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Effects of Brexit

Are you a UK citizen currently studying at Leiden University? Or are you a Leiden University student (thinking of) studying abroad in the UK? Find out about the effects of Brexit.

During the transition period

On 31 January 2020, the UK officially left the EU. Under the provisions of the withdrawal agreement, there will be a transition period from 1 February till 31 December 2020. During this period, UK nationals who are registered as living in the Netherlands will retain their existing rights and will not require a residence permit.

From 1 January 2021 onwards

Residence permits

From 1 January 2021 onwards, all UK nationals living in The Netherlands will require a residence permit. Procedures vary depending on whether you are already living in The Netherlands and have registered in your municipality’s personal records database (BRP) before 1 January 2021.

  • Living in The Netherlands and registered in your municipality’s BRP before 1 January 2021
    In this case, you can apply for a temporary residence permit directly from the Dutch Immigration Department (IND). Find out how to apply and read the conditions of application. This is a relatively quick and simple procedure, therefore we advise you to register with a Dutch municipality before the end of 2020 if at all possible.

     
  • Arriving and registering in The Netherlands after 31 December 2020
    You will instead have to request a student residence permit via Leiden University. Alternatively, you can request residency on other grounds, for example employment or partnership, directly from the Dutch Immigration Department (IND). Note that these procedures are more time-consuming and complex than the one mentioned above.

Read more about living in the Netherlands after Brexit

Tuition fee

From 1 January 2021 onwards, the amount of tuition fee you will have to pay depends on whether you are living in the Netherlands and have registered in your municipality’s personal records database (BRP) before 1 January 2021.

  • Living in The Netherlands and registered in your municipality’s BRP before 1 January 2021
    In this case, you will be allowed to study under the same conditions, and with the same tuition fees, as those set for EU students by law and by the regulations of Leiden University. This is on condition that you remain registered as a resident in the Netherlands, without interruption, throughout your studies. If applicable, you will retain your entitlement to Dutch student finance (studiefinanciering).
     
  • Arriving and registering in The Netherlands after 31 December 2020
    You will be required to pay non-EU/EEA tuition fee, unless a deal is agreed that specifies otherwise.

Health insurance

During the Brexit transition period, the EU health insurance card (EHIC) will remain valid for UK students. However from 1 January 2021 onwards, you must take out an alternative health insurance policy. Visit the health insurance page for information on insurance requirements and the types of policy available.

Working during your studies

If you have a part-time job alongside your studies, please consult your employer to find out if, and how, your position and rights as an employee may be affected after the transition period. 

Further information

For further information, please visit the IND Brexit website, or contact the IND via the Brexit information line: tel +31 (0)88 04 30410 or by email.  
For study programme related matters, please contact your study adviser or coordinator.

Impact of Brexit for EU students in the UK

For EU citizens who are already living or studying in the UK on Brexit day, the UK will continue to run the EU Settlement Scheme after Brexit, even in a ‘no deal’ scenario. This means you should be able to carry on your life as usual, continuing to work, study, and access benefits and services in the UK, much as you do now.  These are the conclusions from a policy paper issued by the UK Government, outlining its action to protect citizens’ rights in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Check your tuition fees

Check with your British university if tuition fees for next year will be affected by Brexit. 

Erasmus+ programme

Starting before 1 June 2021

If your period abroad starts before 1 June 2021, you are eligible to apply for an Erasmus+ grant for studies or traineeships. More information can be found on the Erasmus+ for studies and Erasmus+ for traineeships page

Starting after Brexit

No information is currently available on the effects of Brexit if you plan to start your studies or traineeship in the UK after the 1 June 2021In the event that the UK will no longer take part in the new Erasmus+ programme (2021-2027), Leiden University students can instead apply for the LUSTRA+ scholarship for their exchange programme in the UK.  Please note that the LUSTRA+ scholarship is not as generous as the Erasmus+ grant.

Also see the Nuffic Brexit Erasmus+ updates (in Dutch)

Further advice

For further advice, please contact your international exchange coordinator.

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