Responding to the government announcement, Dame Julia
Goodfellow, President of Universities UK, said:
'Students from other EU countries can now apply for places
on undergraduate courses starting in autumn 2017 with the certainty that they
will not have to pay up-front tuition fees and now have a guarantee that they
will receive government-backed loans to cover their tuition fee for the
duration of their courses. This announcement also guarantees that EU students
commencing courses in autumn 2017 will continue to pay the same tuition fees as
UK students for the duration of their courses, even after the point the UK
exits the EU.
'Every effort must now be made to ensure that this
announcement is communicated effectively to prospective students across
'We hope that this announcement by the UK government will be
followed shortly by similar reassurances by governments in the devolved nations.
'European and international students are a valuable part of
cultural and academic life on British university campuses and play an important
role in UK towns and cities, creating jobs and supporting local businesses.
Looking ahead, as the government develops plans for post-Brexit Britain, a
commitment is needed to ensure that students, from Europe and beyond, are able
to continue to come to the UK to study without unnecessary bureaucratic
burdens. The UK should be an attractive destination for all qualified international
students that would benefit from UK universities and can support themselves to
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