Hi everyone. I am a EU national that did a large part of his education in the US. Upon graduating from a US high school, I got into a big IT school of my choice and had a good future ahead of of me. However, due number of reasons including a lack of emotional maturity, wrong choice of major, bad vibes at home and feeling pressured into working full-time, I ended up performing very poorly. My GPA dipped below 2.0 and was consequently suspended from the university for a year. I intended to follow the dean’s advice and attend a CC for a year before reapplying to pursue my desired major, but due to a sour and painful drama with a relative, I was forced to move back to my country and ended up defaulting on my student loans. During the past few years I’ve obtained a vocational degree while working on and off (as the economic climate permits…) in an unrelated field which ultimately granted me access to university in Spain, studying my choice of major and doing very well (top 5 in the class, in a class of 35) at a university where on average only 5-6 students manage to graduate physics every year. I get commended a lot by advisors who see my overall progress. I have also just recently been offered (and have accepted) to study my next and final year at a big UK university under an exchange program, where I’ll get to do a msc level thesis as part of my coursework on top of several graduate courses. I have the intention of taking the GRE+pGRE and applying to US grad schools this year. I’ve also managed to save up enough to return to the US and repay my federal loans in a lump sum, which I have learned is a necessity in order to attend graduate school on a stipend if one has defaulted on them. I would like to know if my past at a US university will hurt my chances of admission. I really don't know what to expect. I assume any admissions committee can simply take my SSN and look up my history at US institutions, so I'd have some explaining to do if they saw I was suspended due to poor performance. Do I stand a chance or should I not even bother taking the GREs?