Many couples must separate physically for a variety of reasons, including career and academic advancement, military deployment, immigration restrictions, or familial obligations. Long distance relationships are becoming increasingly common  and graduate students and early careers professionals have even more reasons why they might need to live apart from their partners. Being prepared by knowing the challenges ahead can help to ensure that your relationship and career are actually strengthened by the time apart. While there are many obvious detriments to being apart from a committed partner, there are also some advantages.
How to Date a PhD Student
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Dear Christie, Recently I signed up for an online dating site trial. Among the men who have contacted me, there is one with whom I feel real chemistry. I responded likewise that I want to get to know him too, but explained that my trial was ending with the dating service. And he told me that his sister lives in my city and told me about his favorite restaurant being there. It took him days to email me back—like 6 days. He went on to continue our discussions on faith, and answered my questions.
Can Online Dating Work Over Long Distance?
Most dating is challenging. Pressure, uncertainty, and miscommunication are some of the potential hazards that lie, sometimes hidden, along the road to a healthy relationship. But, when one of the partners in the duo is a PhD student, things can turn from potentially hazardous to downright masochistic. It is possible to successfully date a PhD student, although you're probably going to need a plan, and you're definitely going to need to be willing to work at it.
While the dedication and persistence required of PhD candidates are apparent, similar qualities are needed on the part of those who date them. If your boyfriend's or girlfriend's sights are set on academia or research, the educational rigor leading thereto will demand a huge commitment of time and energy, as well as the willingness to delay gratification when it comes to finances, socializing and more. In order to make it through this time with your relationship not only intact but stronger than ever, you'll need to familiarize yourself with the PhD lifestyle and form strategies for how to cope with it. Preparing yourself for the reality of this program, through its completion, can help you be patient, as you will be able to mark off important milestones and count down to the next phase.