The Impact of International Students Studying in the UK After Brexit

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Last Updated on December 28, 2017 by Ellen

Are you wondering what will happen to international students studying in the UK after Brexit? Here are a few things to consider. Studying abroad is a fantastic opportunity to absorb another country’s culture. However, there can be things to keep in mind when making the decision to study out of your birth country. This post has been sponsored, but the opinions are my own.

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The Impact of International Students Studying in the UK After Brexit

International Students Studying in the UK After Brexit

As the UK leaves the European Union, it will undoubtedly mean changes to international students studying in the UK. The European Union allowed people and goods to move through the European Union as if it were one vast country. The UK is scheduled to leave the European Union on Friday, 29 March 2019.

There are several possible advantages and consequences international students may experience.


  • The #WeAreInternational Campaign is working toward ensuring that international students and staff have the best possible experience when coming to the UK. This push may help improve the global diversity at many universities.
  • The UK may feel prompted to open up partnerships with countries outside of the European Union allowing more students to study in places like Asia.
  • It’s likely that the Erasmus program will continue to allow opportunities to study abroad as it does now for students in non-EU countries like Norway, Switzerland, and Turkey.


  • At least for the 2017/2018 school year, international students appear to be eligible for the same grants as before. However, it seems that in the longer term, EU students may have to pay higher fees.
  • There is currently some debate whether or not the UK will change their policies on student visas as they related to course quality and the quality of the educational institute.
  • Declining partnerships between various institutions may also be a factor as faculty and staff depart the UK. It may also impact job placement of students in institutions outside of the UK.
  • Many students feel that when the UK leaves the European Union, it will reduce their job prospects. Previously, students could take employment in any member country.
  • With a less globally diverse population, there may be a reduction in students’ abilities to learn and practice other European languages.
  • Another worry post-Brexit is that there will be a reduction in research funding coming from EU countries into the UK.

What exactly will be the outcome of the UK leaving the European Union remains to be seen. There will need to be quite a bit of negotiation over the next two years as the process continues.

With these developments, would you consider studying internationally? What do you think will be the impact of international students studying in the UK after Brexit?

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10 thoughts on “The Impact of International Students Studying in the UK After Brexit

  1. Not to be negative, but the U.K. is going to regret Brexit. Everyone in the U.K. is going to have a smaller, more limited life as the result of this. If I were a European nation, I would insist on massive entry taxes to even allow Britons to visit the continent. And the same with holiday homes.

  2. Any Brexit article written in plain English, lol, catches my eye since I need to learn more about this to understand the implications. This is a topic I hadn’t thought of either and at least gives people time to make plans or find alternatives. I have some nursing sites in the UK that are helping me understand some things about the research aspect, but every bit helps. Thanks!

  3. There is some good information here. I have friend that was just talking about her daughter thinking about spending a year over in England for her education. I wish her luck but I will be sure to tell her to check out the fine-print after Brexit. I never even thought about that having an effect on the international studies.

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