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Brexit: what does it mean for my career?

Is England getting even more expensive now? And are the tuition fees rising there?

“Erasmus students are currently exempt from tuition fees, EU students pay reduced tuition fees. There is a possibility that the tuition fees will increase, ”explains Margret Wintermantel. So it may be that in the future you will pay as much for your studies in England as the British: according to the Guardian, up to 10,000 euros per year. But there is hope: Switzerland is not a member of the EU, the tuition fees for foreign students are still reduced. The cost of living in England may also rise after Brexit.

What alternatives are there for an English-language semester abroad?

If your goal is to improve your English, the best thing would of course be a country with English as a mother tongue. The USA and Canada come to mind as the first candidates. However, you are now learning valuable experience and a more relaxed approach to English in almost every European country. If you want to go to the island anyway, Scotland is an idea. There you will find the same language level as in England and you often have to pay less than for studying in England! Another tip is Malta. Many British people have settled on the small island over the years. The Maltese themselves all speak good English. Malta is also a member of the EU and a participant in the Erasmus program.

What does Brexit mean for me if I am currently studying in England?

You will continue to receive support until England officially leaves the EU. Of course, this does not relieve you of the higher cost of living that may arise earlier. According to legal regulations, the Brexit without an agreement would come into force in 2018 at the earliest - if the exit request is still written this year. It is uncertain whether there will be protection for previously agreed stays abroad after Brexit. "A lot depends on the conditions for leaving the EU," says Sven Engel from the German Student Union. "It is also conceivable that the home university will make individual arrangements for semesters abroad in Great Britain with partner universities there."

How will Brexit affect my future, will it affect job opportunities in Germany?

England's exit from the EU will make Germany more attractive to European workers: in the future, it will be easier for Europeans to travel to Germany than to England. Frankfurt in particular could experience a boom: If England really leaves the EU, many banks will be flirting with a change of location so that business within the EU continues to function smoothly. The banking city of Frankfurt would be ideal for this.

Even Germans who see their future in England may now have to reconsider: Why not stay in Germany? Berlin is one of the most popular destinations for Erasmus students. This is mainly due to the rental costs. According to Uniplaces, the current median rent for student housing in London is € 716. Berlin is cheaper with an average of 460 euros.

I want to work in the UK later. Are the job opportunities for entry in England decreasing?

Yes, but the job opportunities are still there. If you meet the employer's requirements and meet the criteria for a long-term visa, the option still exists. Depending on the company, foreign employees with diverse language skills are welcome.

However, Brexit will make it harder for you to start your career in England. Because then there will be no more free movement of workers, as is customary in the EU. According to a study by Oxford University, visa requirements are not met by the majority of foreign Europeans who work in England. 66 percent of foreigners in the UK financial sector do not meet the requirements. Most of them are Germans.

But not everything has yet been decided on the subject of Brexit.