Since the declaration of the results of the June 2016 Brexit referendum, many questions have been raised about the mobility of European students and the possible impact on higher education in the United Kingdom.
With thousands of people across the world crossing the border each year to pursue their studies, the United Kingdom is the first destination for students abroad. The mobility of students and researchers is more important than ever, and British universities have been at the forefront of the campaign to remain in the European Union, and they continue to campaign for student mobility.
In the days directly following the outcome of the Brexit referendum, the British Council confirmed that current students, including those starting their course, would see no immediate change in their Immigrant status.
The British higher education sector also wanted to reassure future students and confirmed that the current university students of the EU; As well as those who start their courses in 2017 would see no change in their eligibility or status.
Currently, EU students receive the same fees as British students who are significantly lower than international students. Similarly, EU students are able to apply for loans to cover the cost of their tuition fees which are only paid when the student has reached a certain level of income. The European Commission confirmed that EU law continues to be fully applied in the UK until it is no longer a member.
So why do students want to study in the UK? The surveys carried out by the students on this question return with these answers:
- The quality of the UK educational system
- Better professional prospects
- An improvement in their level of English
But student mobility is not limited to what students can learn from their experience, but also what the country can earn from these students. European students make the UK a more international, multicultural and welcoming place. The importance of these young people who come to the United Kingdom can not be stressed enough.
Whatever the political future, the British Council will continue to promote student mobility and educational exchange between the United Kingdom and France and throughout the European Union.