“The situation is naturally more complicated than the UK was in the EU [União Europeia], When people run freely, equal rates for UK and EU citizens and we participate [programa de intercâmbio] Erasmus softened the process of studying in the United Kingdom, ”Richard Fleming, director of education and culture at the British Council in Portugal, agreed in a statement to Agoncia Lusa.
For four days from October 4 to 8, the organization promoting the British language and culture abroad will offer educational sessions on the Internet to young people interested in studying at British universities.
“Read UK: Essentials” will address issues such as increased costs of visas and health insurance and tuition fees.
From the school year 2021/2022 starting this fall, EU students will no longer pay the same rate as British students (£ 9,250 / year) and will begin to pay higher tuition fees to international students.
According to the website “Save the student”, Values vary between, 9,250 to, 30,548 (, 10,800 and ,500 35,500) per year depending on the type of university and course, and can reach, 64,652 (75 75,400) per year for a medical degree.
After Brexit, European students will have to pay 0 470 (50 550) a year for British public health services and 34 348 (400 400) for a student visa, valid for five years.
Costs are included with accommodation, food and study materials.
From this academic year, European students, including Portuguese, will not be able to obtain loans from the British government to pay tuition and other expenses, although scholarships are available from institutions and universities.
In recent years, Portugal has become one of the few European countries with a higher number of higher education candidates in the United Kingdom than Germany and Greece.
According to the latest data from the British University Admissions Service (UCAS), as of September 7, 490 Portuguese students had been enrolled, a 69% reduction compared to 1,590 in 2020.
In all EU countries, the number of students dropped by 56% from 29,630 to 12,920 in early September.
The final numbers will only be known by the end of 2021, but they are expected to be significantly lower than in previous years.
Fleming points out that this reduction is the result of the uncertainty caused by the ‘Brexit’ changes caused by the Govit-19 epidemic, but he argues that clarification sessions will help find solutions.
“No one should give up the dream of studying in the UK without knowing what help is available at the university they want to attend,” he insists.
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