Brexit: Implications for UK Students
Written on Saturday, 21 July 2018 10:37

Brexit: The Implications for UK students

Clearly, the implications of Brexit, for both the UK and the EU, are deep, significant and far-reaching. Here, we are only attempting to look at the implications for UK students, seeking to study in Europe, in an increasingly globalised (at least, beyond the white cliffs of Dover) employment and education environment.

In discussion with European universities, EUNiCAS is certain of only one thing: there is currently high levels of uncertainty concerning these implications. UK students (and, indeed UK universities themselves) have acquired a raft of rights, through the UK’s membership of the EU. Many of these are now threatened.

Uncertainty comes through both the timetable of the UK’s formal withdrawal from the EU, and the negotiations incidental to that withdrawal, where some of the acquired rights of students may, or may not be protected. The UK’s formal withdrawal needs to be triggered by formal notice under Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon. This notice has not yet been served and, currently, a courts case is being taken to circumscribe the rights of PM Teresa May to trigger this provision. If Article 50 is triggered, there follows a period of negotiations, which will last 2 years, or more, during which the UK will negotiate the terms of its withdrawal. During this period, UK students continue to be EU citizens and hold onto the rights acquired as EU citizens.

The above timetable will mean that students currently enrolled in EU universities are, if they are graduating in 2017 or 2018 (and possibly even later), unlikely to lose rights to provisions such as payment of the EU rate of tuition fees or local student finance. Students enrolling this year and next might benefit from an extended period of negotiations and graduate before the UK formally leaves the EU.

There is talk of the UK joining EEA or EFTA which, if they are successful, is likely to protect many of the student rights outlined below. However, to successfully join one of these free-trade organisations, the UK will likely be required to sign up to freedom of movement provisions which were at the root of the rationale for many of those seeking to leave the EU. So, it would be a risky proposition to rely on the UK becoming a member of EEA or EFTA

The following realities are starting to reveal themselves:

Tuition Fees

As EU citizens, UK students are currently able to avail of the same fees payable by students of the EU country, in which their chosen university was located. In public universities, these are invariably much lower than in the UK: free in Germany and the Scandinavian countries and only Eur1984 pa in the Netherlands. When the UK leaves the EU, UK students will become ‘international students. The two countries with the most UK students, and the highest number of programmes taught through English, are the Netherlands and Denmark. In the Netherlands, the fees for international students are €6,000 - €12,000. In Denmark, they are €6,000 - €16,000. Though the fees in Germany are free, even for international students, there is only a limited range of undergraduate programmes there, taught through English. Those students studying med and veterinary programmes, usually in Italy or Central Europe can be reassured that, usually, the same fees are charged to EU, as to international students.

Some countries (and some universities) are starting to talk about exempting UK students from international fees, particularly if they have started on a programme, paying EU Fees.


Currently, UK students have the right to freedom of movement within the EU and do not need to apply for Student Visas. They will probably need to engage in this process, in the event of the UK leaving the EU which, though it can be both troublesome and sometimes expensive, will probably not be major barrier.

Student Finance

UK Student Finance cannot be currently taken abroad, though there is a campaign to extend this. As EU citizens, UK students can currently avail of local student finance in some EU countries.Several countries (e.g. Denmark and the Netherlands) have student loan systems which can be availed of by EU Citizens studying in that country. Perhaps more significant than fees issues, UK citizens will not be able to avail of these, if the UK quits the EU. It is the governments that decide this entitlement, so the universities are unlikely to have decision-making powers in this field.

Please note that some students, though paying EU fees at the beginning of their programme (e.g. years one and two) might find themselves in a situation where the UK formally leaves Europe and they are exposed to international fees in Year 3. In this situation, some universities are already discussing the possibility of introducing a ‘waiver’ of international fees, in these circumstances. Though, be careful, nothing is agreed yet.

Several countries have scholarships that are only open to International Students: these may prove relevant to UK students, in the future.

Health Insurance

Currently, as EU citizens, UK students are covered under the EHIC scheme. Obviously, if the UK withdraws from the EU, students can no longer benefit from this cover, and they will have to arrange their own private health cover.

