May students do research
Do research at Harvard, Yale or Stanford !?
Why this blog?
Many people probably don't know me, so I wanted to clarify the question "Why do I run this blog?":
Educational justice and equal opportunities are very important to me personally. For this reason, as a DAAD correspondent for Harvard University, I will try to motivate more people to decide to stay abroad and also to try it at the top universities. People from educationally disadvantaged groups in particular still rarely go abroad, be it because of funding or simply because they don't have the will.
With my blog and my social media posts I not only want to give you an insight into the life of a researcher at Harvard, but also to motivate you to broaden your horizons abroad!
I am often asked the question of how to get into the Ivy League as a medical professional. The simple answer is: You apply.
Well, what do you do if you can't pay $ 90,000 a year to study there, as in my case.
Today I will explain to you one possibility to come to these universities:
Off to Harvard
The key is: research.
As a doctor you are lucky / unlucky to be “forced” to write your doctoral thesis. Either alongside your studies, during the semester break, or you take an extra break (like me).
This path requires a lot of initiative and even more organizational effort, which you have to be aware of at the beginning. I applied about 10 months before the start and I wouldn't plan any less for any advice. (It can be done in less, but the risk of delays due to organizational difficulties is enormous).
As a researcher, you apply directly to the faculty or institute at which you want to research. This means that you can be employed by the research group leader and thereby gain access to the university. Here you don't get the official student status, so you don't have to pay any study fees, but you can enjoy "almost" all the advantages.
In my case, this means that I am employed as a researcher working on my doctoral thesis while at the same time I am in the "Program in Neuroscience" at Harvard Medical School and can take any course at Harvard Medical School that I want.
The catch with the story?
You don't get a degree from the university or credits for the courses.
I don't mind this as I'm here primarily for the experience and research.
Many of my friends also use this “trick”, e. B. for your bachelor's or master's thesis in order to go to a renowned university without having to pay the study costs.
In the next few posts I will go into how you choose the right university, how you can finance your stay and what opportunities such universities offer you.
Share this post on Facebook and other social media channels so that as many people as possible know about the opportunity to join the Ivy League for free. It is especially important for people who cannot afford such a stay to know how they can still make their dreams come true!
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