Why do you need Win8 to do your Thesis? Just curious.
But yeah, it sounds like you're stuck between the proverbial rock and hard place. Too bad you can't afford to room your GF with you in another country. :\
My thesis is titled "Developing beautiful, content-oriented applications with the Metro design language and the MVVM architectural pattern". I can use Windows 7 as a base and do a few Metro-like desktop applications using WPF, but since Metro will be heavily included in Windows 8, it is logical for me to use that OS. The Dev Preview wasn't that much good, so that's why I've been waiting for the Consumer Preview. March, April, May, three months to finish my thesis, I'm aiming to be done with it in April.
Affording a room is not impossible, it would be even more possible that way, but she still has three more full years left for an undergraduate degree in Medicine. That's more the problem...
.. Thanks for the replies! :)