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Why choose the US? How does the US compare to other countries

Our speakers are Mr. Moon Chen, AIEF Education Foundation; Mr. Jim Crawley, Asoc. Director of Admissions, Grand Valley State University, Michigan.

Why choose the US? How does the US compare to other countries
Friday, March 17 2006 (12:00 AM - 12:00 AM)

Please note: Portions of this transcript have been edited for clarity

Host: (Moon Chen)

This is Moon Chen from American International Education Foundation. I am very pleased to chat with you on the web today and hope my answers will be helpful to your application for advanced studies in US.

 

Host: (Jim Crawley)

Hi! My Name is Jim Crawley, Associate Director of Admissions at Grand Valley State University in Allendlae, Michigan. Welcome to this webchat! We believe that the U.S. has the best higher education system. I welcome your questions in this area.


Start of Chat


 

Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
Q
美國州立大學商研所的排名會很差嗎?在百名排行榜中 州立大學占的比例有多少呢 ?如果選擇州立大學來唸,國際學生的學費真的會比較便宜嗎?因我在USNEWS的網站中,看到州立大學整年度的學費有的甚至在USD10,000以內,它 的參考性如何?
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並不會,至少排名在50以內就有多所州立大學.實際比例可以上台北市立圖書館留學中心網頁查詢.一般來說,州立大學的學費比私立大學便宜,但是就算是州立大學,其差距也可相差至一萬美元以上。國際學生要看out of state 的費用才對. (2006-03-17 11:42)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
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如果想要知道全美商研所的排名,要如何尋找這方面的資料呢?在usnews網站中,其排名是正確的嗎?它的排名種類太多,我要如何篩選商研所的排名?
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你可以上google 以U.S. business school ranking 這樣的字樣去查就可以找到各種商學院排名的資料, 不過會建議你除了參考學校排名之外,最好同時以課程來篩選.畢竟每一所商學院所開出的課程不一,而你中意的學校不見得會有你想唸的課程. (2006-03-17 11:43)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
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要怎樣知道美國大學是否有被台灣教育部認可呢 ?很怕唸到野雞學校,要如何辨識?是否在排名百名內的大學就一定會被教育部認可呢?
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教育部國際文教處可查詢被台灣教育部認可的學校。要辨識野雞學校很簡單,只要有列出一定的入學標準,而且有一定的申請程序並非來者不拒的學校應該都是可以放心申請的學校。美國約有三千所大學,排名百名內的大學不只被教育部認可而且還是很優的學校呢? (2006-03-17 11:43)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
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排名中等以上的學校,其排名為何?例:150名內或120名內?或超過幾名後的學校就是屬於較劣等的學校?
A
美國約有三千所大學,排名兩百名內的大學都可算是很優的學校 (2006-03-17 11:43)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
Q
我想唸會計研究所碩士班,想要知道關於這方面領域較有知名度的學校是哪些?
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1. U. of Pennsylvania 2. U. of Chicago 3. U. of Texas - Austin 4. U. of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign 5. U. of Michigan - Ann Arbor 6. Stanford U. 7. New York U. 8. U. of Southern California 9. U. of North Carolina - Chapel Hill 10. Northwestern U. 以上是US News 排出的會計研究所前十名. (2006-03-17 11:44)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
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因經費有限,想選擇生活水平較低的州來唸書,請問美國哪幾個州是消費水準較低的呢?其一年生活費USD10,000以內可以過生活嗎?
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要將生活費控制在USD10,000以內其實不難. 不管是住或食的方面價位高低的選擇差距很大,只要多問問當地居民有關省錢方式都可以輕易的做到。 (2006-03-17 11:44)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
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學校可以幫忙輔導在美國當地就業嗎?
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學校有placement center辦理校內徵才等活動. (2005-03-17 13:49)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
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會計商研所的學制通常是幾年呢?如果想在一年內完成有可能嗎?
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因為美國學校只要修完學分就可畢業, 所以想在一年內完成是有可能的. (2005-03-17 13:49)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
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條件式入學的學校是排名都很差嗎?
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不一定. (2005-03-17 13:50)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
Q
推廌函有特定格式嗎?如果要申請多間學校,其推廌函可以用COPY本嗎?
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如果是96年1月才要唸研究所,可以現在將推廌函寫好嗎?因為今年5月我要先出國唸語文學校?順利的話直接申請學校就讀.傳統推廌函是可以一封多投.但是現在有很多學校有自己的推薦表格,如此就得一所一所個別填寫.推廌函先寫好是ok的,只要密封完好. (2005-03-17 13:50)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
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以下學校想要知道其排名為何,是屬於中上等級的學校嗎? 1.University of North Alabama 2.Arizona State University 3.Truman State University 4.Central Missouri State University 5.University of Alabama.
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第2及5所學校為百名內的學校. (2005-03-17 13:50)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
Q
學校名稱為什麼有的僅差一個字呢?像上列的第1及第5的學校僅差North而己,是屬於同一間學校嗎?
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當然是不同的學校,你可以上他們的網頁看看就知道是否同一所了.有許多學校名稱都有 east, north, south, west 等. (2005-03-17 13:50)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
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請問一下美國加州大學的學費大約都是多少?
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For University of California University system, the tuition and fees are approximately US$30,000 per academic year. As for the California State University system, it’s about US$12,000 per academic year. For private schools, they are varied from school to school, some are as high as up to US$40,000 or as low as US$10,000. (2006-03-17 14:06)
 
