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The United Kingdom will withdraw from the European Union on 31 October. This will also have consequences for students. We have set out possible scenarios based on a ‘deal’ or ‘no deal’ Brexit for you here.

Basic points of a ‘no deal’ scenario:

  • Dutch students who are studying or doing a placement via an Erasmus+ grant in the UK this spring: for the group who began their exchange prior to 31 October 2019, the Brexit will change nothing. You will retain your grant funding.
  • Students who will depart to study or complete a work placement in the UK after 31 October 2019 will, as it stands now, not receive an Erasmus+ grant. 
  • If you are a British student living and studying in the Netherlands on 31 october 2019, you will be able to complete your studies with the same rights as other EU citizens. You will also be able to pursue a master’s after taking your bachelor’s degree, again with the same rights, so long as you continue living in the Netherlands in between studies (in order to retain your residence permit).
  • British pupils who reside in the Netherlands on 31 October 2019 will be able to enrol in a study programme in the Netherlands with the same rights as other EU citizens, provided they continue living in the Netherlands in between studies (in order to retain their residence permit).
  • British citizens who take up residence in the Netherlands after 31 October 2019 will no longer be entitled to the same rights as other EU citizens. As of this date, they will be treated as non-EEA citizens, regardless of whether they relocate to the Netherlands from the United Kingdom or from another country.
  • British students who do not reside in the Netherlands on 31 October 2019, but who are enrolled in a study programme in the Netherlands (such as students in border regions) will lose their right to pursue their studies under the same terms and conditions as EU citizens. The Ministry is aware of this group and is exploring potential solutions for them.

 

Basic points in the event of a ‘deal’ scenario: 

If the UK and the EU come to terms (make a deal) regarding the Brexit, an EU-wide transitional period will first go into effect. The EU transitional period will in any case last until 31 December 2020 but may be extended by a term of two years. Within this period, British citizens in the EU will retain the same rights as other EU citizens. They will also be free to relocate to the EU during this period without this having any effect on their rights.  


This means:

  • Dutch students who are studying or doing a placement via an Erasmus+ grant in the UK this spring: you will retain your grant funding.
  • Students who will depart to study or complete a work placement in the UK after 31 October 2019 will still be entitled to an Erasmus+ grant. 
  • If you are a British student living and studying in the Netherlands on 31 October 2019, you will be able to complete your studies with the same rights as other EU citizens. You will also be able to pursue a master’s after receiving your bachelor’s degree, again with the same rights, regardless of whether you continue living in the Netherlands in between the study programmes.
  • British students who reside in the Netherlands on 31 October 2019 will be able to enrol in a study programme in the Netherlands with the same rights as other EU citizens, regardless of whether they continue living in the Netherlands in between study programmes. 
  • British citizens who take up residence in the Netherlands after 31 October 2019 will retain the same rights as other EU citizens. 
  • British students who do not reside in the Netherlands on 31 October 2019, but who are enrolled in a study programme in the Netherlands (such as students in border regions) will retain their right to pursue their studies under the same terms and conditions as other EU citizens. 

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