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Studying at a British University

Alcuni degli atenei più prestigiosi al mondo si trovano in Gran Bretagna, dove migliaia di studenti internazionali ogni anno si trasferiscono per frequentare l'università. Ma cosa succederà una volta che la Brexit entrerà in vigore?

The United Kingdom is home to some of the most renowned universities in the world, and is second only to the US in the number of international students enrolling each year.

Studying in the UK is not cheap and both UK and EU students are currently required to pay up to £9,250 per year for an undergraduate degree. It is different in Scotland, however, where tuition is currently free for students from Scotland and the EU.

Undergraduate tuition fees are even higher for international students, who can pay from around £10,000 and up to £38,000 or more for medical degrees. Postgraduates wanting to study in the UK are currently looking at spending around £15,000 per year for a standard Masters degree.

It is still unclear what effect Brexit will have on UK tuition fees. It it likely to mean a significant increase, as EU students will no longer be considered in the same category as domestic students.

Another important effect of Brexit regards the recognition of university degrees. According to the European Commission, EU students who have completed their studies in the United Kingdom before the date on which Brexit takes effect will continue to have their degrees recognised in all EU countries.

It remains to be seen, however, whether that will be the case for EU citizens who complete their studies after the date on which Brexit comes into force, even when they began their degrees before the Brexit referendum in 2016.

Learn more about studying at a British university in this month’s issue of Speak Up.