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Posted April 15, 2019

Update On Brexit Situation For Students Since The Current Extension

BrexitBritain was due to leave the EU on the 12th of April 2019 and now has agreed with the EU to extend this date to the 31st of October 2019. Read here for the latest information from the UK Government about what's going on – and read below for our summary of the current situation.

What's been agreed?

The UK has until the 31st of October 2019 to pass the Withdrawal Agreement through Parliament and can leave the EU at any point once this has happened. The situation is planned to be reviewed by EU leaders on the 30th of June 2019 and the British Prime Minister has said she wishes to exit the EU before the EU elections on the 23rd of May 2019. 

Have any decisions been made about tuition fees?

The Withdrawal Agreement does not make any references to postgraduate students, so each country has had to decide what they are charging incoming UK postgraduate students. So far, the UK has announced that for 2019-2020 incoming EU students to the UK will be charged fees inline with UK students. Some countries will offer UK postgraduate students the same deal, such as Ireland, and others, like Spain, Austria and Finland, are planning to charge UK students the same rates as international students from outside the EU currently pay for 2019-2020. Those planning to study a postgraduate course in 2020-2021 have less information as no one has yet announced what they will be charging as postgraduate tuition fees. 

What does this mean for PG students in 2019-20?

  • If you're an EU or international student studying in the UK, then you will find nothing has changed.
  • If you're an international student studying in the EU, then you will find nothing has changed.
  • If you're a UK student studying in Spain, Austria and Finland, then you will be charged the same tuition fees as international students. 
  • If you're a UK student studying in Ireland, then you will be under the same conditions as this year.
  • If you're a UK student already resident in any other EU country and planning on studying a postgraduate course, then there are guarantees already in place for your tuition fees and residency requirements. You should contact the institution you are planning on attending for advice.
  • If you're a UK student travelling to any other EU country to study a postgraduate course in, then there are no agreements yet in place for tuition fees, so you must contact the institution you wish to attend for guidance. 

For those planning on studying a postgraduate course in 2020-21, there are no agreements made yet so you should speak with the university when you're researching the course.

PLEASE NOTE: As a result of Brexit, from Autumn 2021 postgraduate students from the European Union studying at a UK university will be charged the same tuition fees as international students. UK students studying their postgraduate course at a European university are also likely to incur higher tuition fees than their EU counterparts. It is advisable to check with the individual universities in the UK and Europe for up-to-date information on tuition fees for all postgraduate programs.

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