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Norway students warned against enrolling at U.K. universities over Brexit concerns


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Norwegian citizens are being advised by their minister of higher education to avoid studying at British universities because of Brexit uncertainity. 

With parliament still not in agreement over the Brexit deal proposed by Theresa May, there are concerns that if the U.K. leaves the EU without a deal Norwegian students at U.K. universities may not be able to complete their studies or sit their exams.

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Norway's concerns relate to all Norwegian students but there are specific concerns regarding those enrolling on the Erasmus+ exchange programme this autumn.

Speaking to Norway's brodcaster NRK, higher education minister Iselin Nybø said: “There’s so much uncertainty because of Brexit. If you’re a student and plan to travel out of Norway to study this autumn, I recommend you look at other countries than Great Britain.”

The European Commission has set out measures to ensure young people from the EU can "complete their study without interuption" but Norway is not in the EU. Whatsmore, Norway are concerned about the implications on their residents if he U.K. exits with no-deal.

Vice-chancellor of the University of Bergen, Dag Rune Olsen, describes Nybø's warning as "drastic, but sadly realistic". He also claims U.K. vice-chancellors are likewise concerned.

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Under Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal agreement Norwegian residents in the UK and British residents in Norway will have the same rights after Brexit. However, these rights are not guranteed if there is a no-deal and with parliament still in dispute over Brexit discussions leaving with no deal is becoming a likely possibility. 

In the incident of a no deal Brexit, the implications on the Erasmus+ could include difficulties relating to funding and problems regarding visas for both EU and U.K. and British students studying in other countries.

Speaking to the EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee of the House of Lord in 2018, the NUS, vice president and higher Education offiver, Amatey Doku, said

“A no-deal scenario would be catastrophic. If the immigration status of students, practitioners and academics change suddenly – which everyone expects it to in no-deal scenario – it’s unclear to me how the fallout from that could be resolved quickly and seamlessly enough to continue these programs.”

The Erasmus+ programme was originally set up in 1987, with the aim to broaden individuals knowledge and insight into other cultures and connect students from all around the world.

The scheme provides means tested funding so that all successful applicants, no matter their background, are financially supported and equally able to complete a placement if they so wish.



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