Greetings, I am an undergraduate student, just finished my third year in physics. I began studying physics in my early 20's and had to drop out and work. 3 years ago, I decided to go back to school and build up a career in Physics. however, I am running out of options and not sure what to do. First, having an academic career in my country (turkey) is out of question since there are little to none researchs going on in the country, no positions available what so ever (at least in Physics) therefore I have to pursue a PhD outside. That being said, I've never been outside the country so I don't know what it is like to live in a different country, culture etc. It is obvious that I will not receive any financial aid from my family so I am basically on my own and I have to find a place which will grant me a scholarship enough to survive. I love physics, but I feel like it is way too late to accomplish anything, especially while struggling with financial issues. I will be 30 when i graduate and I doubt any reputable university will accept me as a PhD student. My GPA is pretty high, I can get some recommendations but still not sure If it is sufficient. If everything goes right, I will be 36 when I get my PhD, and then comes the post-doc. Harsh truth is, I will not be able to live a decent life, no family, nothing. On the contrary, If i drop out, I will always regret my decision as I wish to contribute something to scientific advencement, even the tiniest bit is enough. Long story short, any advice is welcome, about where to apply, what to do, what to expect etc. Thanks in advance.