2009 is drawing to a close and that means I have very little time left to choose where to study in 2010. I need to choose quick so that I have ample time for visa application and learning the local language. You probably remembered me making threads about does this or that country have good math studies...The problem is I am too distracted with the process of evaluating the difficulty of the course and the overall motivation of its students whereas I should be focusing on finding means to finance my studies or learning the local language. I have a ton of places I can pick from but in the end does it really matter where I go? I know this is frequently asked question in this board...but I just don't want the depressing experience in my first degree studies to be repeated again. I just hate having my intelligence and my pride insulted by having to attend 2-hour lectures on mundane topics I can easily research by myself....or being the only one to raise hands and answer questions in tutorials since the other students around me are demotivated and passive. Even more painful still that the courses are made easy to accommodate the underachieving attitude of the students here - I swear that on several occasions I find the exam questions are copied STRAIGHT OUT of the tutorials. (Perhaps it's due to the high tuition fees, they don't want to upset the parents by letting their children fail semester after semester) When I say I want a study program that pushes my mental capacity beyond my limits, I am dead serious. I don't want to pick a place in America/Europe just to find that the courses are plug-and-chug'ish like in Malaysia. My potential deserves better than that.