Host: (Mr. Jim Crawley)
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田納西大學的環境是如何?師資好嗎?因為經費不太夠.
A
You have asked a few different questions. 1) It is somewhat difficult to say how it is to live there as it depends on what you enjoy. They do have multiple campuses in the University of Tennesse system. You should check out their webs site to learn more, 2) I am sure that they have very qualified teachers. Most public accredited universities do. 3) As for fees, you will need to compare them to other schools to see how affordable they are. Good luck in your search! (2006-03-17 14:08)
 
Host: (Mr. Jim Crawley)
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Could you recommend what the best master's programs for studying "Diplomacy and International Development Studies" are?
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That is a very specific program. I would recommend that you use one of the following sites to help with your search: http://www.gradview.com http://www.studyusa.com or http://www.studyusa.com and on these sites you can do a search for your program. (2006-03-17 14:10)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
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請問我在寄出申請表及相關資料後,需要再做些什麼動作嘛?
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Well, you just wait and see what the school tells you to do. If there is not, just wait for 4 to 6 weeks to see if you receive any letter or email from the school to tell yes or no. You should be patient to wait, anyway. (2006-03-17 14:12)
 
Host: (Mr. Jim Crawley)
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可以請您明確指出美國教育環境比其他國家優越之處?
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It is important to note that all countries have good systems. You just need to find the one that is the best for you. The US system provides excellent quality, a wide variety of academic programs, a good value for your investment and a lot of flexibility in your choice of topic to study (2006-03-17 14:13)
 
Host: (Mr. Jim Crawley)
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請問如果超過了學校的deadline還可以在寄資料過去嗎?
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Each school has their individual deadline for admission. Most of the time, these are FIRM deadlines. You are welcome to send everything in and pay the fee, HOWEVER, it is most likely that they will not consider your application at this point. You should wait for the next semester or find a school who's deadline has not passed. (2006-03-17 14:16)
 