Of course there are other likely implications to students for the UK deciding to stand alone, outside Europe, including increased Travel costs, reduced access to an open Employment Market and the end of the participation of UK Universities in the Erasmus student exchange programme.

Health Professions

Currently, UK students studying subjects such as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science, in EU universities, benefit from EU treaty provisions mutually recognising professional qualifications obtained in fellow member states. The situation, should the UK withdraw from the EU, is far from clear. Organisations such as GMC, BDA and RCVS are yet to clarify their take on likely consequences here. The British Veterinary Association has recently declared:

“In relation to the recognition of degrees, the RCVS explained that the UK could continue to opt into the existing  
EU Directive, as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland do, or the UK Government could negotiate an alternative form of mutual recognition. Opening a negotiation could provide an option for the RCVS to reject those with qualifications from EU veterinary schools that had not met certain standards”

In summary, no-one really knows what will happen. The UK could find a way to protect the rights of its students in the EU (though US, Australian, Arabian, Indian, Chinese and other Non-EU students will clearly have something to say about that!) or, the UK might never fully leave the EU, bogged down in the minutiae of negotiating rules and regulations required for a successful departure. Parliament might get in the way, or maybe even those calling for a second Referendum will get their way!

Or, of course, it might just leave ……………whether or not those who voted for it to leave ever meant for that to happen!

Danish Vacant Places Announced
Written on Saturday, 21 July 2018 10:37

Vacant Places in Denmark

Today (30th July) is the day when students should receive their acceptance letters to programmes in Danish universities. As part of this procedure, these universities are now identifying those undergraduate programmes, taught through English, where there might still be some vacant places.

Please note that, in some of these programmes, the number of available places is limited, so you should apply as soon as possible. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to find out what you need to do to apply to any of these programmes

The following vacant places have been announced:

Aarhus University

Economics and Business Administration
Global Management and Manufacturing

Aalborg University

Language & International Studies                                          
Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
IT, Communication and New Media
Manufacturing and Operations Engineering
Sustainable Biotechnology

Roskilde University

Natural Sciences

University of Southern Denmark

Market and Management Anthropology
Product Development and Innovation
Engineering (Innovation and Business)
Economics and Business Administration 
International Business Administration & Languages
European studies
Economics and Information Technology

Above: Aalborg University

VIA University College

Architecture Technology and Construction Management
Engineering in Materials Science & Product Design
Global Business Engineering
International Sale and Marketing Management
Mechanical Engineering
Supply Engineering

University College Northern Denmark

Architectural Technology and Construction Management
Automation Engineering
Energy Technology
Export and Technology Management
Financial Management
IT Network and Electronics Technology
Natural and Cultural Heritage Management

Programmes in Denmark are attracting increasing interest from UK and Irish students. Not only do they provide an excellent preparation for global employment markets, but there are no Tuition Fees in Denmark and, importantly, admissions decisions are not based on Grades or Points

Programmes Still Open in the Netherlands
Written on Saturday, 21 July 2018 10:37

Though a lot of the popular programmes in Research Universities, in the Netherlands, have closed, there are many programmes still accepting applications for entry in 2016, particularly in the Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS). The UAS offer a range of very practical (less academic) and employment-focused programmes. Generally, the entry requirement for all of the programmes below is 6 passes at LC [2 Hons C] in Ireland or 3 A-levels plus 3 GCSEs in the UK.

The following programmes are still accepting applications:

Research Universities
Advanced Technology: U. Twente
Artificial Intelligence: Radboud U.
Arts & Culture: Maastricht U
Arts & Culture: Radboud U.
Biomedical Sciences: Maastricht U
Chemistry: Radboud U
Computer Science: U. Twente
Electrical Engineering: U. Twente
European Law Maastricht U
European Studies: Maastricht U
International Bus. Communication: Radboud U
Industrial Design: U. Twente
Knowledge Engineering: Maastricht U
Liberal Arts & Sciences: U. Tilburg
Liberal Arts & Sciences: U. Utrecht [U.C. Roosevelt]
Liberal Arts & Sciences: Erasmus U.
Molecular Life Sciences: Radboud U.
On-Line Culture & Media: U. Tilburg
Psychology: U. Twente

