Effects of Brexit
Are you a UK citizen currently or about to start 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.
Since 1 January 2021, all UK nationals living in The Netherlands require a residence permit. If you did not obtain a residence permit via the special Brexit procedure for residents of The Netherlands (article 50), you must instead:
- Request a student residence permit via Leiden University, or
- Request residency on other grounds, for example employment or partnership, directly from the Dutch Immigration Department (IND).
From 1 January 2021 onwards, UK nationals are required to pay the non-EU/EEA tuition fee. However, if you obtained a residence permit via the special Brexit procedure for residents of The Netherlands (article 50), you are 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).
Find out more about eligibility for student finance on the DUO website.
Since January 2021, UK students can no longer make use of the EU health insurance card (EHIC). Instead, you must take out alternative health insurance. Visit the health insurance page for information on insurance requirements and the types of policy available.
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.
Check tuition fees
Check with your British university whether tuition fees now apply due to Brexit.
The UK has decided to cease its participation in the Erasmus+ programme. Nevertheless, Leiden University remains committed to collaboration with its partners in the UK. Students can still apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship for studies or traineeships for the academic year 2021-2022. After that, Leiden University will continue to support student exchange with British universities through the LUSTRA+ scholarship. Please note that the LUSTRA+ scholarship is not as generous as the Erasmus+ grant.
Also see the Nuffic Brexit Erasmus+ updates (in Dutch)
For further advice, please contact your international exchange coordinator.