This may be a bit too long for a thread, but believe me, this is as short as it can get I have always seen myself as a physicist, Always had interest in how the world works, and the mechanics of the universe. Now the problem is, I am from a country in North Africa, Algeria, and I don't think it will come as surprising that it's not a country of science, now to explain my current situation, I need to explain how education in this country works. First of all there's a Baccalaureate exam, it's a national exam that everyone takes to graduate high school, and your mark will determine what you can choose in the university, luckily enough for me, my marks are enough to get into any university and study anything I want in the whole country, and usually people like me go with medicine, because it's more safe in a way, and by that I mean you will probably find a job very easily, and the money is not bad. Actually, it may be the highest paying profession in the country, due to it's necessity, but I was never interested in medicine, I don't think I can see myself as a doctor, and I don't wanna continue living in this country that does not cherish free thinking and science, now I can choose Physics ( it's called the science of the matter - roughly translated - it's basically Physics and Chemistry and Math in the first year or two, and then you can choose what you want ) But after I have done some research, I have came to some conclusions. First of all, although I am going to be studying in the best university in the country ( not even ranked internationally ) I am not going to have a very good education, so I will probably have to study on my own without the help of the professors, and second of all I will be studying next to people who were forced to study physics because their marks weren't good enough to study something they want ( the system in here is you choose 6 fields of study and the government will give you one of them depending on your marks .. it's really stupid ) which means people that don't even know the importance of physics and science in the first place. Now I have heard that Germany is easy to get to if I can speak German ( which I don't ) so should I get a license degree ( the equivalent to a bachelor degree or something - it's a 3 years program - ) and learn German along side and then apply for a German university? Take in mind that I will study physics as hard as I can from different resources and do my best ( I have always thought of myself to be good in math and physics, and I have a general Idea on what I will be studying ) I chose Germany because I hear their universities are free? Because my country doesn't offer scholarships to other countries ( our education is free, and it's not even worth it's price ) I don't think I will be able to afford to study in England or in the US, and for a person named Mohamed ( My parents to blame ) I don't think it will be easy to get accepted, and even harder to get a financial aid ( I can't even pay 10% what these kind of universities require ) or is there another country that has good and cheap education? perhaps one that offers a good financial aid that isn't really hard that I didn't take into consideration? Education in here will be in French ( But I doubt it will be easy to get accepted in France ) and How do I even get accepted? I don't think my university's degrees are accepted world wide. Is being good at physics enough? I am really panicking and I am starting to shift into the Idea that I just got to choose Medicine or computer science, I mean I have got to be able to live, I just wanna study outside the country, and be able to live outside it ( and by that I mean any country that offers good education, so no African or Arab country ) If I get my Ph.D in here, I will be able to do research maybe, but I won't have any support from the government, no one cares about theoretical physics, like If I choose a field like Dark matter .. I may be the only one in the country who's doing it. And this is bad. What should I do?