Host: (Mr. Jim Crawley)
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我即將會去美國大學的附屬唸語言學校,想在學語言期間修一些專業學分或旁聽,請問這樣可行嗎?請問大概的程序及費用如何計算?我已經是大學畢業,還可以去修大學的學分嗎?
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English Language Programs are a great way to get to know the university. You will need to talk to the director of your English Language program about "sitting in for a class" as a guest. It is up to the faculty member, but many times they will let you visit one of the classes and there is normally no cost. If you already have a bachelors degree, the next logical thing would be to continue on for a Masters, not go back for more undergraduate classes, unless you need pre-requisite courses in a new subject that is different than your first degree before moving on to a Masters program. (2006-03-17 14:20)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
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我已經被賓州州立大學碩士班錄取,預計繼續念博士,但是根據I20上面所寫,學費與生活費每年需要36000美金,我自己存的錢可能只夠念兩年。聽說念到博士,「幾乎都有」TA、RA可申請,可比照in state學費,但又擔心如果真的沒有申請到TA、RA時,可能會因為經費不足,無法完成學業。請問是否有解呢?
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There are 82% Ph.D students or Ph.D candidates, particularly candidates get TA, RA or some other kinds of financial assistance in top schools. Penn State at University Park is one of the top schools in US, hopefully you can get financial aid when you study for Ph.D program. Well, you may apply for students' loans from the local banks in Taiwan or try the government scholarships. (2006-03-17 14:21)
 
Host: (Mr. Jim Crawley)
Q
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville和 University of Tennessee at Martin是兩間不同的大學嗎?
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It should be the same school but two difference campus locations. Each location may differ in the programs offered. Please check the details on the school's website. (2006-03-17 14:22)
 
Host: (Mr. Jim Crawley)
Q
Compare to the other English country. They offer cheaper price for study. Why should we choose USA to study?
A
You need to make a choice as to where you feel it is the best location for you. Some students do decide on the UK or Australia for example. We feel that the US offers you many options at different price levels and many academic choices. It can be a difficult choice. (2006-03-17 14:24)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
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目前申請上經濟博士班有SUNY at Buffalo, Binghamton University, North Carolina State University, Univ. of Illinois-Chicago,請問這些學校在美國的學術名聲?還有費用高低?
A
All the schools you mentioned about are state-supported schools and are on the national ranking list (US News). There are about 4,100 colleges and universities in US and only 274 schools are on the national ranking list. Please judge yourself if the schools are good or not. (2006-03-17 14:26)
 
Host: (Mr. Jim Crawley)
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於畢業後若想進入美國職場,在學時應如何提早準備(選課或是找指導教授...)?
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The visa officer wants to know about your study plans and your intentions back here in Taiwan when you finish. While in the US university, get the best grades that you can and take advantage of any extra opportunities like internships, research and volunteer experience. They all look good on your resume and will be beneficial when you apply for optional practical training. (2006-03-17 14:26)
 
Host: (Mr. Jim Crawley)
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請問美國的MBA與Marketing與Project Management有什麼不同?
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The MBA is the Masters in Business Administration and within an MBA program, there can be many areas of specialty. For an MBA you will take courses in many areas of Business. If you do Masters in a specific area, you will specify your studies in that area. (2006-03-17 14:32)
 
Host: (Mr. Jim Crawley)
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Which schools offer good scholarships to international students wanting to get a master's degree in art?
A
Unfortunately, schools do not always advertise the scholarships they offer. It is important to note, however, that at the Graduate level, you will not usually find scholarships. If a university offers something to graduate students it will usually be a Graduate Assistantship. You can search http://www.gradview.com or http://www.studyusa.com to find schools that might offer your program of study. (2006-03-17 14:34)
 
