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Hi GradCafe users, In need of some perspective. Applying to PhD programs in Physics at ETH Zurich, Harvard, Stanford, UC Santa Barbara. Does anyone have any advice on what the benefits of one program over the other is? Specifically ETH-Z versus top US schools. I am an American but am in the middle of receiving an offer from ETH-Z in Physics. Does anyone know whether the research culture is better at one school versus another? Will the colleagues in department be stronger or smarter? What about post-doc opportunities in physics afterward?