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About Brexit: for prospective students from the UK

In 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union. Now, with just days to go until the first possible Brexit day, there is still much uncertainty regarding the legal status of UK and EU citizens and future relations between the UK and the EU after Brexit.

This section aims to share Brexit-related information relevant to current and prospective staff and students. Because the situation is still evolving, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this content. The International Welcome Center North and the webpage on Brexit of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) are good sources for further information.

Current situation

Last updated: 11th April 2019

  • Britain was set to leave the EU on 29 March 2019, however, EU leaders agreed on the 11th April 2019 to offer the UK an extension on article 50 until 31 October 2019 with a possible review in June.
  • There is still the possibility that if Theresa May's withdrawal agreement is accepted by UK MPs before the above dates, the UK will leave the EU.
  • Until the UK officially withdraws from the EU, UK nationals remain EU citizens.

Impact of Brexit on universities

We do not expect great changes at the University of Groningen as a direct consequence of Brexit and will continue to cooperate with British universities and citizens as we do with other renowned universities and citizens around the world. In a joint statement, Universities UK and the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) reiterated this intent. The impact of Brexit on higher education in general is not yet clear. Words such as university, student, academic or science do not appear in the 585-page draft deal between the EU and the UK that the British Parliament rejected on January 15. We can assume the following:

  • Brexit will probably not affect academic qualifications, as the UK is likely to remain a signatory to the Bologna treaty.
  • Even in Britain, EU law will not disappear immediately. In general, each EU directive that has been implemented in British law will remain in force until a new law is in place.

If you are considering coming to the University of Groningen to study, you may be wondering how Brexit will affect your plans.

Prospective students from the UK

You are welcome to come and study at UG after Brexit day. If there is no deal specifying otherwise, you will be considered a third-country national and charged the non-EU/EEA tuition fee. For most programmes, our non-EU/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 UG's tuition fees

Last modified:22 March 2019 10.05 a.m.