Brexit FAQ

The United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020 with a Withdrawal Agreement. Subsequently, a transition period was in place until 31 December 2020 during which the UK still had to comply with all EU rules and laws.

During the transition period, the UK and the EU negotiated their future relationship. The negotiators reached an agreement on a new partnership on 24 December 2020. This agreement sets out the rules that will apply between the EU and the UK from 1 January 2021 onwards.

Although the utmost care was taken in compiling this information, no rights can be derived from it.

For more information, please refer to the following websites:

If you have further questions, please send an email to ish-ssc[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl, mentioning Brexit in the subject line.

Current British students at UM

If you are a British student at UM, you may be wondering how the Brexit will affect your right to live and study in the Netherlands. 

Tuition fees and student finance:

The date on which you started living in the Netherlands (i.e. when you registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) of a Dutch municipality) determines the tuition fee rate for your studies at UM and your rights to student finance after the transition period has ended.

If you were already living in the Netherlands on or before 31 December 2020

If you were registered in the BRP on or before 31 December 2020, you are covered by the Withdrawal Agreement. You will continue to pay the statutory tuition fee (i.e. EU/EEA tuition fee) as long as you continue to live and study in the Netherlands. In addition, you remain subject to the same conditions regarding student finance as EU/EEA students. 

This also applies to British citizens who were already living in the Netherlands during the transition period, but only start their studies after 31 December 2020.

If you were NOT living in the Netherlands on 31 December 2020

If you were not registered in the BRP on 31 December 2020, you are not covered by the conditions set out in the Withdrawal Agreement. In case you start living in the Netherlands after 31 December 2020, your rights are governed by the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which means British nationals will be treated the same as non-EU/EEA citizens.

According to the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, British students who were registered at a Dutch university in September 2020 but did not have a BRP-registration on 31 December 2020, are entitled to continue to pay their current statutory tuition fee during the whole academic year 2020/2021. 

However, from the academic year 2021/2022 (start date 1 September 2021) onwards, you will be required to pay the higher institutional tuition fee.

Residence permit: 

From 1 January 2021 onwards, British nationals require a residence document or permit to (continue to) live, work and study in the Netherlands. Procedures vary depending on whether you were already living in the Netherlands before 1 January 2021. Please refer to the website of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) for more information. 

Attention! Please make sure you stay registered in the BRP without interruption during your studies (also when you are planning to spend a period abroad). If you deregister from the database after 31 December 2020, this may have implications for your right of residence (including the height of your tuition fee).

Prospective British students at UM 

If you are considering beginning your studies at UM, you may be wondering how Brexit will affect your plans. In case you are first arriving in the Netherlands after 31 December 2020 to start your studies at UM, you are not covered by the conditions set out in the Withdrawal Agreement. Instead, your rights are governed by the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

Tuition fees and student finance:

If you are first arriving in the Netherlands after 31 December 2020 to start your studies, the type of residence permit you hold will determine which tuition fee you will have to pay and whether you are entitled to receive student finance. In most cases, British nationals will be treated as non-EU/EEA citizens. This means you will have to pay the higher institutional tuition fee and you will not be entitled to receive student finance. For most programmes, our institutional tuition fee rate is not very different from tuition fees at English and Welsh universities, but it is much higher than current fees in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

In case you were already living in the Netherlands (and registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP)) on or before 31 December 2020, you are still covered by the Withdrawal Agreement. You are entitled to pay the statutory tuition fee (i.e. EU/EEA tuition fee) as long as you continue to live and study in the Netherlands. In addition, you remain subject to the same conditions regarding student finance as EU/EEA students. 

Residence permit: 

From 1 January 2021 onwards, British nationals require a residence document or permit to (continue to) live, work and study in the Netherlands. Procedures vary depending on whether you were already living in the Netherlands before 1 January 2021. Please refer to the website of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) for more information. The UM Visa Office will assist you in the application process. 

UM students in or going to the UK

UM advises all students to discuss their plans with the International Relations Office at their faculty.

Erasmus+ programme: 

Under the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated with the EU, the UK participates fully in the Erasmus+ programme (2014-2020). Participants, who study, train, volunteer or spend time abroad through Erasmus+ exchanges that were successfully bid for during Erasmus+ (2014-2020) are able to participate fully and for the full duration of their exchange, even if the exchange takes place after the end of the transition period. This covers UK participants going abroad, as well as international participants going to the UK.  The UK has chosen that it will not participate in the Erasmus+ programme (2021-2027). As there is some budget left from the previous programme (2014-2020) there may be possibilities for students to do an Erasmus+ exchange or internship to the UK in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. Please note, there is limited budget and limited spots available. For further details, contact your host faculty International Relations and Internship Offices.The contact details of UM faculty exchange and internship officers can be found here.

Incoming exchange from the UK:

Incoming British exchange students that wish to stay in the Netherlands as part of their studies for a period longer than 90 days, will need a residence permit. This also applies to Erasmus+ exchanges. 

Outgoing exchange to the UK: 

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can visit the UK to participate in short-term study activities for up to six months without applying for a visa. They do not need a visa if they wish to do an exchange at a British university for a period shorter than 6 months. If they wish to stay in the UK as part of their studies for a period longer than 6 months, they will need to apply for a Student Visa.  

Please consult the UK Government website to check whether you need a visa.

Which visa do I need for an internship in the UK?
For more up-to-date information, always refer to the UK embassy and UK government website: UK Visas and Immigration > Check if you need a UK visa
For an internship (considered ‘work’) in the UK students need to apply for a Work Visa > Short-term Work Visa (T5)
Applicable visa for a research or clinical internship = Temporary Worker - Government Authorised Exchange visa (T5). [This visa has replaced the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Government Authorised Exchange) visa]
Students can apply for this visa, provided that they:

Research projects

Under the conditions of the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK participates fully in Horizon 2020 and other EU funding programmes that are part of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 (MFF). This means British universities and researchers can continue to receive funding for the full duration of the research projects, also if these projects continue after the end of the transition period. 

The UK will also participate in Horizon Europe (2021-2027). More details on which financing, grants and exchanges are possible will be agreed on in the near future. 

UM staff from the UK

If you are a British national and a current or prospective UM staff member, you may be wondering how Brexit will affect your right to live and work in the Netherlands. Please direct your questions to the Knowledge Centre for International Staff (KCIS).

Mail: info-kcis[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl 

Phone: +31 43 3883081