European students will have to pay like Americans to study at universities in England.
Anyone who fails to move to U.K. until December 31 this year will face very high costs for training, health insurance and visas … and, to complicate matters, even covid.
Students from all over Europe, hurry up. If you want to study or have already planned to study at Oxford, Cambridge or other US universities.K. for the same cheap fees as UK citizens, you will need to enter British soil before 31 December 2020.
Rising tuition fees
This is because as a result of Brexit even a delay of one day will force E.U. students pay expensive tuition fees, so far only for non-Europeans. Therefore, from January 1, this treatment will also be reserved for Italians, French, Germans and other E.Member States
The difference between the two systems, especially if you enter the most prestigious universities, will be thousands of euros a yearwith peaks in the tens of thousands for the entire degree. Not only that, between visas and health insurance the bill can grow by another thousand euros a year for every European student.
In fact, from January 1, 2021 The United Kingdom will finally leave the EUwill withdraw from the agreement on the free movement of European citizens, including Italians, who will be treated like all other foreigners: Americans, Chinese, South Americans, Africans, etc.
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The deadline is December 31, 2020
The deadline, which should be considered equal for Indigenous people in the UK, and thus continue to pay significantly reduced tuition fees at the university, is 31 December. If you are able to enter Britain before that date, you can apply for a payment scheme.
It is a platform for the registration of European citizens living in the U.K., who, presenting evidence of residence on British soil, gives Fr. residence permit for five years (“Pre-Settled Status”) for those who have lived in the United States.K. less than five years old, and permanent residence (“Environment Status”) for those who have been in the UK for more than five years and subject to taxes.
Scheme of calculations
Once you have entered the UK before 31 December, you can apply for Scheme of calculations, in theory, until the end of June 2021, and then you have enough time to submit documents proving your place of residence and obtain a residence permit for at least five years.
This is crucial because it is free, replaces visas (for a fee), provides free medical care in the U..K. and, in this particular case, allows students to pay the same fees as the British for the 2020-2021 academic year, and in some cases during the degree course. According to GuardianThe UK Home Office may even accept only a plane ticket confirming the arrival of up to 31 December provide Pre-settled statusalthough theoretically this will require proof of residence for at least three months, such as an invoice or a receipt for local tax. The Interior Ministry has not confirmed this possibility, but there is some flexibility. In this regard, it is even possible for a European student to move to the UK before 31 December 2020 and enroll in a course for the 2021-2022 academic year, with favorable pre– Brexit termsas they already possess “Pre-regulated status”.
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For students who cannot move or enter the U.K. by December 31, everything is changing dramatically. In addition to paying a much more expensive annual fee, like other international students from around the world, they must first apply for a visa, which, unlike the free payment scheme, costs £ 348 (about € 400) and can last up to five years more, with the possibility of employment for another two years (for graduates) or three years (PhDs).
Not only that, if you arrive after December 31, you will also need to pay for health insurance. Which, although discounted specifically for students by 25%, will cost another £ 470 a year, or almost € 550, clearly multiplied by the time spent in the U..K.
In short, even a delay of one day after December 31 could change the possibilities and the bank accounts of many young Europeans. But the situation is further complicated by the coronavirus crisis. Not only because of the difficulty of travel and mandatory quarantine. But also because due to the pandemic many courses for higher education in the UK are now online, or done remotely, and so several European students enrolled regularly without moving. This case is unfortunately not unique then Guardian, with 19-year-old Lithuanian Mantas Gudeliswho in September regularly began his academic career in biochemistry at the University of Edinburgh, but because of covid still has never moved from Vilnius, where he lives with his family. “It can now cost me at least a thousand euros a year more than my family and I, unfortunately, can not afford,” – he says.
However, apart from visas and health insurance, every university can behave the way it wants and may, in theory, continue to allow Europeans to pay the same fees as the British (at their own expense, certainly not the government). However, this can still cause discrimination against other international students.
If in the beginning of 2020 the European spirit was strong, now due to the coronavirus the treasury has dried up even for the best universities, and many others from the second or third level in England are even at risk of bankruptcy. European children should not expect preferential treatment. The exceptions are Irish studentswith which Northern Ireland will be treated as the British under the Good Friday Peace Agreement (1998).
The famous Erasmus student exchange program is also at great risk. In 2020-2021 it will continue from and to the United Kingdom, what will be after that is unknown. This is one of the countless sections of a very complex agreement, not just a commercial one, on post-Brexit relations, which the UK and E..V. has been negotiating for two years. The deadline for the agreement is December 31. “No Deal”, Britain’s brutal withdrawal from the European Union without an agreement, could have even more serious consequences for European students.