Britain was due to leave the EU on the 12th of April 2019 and now has agreed with the EU to extend this date to the 31st of October 2019.
What has been agreed?
The UK has until the 31st of October 2019 to pass the Withdrawal Agreement through Parliament and can leave the EU at any point once this has happened. The situation is planned to be reviewed by EU leaders on the 30th of June 2019 and the British Prime Minister has said she wishes to exit the EU before the EU elections on the 23rd of May 2019.
Have any decisions been made about tuition fees?
The Withdrawal Agreement does not make any references to LLM students or postgraduate students, so each country has had to decide what they are charging incoming UK LLM students. So far, the UK has announced that for 2019-2020 incoming EU students to the UK will be charged fees in line with UK students. Some countries will offer UK postgraduate and LLM students the same deal, such as Ireland, and others, like Spain, Austria and Finland, are planning to charge UK postgraduate and LLM students the same rates as international students from outside the EU currently pay for 2019-2020. Those planning to study a postgraduate or Master of Laws course in 2020-2021 have less information as no one has yet announced what they will be charging as postgraduate tuition fees.
What does this mean for postgraduate and LLM students in 2019-20?
So what is the current result of all these negotiations and indecision?
- If you're an EU or international LLM student studying in the UK, then you will find nothing has changed.
- If you're an international LLM student studying in the EU, then you will find nothing has changed.
- If you're a UK LLM student studying in Spain, Austria and Finland, then you will be charged the same tuition fees as international students.
- If you're a UK LLM student studying in Ireland, then you will be under the same conditions as this year.
- If you're a UK LLM student already resident in any other EU country and planning on studying an LLM or postgraduate course, then there are guarantees already in place for your tuition fees and residency requirements. You should contact the institution you are planning on attending for advice.
- If you're a UK LLM student travelling to any other EU country to study a Master of Laws or postgraduate course, then there are no agreements yet in place for tuition fees, so you must contact the institution you wish to attend for guidance.
- For those planning on studying a postgraduate or LLM course in 2020-21, there are no agreements made yet so you should speak with the university when you're researching the course.
Please check the UK Government website for more advice and the latest Brexit updates.