In 2016, the British people voted to leave the European Union. There is still much uncertainty about whether, when and how Brexit will take place. The current latest Brexit date is 31 October 2019.  However, the UK can leave the EU earlier if a deal is ratified or must leave earlier if they do not hold EU elections (in which case they must leave on 1 June 2019 without a deal).

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 whether a Brexit-deal is made 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, 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.

No deal

If you are registered as a resident in the Netherlands on the Brexit date, 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. 

If you are not registered as a resident in the Netherlands on the Brexit date but you are already enrolled in a degree programme at Utrecht University, you will be allowed to complete your current degree programme (for the nominal duration + 1 year) for the same tuition fees as those set for EU students by law and by the UU’s regulations. This is a special regulation of Utrecht University and therefore does not apply at other universities. Please be aware, we recommend students to register with the municipality (if possible) before the Brexit date as this will have many benefits (also besides your tuition fees).  

If you are not yet registered as a resident in the Netherlands on the Brexit date 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.

Deal

The exit negotiations are expected to take 2 years or longer. During this period British students will still be 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.

This depends on whether a Brexit-deal is made 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, please read the information of the municipality where you (are planning to) live (Utrecht) and the information of the Dutch national government.

No deal

In January, 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 were not yet registered as a resident in the Netherlands on the Brexit date 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 Brexit date as this will have many benefits (also besides your tuition fees). 

Deal

The exit negotiations are expected to take 2 years or longer. During this period students with a UK nationality will still be EU students. Therefore, nothing will change in upcoming period.

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

This depends on whether a Brexit-deal is made 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.

No deal

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.

Deal

The exit negotiations are expected to take 2 years or longer. 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.

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

Deal

In case of a deal, 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

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

This depends on whether a Brexit-deal is made between the EU and the UK and on your home institution. Please ask your home institution for more information.

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

No deal

If you arrived in the UK before the Brexit date, you will most likely not need a visa. This however is not completely clear yet. If you arrive in the UK on or after the Brexit date 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.

Deal

The exit negotiations are expected to take 2 years or longer. During this period the UK will not ask for a visa. Therefore, nothing will change in upcoming period.

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

No deal

If you started your exchange or internship before the Brexit date, we expect you will receive the Erasmus+ scholarship if you had been granted one before you left. However, this depends on whether the European Union adopts the proposed contingency plans in case of a no-deal Brexit.

If you are planning to go on exchange in 2019-2020, you will not be eligible for an Erasmus+ scholarship.

Deal

The exit negotiations are expected to take 2 years or longer. During this period the UK will not ask for a visa. Therefore, nothing will change in upcoming period.