Enschede: base of both U. Twente and Saxion UAS

Universities of Applied Sciences 
[this is a small selection of the programmes still available]

Auto Engineering: HAN
Civil Engineering: HZ
Comms & Multi-Media: Hague
Design: Hanze
Electronic Engineering: Fontys
European Studies: Hague
Fine Art: Royal Academy
Fine Art: Hanze
Game Design: Hanze
Game Design: Saxion
Hotel Management: Stenden
Hotel Management: Saxion
ICT & Software: Fontys 
Intl Business Mngment: Rotterdam
Intl Business Mngment: Fontys
Intl & European Law: Hague
Intl Communication: Hanze
Intl Financial Mngment: Avans
Intl Project Mngement: Windesheim
Mathematical Engineering: InHolland
Music Management: InHolland
Media & Entertainment:  Stenden
Tourism: NHTV Breda

Fees are Eur1984, and all EU students are entitled a tuition fee loan from the Dutch government [Living expenses loans and grants are also available].

Some of these programmes close on June 1st, others much later. Check with us.

Applications in Finland Now Open
Written on Saturday, 21 July 2018 10:37

Applications are now open for programmes, taught through English, in Finland.  The application window opened on 8th January, and closes on 27th January. Finland in is in the top four providers, by numbers of programmes offered, of English-taught programmes, topped by only by the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. If you are prepared for its dark winters, the quality of its education and its free education (no tuition fees) are worth considering. 

Though there are no fees in Finland, bear in mind that the cost of living in Helsinki are similar to those of living in Manchester, and significantly less than living in London. However, do note that rents outside Helsinki [e.g. Turku] can be more than half of those pertaining in Helsinki. Most of the programmes, taught through English, are offered by the highly employment-focused Universities of Applied Sciences, rather than the more academic research universities.

Many [but not all] of the programmes require an entrance test for entry [though this isn’t usually particularly challenging] and many of the Universities of Applied Sciences run their entrance tests in London, usually in April. Often, only one exam is needed for one discipline and your results are recognised by many of the faculties in Finland that offer programmes in this same discipline.

Above: Tampere University of Technology which hs an interesting new BSc Science & Technology

Currently popular with UK- and Irish-based students are the excellent Engineering [ see here ] and Nursing [see here ], as well as the popular Physiotherapy degree in Satakunta, near Turku, in Eastern Finland. Though entry requirements are low, one word of warning though. Students are usually expected to provide A-Level or Leaving Cert., or equivalent, results by mid-July: this usually rules out current year school leavers for entry this year. If you are leaving school this year, you are likely to be required to take a gap year, though some institutions do offer a second start date in February every year, and some do have a work around for our results being so late. EUNiCAS can help you check with this: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Game Design Open Day in Breda
Written on Saturday, 21 July 2018 10:37

International Game Architecture and Design (IGAD) Open Day

NHTV Breda have an International Orientation programme over 10-12 March 2016 in Breda, the Netherlands. This event will give you a better idea and understanding of what it is like to study abroad and definitely will be an eye opener if you have an interest to study abroad.


Thursday 10th March
You travel to Breda at your own expenses and should arrive there no later than 16.00hrs, so you will be on time for the welcoming dinner that evening.

Friday 11th March
IGAD will organise a day during which you will get a good impression of what the study offers. You will find out what it is like to study at IGAD and meet some current students. In the evening there will be one big dinner for all the international students in the city. After this dinner you will be able to experience student city Breda yourself. (Please note this event is only for those students from Ireland and UK who already started the application process: EUNICAS will advise you on this).

Intake assessment/interview also takes place on this day.

Saturday 12th March
This is the general Open Day for NHTV. You are welcome to attend, or just explore the area.

NHTV covers the cost of 2 hotel nights (including breakfast) and dinners, you just have to get there! EUNICAS can assist with your travel plans. If you wish to bring along your parent(s), then they are more than welcome.

If you are interested in going to the IGAD,event, please contact EUNiCAS This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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