Due to Brexit, European Union students wishing to enroll in a British university will have to pay tuition fees multiplied by three.
The end of the post-Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020 will see the emergence of new rules for French and European students looking to enroll next year at British universities. For those entering the UK from 1 January 2021, a student visa of €390 in particular will be required. And from the next academic year in August 2021, EU students will have to pay increased tuition fees (about £30,000 a year instead of £10,000) to study in the UK, as the British government announced on 23 June. .
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■ What is the current situation?
For Europe’s 150,000 students, nothing changes during the transition period, during which the UK and EU try to come to terms with their future relationship. Currently, EU students pay the same tuition fees as their UK counterparts, which vary by university but also by region as the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments are responsible for education. , the British government is by England. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, students can pay up to £9,250 (€10,250) per year at the undergraduate level. In Scotland it’s free.
■ What will happen on January 1, 2021?
All EU citizens must apply for resident status, which grants them the right to remain on British soil when new immigration laws come into force. Students who start their course during the 2020/2021 academic year and arrive in the UK before 31 December 2020 will benefit from the status that allows them to pay the same tuition fees as UK students.
New students arriving after this date will need to obtain a student visa which costs £350 (390 euros) if they are studying for more than six months in the UK. They will also have to pay around £500 a year to benefit from the public health service, the NHS.
What will happen in the next school year?
Across the UK, students starting their course after 1 August 2021 will have to pay higher tuition fees and will not be eligible for student loans. According to the specialized magazine Times Higher Education Magazine, the price of an undergraduate year for an international student in 2020 was between GBP 10,000 and GBP 26,000 per year (i.e. between EUR 10,960 and EUR 28,495). But it all depends on the courses and especially the establishments. Thus, in Oxford, international students must pay between £26,770 and £37,510 per year. Also, they will no longer be eligible for the UK student loan system. A government-backed system that allows tuition to be reimbursed only after obtaining the first job.
■ What remains to be determined?
It remains for London and Brussels to reach an agreement on their future relationship. It remains to be seen whether the UK will continue to participate in EU programs such as Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe beyond the academic year. The UK government has put in place recommendations for EU students to apply for visas.
But uncertainty remains whether students who have already obtained residency status will be able to pay the same tuition fees as before for courses starting in 2021-2022. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to the migration of courses to the internet, many students have taken them without being in the UK. If they do not go to British soil this year, the question remains whether they will be able to obtain pre-resident status.