Since the UK left the European Union and the Erasmus+ program on 1 January 2021, the rules have changed for students wishing to continue their studies across the English Channel. A year after Brexit, l’Etudiant takes stock of the new terms and conditions in place.
“The post-Brexit era” sounded! If one transition period was still in effect in 2021 for students doing their mobility in the UK, this era definitely seems to be over.
In a year, new rules were applied, while others were specified to be implemented for the start of the 2021-2022 school year.
The passport now mandatory unlike the study visa
The United Kingdom (England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland) is now considered a third country of the European Union. As of October 1st, the identity card is no longer sufficient to travel to British territory. All travelers wishing to go there must have a valid passport.. And that’s whatever the reason for your stay on the other side of the Channel.
On the other hand, the study visa is only mandatory in some cases. Only students who intend to stay in the UK for six months or more need to apply for a study visa. For others, no documents are required.
Paid tuition fees but possible scholarships
As of 1 January 2021, the UK has also stopped participating in the Erasmus+ programme. This decision directly affects tuition fees. Indeed, are now increased for international students, European or not. Each establishment sets its own pricing conditions. According to the British Council (UK government institution), application fees are therefore around 13,000 (or approximately 15,590 euros) to 16,000 pounds sterling (or 19,188 euros) per year.
However, there are still some rare exceptions. In the case of an agreement between a French institution and a British institution, outside the Erasmus+ programme, students may still be exempt from all or part of tuition fees.
In addition, many UK schools and universities offer scholarships for european students. This is the case of the University of the Arts, Cardiff Metropolitan University, University of London, University of Glasgow, University of Nottingham…
These grants can range from £5,000 to £10,000. Some are subject to conditions (income, merit, etc.) and are therefore only valid for the 2021-2022 academic year. Some schools also have rent included in the monthly fee.
Namely: since the beginning of the 2021 school year, the Turing program in a way, it replaced the Erasmus+ program in the UK. But if it makes it possible to obtain scholarships, is valid for UK students only.
Therefore, check with your international relations department for any financial assistance that you may be able to apply for. Also feel free to contact the UK institution you are targeting to find out more.
What doesn’t change for students despite Brexit
However, if you continue your studies in the UK, your degree will remain recognized in France and across Europe. In fact, ECTS credits (points that allow you to validate your semesters and years of study) are still valid, regardless of Brexit.
About internship or work-study mobility, the rules don’t change either. It is up to you to find the company that accepts to receive it. In addition, in relation to employment or insurance arrangements, the measures in force in the United Kingdom apply. Attention, consider ordering to obtain a temporary worker visa.
finally, the European Health Insurance Card (CESD) still works in the UK. Allows you to benefit from the healthcare system without any additional steps. The card is valid for two years and is intended for students, workers and tourists.