How will Brexit affect British nationals studying in the Netherlands?

Impact of Brexit on British nationals studying (or planning to study) in the Netherlands in the event of a deal or a no-deal scenario.

Impact of a deal on tuition fees

Under the current withdrawal agreement, tuition fees for British nationals studying at Dutch institutions will remain the same until the end of the proposed transition period. This period will run until 31 December 2020, but could be extended. After the transition period, tuition fees will depend on the outcomes 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 of a deal on student finance

Under the current withdrawal agreement, there will be no change to British students’ entitlement to Dutch student finance (or the conditions that must be met to receive it) until the end of the transition period. This period will run until 31 December 2020, but could be extended. After the transition period, British students’ entitlement to Dutch student finance will depend on the outcomes 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 of a ‘no deal’ scenario on tuition fees

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 and the requirements that apply. Their entitlement 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 treated as third-country nationals, however. The type of residence permit they hold will determine whether they are entitled to pay statutory tuition fees or have to pay institutional fees. 

Impact of a ‘no deal’ scenario on student finance

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 student finance and the requirements that apply. Their entitlement to student finance 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 treated as third-country nationals, however. The type of residence permit they hold will determine whether they are entitled to student finance.

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