No deal Brexit: What is it, how will it affect me?

A no deal Brexit is a very scary thought for international students, especially students who are coming from Europe. But actually, over the last few months, lots of good information has come from the UK Government that everybody should be clear about: even if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, there will not be that much that changes for European students who want to come to the UK to study. For students who are not European, Brexit will not really change anything at all.

Firstly, it’s important to split the effect this could have on students; we can begin by looking at European students. There will be no change to any EU students who come to the UK to study before 2021; so for any course which finishes before December 31st 2020, a no deal Brexit will not affect you at all. For any courses which start from January 1st 2021, there will be no visa requirement or restrictions for EU/EEA citizens who wish to study for 3 months or less. So actually, whilst Brexit sounds like a scary thing, there will be no changes at all unless your course begins in 2021; and even if it begins in 2021, if your course is for 3 months or less there will be no change at all anyway! For courses which begin in 2021 and are longer than 3 months, the UK Government has not yet agreed what a student would need to do before they arrive in the UK if there is a no deal Brexit.

Anyone who is not from an EU member country would have no changes to their visa application process at all. So, whilst you might read about Brexit in the news a lot, the changes that would come because of any Brexit (deal or no deal) would only apply to students who come from the EU or EEA. A full list of countries that are in the EU or EEA can be found here.

Tuition fees of all UK schools have got cheaper for all students, despite the fact their price in GBP is the same. The cost of living and buying things in the UK has also got cheaper; not because there is a sale or discount, but because when you change your local money into GBP, you will get more! So without going to any sales or getting special offers, you’re still saving money! This is particularly true for students from Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.

To summarize, let’s remember:

  • non-EU students: Brexit will not affect your studies or visa application; in fact, because GBP has fallen in value, it makes it cheaper to study and live here.
  • EU students who want to study for longer than 3 months: there will be no changes to what you need to do to prepare or show when you enter the UK until January 1st 2021, even if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
  • EU students who want to study for 3 months or less there will be no requirement for you to get a visa to come to the UK to study, even if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. You should provide proof of your course length with you, but we provide this to all of our students anyway.

For full information from the UK Government, you can read the following webpage: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/visiting-the-uk-after-brexit

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