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Hi guys, I am an international applicant for PhD overseas. I primarily focused in the US, and one university in Europe (ETH). To my astonishment, I got accepted at ETH. But since PhD is considered as an employment in Europe, I have to let them know within two weeks. But I won't get to know the decisions in US ( especially my top choice) by March or April. I know that an opportunity at ETH is a not a joke, and I am thankful but I would prefer the US for personal reasons, and also because the project in Europe is in a related field, not direct. Is it possible if I accept it now, and potentially reject it if the options in US are favorable? It is ****ty but it is my career. I know it is a personal decision, but I would like your valuable input for the same.
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Hi guys, I am an international applicant for PhD overseas. I primarily focused in the US, and one university in Europe (ETH). To my astonishment, I got accepted at ETH. But since PhD is considered as an employment in Europe, I have to let them know within two weeks. But I won't get to know the decisions in US ( especially my top choice) by March or April. I know that an opportunity at ETH is a not a joke, and I am thankful but I would prefer the US for personal reasons, and also because the project in Europe is in a related field, not direct. Is it possible if I accept it now, and potentially reject it if the options in US are favorable? It is ****ty but it is my career. I know it is a personal decision, but I would like your valuable input for the same.
Its pretty ****ty but people do do it. It is kind of burning the bridge with the supervisory team at ETH but if you feel the opportunity is worth it, this is a descion you need to make.

I think perhaps a frank & open conversation with your supervisor at ETH could help. When I applied for my PhD I was going through the recruitment process in other roles and I spoke to my supervisor about this, he was very supportive and said he understood that people have to do these things but he just asked me to be open and honest with him & agree a date of commitment from which I guaranteed I would do the PhD, in the end I decided I preferred this PhD over the potential jobs anyway so it became very easy for me but im still glad I had the conversation.
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