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I have an admission for Master of Electrical Engineering - 2015 in KU Leuven and looking forward to specialize in Electronics and Integrated circuits. AFAIK, KU Leuven is one of the best places in Europe for RF IC design due to the presence of Dr. Patrick Raynaert. My primary interest is RF IC Design research based PhD programme in top US univ (Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA). I know that I need atleast 2 journal papers published to get into PhD programme of top US schools.

But I am in doubt whether I would be able to involve in quality research works to publish journal papers during master thesis even I play out of my skin during masters since thesis is only for six months?

1) Is there any chance to get RA in ESAT-MICAS after having good grades in first semester like US univ?
FYI: Presently I could not find any MS student in RF Circuit Design group of Dr. Patrick Raynaert by looking into his personal page. Does this mean that there is no chance for MS students to get involved in quality research works in KU Leuven-ESAT during his masters except final semester thesis?

Worst case, hoping for a job in my specialisation, since planning to have an educational loan. I have 2+ years of experience as Analog IC Design Engineer in Microchip Technology.
As far as my knowledge, there is quite a number of well renowned semiconductor companies in Netherlands and Germany, but not so in Belgium. Also no chance of visa extension for international students in Belgium. Please correct me if I am wrong. If we prove our excellence, we can end up in great jobs anywhere in the world. But here, I am more concerned about the practical aspects (opportunities of Belgian univ student compared to NL univ student in the NL semiconductor job market having both students from non-EU) than the technical aspects like having good grades, networking with seniors, local language.

2) How difficult to get a job in my specialisation (Analog/RF) being a non-EU student based on current scenario?
3) Will I get an equal chance of standing in NL semiconductor job market compared to the graduate from TU Delft, TU/e?

Please share your thoughts. Thanks in advance.

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sairam2015

PS: TU Delft microelectronics would be an ideal admit for me regarding the above concerns. But I haven't applied there, since I missed the scholarship application date.

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I could not find any active edulix seniors from KUL specialising in Electronics and Integrated Circuits design to provide info related to the above concerns. Do you know anyone?

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(03-25-2015 10:58 AM)sairam2015 Wrote:  I have an admission for Master of Electrical Engineering - 2015 in KU Leuven and looking forward to specialize in Electronics and Integrated circuits. AFAIK, KU Leuven is one of the best places in Europe for RF IC design due to the presence of Dr. Patrick Raynaert. My primary interest is RF IC Design research based PhD programme in top US univ (Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA). Not interested to pursue PhD in Europe. I know that I need atleast 2 journal papers published to get into PhD programme of top US schools.

But I am in doubt whether I would be able to involve in quality research works to publish journal papers during master thesis even I play out of my skin during masters since thesis is only for six months?

1) Is there any chance to get RA in ESAT-MICAS after having good grades in first semester like US univ?
FYI: Presently I could not find any MS student in RF Circuit Design group of Dr. Patrick Raynaert by looking into his personal page. Does this mean that there is no chance for MS students to get involved in quality research works in KU Leuven-ESAT during his masters except final semester thesis?

Worst case, hoping for a job in my specialisation, since planning to have an educational loan. I have 2+ years of experience as Analog IC Design Engineer in Microchip Technology.
As far as my knowledge, there is quite a number of well renowned semiconductor companies in Netherlands and Germany, but not so in Belgium. Also no chance of visa extension for international students in Belgium. Please correct me if I am wrong. If we prove our excellence, we can end up in great jobs anywhere in the world. But here, I am more concerned about the practical aspects (opportunities of Belgian univ student compared to NL univ student in the NL semiconductor job market having both students from non-EU) than the technical aspects like having good grades, networking with seniors, local language.

2) How difficult to get a job in my specialisation (Analog/RF) being a non-EU student based on current scenario?
3) Will I get an equal chance of standing in NL semiconductor job market compared to the graduate from TU Delft, TU/e?

Please share your thoughts. Thanks in advance.

Regards,
sairam2015

PS: TU Delft microelectronics would be an ideal admit for me regarding the above concerns. But I haven't applied there, since I missed the scholarship application date.

I will try to answer your questions to the best of my knowledge. Though I did not study in KU Leuven, I know a few things about there.

In KU Leuven, you will be loaded with tons of courses (>15 if I am not wrong. Please check), to be completed in 1-1.5 yrs. Esp. some of the design courses in RF/Analog would be quite tough and will take up a lot of your time. So, there is a very little chance to publish a high quality IEEE paper, which most of the profs in RF/Analog target in the ESAT group.

The euro having declined to such a low level is a definite concern. If things return to normal, it should not be very difficult for a KU Leuven graduate in ESAT to get a job in NL/BE/Germany etc.

Please PM me if you have any other doubts.

Back in Edulix. Can provide suggestions for prospective Ph.D applicants only, as I am unaware of the trends for MS admits since last few years.
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ee10406 Thanks for your response. You are right. In fact, we have to finish more than 20 courses. From your response, I come to a conclusion that if euro values are back to the normal, I can easily secure a job in one of the european countries provided strong in my subject knowledge. Please correct me if I am wrong.

However, I have contacted one of the ESAT professors about RA and got reply as follows,

"thank you for your email, and good to hear you got accepted for the Master program. Let us talk about this when you arrive in Leuven"

looks like a neutral response. By edugoogling about prof-letting, come to know, if we move our cards correctly and lucky enough, we can end up with RA for this type of neutral response.
Don't have much research experience, but have 2+ years of industrial experience worked on Power amplifiers, DAC, LDO, comparators. What would be right time to approach? How to approach prof and go about further conversation regarding RA?

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Quote: I come to a conclusion that if euro values are back to the normal, I can easily secure a job in one of the european countries provided strong in my subject knowledge.

The amount of misinformation on these forums seems to be increasing every year. How on earth does the euro value affect your ability to get a job? I don't have the abilities or knowledge of an economist but i fail to see any connection at all.

I also fail to understand how people repeatedly ask for comments about the job scenario in countries and people can possibly make sweeping statements based on half-information.

Apologies in advance if i trod on your (or anyone else's) toes. Someone has to point this out.

OP, your chances of getting a job are entirely up to you. You do need a bit of luck to spot opportunities and apply quiickly. I will say that your past experience will help. In my limited experience, i've yet to see someone who came to the EU after working in india and then failed to find a job if they tried hard enough. It certainly is possible but then living in the EU brings with it a whole set of challenges, one of which is language.

Take a chance, try your best and hope for the best too. You'll be fine.

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Hi ,

I have admission offers from
KU Leuven - Electrical Engg with specialization in Electronics and Integrated Circuits
TUM ASIA - Integrated Circuit Design

How do I compare these universities with research and job opportunities ?
Please share your inputs.
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chalmers vs kuleuven (electrical/embedded)
please answer including scenario of
* job
* people
* part time
* semiconductor industry
or should i re-apply next year in germany
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