I've been looking over some past threads on PF with regards to graduate school and funding and it's made me reconsider applying internationally. To give some background: I'm a Canadian entering third year (of a 4-year BSc program) this fall and am studying Physics. I plan on pursuing grad school (MSc and hopefully a PhD) at a Canadian university since it seems like the most financially sound decision and I kinda like Canada. Travelling would be very exciting as well, but attending conferences or going for short durations for research seems more cost efficient at this time in my life. With regards to future work, I am still fairly open to any opportunities that come up, but staying in academia would be really cool. I'm really looking into Astrophysics (and/or possibly high-energy Physics--experimental and theoretical), and a few schools I've been looking at are: UofT, McGill, and UBC. I certainly need to look into research groups more closely, but with regards to pursuing work later in my career either in academia or industry, would going to a "higher ranked" institution in the States or Europe be more helpful for any reason? I'd certainly be applying for large scholarships in those cases, but very few actually cover full expenses and even less provide a stipend (they are also highly competitive and there's a chance I may not receive one)--all of which are guaranteed at the aforementioned schools for Canadian grad students. I'd certainly consider a post-doc or work internationally after grad school, but (as a hypothetical) is there really any general reason a student would benefit from going to a school like Cambridge or MIT as opposed to UofT or McGill? Just a few additional questions (not too important if unanswered): How important is volume of publication during grad school versus quality? Do positions tend to discriminate if one doesn't have a lot of papers published when seeking further opportunities in academia (i.e. postdoc, professorship) after grad school? This would likely be heavily dependent on my particular skills, but is aerospace engineering and/or astronautics easy to transition to from a traditional Physics background? Are these Canadian schools well known and good for these areas of study? How feasible is it to find part-time work doing research/teaching in academia or industry? Are such positions hard to find?