Impact of Brexit on higher education and research

Brexit will affect higher education and research. Until 31 December 2020, all current EU agreements and rules will still apply to the UK. It is not yet clear if and how cooperation between the EU and the UK in the areas of higher education and research will be continued after this period.

Dutch students in the UK

Impact of Brexit on tuition fees and student finance 

  • The Netherlands has no influence on the tuition fees charged to EU students in the UK. The UK government has announced that tuition fees for EU students in the UK will not change as a result of Brexit in the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic years. These EU students will pay the same tuition fees for the entire duration of their course.
  • The UK government has not yet decided on tuition fees from 2021/2022.

British nationals studying in the Netherlands

Impact of Brexit on tuition fees and student finance

Until the end of the transition period (31 december 2020) there will be no changes to tuition fees or student finance for British nationals currently studying in the Netherlands. 

For British nationals who arrive in the Netherlands during the transition period, there will also be no changes in tuition fees and student finance.

Arriving in the Netherlands after 31 December 2020
It is unclear what the consequences of Brexit will be for British nationals who will arrive after the transition period (after 31 december 2020). The amount of the tuition fees and the rights for student finance will be dependent from the settlement status of British nationals in the EU. This status will be part of the negotiations on the new relationship between the UK and the EU during the transition period.

Impact of Brexit on Erasmus+/Horizon 2020 programmes

In 2020 nothing will change. The UK will continue to participate in the Erasmus+ (2014-2020) and Horizon 2020 (2014-2020) programmes until the transition period ends on 31 December 2020.

The UK’s participation after 2020 will depend on the negotiations regarding the form and substance of the next Erasmus+ (2021-2027) and Horizon Europe (2021-2027) programmes. These negotiations have already begun. Horizon Europe is the successor to Horizon 2020 and will run from 1 January 2021.