Hi everyone: I've been really thinking about going to get my masters (or equivalent) in physics in a German speaking country. I say this because I am really fascinated by German culture and wish to go there to become fluent in the language anyway. I was thinking that perhaps I would study German there for a little while before entering classes. So I've never actually been to Germany (or any other German-speaking country). I'm currently learning the language. As far as graduate school is concerned, I hear University of Munich and University of Zurich are good for physics. I don't know what admissions is like though. The idea I have right now is to get my masters in another country, and if I feel inclined, get my phd in the USA or somewhere. My question is: Are there any strong reasons why I should not do this? And for those who are knowledgable - what is student life like in, say Germany? How competitive is it to enter a Master's program? Thanks in advance. Let me know if more info is needed for reply.