Once Brexit reaches full effect, EU, other EEA, and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status to study in the UK. The changes will apply for study programmes starting in the academic year 2021/2022, since, at the time of writing, Brexit is in its transition period until January 2021. In general, international students will be faced with a different reality starting next year, but this does not mean that the UK will cease being your perfect study destination.
Although certain changes will take place with the arrival of Brexit, international students should keep in mind that the UK will still be the same academically-excellent destination that it was pre-Brexit. With more than 400,000 international students currently enrolled in higher education institutions in the UK, this country has managed to gather people from all over the world through its quality of education and expertise.
Here’s why the UK is still a worthy study destination, even post-Brexit:
1. UK Has Some of the Best Universities in the World
International students see the UK as an ideal place to study, earn a marvellous study experience, and enhance their personal and professional skills. For decades, the UK has been one of the top study choices for international students, providing them with the necessary qualifications to be successful in the global job market and offering them plenty of opportunities to work towards their dream careers.
UK universities are ranked among the top world universities and they are highly competitive, not only among domestic students but also international ones. Even when Brexit reaches full effect, UK universities will still maintain their academic excellence and high worldwide ranking and standards. So, it is safe to say that a post-Brexit UK study destination will still be the same, academically-wise, and worthy of your consideration.
2. Numerous Nobel Prize Laureates Have Studied in the UK
You are likely to succeed! So many notable and successful figures have gained the first steps of their careers in UK universities. The country is known to produce some of the greatest scientists, authors, composers, and many of them even Nobel prize laureates, both British and international. For example, the University of Cambridge has 18 international alumni who have gone on to win the Nobel Prize, while the University of Oxford has a total of 11 international alumni with such credentials.
UK universities provide their international students with the care and support necessary to succeed. These once international students have gone to become professionals in their fields of study, some in their home countries, and others in the UK. The higher education system in the UK is unmatched and constantly improving for the better. Once the UK leaves the EU, the higher education system in the UK will still proceed with improvement and innovation, while also providing international students with just the career opportunities they need.
3. Post-Study Work Visa Will Be Available Starting 2021
The post-study work visa also known as the new Graduate Route, will be available starting from the summer of 2021. This is actually one of the top reasons why the UK will still be a worthy destination to pursue your degree even when Brexit takes full effect. If you have not heard of the post-study work visa yet, this route will allow international students to stay in the UK and find employment up to two years after they finish their studies.
The UK is introducing this new Graduate Route because they want to continue attracting the best and the brightest students from all over the world. The graduate route is perfect for those who are interested in working in the UK even after graduation, and even settle in the country eventually. In addition, even international students who begin their studies in the 2020/2021 academic year will be eligible for the visa and can apply for it when the time comes.
Read more about the new Graduate Route in this article here.
4. Employment Opportunities Are Excellent
It is a good sign when a large majority of students is in employment after finishing their studies. A total of 81% of graduates in a survey conducted by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) are in full-time employment or unpaid work approximately 15 months after graduation in the UK. Additionally, 76% of respondents in the survey, working in the UK, were employed in highly-skilled occupations. You can read more about the results of the survey here.
Out of 48,852 respondents from non-EU countries of domicile who took part in the survey, 34,795 were in employment. The number of graduates in employment coming from other EU countries, who responded to the survey by HESA, stands at 18,425 out of 24,495 respondents. Essentially, this means that UK graduates tend to handle the global market quite successfully after graduating from universities in the UK.