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.

    • This depends on whether a Brexit-deal is made between the EU and the UK and on whether you already are registered as a resident in the Netherlands (i.e. registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) on the Brexit date. In general, you can view our tuition fees here. Also, please read the information of the municipality where you (are planning to) live (Rotterdam) and the information of the Dutch national government.

    • Registered as a resident in the Netherlands

      If you are registered as a resident in the Netherlands on the Brexit date, you will be allowed to continue studying under the same conditions, and with the same tuition fees, as those set for EU students by law and by the EUR’s regulations. As we understand it from the Government’s letter, this includes continuing uninterrupted in a follow-on study programme (e.g. doing your Master’s right after a Bachelor’s) and also includes a switch between institutions within the Netherlands. 

      Not registered as a resident in the Netherlands, enrolled in a programme

      If you are not registered as a resident in the Netherlands on the Brexit date but you are already enrolled in a degree programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam, you will be allowed to complete your current degree programme (for the nominal duration + 1 year) for the same tuition fees as those set for EU students by law and by the EUR’s regulations. This is a special regulation of Erasmus University Rotterdam and therefore does not necessarily apply at other universities. Please be aware, we recommend that students register with the municipality (if possible) before the Brexit date as this will have many benefits (in addition to your tuition fees).  

      Not yet registered as a resident, not yet enrolled in a programme

      If you are not yet registered as a resident in the Netherlands on the Brexit date and you are not yet enrolled in a degree programme of Erasmus University Rotterdam, you will be considered a third-country national and charged the non-EEA tuition fee. For most programmes, our non-EEA 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.

    • The exit negotiations are expected to take two years or longer. During this period British students will still be EU students and can study at Erasmus University Rotterdam under the same conditions, and with the same tuition fees, as those set for EU students by law and by the EUR’s regulations.

    • This depends on whether a Brexit-deal is made between the EU and the UK and on whether you already are registered as a resident in the Netherlands (i.e. registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) on the Brexit date. In general, please read the information of the municipality where you (are planning to) live (Rotterdam) and the information of the Dutch national government.

      In case of a 'no deal scenario'

      In January 2019, all UK nationals registered as residents in the Netherlands should have received a letter from the IND stating their resident status during the transition period and explaining what will happen next. Read more about this letter on the IND website.

      If you were not yet registered as a resident in the Netherlands on the Brexit date and you want to stay in the Netherlands for longer than 90 days, you will need to request a visa/residence permit. Details about this are not yet clear.

      We recommend that students register with the municipality (if possible) before the Brexit date as this will have many benefits (in addition to your tuition fees). 

      In case of a 'deal scenario'

      The exit negotiations are expected to take two years or longer. During this period students with a UK nationality will still be EU students. Therefore, nothing will change in the upcoming period.

    • 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.

    • This depends on whether a Brexit-deal is made between the EU and the UK and on whether you already are registered as a resident in the Netherlands (i.e. registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) on the Brexit date. In general, read more here about student finance.

      No deal

      If you are registered as a resident in the Netherlands on the Brexit date, then you remain/can receive the right to student finance if you meet the other eligibility criteria. See the website of DUO.

      If you are not registered as a resident in the Netherlands on the Brexit date, then probably you will not be eligible for student finance. However, please see the website of DUO to make sure.

      Deal

      The exit negotiations are expected to take two years or longer. During this period, you remain/can receive the right to student finance as a EU citizen if you meet the other eligibility criteria, see the website of DUO.

    • Yes, you will keep access to Dutch health care after Brexit. However, whether you are insured for the costs of health care will depend on whether a Brexit deal is made between the EU and the UK.

      Deal

      In case of a deal, you will remained insured for health care in the Netherlands after Brexit via your NHS insurance if you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Do check the website of the UK government and the NHS for details on what is insured and what not is insured to determine whether to buy additional travel insurance. Also see this webpage.

      No deal

      In case of a no deal, you will most likely need to buy separate health care insurance. Please check the websites of the UK government and the NHS for updates.

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

    • This depends on whether a Brexit deal is made between the EU and the UK. In a no deal scenario,  you will need a visa if you want to stay longer than 90 days. There is still little known about this scenario. Please check the website of the UK government for more information.

    • This depends on whether a Brexit deal is made between the EU and the UK and on your home institution. Please ask your home institution for more information.

    • This depends on whether a Brexit deal is made between the EU and the UK.

      No deal

      If you arrived in the UK before the Brexit date, you will most likely not need a visa. This however is not completely clear yet. If you arrive in the UK on or after the Brexit date and you want to stay for longer than 3 months, you will need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain. Please check the website of the UK government for more information.

      Deal

      The exit negotiations are expected to take two years or longer. During this period the UK will not ask for a visa. Therefore, nothing will change in upcoming period.

    • This depends on whether a Brexit-deal is made between the EU and the UK.

      No deal

      If you started your exchange or internship before the Brexit date, we expect you will receive the Erasmus+ scholarship if you had been granted one before you left. However, this depends on whether the European Union adopts the proposed contingency plans in case of a no-deal Brexit.

      If you are going on exchange or planning to do an internship in the UK in 2019-2020, you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ scholarship if your stay abroad starts before the Brexit date (currently 31 January 2020).

      For exchange periods or internships starting January 31 or later, Erasmus University Rotterdam cannot award an Erasmus+ grant, unless the UK and EU have by then agreed on continuation of the UK participation in the Erasmus+ programme. Erasmus+ grant applications with a starting date on or after the Brexit date will be put on hold until there is more information.

      Deal

      In case of a deal, Erasmus+ grant applications with a starting date on or after the Brexit date will be guaranteed until 31 December 2020.