tech. and i want to apply some EU universities for a MS based on VLSI. I have a proceeding at a national IEEE congress. I'm currently working on a very high speed SAR A/D converter using 65nm process tech. (it will be my BSc thesis). I have a GPA 3.64/4 which is equal to 9.1/10 and it could be raise a little bit, before applications. I will be probably in the first to three degrees of my program at the end of the year. I'm currently working on a VLSI design center (part time). I have good references from well-known professors.

I'm wondering about my chances for that list:
1- KU Leuven
2- TU Munich (MSCE)
3- TU Delft
4- EPFL
5- ETHZ
6- TU Darmstadt
7- TU Hamburg (i know, it requires a GRE but i can get before application)
8- Helsinki Tech.
9- Karlsruhe Inst. of Tech.
10- TU Eindhoven
11- KTH (with scholarship)

Suggestions about your choices are welcome.

U have a gud profile.... but .. cracking ETH and EPFL would be tough for you ... as they are among the best univ. in the world. But give a shot, its worth it.

TUM, TU Delft - would be mod/ambi -
TU/e, TU dramsdat, KTH(nt sure abt schol) - mod/easy for you

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1- KU Leuven- SAFE (you can get in here very easily.)
2- TU Munich (MSCE)- Mod/Safe
3- TU Delft-Safe
4- EPFL - Mod/Ambi
5- ETHZ - Ambi
6- TU Darmstadt- safe (requires an admission test)
7- TU Hamburg-Safe
8- Helsinki Tech. - Mod
9- Karlsruhe Inst. of Tech.-mod/safe
10- TU Eindhoven -Mod/safe
11- KTH (with scholarship) - no idea.

Considering the reputation of ITU, its shouldnt be hard for you to get into these unviersities.

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thanks for the comments Very Happy

i'm confused about KU Leuven. some say it's ambi., some say it's mod. and saqib.shah06 you say that it's safe. Confused

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Yes I say its safe- because I have seen people with profiles lot worse than your get through- your GPA is excellent, you have a paper presentation and your current work exp. is just the icing on the top of the cake Wink. I am pretty sure you should get through easy- just make sure you write a good SOP- they really pay attention to it!

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Thank you again saqib.shah06 Very Happy

i hope i can get an admit. from KU Leuven. it's a brilliant university, especially for analog VLSI.
olivergomes, JT_daniel, Soching , ee10406 please make an evaluation of my profile

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I can't say KULeuven is safe because I saw some very good profiles getting rejected also. Still I would suggest to apply there.


You've good profile, I'll suggest to consider NTU, NUS also in your list.

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thanks for your comments Soching,

i know NTU and NUS are also good universities, however, i consider only EU universities.
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sidhusavi and pramod0488 , i think you have some idea about EU universities. so, please evaluate.

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Hi everyone,

Since application deadlines for EU universities are coming, I'm more focused on which university is the best for me? So, here I have some questions for you Very Happy

1- I don't know much about TU Delft. I heard it's good for RF microelectronics. Is it also good for analog (general stuff) or digital? Ok, I can go through RF but just need some information.

2- I really need some details about TUM. I've talked some ex-MSCE students and they were not positive about TUM. They said they faced some problems and difficulties when looking for an internship or after MS jobs. Everyone complains about accomodation issues and hilgh level of monthly expenses also. Please, i need more details about TUM.

4- I'm confused about KIT. Is it a really good university? Because, nobody talks about it. Is there anyone can compare it with TUM?

5- Since I will pursuit a PhD degree after MS, which university would be best for this? I say, after graduation, which one will help me about going USA or at least Switzerland? Also i heard that PHD in Germany is almost impossible for a foreigner. Is it true?

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