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1. First, UW is good in CS/ECE/Math. But its undergraduate program in CS
is too tough. And not all graduates got very highly-paid jobs.
I know an Indian undergraduate student in CS Dept.failed to find a job
when he graduated, and had to make a living by assemble PCs for a local
company. However, finally he got an offer from California.
2. If you take UW CS undergrad, whether to choose coop or not is a tricky
problem. Without coop, you lose some working experience in your resume for job
hunting. But taking coop will prolong your time before graudation.
3. coop is a one term out of three terms in a year. That is, you do not
take courses in that term but go out to work. And the payment for coop term
is not so high, otherwise the companies will not accept the students.
What is important for students is working experience. Those students
who get high payment are those also take part-time job during their normal
terms. Of course, that is hard to handle, especially for Chinese students.
4. If what you want is a Canadian degree for job hunting, any university
among UofT, UofW, UBC, UAlberta, McMaster, McGill, Queen's, Simon Fraser will
be a good choice, and even UWO, UGuelph, UWindsor will give you some
help as well.
5. Graduate study (master) is preferable to undergraduate study, because
it takes less time. Most Canadian schools give you some kinds of financial
aid once they accept you for graduate program. To study for undergrad. from
the start is not a trivial work if your age is about 28 to 30.
6. Finally, now UofWashington contributes to the most new enrollment of Microsoft, although UofWaterloo was for years before.
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