Last updated: 31 January 2020

On 31 January 2020, the UK left the European Union. The transition period, during which the details of Brexit and the future relation with the EU will be negotiated, started on this date as well and will end on 31 December 2020. There is still much uncertainty on the outcomes of the transition period.

This section aims to share Brexit-related information relevant to current and prospective students by way of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Because the situation is still evolving, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this content.

For degree students with a UK nationality:

This depends on the outcome of the transition period negotiations between the EU and the UK and on whether you already are registered as a resident in the Netherlands (i.e. registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP)) on the date the transition period ends. In general, you can view our tuition fees here (bachelors, Masters). Also, please read the information of the municipality where you (are planning to) live (Utrecht) and the information of the Dutch national government.

During the transition period

The transition period started on 31 January 2020 and will end on 31 December 2020. During this period British students will be treated the same way as EU students and can study at Utrecht University under the same conditions, and with the same tuition fees, as those set for EU students by law and by the UU’s regulations. 

No deal after the transition period

If you are registered as a resident in the Netherlands on the date the transition period ends, you will be allowed to continue studying under the same conditions, and with the same tuition fees, as those set for EU students by law and by the UU’s regulations. As we understand it from the Government’s letter, this includes continuing uninterrupted in a follow-on study programme (e.g. doing your Master’s right after a Bachelor’s) and also includes a switch between institutions within the Netherlands.

Please be aware, we recommend students to register with the municipality (if possible) before the transition period ends as this will have many benefits (also besides your tuition fees).  

If you are not yet registered as a resident in the Netherlands at the end of the transition period and you are not yet enrolled in a degree programme of Utrecht University, you will be considered a third-country national and charged the non-EEA tuition fee. For most programmes, our non-EEA rate is not very different from tuition fees at English and Welsh universities, but it is much higher than current fees in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

This depends on the outcome of the transition period negotiations between the EU and the UK and on whether you already are registered as a resident in the Netherlands (i.e. registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) on the date the transition period ends. In general, please read the information of the municipality where you (are planning to) live (Utrecht) and the information of the Dutch national government.

During the transition period

The transition period started on 31 January 2020 and will end on 31 December 2020. During this period British students will be treated the same way as EU students. Therefore, nothing will change during the transition period.

No deal after the transition period

Before Brexit, all UK nationals registered as residents in the Netherlands should have received a letter from the IND stating their resident status during the transition period and explaining what will happen next.

Read more about this letter on the IND website

If you are not yet registered as a resident in the Netherlands when the transition period ends and you want to stay in the Netherlands for longer than 90 days, you will need to request a visa/residence permit. Details about this are not yet clear.

We recommend students to register with the municipality (if possible) before the transition period ends as this will have many benefits (also besides your tuition fees). 

Yes. If you are (planning on) living in the municipality of Utrecht, please read more here.

Please note that the date of registration may affect your tuition fee. Check What tuition fee applies to me as a UK national? for more information above.

This depends on the outcome of the transition period negotiations between the EU and the UK and on whether you already are registered as a resident in the Netherlands (i.e. registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) on the Brexit date. In general, read more here about student finance.

During the transition period

The transition period started on 31 January 2020 and will end on 31 December 2020. During this period British students will be treated the same way as EU students. During this period, you remain/can receive the right to student finance as a EU citizen if you meet the other eligibility criteria, see the website of DUO.

No deal after the transition period

If you are registered as a resident in the Netherlands on the Brexit date, then you remain/can receive the right to student finance if you meet the other eligibility criteria. See the website of DUO.

If you are not registered as a resident in the Netherlands on the Brexit date, then probably you will not be eligible for student finance. However, please see the website of DUO to make sure.

 

Yes, you will keep access to Dutch health care after Brexit. However, whether you are insured for the costs of health care will depend on the outcomes of the negotiations during the transition period between the EU and the UK.

During the transition period

During the transition period, you will remained insured for health care in the Netherlands after Brexit via your NHS insurance if you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Do check the website of the UK government and the NHS for details on what is insured and what not is insured to determine whether to buy additional travel insurance. Also see this webpage.

No deal after the transition period

In case of a no deal, you will most likely need to buy separate health care insurance. Please check the websites of the UK government and the NHS for updates. Also see this webpage for information for non-EU students.

For exchange students:

This depends on the outcomes of the negotiations between the EU and the UK during the transition period. In a no deal scenario,  you will need a visa if you want to stay longer than 90 days. There is still little known about this scenario. Please check the website of the UK government for more information. During the transition period, you will not need a visa.

UK institutions will continue to participate in the Erasmus+ programme until the end of the transition period. Please ask your home institution for more information.

This depends on the outcome of the negotions between the EU and the UK during the transition period.

During the transition period

The transition period started on 31 January 2020 and will end on 31 December 2020. During this period the UK will not ask for a visa. Therefore, nothing will change in upcoming period.

No deal after the transition period

If you arrive in the UK before the end of the transition period, you will most likely not need a visa. This however is not completely clear yet. If you arrive in the UK after the transition period ends and you want to stay for longer than 3 months, you will need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain. Please check the website of the UK government for more information.

 

This depends on whether a Brexit-deal is made between the EU and the UK.

During the transition period

During the transition period you can apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship to go on exchange or do an internship in the UK.

After the transition period

Little is known yet about the participation of the UK in the Erasmus+ programme after the transition period. Therefore, it is not possible to say anything about the continuation of the Erasmus+ programme with UK institutions at this point in time.