About Brexit: for prospective students from the UK

As a result of Brexit on 31 January 2020, there is still much uncertainty regarding the legal status of UK and EU citizens and future relations between the UK and the EU after Brexit.

This section aims to share Brexit-related information relevant to current and prospective staff and students. Due to the fact the situation is still evolving, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this content. The International Welcome Center North and the webpage on Brexit of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) are good sources for further information.

Impact of Brexit on universities

We do not expect great changes at the University of Groningen as a direct consequence of Brexit and will continue to cooperate with British universities and citizens as we do with other renowned universities and citizens around the world. In a joint statement, Universities UK and the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) reiterated this intent. The impact of Brexit on higher education in general is not yet clear. Words such as university, student, academic or science did not appear in the 585-page draft deal between the EU and the UK that the British Parliament rejected on 15 January 2019. We can assume the following:

  • Brexit will probably not affect academic qualifications, as the UK is likely to remain a signatory to the Bologna treaty.
  • Even in Britain, EU law will not disappear immediately. In general, each EU directive that has been implemented in British law will remain in force until a new law is in place.

If you are considering coming to the University of Groningen to study, you may be wondering how Brexit will affect your plans.

Prospective students from the UK

We understand that you are dealing with the uncertainty surrounding Brexit which was on the 31 January. The transition period began on 1 February 2020 and is set to last until 31 December 2020.

Naturally, you would like to know what your tuition fees will be during this period and after 31 December 2020 and it is worth noting that we do not yet know what agreements for future cooperation the Dutch and UK Governments will decide on after the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.

The current situation for British students who:

  • start studying at the University of Groningen on 1 September 2020, and
  • who have registered their residence with the municipality before 31 December 2020;

will be eligible for the EU/EEA statutory tuition fees during the academic year 2020-2021. If these students keep a registered Dutch residence for the duration of their studies, they will be able to finish their course at the EU tuition fee level.

Please be aware that to be eligible for the EU/EEA tuition fees as a British student, it is very important that you register your Dutch address with the municipality of a Dutch municipal office. You will have to visit the municipality office to register as you cannot register a Dutch residence through Studielink. If you fail to register a Dutch residence before 31 December 2020, the consequence may be that you will end up paying the higher university tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students.

This is due to the following:

The UK and Dutch governments will negotiate future agreements in education after the end of the transition period. If no further deal is made by 31 December 2020, British students who register a residence with the municipality after 31 December 2020 will end up paying the higher university tuition fees for non-EU/EEA citizens. Following this scenario, British students who are paying EU/EEA fees, and who interrupt their Dutch residence after 31 December 2020 will risk paying the higher University tuition fees.

The UG's tuition fees

Last modified:13 March 2020 12.55 a.m.