It’s the big question everyone wants answered.
If you are not from the EU, the EEA or Switzerland, the answer is simple. Brexit will not affect your students at all. If you are from the EU, the EEA or Switzerland, then whichever way Brexit turns out – very little will change until January 2021 at the earliest.
If Britain Leaves the EU with an Agreement
There will be a two-year transition period, so there will be no change until the end of 2020. Students coming to the UK from the EU / EEA and Switzerland will still have freedom of movement in the UK. They will be able to travel using ID cards as they do now until the end of 2020.
If Britain Leaves the EU without an Agreement
For short-term students, there will be no change until December 2020. For long-term students who wish to stay in the UK for more than three months, there will be changes. They can enter the UK as they do now but will need to apply for ‘European Leave to Remain’ which will allow them to stay for up to 3 years.
After January 2021…
The British government plans to make all visitors to the UK use their passports. It will still be easy for EU / EEA / Swiss students to enter the UK from 2021. They will have to apply in advance for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA), which the government says will be cheap and easy. When they arrive, they will be given a short-term study visa.
Despite the uncertainty of Brexit, our bookings from European countries are better than ever. Make sure you book in advance because spaces are going like hot cakes!