The University of Aberdeen has announced new scholarships to mitigate the impact of Brexit on students from the European Union.
EU students studying at the university in 2021/22 will be in line for funding of up to £8,000 a year.
The announcement comes ahead of the moment when, from 11pm on December 31, European students studying in Britain will no longer be awarded home fee status.
This means that, instead of paying the same level of fees as their UK peers, EU students will be considered international students.
With the introduction of the scholarships, EU students’ fees at the University of Aberdeen will broadly match those from the other home nations. They will be available to all eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students beginning their studies in September 2021 and January 2022, and run for the duration of their studies.
Regardless of the outcome of Brexit, our international outlook will remain as strong as ever – Professor George Boyne, University of Aberdeen vice-chancellor
“The announcement of these new scholarships specifically for EU students is testament to how dearly we hold our long-forged connections with the rest of the continent, and our deep appreciation of the rich cultural diversity that EU students contribute to our community,” said University of Aberdeen vice-chancellor, Professor George Boyne.
Historical and cultural associations aside, there is a strong financial imperative for Aberdeen to continue to welcome students from the continent. EU nationals currently account for more than a quarter (27%) of the university’s home fee status undergraduates, placing it in the UK’s top five recruiters from the continent.
“When it was founded in 1495, the university looked to Europe for its inspiration,” added Boyne.
“Regardless of the outcome of Brexit, our international outlook will remain as strong as ever. The university has always looked outwards to the world, and we remain committed to building global partnerships and welcoming international students and staff as valuable members of our community.”
Aberdeen’s initiative follows attempts at other HE institutions to lessen the fallout from Brexit on EU students. Last month, the University of Leicester was the first to announce a freeze on tuition fees for students from the EU, EEA or Switzerland.