Impact of Brexit on higher education and research

Brexit may have an impact on higher education and research. In the event of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement in place (a ‘no deal’ scenario), the impact will be different than if a withdrawal agreement is in place.

Impact of Brexit on tuition fees and student finance for Dutch students in the UK

  • The Netherlands has no influence on the tuition fees that apply 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 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic years. EU students will pay the same tuition fees for the entire duration of their course.
  • Brexit will not have any impact on student finance for Dutch students in higher education. Their student finance is not dependent on whether they study inside or outside the EU.

Impact of Brexit on tuition fees and student finance for British nationals studying in the Netherlands now or in the future

  • Impact on tuition fees and student finance if a deal is reached
    Until the end of the transition period, there will be no changes to tuition fees or student finance for British nationals studying in the Netherlands. This period will run until 31 December 2020, but could be extended.
    After the transition period, tuition fees and student finance will depend on the outcome of the negotiations between the EU and the UK on their future relationship. These negotiations will begin after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

  • Impact on tuition fees and student finance if no deal is reached
    For British nationals and their family members who are already resident in the Netherlands before the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, there will be no impact on their entitlement to pay statutory tuition fees or receive student finance. Their entitlement to student finance and to pay statutory tuition fees will not change.
    British nationals who come to the Netherlands after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and wish to commence studies will be viewed as third-country nationals, however. The type of residence permit they hold will determine whether they are entitled to student finance and whether they pay statutory tuition fees or institutional fees.  

Impact of Brexit on Erasmus+/Horizon 2020 programmes

  • In the event of a deal
    In the event of the UK leaving the EU with a withdrawal agreement in place, nothing will change. The UK will continue to participate in the Erasmus+ (2014-2020) and Horizon 2020 (2014-2020) programmes until the end of the transition period.  This period will run until 31 December 2020, but could be extended.
    After the transition period, the UK’s participation in these programmes as a third country depends on the outcome of the negotiations between the EU and the UK on their future relationship. These negotiations will begin after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
    In addition, 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.
  • In the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario
    For Erasmus+, a ‘no deal’ scenario will mean that exchanges or partnerships involving the UK will, in principle no longer be possible. One exception has been agreed. The EU member states, the European Parliament and the European Commission have decided that students and staff from higher education and vocational training institutions in the UK who are already living in the Netherlands and have an Erasmus grant on the date on which the UK leaves the EU will be allowed to remain in the Netherlands and continue to receive the grant until the end of the exchange period.

    Exchanges beginning after the date on which the UK leaves the EU will not be eligible for an Erasmus grant. No special arrangement has been suggested for this group.