Brexit FAQ

Brexit will undoubtedly have an impact on higher education. Here we seek to provide UM students, academics and support staff with relevant information about its consequences.

Please note: As the negotiations on the future relationship between the UK and the EU only began after the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020, there is still a high degree of uncertainty. Although the utmost care was taken in compiling this information, no rights can be derived from it.

For more information, please see the following websites:

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

Transition period

In October 2019, the UK and the EU reached an agreement on the conditions for the UK's departure from the EU. This Withdrawal Agreement provides for a post-Brexit transition period ending on 31 December 2020. This period is intended to minimise disruption throughout 2020 and can, if the UK and the EU agree, be extended by two years until 31 December 2022.

During the transition period, the UK will:

  • continue to contribute to the EU budget, and therefore participate in EU programmes as if it were a Member State
  • continue to apply the entire body of EU law, and so be subject to all EU rules
  • fall outside the EU’s political institutions, with no voting rights. The British seats in the European Parliament will be redistributed among the EU Member States

Current and prospective students from the UK

During the transition period, there are no changes to the immigration status of British nationals in or coming to the Netherlands. As long as you are registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) of your municipality before the end of the transition period, you will be able to study under the same conditions as EU/EEA citizens.

British nationals who arrive in the Netherlands after the end of the transition period will be regarded as non-EU/EEA citizens.

The Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) will contact you with relevant information before the transition period ends.  

Tuition fees

During the transition period, there will be no changes to tuition fees or student finance for British nationals studying in the Netherlands. After the transition period, these will depend on the outcome of the negotiations between the EU and the UK on their future relationship.

Visa

British students will not need a visa if they arrive in the Netherlands before the end of the transition period. After the transition period, this will depend on the outcome of the negotiations between the EU and the UK on their future relationship.

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+

Under the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated with the EU, the UK will continue to participate fully in the current (2014-2020) Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps (ESC) programmes. Participants who study, train, volunteer or spend time abroad through Erasmus+ and ESC exchanges that were successfully bid for during the current Erasmus+ and ESC programmes (2014-2020) will be able to participate fully and for the full duration of their exchange. This covers UK participants going abroad, as well as international participants coming to the UK. More information 

Visa

EU/EEA students will not need a visa if they arrive in the UK before the end of the transition period. After the transition period, this will depend on the outcome of the negotiations between the EU and the UK on their future relationship.

Research projects

There are no direct consequences for UM research projects during the transition period. The UK continues to participate in Horizon 2020 and other EU funding programmes that are part of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). This means British universities and researchers can continue to apply for and receive Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ funding for the full duration of projects.

Staff from the UK

If you are a British national and a current or prospective UM employee, please direct your questions to the Knowledge Centre for International Staff.

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