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Impact of Brexit on current and prospective students

The United Kingdom (UK) has left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020 and a transition period has started which will last until 31 December 2020. During this period, all EU rules and regulations will continue to apply to the UK. For British students in the Netherlands, nothing will change during this period.

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Impact of Brexit

If both the UK and the EU agree, the above mentioned transition period may be extended once up to a maximum of two years. Prime Minister Johnson has said however, that he will not seek an extension.

During the transition period, the new relationship will be negotiated between the EU and the UK. The agreement on this new relationship will also regulate the (new) rights of UK citizens within the EU, including access to education.

There will be more clarity on the new relationship between the EU and the UK only once the phase of the negotiations has been completed. The new agreements will enter into force after the transition period, which may end on 31 December 2020. The new agreements will have to be approved by the individual member states, the UK parliament and the European Parliament.

If no agreement is reached about the future relationship between the EU and the UK by the end of the transition period, there will be a ‘no deal’ Brexit after the transition period.

Do you want to know what the (possible) consequences of the current situation are for you as a (prospective) UK student or for you as WUR student who wants to participate in an exchange programme with the UK? Please read the information on this webpage thoroughly.

You can also consult: https://www.government.nl/topics/b/brexit or https://ind.nl/en/Pages/Brexit.aspx

Current BSc and MSc students from the UK

In 2020, there will be no change. When you re-enrol as a student at Wageningen University for 2020/2021, the same conditions apply to you as to students from the European Economic Area (EEA). You will pay the EEA tuition fee.

What will happen after the transition period will depend on the outcome of the negotiations, which is unknown at the moment (the negotiations have started in February 2020).

In case an agreement is reached, a possible outcome might be that British students will get the same rights as, for example, Norwegian or Icelandic students and pay the tuition fees for students from the European Economic Area (EEA).

In case no agreement is reached at the end of the transition period, probably the same guidelines will apply as set by the Dutch government in 2019 in the event of a no-deal Brexit:

- British citizens who are already studying and living in the Netherlands and are registered at the Dutch municipality  at the last day of the transition period, can continue their studies under the same conditions as those set for EEA students. However, if they leave the Netherlands and de-register from the municipality, they will be considered as a non-EEA student from then on and will have to pay the institutional tuition fees for non-EEA students. 

Please note, no rights can be derived from the above text!

For more information:

https://www.government.nl/topics/b/brexit

https://ind.nl/en/Pages/Questions-and-answers-Brexit-with-a-deal.aspx

https://ind.nl/Documents/Informatiebrief%20deal_EN_definitief_website.pdf

Prospective BSc and MSc students from the UK

In 2020, during the transition period, the same conditions apply to you as to students from the European Economic Area (EEA). If you want to enrol as a student in September 2020 for the academic year 2020/2021, you will pay the same tuition fees as an EEA student.

What will happen after the transition period will depend on the outcome of the negotiations, which is unknown at the moment (the negotiations will have started in February 2020).

In case an agreement is reached, a possible outcome might be that British students will get the same rights as, for example, Norwegian or Icelandic students and pay the tuition fees for students from the European Economic Area (EEA).

In case no agreement is reached at the end of the transition period, probably the same guidelines will apply as set by the Dutch government in 2019 in the event of a no-deal Brexit:

- British citizens who are already studying and living in the Netherlands and are registered at the Dutch municipality  at the last day of the transition period, can continue their studies under the same conditions as those set for EEA students. However, if they leave the Netherlands and de-register from the municipality, they will be considered as a non-EEA student from then on and will have to pay the institutional tuition fees for non-EEA students.

- British citizens who will start their studies at Wageningen University after the end of the transition period (possibly 1-1-2021) will be considered as non-EEA students and pay the institutional tuition fees for non-EEA students. Except for British high school students who live in the Netherlands according to the Dutch BRP (=Personal Records Database of the Municipalities in the Netherlands) at the end of the transition period. They will probably be allowed to continue studying under the same conditions, and with the same tuition fees, as those set for EEA students by law and by the WUR's regulations. Note: They need to continue living in the Netherlands in the meantime and keep their Dutch residence permit.

Please note, no rights can be derived from the above text!

For more information:

https://www.government.nl/topics/b/brexit

https://ind.nl/en/Pages/Brexit.aspx

Current BSc and MSc students of WUR who are currently in an exchange programme with a university in the UK

Officially the UK is no longer able to participate in the Erasmus+ programme. However, the European Committee proposed to deviate from the measure to prevent individual learning interruption. Therefore, students who started their Erasmus+ programme in the UK before Brexit day can continue their studies. Note: the proposision of the committee needs to be approved by the Council and the European Parliament.

The partnerships with the UK universities and the WUR will end on Brexit day.

Whether or not to get a resident permit after brexit day is not decided yet. Please check this EU website regularly.

WUR students who would like to participate in an exchange programme with a university in the UK after Brexit day

After Brexit day new strategic partnerships need to be formed between universities in the UK and the Netherlands. Since a possible exchange programme will not be part of Erasmus+ there are no scholarships available for students.

UK students who are currently in an exchange programme with WUR

Officially the UK is no longer able to participate in the Erasmus+ programme. However, to European Committee proposed to deviate from the measure to prevent individual learning interruption. Therefore, students who started their Erasmus+ programme in the Netherlands before Brexit day can continue their studies. Note: the proposision of the committee needs to be approved by the Council and the European Parliament.

The partnerships with the UK universities and the WUR will end on Brexit day.

Whether or not to get a resident permit after brexit day is not decided yet. Please check this EU website regularly.

UK students who would like to participate in an exchange programme after Brexit day

After Brexit day new strategic partnerships need to be formed between universities in the UK and the Netherlands. Since a possible exchange programme will not be part of Erasmus+ there are no scholarships available for students.

For up-to-date information you are advised to check the website of the Dutch Government.

For up-to-date information you are advised to check the website of the Dutch Government.

Note: No rights can be derived from the information provided on this webpage.