By James Cartleft
Brexit is the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. A referendum which was held in late June of 2016 where 51.9% had voted to leave the European Union, a divorce which is due to be fully processed two years after Article 50 of the Treaty of Europe Union that was invoked on March 29 of 2017.
This may feel irrelevant to you, but as a student, this can have a substantial impact on your future. For the following reasons European students may begin to find it a lot harder to study in Britain as of early March 2019; current Europeans students studying in Britain are not likely to be affected by the following changes.
EU nationals are likely to be charged higher university fees. In the event of a ‘’soft Brexit,’’ this should not be the case. Britain will remain to in the European Single Market, hence EU nationals will get the same treatment as a British national would. However, Theresa May—current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom—would like to leave the Single Market leaning towards what is known as a ‘’hard Brexit’’. This will have a more devastating effect on students. Europeans will be treated as any other non European student is treated at the moment, with significantly higher tuition fees. To give you a better idea: a British student at Maastricht would pay approximately £1,600 per year. however, this could rise by over £5,000 per year if no agreement is reached to maintain the status quo.
In addition, these very EU nationals would have to apply for a visa. The Chancellor of Oxford University has stated that one in six staff and one in seven students are from EU countries. The implication of visas will shackle students and staff members from joining the university.
Moreover, the quality of teaching could be on a decline. Europe has without a doubt provided Britain with skilled and talented professors, but they may be forced to leave the country. Additional skillful professors may not see as much value in teaching in Britain anymore if they’re treated so hostilely.
In conclusion, most British universities have reassured students that their fees will not be affected if they apply prior to the March 2019 leave, but such promises cannot be made for after the divorce. Those interested in studying in Britain should be prepared to cough up larger sums of money. It is advised that students review additional options outside of the UK. An acceptance letter does not guarantee a visa for the country.