MathCat wrote:Usually, when graduate students travel to conferences and workshops and such, they get reimbursed for their travel costs (by the organizers of the event). Many departments also have funds specifically for this. The downside to this system is that you have to have the money to buy the plane ticket in the first place, and manage to wait for reimbursement (which is typically not fast, e.g. at least a month in my experience). However, many departments also have loans available for graduate students. I wouldn't let this be your only reason not to go to Simon Fraser. Even if you couldn't travel much during your masters, the most important time to be networking at conferences is when you are an advanced PhD student. You would have plenty of time to do that later.
Also, keep in mind that UBC hosts many conferences and workshops, which you likely wouldn't have any trouble attending.
I really appreciate your telling me this. I've been working as a high school math teacher for two years (bad life decisions
), so I thankfully have some money saved, so I'll be able to buy plane tickets and such as long as I'm reimbursed within a reasonable amount of time.
While my offer at SFU is funded, my tuition is not covered, so I would need to pay somewhere around $7000 CAD per year for tuition out of my funding. Do you know if Canadian universities usually cover tuition for PhD students? If so, then I would be much more comfortable if I decided to stay at SFU for my PhD, and I would be much more able to network without worrying about when or if my expenses will be covered.