EU students to have UK study rights maintained

EU students arriving in the UK post-Brexit will continue to pay the same tuition fees as UK students.

Earlier this week, Education Secretary Damian Hinds confirmed that EU students starting at English Universities in autumn 2019 will pay the same tuition fees as English students. Their access to support will also be unchanged.

On the same day the Welsh government announced students starting courses in Wales will also be treated the same as domestic students.

The Scottish government has already made a similar commitment to those starting in Scottish universities in autumn 2019. This mean EU students in Scotland will continue to pay no tuition fees post-Brexit.

There are currently estimated to be around 135,000 students from EU countries studying at UK universities. EU students in the UK are most concentrated in Russell Group universities, London institutions and in Scotland.

“Students from the EU make an important contribution to the universities sector and it is a testament to our system that so many students from abroad choose to come and study here,” said Minister Hinds.

“Today we are providing clarity and certainty on their fees for the duration of their courses.”

Alistair Jarvis, chief executive of Universities UK, said that the government’s announcement would provide “much needed clarity for EU students and for universities”.

Article published 4th July 2018