No more Erasmus exchanges to and from the United Kingdom
UG spokesperson Gernant Deekens says that exchanges to Great Britain and Northern Ireland are no longer a certainty. ‘We have exchange agreements with forty-five British universities’, he says. ‘We’re now trying to reach individual arrangements with them in an effort to keep the exchange going.’
Deekens can’t say what these arrangements will look like. As of January 1, exchanges from and to the UK are no longer eligible for Erasmus+ funding. ‘Students can still use the Marco Polo programme, or they can pay for the costs themselves.’
Students and lecturers participating in an exchange project that received Erasmus+ funds before December 31, 2020, will be able to continue their projects.
It looks like British students will continue to be able to go on exchange. The British government is working on setting up its own exchange programme, called Turing. As of right now, this programme appears to be geared towards sending British students to the EU.
The Brexit also means that students who would like to do a bachelor or master programme in the UK will have to pay significantly higher tuition fees. The old regulations will apply to anyone who’s starting in the spring of 2021 in the UK, and they’ll pay the same tuition fees that British students do.
Britons in the Netherlands
Britons who want to study in the Netherlands will also see a change in tuition fees. Students who already lived and were registered in the Netherlands before or by December 31, 2020, will continue to pay the legal tuition fees, even if they’re only starting their programme after that date.
Different rules apply to students who move to the Netherlands after January 1, 2021. They’ll have to pay institutional tuition fees and, in most cases, they will not be eligible for student financing.