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Brexit – what students need to know now

Brexit is done. Whether you like it or not, it’s a fact, that we all are confronted with a new situation now. But what does Brexit mean for German and British students?


by Wendy Sexton

Brexit is done. Whether you like it or not, it’s a fact, that we all are confronted with a new situation now. But what does Brexit mean for German and British students? Let’s have a look at what has changed and what you should consider.

Note: This article does not provide legal advice! Please double-check every detail for your particular case and seek professioal consultation, if necessary.

Can I still take part in ERASMUS+ in the UK?

For the academic year 2021/22 the ERASMUS programme continues under the same conditions as before. What happens afterwards is unclear so far. Because of the pandemic, some universities might have some funding left, so they can finance some outgoings even afterwards. Therefore, it can be worth a try to ask the outgoings department of your university whether there is a possibility to take advantage of ERASMUS in Britain after the academic year 2021/22.

Can I still study in Britain?

As before, there is the possibility to study in Britain without ERASMUS and pay the study fees yourself. But unfortunately, this will be much more expensive in the future. As long as Britain was part of the EU, students coming from the European Union only had to pay the so called homefee at the university. This means, they paid the same amount of money as British students. With Britain no longer being part of the EU, students from the European Union have to pay the oversea fees. This is at least twice as much as the homefee.

What happens if I am in the UK right now?

If you went to Britain on the ERASMUS programme, you can stay and study under the original conditions. But you probably have to apply for the EU-settlement or EU-pre-settlement-scheme until 30 June 2021 as long as you moved to Britain before 30 December 2020. Otherwise, you might have to apply for a visa.

Do I need a Visa in Britain?

You don’t need a visa if you stay in Britain to study for up to six months. But you have to keep in mind, that you are not allowed to work. If you stay longer than six months, you do need to apply for a visa. There are different possibilities, you can find some more details here. The visa will also be a cost factor, you have to include in your budget planning. If you apply from outside the UK, the visa is 348 pounds, from inside the UK, it’s even more. With the application you also have to pay the healthcare surcharge of 470 pounds to get access to the British healthcare system NHS.

Do I need a visa as a British student in Germany?

To be honest, the new rules are quite confusing. There are different possibilities depending on when you came to Germany (before or after the 31 December 2020). If you came before 31 December 2020, you will probably at least need some documents from the department of foreign affairs. If you came to Germany in this year (2021) you will probably need a study visa. You should check really carefully what you need to do. If you have questions, you can contact the BAMF (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge).

Will there be an alternative to the ERASMUS programme?
Maybe there will be more scholarships after the end of the ERASMUS programme in the UK, because universities probably still want foreign students on their campus. The other possibility is that your home university negotiates a partnership with a British university. But it’s hard to tell what will actually happen. If you want to study in Britain in the future, you just have to try and keep up to date!
For British students however, there will be an outgoing programme called Turning Scheme, starting from September 2021. It is planned that the programme will provide opportunities similar to ERASMUS, but also includes countries from all over the world.



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