Hi everybody, I am thinking of applying to the grad school at UCSB. I am interested in the theoretical studies of black holes and I’ve heard UCSB is very active in that area. Could someone give me an advice of how it is like? Also, I am a bit worried because of the rumour that it's extremely difficult for international students to get admitted. Is it true? By the way, do you know any other institutes that are active in theoretical research of black holes? I have little clue apart from UCSB. I guess it's safer to apply to more places. I don't much mind where. Would really appreciate if someone could give me a suggestion.