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EU Students Studying in the UK – What Will Brexit Mean For Me?

EU Students Studying in the UK – What Will Brexit Mean For Me?

The UK has voted to leave the European Union, a decision that potentially has major ramifications for the future of higher education in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you are a student from the EU who is currently studying in the UK, or wishes to study in the UK in the future, you may well be wondering what this means for your education. Read our quick summary of how it will affect you below.

I’m an EU student already studying in the UK

If you have already begun your studies at a UK university, the chances are that your studies should remain relatively unaffected. The formal legal process of leaving the UK, when activated, will be a lengthy process and negotiations between the UK and remaining EU members will probably take a period of two years.

During this two year period, it is likely that your tuition fees will remain the same as the tuition fees paid by UK students, as was the case before Brexit. Your university is likely to release an official statement and will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your remaining studies, so keep a look out for that.

I’m an EU student and I want to study in the UK in the future

As a prospective student from an EU member country, your contribution to education in the UK will still be thought of highly in the future and UK universities will be keen to offer you the best terms that they can.

It is possible that EU student numbers will fall at UK universities in the wake of Brexit, as travel restrictions and the rising costs of study in the UK will make countries with lower tuition fees such as Germany and the Netherlands more attractive to students, along with other European Union nations.

Despite this, an education in the UK will remain an attractive and prestigious option for many. UK universities will do all they can to remain an attractive proposition to the EU student body, so don’t discount the idea of studying in the UK just yet.


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