The Brexit fall out: where to study?

Britain is still coming to terms with its Brexit. Many of the major newspapers run and rerun articles on a possible Bremain, should a second referendum happen. Speculating on the Brexit changing into a Bremain seems a waste of paper and web space.

Where the British papers gleefully predicted the EU in turmoil if a Brexit should happen, the turmoil seems to mostly happen on the other side of the Channel. Shortly after the Brexit news, Britain lost its AAA rating, but after a few days markets rallied and the UK Pound increased in value again, after its earlier spectacular fall. Barely into a new week, the Pound is sliding again and markets are in the negative.

Jeremy Corbyn still refuses to budge, though one of his allies is apparently having talks with the unions. Last week, these stated they continued to support mr Corbyn as Labour leader. Though their statement continued that they would support whoever won a Labour leadership challenge.

The Tory leadership challenge seems to have kind of settled down, after last week’s episodes of long knives and dark deeds. The candidates and favourites are now known, with Ms May expected to win the vote. As many UK papers report: she remains in favour of deportation of EU nationals.  

Mr Farage finally resigned – though one wonders for how long. In the 2015 election, he failed to win South Thanet an announced his resignation. Within a day, he was back as UKIP’s leader, because he was “... persuaded” by “overwhelming” evidence from UKIP members that they wanted him to remain leader”.

In the meantime, US universities are preparing to poach the brightest brains from the UK. European universities, whose government funding in some cases depends on the number of students registered, are becoming aware they may lose British students.

According to Aftab Ali in the UK Independent, the university of Maastricht in the Netherlands, claims British students can save a considerable amount of money: …”British students studying at UM will have saved around £16,000 to £18,000 than if they studied for a degree at home. Once Britain has legally left the EU – and considering it does not join the European Economic Area – UM said its fees could still rise to as much as £8,360 a year for UK students. However, this cost would still remain lower than the £9,000 most English and Welsh institutions currently charge which could rise even further … as set out in the Government’s white paper. …”


It is true that many German youths currently prefer to study at Dutch universities for financial reasons. On the other hand, many Dutch youths prefer to study at Belgian universities to keep costs low. However, such educational mobility among European nationals is not without risks.

As an acquaintance of mine recently found out. She obtained a UK university degree and pursued a career in her chosen field there. On moving back to her country of origin, she was forced to retake part of her studies at a local university, before being allowed to pursue her career there.

When I was looking into possibilities to pursue a career in the UK, I was told I would have to retake my complete set of degrees at UK universities. No Brexit was needed to make up my mind. I opted for countries which did not force students to pay twice for university degrees and qualifications.

As the site for EU citizens, Your Europe, warns: “… Individual governments of EU countries remain responsible for their education systems and are free to apply their own rules, including whether or not to recognise academic qualifications obtained elsewhere.”

An important point not mentioned in the Independent’s article, but extremely important. Lower fees may be a short term solution, but students should ensure their university degree will be recognised without too many problems in their own and other countries.

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About Kate

Multilingual arts & culture journalist, blogger, columnist, writer and translator. Contributor to international (news) media. 2014 winning columnist Gentse Schrijversdagen, Gand, Belgium.
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