Host: (Mr. Jim Crawley)
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Could you compare the UT-Austin and Rice University, studying in Social Sciences field?
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This is an extremely difficult question to answer. The only way someone would really know is if they had attended both schools and could compare their experiences. Also, "Social Sciences"is a very broad topic. You should search each schools site and look at the programs that interest you as well as the individual classes that each requires you to take. (2006-03-17 14:36)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
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若已經在國內跟到一個不錯的,且在國際工程領域上小有名氣的教授,做不錯的研究,也常有機會出國發表論文,請問去美國就讀博士班是否有何吸引之處,想出國又怕無法申請到好學校或跟學校與想像中不一樣,也聽說很多去美國就讀博士班,一年就被踢回來的例子.
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Everyone has his or her view of value. But you have to accept that the higher education one receives the more reward or job opportunity she or he will have. Again, those who receive education abroad generally have more advantages because of their foreign language ability, wider and advanced professional knowledge. You may refer to some statistics to see what I mean. But I do accept that many established and successful people have never studies abroad. It depends on what you think or value. That's it. (2006-03-17 14:39)
 
Host: (Mr. Jim Crawley)
Q
According to expense calculation on PSU's website (year 2005) and I-20 (year 2006), I found that the tuition is growing fast. What is the limitation of the growth? If the tuition goes up rapidly, I may give up study in US!
A
It is up to each individual university as to what their tuition, room and board fees will be. Sometimes you see an increase of 4-6% and sometimes you see an increase of 15%. You need to look at other options that provide you with a good education at a lower cost. If you academic records are high enough, you might even qualify for a scholarship from some schools. (2006-03-17 14:39)
 
Host: (Mr. Jim Crawley)
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Can students in art get TA, RA or financial assistance in top universities as well?
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Sure, assuming the university offers them in your field of study. The problem is that getting a TA or RA is VERY competitive. You need to apply early and you need to check and see if their is a separate application for the TA/RA financial assistantship. (2006-03-17 14:41)
 
Host: (Mr. Jim Crawley)
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Could the students who take F1 visa allow to have a part-time or full-time job? Are there any ways to work in the USA to balance my economy?
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While in the US on F1 status, you will be permitted to work up to 20 hours per week while classes are in session and up to 40 hours per week during vacation times. Please note that you can only work on-campus only. (2006-03-17 14:42)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
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請問二技畢業的GPA是只看二技還是連五專四五年級的成績也要看?
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Both are required. Only the 2-year GPA may confuse the school, because generally one cannot get a bachelor degree in 2 years. You must submit school transcripts from both of the 5-year junior college and the 2-year university programs. (2006-03-17 14:44)
 
Host: (Mr. Jim Crawley)
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Are there possible sources of financial support for graduate students? I hear there are not as many as Ph.D's. Thank you!
A
Assuming the university offers them in your field of study. The problem is that getting a TA or RA is VERY competitive. You need to apply early and you need to check and see if their is a separate application for the TA/RA Assistantships. (2006-03-17 14:50)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
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I have got MS degree and worked for 5 years in Taiwan. Now, I want to study in US to get Ph.D degree. Because I have left the school for a long time, should I apply for MS degree instead of Ph.D degree? What's the major factors I should consider before applying? Thank you for your answering.
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Entrance requirements are varied from school to school. I suggest you choose some schools and email to ask if you are qualified to apply. I don't think if there is any problem since you have MS and worked for 5 years. Probably you have to take GRE. Good luck. (2006-03-17 14:51)
 
Host: (Mr. Jim Crawley)
Q
東,西方存有許多相異處,除了課堂交流外,該從何處著手融入美國文化?例如:聊天話題,生活方式.
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I understand your question. You are correct in that Asian culture is different than US culture. Adapting to living in the US can be difficult at times. "Culture shock" is VERY common for international students. Keep in mind, however, that there are 7 Asian countries in the top ten for those that send the most students to the US. Asian students tend to do very well. I feel that those that get involved in their campus life and interact with US students, not only students from their country will have a better experience and may not experience as much culture shock. (2006-03-17 14:53)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
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請問一下,如果在美國讀完博士班取得工程領域的Phd學位,容易在美國找到工作嗎??聽說過美國碩士學位找工作反而較博士來得容易?謝謝.
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Right. Ph.Ds are overqualified for bottom level jobs which are easier to land on. Well, there are also many research or professional job which require higher degrees. Finding a job everywhere in the world depend on luck and opportunity, or who and where. Isn't it? (2006-03-17 14:56)
 
