Reassurance for EU students
Monday, 4 July 2016
Free tuition will continue for those enrolled or preparing to study in Scotland despite the Brexit vote.
The following information comes from the Scottish Government:
Funding will remain in place to support EU students already studying in Scotland or preparing to start this year, it was confirmed today.
Following the outcome of the EU referendum, Scottish Government and Universities Scotland have reassured EU students in Scotland that they will continue to benefit from free tuition and associated support for the duration of their course.
The joint statement calls for the reintroduction of a post study work visa, which would allow international students to remain in Scotland and contribute to the economy for a defined period on completion of their studies.
The statement urges the UK Government to clarify the immigration status of its EU nationals, and confirms Scotland will continue to support research collaboration with partners across the UK and in Europe.
Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney said:
“Today’s statement sends a clear message that EU students are welcome in Scotland and their contribution is valued.
“We are proud that Scotland is a destination of choice for students and staff from overseas and I am firmly committed to ensuring this remains the case.
“That is why, in addition to confirming funding arrangements for our EU students today, we have renewed our call for the reintroduction of a post study work visa. This would boost the international appeal of Scotland’s universities and help retain talent from across the world.
“The UK Government must also clarify as soon as possible, the immigration status of EU nationals who will be living, working and studying in Scotland when the UK formally leaves the EU.”
Professor Sir Pete Downes, Convener of Universities Scotland and Principal of the University of Dundee said:
“This statement provides much needed reassurance to our highly-valued community of EU students and those due to start study with us in the next few months.
“We will keep working to secure clarification and guidance for those who are considering Scotland as destination for study for entry from 2017/18.
“Our student community is incredibly diverse, with students from 180 countries studying here. This adds so much to the quality of higher education and the student experience we offer in Scotland. We are determined that this will continue to be the case.”
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