- Overall impression – Did your stay meet your expectations?
My stay in Switzerland met my expectations. During the week I was able to work on my research. On the weekends I had the opportunity to explore Switzerland. In my field (Finance) work on my dissertation is mostly independent. But at UNIL I was able to regularly discuss my research with faculty.
- Three positive points?
- The faculty were very helpful and willing to spend time working with me.
- I was provided with the resources necessarily to properly conduct research.
- The ease of transition to living in Switzerland for three months was generally easy.
- Three negative points / challenges?
- Switzerland is a relatively expensive place to live – funding could be more.
- Three months is not enough time to finish a research project, having a longer term option would also be good.
- More official meetings with the other ThinkSwiss scholars and the administration to further build relationships would be nice.
- How well were you coached and integrated in the research team?
I was integrated into the department almost immediately. I believe I had more face time with faculty than many of the other PhD students
- Comparison (advantages and disadvantages) between your Swiss and your
research lab, research mentality and team. U.S.
Advantages of U.S.:
- PhD students were a more cohesive group.
- Faculty has a broader range of interests.
Advantages of Switzerland:
- Fewer people in the department and so easier to know everyone’s work.
- PhD students had more resources available to them.
- Do you consider going back to
for studying, a Ph. D. program, work or on vacation? Switzerland
Yes, I would like to work in Switzerland in the near future.