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Brexit

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.

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

For more information about Brexit, please refer to the following websites:

1. 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.
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ccording 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).

2. 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. 

3. 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 six months. If they wish to stay in the UK as part of their studies for a period longer than six 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:

4. 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.

5. 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).

info-kcis[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl
+31 43 38 83 081

COVID-19

We understand that you may have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus situation, also in relation to the start or continuation of your studies at Maastricht University. This FAQ offers the answers (as far as possible) to the most frequently asked questions from international students concerning the coronavirus and travelling to and from Maastricht.

Can I travel to the Netherlands?
Please check the website of the government of the Netherlands for the exact rules and regulations.

Which travel restrictions apply to me?
Strict rules and regulations no longer apply to students travelling to the Netherlands with a valid residence permit or decision letter from Dutch Immigration. This situation may change again in the future so please check this link to the website of the Dutch government for the most current information about traveling to the Netherlands.

Do I have to go into quarantine on arrival?
No. You are advised to do a self-test immediately after arrival in the Netherlands and again on day 5. Please also check this link for the most current information about traveling to the Netherlands. 

Do I have to provide a negative COVID-19 test before departure and on arrival?
No, you don't. But this may change again in the future so please check this link for the most current information about traveling to the Netherlands.

Do I also have to provide a mandatory rapid test?
No, you don't. But this situation may change again in the future so please check this link for the most current information about traveling to the Netherlands.

Where can I test for COVID-19 abroad?
A list of locations for PCR and rapid tests abroad can be found on www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl

I wish to visit the UM Visa Office. Is it open for visitors?
Yes, the UM Visa Office is open for business again, so if you wish to speak to someone of the Visa Office in person, you can drop in at the Student Services Centre (Bonnefantenstraat 2, room B0.33, Maastricht). You can contact them by phone and email (visa[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl) as well. 

What should I do in case of limited access to the Dutch embassy in my country?
The Visa Office is aware that due to lockdowns in certain countries, Dutch embassies have downscaled their services or have (temporarily) closed. We advise students to monitor and keep checking the website of their local Dutch embassy regularly, since the situation can change rapidly.

I have opened a bank account. How can I get my deposit back?
Please send an email to visa[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl with your full International Bank Account Number (IBAN), your name as on the bank card and your student ID-number. We will then transfer the deposit within five working days.

If you want to have your deposit transferred to a non-Dutch bank account, we need more details:
name (exactly as on the bank card) and full address of the account holder,
name and full address of the bank,
the BIC- and/or SWIFT-code of the bank,
the IBAN-code of the account, if any (please refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_9362 for more information),
the account number,
your full name and date of birth if different from the account holder.

I have to make an appointment at IND in Maastricht to collect my (extended) residence card. Can I still do that?
Yes, you can make an appointment with Dutch Immigration (IND) in Maastricht by using the following appointment link: https://afspraak.mic.maastricht.nl/services

I wish to travel home, but my (extended) residence card is not ready yet. What do I do now?
If your application has been submitted, but your residence card is not ready yet you can only travel with a return visa sticker that has to be placed in your passport by Dutch Immigration (IND). This has to be done by appointment at an IND office. You have to ring IND on the following number +31 88 0430 430. For more information visit this page

I received news that my MVV visa is approved and the embassy informed me I have to bring the decision letter with me. How do I get this letter?
The decision letter will be send to you via email. Your embassy may request it, but it is also important that you have the letter with you when entering the Netherlands at Schiphol. If you have not received the letter yet please e-mail visa[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl

Can I fly to another airport than Amsterdam Schiphol?
We strongly advise you to travel to Amsterdam Schiphol directly and not to fly to Germany or Belgium. The decision letter we provided you with is in Dutch and may not be understood by customs officials in neighbouring countries.

I am a national of Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Monaco or Vatican city. Can I travel to the Netherlands without the decision letter of Dutch Immigration (IND)?
No, the decision letter has been provided to all students whose applications were approved and have to be brought when travelling to the Netherlands. If you have not received the letter yet, please email visa[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl

Wat happens if my MVV-visa has expired due to COVID-19 related circumstances?
When the embassy has resumed its service, the validity of the MVV-visa can be extended by the embassy if you were unable to travel due to travel restrictions imposed in your country. In this case please contact your embassy.

If a travel ban was lifted and you made a conscious decision not to travel, then the MVV cannot be extended, but we have to apply for a new one. In this case please send an email to visa[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl

How do I travel from Amsterdam to Maastricht?
If you would like to receive customized travel instructions from the airport to your new home, please send an email to pickupservice[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl, with your name, ID-number, the airport of your arrival, and your new address in Maastricht. Please add your arrival date and time, so we can customize your door-to-door travel instructions accordingly.