Brexit for prospective and current students

In 2016, the British people voted to leave the European Union. In December 2019 the British parliament accepted the deal Prime Minister Johnson agreed with the EU, with a Brexit date of 31 January 2020. Despite this milestone, there are still many unanswered questions. We hope the information provided below will help you, as a current or prospective diploma or exchange student from or in the UK, to better understand your situation with regards to Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). The information here represents what we understand at this time; we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this content. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Read more about the consequences for (prospective) degree students with a UK nationality.

    If you are already living in the Netherlands (registered at the BRP) on or before 31 December 2020.
    In this case, you fall under the withdrawal agreement and you will still be entitled to receive student finance and to pay statutory fees if you meet all the other conditions.
    It’s very important to submit an application for a residence document online as soon as possible. We advise you to submit as soon as possible, but the application can be submitted up to and including 30 June 2021. The sooner you apply, the sooner you will receive your residence document from the IND. You can then use it to prove your right of residence in the Netherlands starting on 1 January 2021. Find out which conditions you need to meet on www.ind.nl/Brexit

    For more information you can also call the IND Brexit information line: 31 (0)88 04 30410

    If you are registered in the BRP before the 31st of December and due to Covid-19 you have temporarily returned to the UK, make sure you return to the Netherlands within 6 months and apply for a residence permit. You are able to apply for the permit from the UK but to finalize the procedure you must be in the Netherlands.

    If you come to live and study in the Netherlands after 31 December 2020
    In this case, you do not fall under the withdrawal agreement. British nationals will be treated as non-EU/EEA citizens. The type of residence permit you hold will determine whether you are entitled to pay statutory tuition fees. In most cases you will be not be entitled to receive pay statutory tuition fees, and will have to pay institutional fees.

    Also, please read the information of the municipality where you (are planning to live) and the information of the Dutch government’s website.

    On the 1st of January 2021, the transition period started on the date of Brexit (31 January 2020) will end and as a result your right of residence as a UK national has changed. You are no longer an EU citizen. This means that you will need a residence document to continue to live in the Netherlands after the transition period. Find out more on the IND’s website.

    Coming to the Netherlands after the transition period
    If you come to the Netherlands after the transition period, you will not fall under the withdrawal agreement. You must meet the Dutch requirements for coming to live in the Netherlands. You will need to apply for a residence permit for the purpose of study.

    The EUR immigration office will help you with your immigration procedure, once you are unconditionally accepted to a programme at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

    Please contact our immigration team if you have any questions: immigration office

    Yes, you will need to have a residence permit to stay in the Netherlands.

    1. If you are registered in the BRP before the 1st of January, you can apply for a temporarily residence permit via the IND website yourself.
      Bear in mind that you cannot stay outside the Netherlands for more than 6 months, and that you should remain registered in the BRP.
    2. If you are not registered in the BRP and arrive after the 1st of January, you will need to apply for a residence permit with as purpose study, just like all other non-EU students. Read more on the IND’s website.

      Yes. If you are (planning on) living in the municipality of Rotterdam, please read more here.

      Please note that the date of registration may affect your tuition fee. Check What tuition fee applies to me as a UK national? for more information above.

      Arriving in the Netherlands before 31 December 2020
      For British nationals who arrive in the Netherlands during the transition period, there will be no changes in tuition fees and student finance.

      Arriving in the Netherlands after 31 December 2020
      British nationals will be treated as non-EU/EEA citizens. The type of residence permit you hold will determine whether you are entitled to receive student finance and pay statutory tuition fees. If you do not hold a temporarily Dutch residence permit (or other valid permit) you will be not be entitled to receive student finance.

      In order to avoid coverage problems, we advise all UK students in NL to take out an Aon Complete+ as from 1 January 2021. For more information, visit the website of AON.

      As it stands at present, UK Students (already) in NL on 31 December 2020 should/can apply for an extension of their EHIC in the UK.  For the remainder of their studies, probably until the academic year of August 2021, they would then maintain coverage under their EHIC.
      However, this is not a fact and depends on the negotiations. Taking out an Aon Complete+ is advised by AON.

    • Read more about the consequences of the Brexit for exchange/internship students.

      In the academic years of 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 nothing will change. The UK will continue to participate in the Erasmus+ (2014-2020) and Horizon 2020 (2014-2020) programmes until the projects finish or until the funds have been exhausted.

      From the start of the 2021-22 academic year, the UK will no longer participate in the Erasmus+ programme. The Turing scheme will continue to provide opportunities for UK students to study abroad in the Netherlands. Students from the Erasmus University Rotterdam can still receive the Erasmus+ grant in 2021-22 when going to the UK.

      Already living in the Netherlands (registered at the BRP) on or before 31 December 2020
      In this case, you fall under the withdrawal agreement. It’s very important to submit an application for a residence document online as soon as possible. We advise you to submit as soon as possible, but the application can be submitted up to and including 30 June 2021. The sooner you apply, the sooner you will receive your residence document from the IND. You can then use it to prove your right of residence in the Netherlands starting on 1 January 2021. Find out which conditions you need to meet on www.ind.nl/Brexit

      For more information you can also call the IND Brexit information line: 31 (0)88 04 30410

      Coming for study exchange after 31 December 2020.
      If you come to the Netherlands after the transition period, you will not fall under the withdrawal agreement. You must meet the Dutch requirements for coming to live in the Netherlands. You will need to apply for a residence permit for the purpose of study.

