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Physics PhD. in Russia or US?

  1. Dec 16, 2015 #1
    As we all know, Russia has many world renowned professors in theoretical physics. The research atmosphere is very different in Russia from the US. I am not familiar with the graduate schools in Russia or the US. Which is a better choice?
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  3. Dec 16, 2015 #2


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    Welcome to PF!

    My guess would be the US but in the interests of full disclosure I need to say I live in the US and may be biased.

    However, you must decide if your English or your Russian for reading, writing and speaking as that will have a major impact in how well you'll learn.
  4. Dec 16, 2015 #3
    There are respectable options in Europe as well!
  5. Dec 17, 2015 #4


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    I'm puzzled. If you are not familiar with the graduate programs in Russia or the US, then how do you know that the "research atmosphere" is "very different"?

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