Those of us on the outside look at our uni days through rose-tinted lenses. “The best three years of your life, I miss it so much”, we parrot to anyone marginally younger than us. University used to be this diverse, culturally eye-opening experience. Because of Brexit it’s going to be a lot different now.
I’ll try my best to provide unbiased information but as someone who went to Kent University, a break from the European Union is heartbreaking. Known as ‘The UK’s European University’, the campus was a living, breathing ecosystem of cultural symbiosis.
While the Brexit will affect a lot of people in a lot of ways, let’s focus on how it will, eventually, affect the students of the UK. The Guardian have created a fantastic Q+A that addresses a multitude of concerns from real-life students. Here are the best six.
1. “How will this change my chances of getting a decent job?”
Most experts are predicting a big slowdown in the British economy and an incoming recession. In turn, there will be not as many positive job prospects. It hinges on how free ‘free movement’ between countries will remain.
2. “Can EU students still get student loans?”
If you’re an european student and currently getting student loans, rest easy, you’ll keep receiving funding until the end of your studies. There doesn’t seem to be any change happening in the next year so if you’re attending university starting September 2016, you’re in the clear, too.
3. “What effect what would Scottish independence on students that want to study there?”
Now that Britain is leaving the EU (hate the Brexit phrase), Scotland is having a crack at independence once again – can you blame them? If Scotland remains in the EU, English students will have a hard time studying up there.
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4. “Are EU students welcome to study in the UK, still?”
Despite the frightening surge of hate crime incidences, British universities has released statements insuring their position as welcoming to students of all nationalists and cultures.
5. “Will I need a visa for studying abroad?”
Again, this depends on the decisions made by foreign governments. It’s in European universities’ best interests to push for British students to study without visas but it’s too soon to tell how the chips will fall.
6. “Should I study abroad now even though I was planning it in a few years?”
We have a two year purgatory phase as the procedure to leave the EU takes that long. In the run up to the official leave, things might get tense so the best advice is to seize the opportunity while it’s still easy and safe to do so.