Host: (Mr. Jim Crawley)
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取得學生簽證後若離境美國超過半年再以學生身分進入美國,需要額外繳交SEVIS fee?
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You need to pay the SEVIS fee each time you have to apply for a new student visa. If you travel and your visa is still valid, you do not need to pay it then. (2006-03-17 14:56)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
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讀研究所學校是否都會提供宿舍呢?一般外籍學生若沒有宿舍,通常怎麼解決住的問題?謝謝.
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No, not necessarily so. You have to apply as soon as you get admission from the school. (2006-03-17 15:00)
 
Host: (Mr. Jim Crawley)
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請問在冬天會下學的地區就學,該如何克服那樣的生活環境?
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Well, it snows in Michigan where I am from. It is important to buy a coat, hat, gloves and boots that are suitable for the weather where you will be. The international student advisor at your university will help you during orientation to be prepared. (2006-03-17 15:07)
 
Host: (Mr. Jim Crawley)
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I got admission and rejections from many applications, but some schools still not send their decision yet. I heard that there is an "April 15 principle"that most school make their final admission decision no later than that day. 1. Does such principle really exist? 2. Should I wait for them till then, or should I prepare for living, advisor, visa, airplane ticket... for those already admitted me?
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You really need to make a choice soon so that you make sure that you get housing. Check with the schools where you have been admitted to see when you need to send them your final decision soon. (2006-03-17 15:10)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
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I would like to ask whether students from Taiwan can apply for J.D. (juris doctor) degree in the U.S., are there any limitations to it?...could you please provide with a brief if not detailed explanation on the procedures? Thank you very much.
A
It is difficult to apply directly. (2006-03-17 11:00)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
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我想請問美國田納西大學英語教育碩士的資訊?這間學校的師資好嗎?唸完回國對於日後找工作有幫助嗎?或者有無其他學費比較不昂貴的大學可以就讀呢?
A
No TESOL MA Program. (2006-03-17 11:01)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
Q
我本身是學Nursing和校外接受的Digital Art教學機構訓練和部份自學,且有實務經驗.我想問的是像health communication program.有很多學校是跨學院合作下的課程,我該如何申請?
A
申請Health Administration 比較接近所學Nursing. (2006-03-17 11:02)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
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我是商學院的學生,想問如果想在美國就讀master of science跟mba的差別。(目前正在考慮MSF和MS in marketing)
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MS與MBA差別:1.MS學分修得比較少2.MS只在一主科.MBA另外可選其他副科. (2006-03-17 11:05)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
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美國哪些科系相較於其他國家有較佳的競爭優勢?
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工程,電腦生命科學等實用科目. (2006-03-17 11:07)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
Q
請問在佛羅里達州的Schiller university,評價如何?
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Founded in 1991, faulty 35, enrollment 250, tourism, hotel & restaurant management. (2006-03-17 11:08)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
Q
在台灣是唸光電所(Institute of Optical Science),想要到美國進修深造,可是只看到僅有少數的大學有類似的科系,例如:U of Arizona, U of Rochester, U of Central Florida.請問大概還有哪些學校有類似的系所呢?
A
大部分的工程學院有開光電的課,但很少有獨立的學系. (2006-03-17 11:09)
 
Host: (Mr. Moon Chen)
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我想請問一下如果就讀美國的證書課程(certificate program)接著再繼續找工作一年(例如OPT),對於以後想要長期留在美國找長期的工作的話,有幫助嗎?
A
Certificate program is not guaranteed. (2006-03-17 11:11)


End of Chat


 

 

Host: (Moon Chen)

As what I said in my opening remark, I was very pleased to be on the web chatting with all of you. Wishing you success and good luck.

 

Host: (Jim Crawley)

Thanks to all for participating...you had some great questions! Best of luck to you in reaching your educational goals!