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About Brexit: for prospective students from the UK

As a result of Brexit on 31 January 2020, 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. Due to the fact 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.

Tuition Fees

We understand that you may be concerned about how Brexit will impact your tuition fees. Please be aware that we do not yet know what agreements for future cooperation the Dutch and UK Governments will decide on and therefore, we do not know for sure if there will be an agreement for UK students after the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.

The current situation is that British students who

  • started studying or re-enrolled with the University of Groningen from 1 September 2020, and

  • who have registered their residence with the municipality before 31 December 2020 and

  • who keep a Dutch registered residence and remain continuously enrolled for their course

will be eligible for the EU statutory tuition fees during the academic year 2020-2021. If these students keep a registered Dutch residence and continuous course registration, they will be able to finish their course at the EU tuition fee level. However, we do not know as yet how high your tuition fees will be if you start a new course after finishing your present course, for example by following up a pre-Master’s or a Bachelor’s with a Master’s course after 31 December 2020. We are still waiting on the outcome of future negotiations. We recommend that British students register their Dutch residence with the municipality as a matter of urgency if they have not yet done so, and to finish this before 1 December 2020 to avoid procedural delays.

Students who do not register residence with the Dutch municipality before the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020 may, as a result, have to pay the higher non-EU tuition fee from the academic year 2021-2022 onwards, unless there is a specific agreement specifying otherwise. The Dutch government has not provided information on this particular issue related to students who have registered with the municipality after the transition period. Also, these students risk having to go through the full immigration procedure for non-EU citizens .

Please keep checking the Dutch government website for any updates as the information there is regularly updated and includes information on entitlements to Dutch student finance and exchange programmes. You will find the Dutch government information here.

Finally, we advise you to check the Brexit page of the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND), including the information on applying for a residence permit. Please note that the IND has not yet decided whether future temporary residence permit applications will be processed through University or through the IND directly, and therefore we ask that you check the IND website for updates.  If you have any questions on visa applications which you would like to discuss with us, please reach out to University’s Immigration Service Desk (ISD) through isd rug.nl.

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 did not appear in the 585-page draft deal between the EU and the UK that the British Parliament rejected on 15 January 2019. 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

We understand that you are dealing with the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.  The transition period began on 1 February 2020 and is set to last until 31 December 2020. It is understandable that you would like to know what your tuition fees will be if you start your studies after 31 December 2020. Unfortunately it is not possible at this time to know what agreements for future cooperation the Dutch and UK Governments will decide on after the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. We have two types of fees, details of which can be found on the following pages - tuition fees for Bachelor's programmes /tuition fees for Master's programmes.

Due to the uncertain situation we cannot state with certainty how high your tuition fees will be, as we are also awaiting the outcome of the political negotiations. Without a specific arrangement for higher education, the following situation is conceivable: students who establish an officially registered Dutch residence, and start studying after 31 December 2020, may end up paying the higher University tuition fees for non-EU students, and having to go through a full immigration procedure.

Please keep checking the Dutch government website for any updates as the information there is regularly updated and includes information on entitlements to Dutch student finance and exchange programmes. You will find the Dutch government information here. We advise UK students who arrive in the Netherlands to register their Dutch residence with the municipality as soon as possible.

Finally, we advise you to check the Brexit page of the Dutch Immigration Service (IND), including the information on applying for a residence permit. The IND will update their information going forward. Please note that the IND has not yet decided whether future temporary visa applications will need to be done through University or through the IND directly, and therefore we ask that you keep checking for updates.  If you have any questions on visa applications which you would like to discuss with us, please reach out to University’s Immigration Service Desk (ISD) through isd rug.nl.

Please note:
This is general information to inform British students, and does not affect the status of your admission and/or enrolment. Since the outcome of further political negotiations is still unclear, you cannot derive rights and/or entitlements from what is written on this page.

Last modified:30 September 2020 10.11 a.m.