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Post-Brexit arrangements for studying in the UK in 2022

Since the United Kingdom left the European Union and the Erasmus+ program on January 1, 2021, the rules have changed for students who intended to continue their studies across the Channel. One year after Brexit, l’Etudiant takes stock of the new terms and conditions in force.

“The post-Brexit era” has sounded! If a transition period was still in effect in 2021 for students doing their mobility in the United Kingdom, this era seems definitely over.

In one year, new rules have applied, while others have been specified to be put in place for the start of the 2021–2022 academic year.

The passport now compulsory unlike the study visa

The United Kingdom (England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland) is now considered as a third country of the European Union. Since October 1, the identity card is no longer sufficient to travel to British territory. All travelers wishing to go there must have a valid passport.. And this whatever their reason for your stay across the Channel.

On the other hand, the study visa is only compulsory in certain cases. Only students who intend to stay in the UK for six months or more need to apply for a study visa. For others, no document is required.

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Tuition fees paid but scholarships possible

As of January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom no longer participates in the Erasmus+ program either. This decision directly affects tuition fees. In effect, they are now increased for international students, European or not. Each establishment sets its own pricing conditions. According to the British Council (government institution of the United Kingdom), the registration fees are therefore around 13,000 (or approximately 15,590 euros) to 16,000 pounds sterling (or 19,188 euros) per year.

However, there are still some rare exceptions. In the event of an agreement between a French establishment and a British establishment, outside the Erasmus+ programme, students can still be exempted from all or part of the tuition fees.

Additionally, many UK schools and universities offer scholarships for European students. This is the case of the University of the Arts, Cardiff Metropolitan University, University of London, University of Glasgow, University of Nottingham…

These scholarships can range from £5,000 to £10,000. Some are subject to conditions (income, merit, etc.) or are only issued on a temporary basis and are therefore only valid for the academic year 2021–2022. Some schools also make rent included in the tuition amount.

Namely: since the start of the 2021 school year, the Turing program has, in a way, replaced the Erasmus+ program in the United Kingdom. But if it makes it possible to obtain scholarships, it is only valid for UK students.

So check with your international relations department to find out about all the financial aid you can claim. Also feel free to contact the UK institution you are targeting to find out more.

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What does not change for students despite Brexit

However, if you continue your studies in the United Kingdom, your diploma will remain recognized in France and throughout Europe. Indeed, ECTS credits (points that allow you to validate your semesters and years of study) are still valid, regardless of Brexit.

Regarding internship or work-study mobility, the rules do not change either. It is up to you to find the company that accepts to welcome you. In addition, regarding work or insurance arrangements, the measures in force in the United Kingdom apply. Attention, consider asking for obtaining a temporary worker visa.

Finally, the European health insurance card (EHIC) still works in the UK. It allows you to benefit from the health system without any additional steps. The card is valid for two years and is aimed at students, workers and tourists alike.

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