BREXIT IMPACT ON NON-EU STUDENTS IN THE UK

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Brexit - an abbreviation for ‘British Exit’ from EU is the withdrawal of Britain from European Union (EU). The topic of Brexit has been dominating the U.K. political landscape since the referendum announcement in 2016. It has brought about various speculations and views regarding different aspects in the United Kingdom and higher education is one of them. Certainly, the exit of United Kingdom from EU will bring changes in the job market, economy and the rules and regulations of the country however as a Non EU international students, there are some positive aspects we can gain through the event.

The first benefit is regarding the tuition fees; given the fall of the UK pound by almost 10% following Brexit, the cost of studying for international students might come down by notches. The drop in the British pound will make it cheaper to study in UK as we can expect to pay less in terms of overall cost of studying, including travel fare, accommodation costs and living expenses when covered by foreign currency.

Secondly, Non EU international students can now apply to colleges on a level playing field with their EU counterparts and stand an equal chance of securing a spot. In addition, to make up for the slowdown in enrollments from EU member states, students from other countries are being welcomed with open arms.

The third benefit is that the job market will become easier to crack. The technical placements with UK employers will be slightly easier because there will be less competition with recent EU graduates and EU students since they will have similar strict immigration rules to follow.

In general, Brexit has less impact to the international students from Non EU regions as there will not be major changes in the immigration rules. However, the major impact can arise for European students, who had been treated as domestic students paying similar tuition fees as the home students in UK. Following Brexit, they will be treated as international students who have to pay more fees in order to study in UK. They will also need a Work Visa in order to seek employment in the UK. Therefore, Non-EU Students will have more job opportunities and similar advantage.

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