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Consequences of Brexit for staff and students

The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020 but there is still a lot of uncertainty regarding future relations between the UK and the EU.

This section aims to share Brexit-related information relevant to current and prospective staff and students. Because the situation is still evolving, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this content. For the latest information, visit the Dutch government's Brexit pages, the Brexit information of the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) and the city of Amsterdam’s Brexit information point.

Current situation

Last updated: 10 February 2020

  • As of 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom (UK) is no longer an EU country.
  • A transition period began on 1 February 2020 and will last until 31 December 2020.
  • During the transition period all EU laws and rules will continue to apply to the UK. As a result, almost nothing will change in 2020.
  • Before the end of the transition period the EU and the UK plan to make new agreements for the time after 31 December 2020.

Source: Government of the Netherlands

Impact of Brexit on universities

Brexit will affect higher education and research. Until 31 December 2020, all current EU agreements and rules will still apply to the UK. It is not yet clear if, and how, cooperation between the EU and the UK in the areas of higher education and research will be continued after this period.

The UvA will make every effort to continue to cooperate with British universities and citizens, just as we do with other 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. 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.

Erasmus+ (2014-2020)

Under the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated with the EU, the UK will continue to participate fully in the current Erasmus+ programme (2014-2020). Projects that successfully bid for the 2014-2020 Erasmus+ will continue to receive EU funding for the full duration of the project, even after 2020. Exchanges under the programme will not be affected.

Whether the UK will participate in the next Erasmus+ programme (2021-2027) is not yet known and will depend on ongoing negotiations.

Find out more on the Erasmus+ website