Brexit FAQ for new students to be enrolled for 2016/17

Maastricht University (UM) is very much aware of the result of the referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union (EU). Britain will not immediately cease to be a member of the EU; nor will it do so in 2016.

 

1. Will the tuition fees change?

Not in the immediate future. The exit negotiations are expected to take 2 years, maybe even longer. During this period British students will still be EU students, you will therefore still pay the lower statutory tuition fee (1).

Whether tuition fees will change after Britain’s exit from the EU depends on the outcome of the negotiations. One of the criteria you need to meet to be eligible for the statutory tuition fee is a nationality of a EU or EEA (2) country. There are calls for the United Kingdom, even from the leave campaign, to join the European Economic Area. If Britain joins the EEA, you will still be eligible for the lower statutory fee, just like Swiss and Norwegian students (3).

If the UK does not join European Economic Area, you will be required to pay the higher institutional tuition fee once Britain has legally left the EU. At present, this fee varies per course and per year (4). For more information, please visit our website.

 Tuition fees
2  On the UM Website it says Europese Economische Ruimte (EER) = (EEA) European Economic Area
3  Except where a Higher Fee applies, e.g. UCM & MA Forensic Psychology
4  Instiutional Tuition Fees, 2016- 2017.

2. Will the financial support system stay in place (tuition fee loan, general loan if you work 56 hours per month)?

The exit negotiations are expected to take 2 years, maybe even longer. During this period British students will still be EU Students. As such, you will still meet the Dutch government’s nationality requirements for a tuition fee loan and student finance.

Whether you will still have access to these benefits after Britain’s exit from the EU depends on the outcome of the negotiations. One of the criteria you need to meet to receive funding from the Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs (DUO) is a nationality of a EU/ EEA country (1). There are calls for the United Kingdom, even from the Leave campaign, to join the European Economic Area. If Britain joins the EEA, you will still meet the nationality requirements for a tuition fee loan and student finance, just like Swiss and Norwegian students.

 

3. Will I need a visa to come here?

The exit negotiations are expected to take 2 years- or longer. During this period, British students will still be EU students. Therefore, nothing will change in the upcoming period.

4. Will I need a work permit to work here?

The exit negotiations are expected to take 2 years- or longer. During this period British students will still be EU students. Therefore, nothing will change in upcoming period.

5. Do I need to change my application in Studielink/MyUM?

 No, this is not necessary at this moment.

6. Will my degree still be recognised?

The European Higher Education Area (EHEA) –the organisation responsible for the Bologna process (introducing ECTS, recognition of degrees etc.) -, is an inter-governmental organisation outside the scope of the European Union. The EU supports this organisation, but a Brexit would not mean the end to British involvement in the EHEA. The expected impact of Britain’s EU exit on degree recognition will therefore probably be limited to non-existent.

7. I am an Erasmus exchange student from the UK. Will the Brexit affect my upcoming study abroad period at Maastricht University or my Erasmus internship in the Netherlands?

Not in the immediate future. The exit negotiations are expected to take 2 years- or longer. During this period British students will still be EU students and the UK will still participate in the Erasmus programme. Therefore, nothing will change in the upcoming period.

8. I am a student at Maastricht University planning on going to the UK for my Erasmus study abroad semester or for an internship. Will the Brexit have any impact on my plans?

Not in the immediate future. The exit negotiations are expected to take 2 years- or longer. Hence, for the time being the UK will still be a member of the EU and participate in the Erasmus programme.