Fears and doubts
Brexit initially triggered some fear and doubt. For instance, a 19% increase in departures of European staff from UK universities occurred in 2017 compared to 2016 (2,300 resignations in 2017). Younger academics expressed anxieties about their qualifications after Brexit. Additionally, some French business schools left the UK, and the number of international students in the UK decreased in 2017. The Brexit referendum indeed spread confusion and dread within the European higher education market.
However, as in most matters in life, uncertainty and lack of knowledge frequently cause fear. What is behind this reality of Brexit?
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The collaboration between the UK and EU intensified a year and a half after the Brexit referendum.
The Britannic Government published in July 2018 “The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union White Paper”, which details proposals for the UK’s future relationship with the EU. This 104-page document details the policy on the 12 principles settled out on January 17, 2017 by the Prime Minister. First principle of the document, as an answer to the climate of doubt : “Providing certainty and clarity”.
No upheaval for international students in UK
Prime Minister Theresa May announced in July 2018 her intention for the UK to continue its participation in the European single market, even if a tough Brexit scenario is not totally discounted. In this manner, European students would continue to be treated in the same way as British students in the UK, which involves, among others things, low tuition fees.
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For non-EU students who intend to study in the UK, Brexit does not change anything. In fact, neither the visa requirements nor the level of tuition fees will be different from the case before Brexit.
For EU students, however, the effects of Brexit remain uncertain. Nonetheless, the UK and EU are likely to develop agreements to sustain and encourage student exchanges in both directions. To promote continuity, the UK government committed in 2017 and 2018 to maintain the level of tuition fees for EU students who already study in the UK, with no visa requirement. It would probably be renewed in the next years.
In his declaration in July 2018, UK Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds reassured students that tuition fees for European students would remain the same as those tuition fees paid by British students. The policy takes effect beginning autumn 2019.
All of this indicates that studying in the UK will always be affordable, especially as the pound’s value continues to fall as in previous years.
UK degree is among the most valuable degrees in the world and an exceptionally good investment, taking into account tuition fees levels.
With Brexit, it’s likely that this value will increase further, especially if the number of graduates decreases (with the potential decline in the number of EU students), leading a kind of scarcity effect.
Waiting for changes in the coming years, it’s likely a very good time to get a UK degree and thereby to be more attractive in the European job market. The MSc in Management - European Triple Degree, run jointly by emlyon business school (France), Ludwig Maximilian Universität (Germany) and Lancaster University Management School (United Kingdom), allows students to receive three degrees from the three key countries in Europe. A great asset for a sound resume!
Will EU students need a visa to study in the UK?
Another cause for anxiety after Brexit is the administrative issue. Until Brexit, with free movement, an identity card is sufficient for Europeans to study and work across the Channel. This case raises a crucial concern: Will residence permits and visas be required in the future?
Despite the apprehension, a visa will not necessarily be necessary for brief stays (studies, tourism).
More than 100 UK universities and other organisations recently joined the #WeAreInternational campaign. The movement aims to make current and prospective international students and academics feel welcome in the UK.
Another promising sign recently emerged. The number of European students applying for admission to a British university for the 2018 school year increased by 3.4% compared to 2017, but without catching up with its previous level.
Will EU workers still be able to work in the UK without VISA?
Career prospects in the UK for EU graduates are quite optimistic, as agreements are likely to be forged in a manner that would allow the UK to welcome foreign workers.[CA-1]
In November 2018, the European Council approved and adopted the UK’s Brexit deal, which establishes the terms of the UK withdrawal. Until 31 December 2020 and probably December 2022, the EU will behave with the United Kingdom as if it were still a member state. No physical frontiers will exist, and no changes will be made to the visa requirements.
Foreign residents in UK established[CA-2] before 30 March 2019 will retain for life the same rights to social security, including retirement and other social benefits.
However, what will be the situation after this transition period?
The UK’s migration policy will change and will shift its focus from nationality to skills. The Migration Advisory Committee made this recommendation in September 2018. This committee also suggests that people from the EU should be covered by the same immigration rules as non-EU migrants, which would imply the need for a general Work VIsa (Tier 2) for EU resident to work in UK.
Study in 3 European countries and get a UK degree : now or never ?
The transition period certainly presents a solid opportunity to study in the UK under the same rules as the other EU countries. In particular, a European triple degree in management provides students with a unique possibility to discover different cultures, develop cultural intelligence and create connections with various professional networks.
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Hard or soft Brexit, UK remains the central area of international financial and legal deals. Having a UK degree is more than ever a sound career asset and an impressive entry in a résumé.
The current transition period is certainly the perfect time to get a UK degree, by anticipating a potential hard brexit and benefiting from favorable tuition fees and administrative formalities.
The MSc in Management - European Triple Degree is designed to provide you with all the tools and connections you would need when creating a business. “The programme connected me with professionals from all around the world. I acquire an incredible amount of knowledge and learned from the experiences of others how to achieve my life’s goals” said Adrien, a MSc in Management - European Triple Degree - Grande Ecole current student.