      The EUR immigration office will help you with your immigration procedure, once you are unconditionally accepted to a programme at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Please contact our immigration team if you have any questions: immigration office

      Read more on the IND’s website.

      Coming for an internship exchange after 31 December 2020.
      You will need to apply for a residence permit for the purpose of work experience as trainee.

      Read more on the IND’s website.

      Check to see whether you need a UK visa: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

      Irish nationals do not need a visa to go to the UK for study or internships. This will not change when new immigration rules come in on 1 January 2021.

      Going on study exchange after 31 December 2020, for a period shorter than 6 months.
      EU/EEA/Swiss students will be able to study for up to six months in the UK at an accredited institution without applying for a visa through the new Visitor route rules.

      You may want to apply for a Standard Visitor visa if you have a criminal record or you’ve previously been refused entry into the UK. Students may undertake the following activities: 

      • research or be taught about research at a UK institution
      • electives at a UK higher education provider, but only if they are studying medicine, veterinary medicine and science, or dentistry as their principle course of study, and the electives are relevant to their course of study abroad, are unpaid and do not involve the treatment of patients;. 
      •  taking part in educational exchanges or visits and attending recreational courses that do not lead to a qualification, and do not include English Language training, for a maximum of 30 days. 

      Students will need to prove that they have enough money to cover all reasonable costs of their visit without working or accessing public funds, including the cost of the return or onward journey. They will be able to use someone else's money to prove this if they have personal or professional relationship with them, and they will provide support to the students for the duration of your visit.  

      Going on study exchange after 31 December 2020, for a period longer than 6 months.
      EU/EEA/Swiss nationals need to apply for a student visa in the new points-based immigration system.

      Exchange students need to apply for the same visa as students that plan to do a full degree in the UK. Students can apply up to 6 months before the start of the course. Students need to meet various requirements, such as having an admission letter from the host institution and proof of financial means. These requirements are measured in points. Check the details in this introduction for EU students and apply to the Student route..

      For more information check the website of the UK Government or contact your host institution for questions regarding the visa procedure.

      Going on an internship exchange to the UK before 31 December 2020 and staying in the UK after this date.
      Students need to apply for a pre-settled status as soon as possible. With this status students can remain in the UK after the 31st of December.

      Going on an internship exchange to the UK after 31 December 2020.
      It is yet unknown whether you will need to apply for a visa for an internship exchange since the negotiations about an agreement are still ongoing. Ask your host company or institution about advice on whether you need to apply.

      EU/EEA/Swiss students will most likely need to apply for a visa for an internship exchange regardless of the period of the exchange. The type of visa that the student needs to apply for depends on the type of internship (e.g. research or paid internship).

      Check to see whether you need a UK visa: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

      Students coming for a study or internship exchange to the Erasmus University Rotterdam from a UK institution after the 31st of December 2020 can still apply for the Erasmus+ grant if their host universities budget allows it. This will be possible for the academic year of 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. The European Commission indicates that Erasmus+ mobilities to the UK can still be funded from Calls 2019 and 2020, until the projects finish (in 2022) or the funds have been exhausted.

      The UK will not participate in the new Erasmus+ programme 2021-2027. Since there is still budget in the 2020 Call for the academic year of 2021-2022, this change will only effect the exchanges from 2022-2023 onwards.

      Students studying at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and going for a study or internship exchange to the UK after the 31st of December 2020 can still apply for the Erasmus+ grant. 

      From the start of the 2021-22 academic year, the UK will no longer participate in the Erasmus+ programme. Students from the Erasmus University Rotterdam can still receive the Erasmus+ grant in 2021-22 when going to the UK.

      You can use your identity (ID) card to travel to the United Kingdom (UK) up to and including 30 September 2021. From 1 October 2021 you will need a valid passport.

      Coverage UK students from 1 January 2021 in NL
      From 1 January 2021 these students will be considered 3rd country nationals and will not be entitled to the EHIC. They will have to take out full private insurance.

      AON advises all UK students to take out an Aon Complete+ in NL from 1 January 2021.

      Coverage of NL students from January 1, 2021 in the UK
      It is not yet certain whether the EHIC will still be valid in the UK in 2021. If no agreements are made about this, the EHIC can no longer be used in the UK.

      Dutch students also have coverage on their Dutch Basic Health insurance abroad. The reimbursement depends on the chosen package. Keep in mind that depending on the chosen Basic Health Insurance, the cover for medical costs may be insufficient. The Dutch student will always have to check this with their Basic Health Insurer.

      AON advises all Dutch students with an EHIC or a Dutch Basic Health Insurance to take out additional insurance, such as the Aon Go Abroad Insurance.

      International students studying in NL and going on exchange to the UK
      Coverage for this group depends on laws and regulations and the nationality of the student, EU/EEA or non-EU.

      Aon advice:

      • Non-EU students : Aon Complete (+) insurance.
      • EU/ EEA students : EHIC + Aon Start+ insurance or the Aon Complete(+). Depending on the deal.

      For more information, visit the website of AON.