Although I am not yet sure which area I would want to do a PhD in (I am only in 2nd year undergrad) it would most likely be something applied like accelerator physics, plasma physics, metamaterials, plasmonics etc. (I realise this is a ridiculous range of topics :P ) The proposed ~30% cuts to the UK research councils make me wonder how easy it would be to secure funding to carry out a PhD project abroad? (perhaps the EU would be easiest, but then what are language requirements like?) It seems easy to do post-docs abroad as it is just like a job and you are paid a salary whereas I worry that it would be hard to get tuition costs paid and a stipend for living costs as an international student. Although the EU can be strict about ensuring that sufficient support is given to EU students at undergraduate level I am not sure this is the case when studying a PhD? And even if it were would I be required to speak the language of the country I go to, or is English sufficient? I have tried to answer this question through my own endeavours but as I find the whole process of doing a PhD rather confusing in the UK let alone abroad I have not had much success. Any information or advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated.