Brexit: what it means for international students

Learn languages April 4, 2019

Whether you’re part of the crowd refreshing for Brexit updates on an hourly basis, or whether you simply hear your news through the grapevine, we’re sure you know this much: Brexit is overdue. The United Kingdom was due to leave the European Union on the 29th of March, 2019. Yet there they still stay. Brexit has been delayed, but nobody is quite sure for how long, or if it will even go ahead.

With the United Kingdom being one of the most popular destinations for studying abroad, it’s natural that the question of ‘should I study English in the UK after Brexit?’ is on many a student’s mind. Well, the good news is that Brexit shouldn’t impact your studies in the short-term, or even in the long term – and what’s more, it might actually save you some money! We’re here to tell you why the United Kingdom should still be high up in your destinations of choice! Here are 3 great reasons why you should study English in the UK after Brexit:

1.You can enter the country without a visa

There’ll be little to no changes in in the requirements for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens to enter the UK until January 2021. This means that you can study in the UK for up to 3 months with your national ID card – you technically won’t even need to travel with your passport, but we recommend you take it, just to be safe!

If the UK leaves without an agreement, EU, EEA and Swiss nationals that want to stay in the country for more than 3 months (and up to 3 years) will have to apply for a permit called ‘European Leave to Remain’.

From 2021, EU, EEA and Swiss students will simply have to apply for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation), which will be affordable and easy to obtain.

Regarding Erasmus + programmes, it’s unlikely that any changes will be implemented until the end of 2020, regardless of whether there’s an agreement between the UK and the EU or not.

2.The UK is now more affordable for international students

You should take the cost of living into consideration before choosing your study abroad destination, and the UK is becoming more appealing in this sense. In the last 2 years, the pound to euro exchange rate has fallen by 8.6% (and by 14.6% in the last 4 years) – this means you get a significant discount on the price of your English course abroad! Now that’s a good reason to study English in the UK after Brexit.

3.The UK is a top destination for international students

Year after year, the United Kingdom ranks as one of the top 3 destinations for international students. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it has 18 of the world’s top 100 universities!

Whether it’s an exchange programme with another university, an English language course, an internship programme in the UK, or even a combination of a part-time job with an English course, there’s a long list of excellent options for those who want to study English in the UK after Brexit.

Politics aside, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are still fantastic destinations if you’re looking to improve your English skills or kick-start your career. If you need some extra reassurance, remember that we’re here to answer your questions!

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By Carlos Heras

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