July 2016 – How could Brexit impact your students?
What a few months it has been! Issues surrounding international mobility have been in the headlines as immigration and the rights of UK citizens abroad dominated the recent EU debate.
We might not yet know what the future looks like, but there can be no doubt that the implications of the UK leaving the EU will have some impact on the rights of young people to work, study and travel abroad. Nevertheless, regardless of what these changes will be, Britain continues to operate in a global economy. Therefore, applicants with an international outlook and experience will continue to be in demand on the labour market.
As the vote breakdown in last month’s referendum showed, young people are keen to make the most of the international opportunities available to them. Yet, the result has created confusion as to what options are still available to UK students. Consequently, a global element to guidance has become even more important, and so we wanted to use our final newsletter before the summer break to look at why international opportunities still matter.
The Venture Team
Study in Europe
Over the last few years we have seen more and more young people looking into studying for their full degree in Europe. This has been driven by the introduction of higher fees in the UK and unrestricted access to cheaper education systems on the continent.
However the referendum result means that there are currently no guarantees as to what the long-term future looks like for UK students studying in Europe. This is something which will be shaped by politicians over the coming months but the good news is that there are many positives which should not be discounted.
Indeed, in the short-term nothing should change at all. Until we formally leave the EU, British young people will continue to receive the same access to courses across Europe. Most experts estimate that the earliest negotiations will be completed will be summer 2018. This means that current Year 12 students will have already completed their first year at university before any of their rights change (if they do at all).
Similarly, once Britain does leave the EU, this does not mean Europe will cease to offer value for money. In a worst case scenario UK students will no longer be treated as ‘home students’ in other EU member states and will be reclassified as ‘international students’. This means that, instead of paying the home tuition fee rate (which can mean free tuition in some countries), they will pay higher fees set by each individual institution. Yet these international fees can still be cheaper than the £9,000 students pay in the UK.
Whilst students need to build contingencies into any plans to study abroad, the uncertainty surrounding Brexit should not lead them to discount European degrees all together. A lot will happen in the next few months which should mean the picture of a post-Brexit Europe will become clearer and it is likely that many courses will still offer a great alternative to university in the UK.
The World is Your Oyster
It should also not be forgotten that a host of opportunities exist outside of Europe for students. Indeed, there are currently 10,000 UK students studying in the USA, whilst Australia and New Zealand continue to grow in popularity as work and gap year destinations.
In comparison to the free movement possibilities in the EU, many young people face barriers in the form of visas, costs and government regulations when organising a trip to a country outside of Europe. However none of these are insurmountable – it is just that quality guidance and information needs to play a greater part in helping young people navigate the process and achieve their dreams.
Venture already offers assistance in many of these areas – with an array of information on global study abroad and gap year opportunities, as well as guides to over 25 of the most popular international destinations.
Given current uncertainty, access to reliable, impartial sources of advice has become even more important. We believe Venture will help you answer any student queries which may arise, but if you find there is an area that is not answered on the website, you can always email our research team for information on your individual enquiry.
Other Venture News
We were delighted to be asked to write an article on studying abroad for the Careers Development Institute’s June issue of their magazine Careers Matters. In it we explained the great benefits young people can gain from studying abroad and hopefully many of you have enjoyed reading it!
We have also been busy researching more information on courses taught in English across Europe. This has been a growing area of interest for students and we are collating the different courses on offer in a new section of the website to help them find the option which is right for them.