27 March 2019 • HOP, Inge Schouten
Erasmus exchange can still be completed with a hard Brexit
Students and lecturers – including the British among them – who are on an exchange with an Erasmus grant, don’t have to worry about their study or internship in the event of a hard Brexit. They can simply complete it.
Participants in the Erasmus+ programme should not suffer in the event of a hard Brexit, whereby the British would leave the European Union without a deal, stated the European Commission in January. Its proposal is that everyone with an Erasmus grant who went on an exchange before the departure date can continue unabated and keep their study points. After the European Parliament, the European Council also gave their consent this week.
There are currently 14,000 students and lecturers from the 27 member states taking part in an Erasmus+ programme in the United Kingdom and there are 7,000 British students on exchange programmes in Europe. It was previously feared that they would have to terminate their exchange with a no-deal Brexit, but that fear has been eradicated for good.
High tuition fees
Nothing changes for current British students studying for a diploma who are not here on an exchange. But, if they arrive in the Netherlands after a hard Brexit, they will be considered as citizens from outside the European Economic Area. They will then pay the higher institutional tuition fees and will not receive study grants. Last academic year, 3,109 British students studied at a Dutch research university or university of applied sciences.