The referendum shocked everyone. The UK leaving Europe sounds like something out of a novel, an insane idea that would never actually happen. But as a prospective student from Spain who is moving to an English university this autumn, you probably understand how the results shook me in particular.
The day after the results were known, my university sent me a very kind email, saying that I shouldn’t worry, that my tuition would remain the same for the three years of my course, and that nothing major would change about it. That was of course welcome news – I was terrified that I would have to give up on my dream of studying in England. I already had my place and my student loan, so imagine how I would have felt if my university had told me that I couldn’t go!
What makes me incredibly sad, however, is thinking about the people who are dreaming about studying in England right now. If this referendum had happened a year ago, I would have been an emotional mess. All the teens from Europe with big dreams of studying in England – they’ll probably face a more expensive tuition, won’t be able to get a student loan, or study at all. Of course none of this is certain, but things will definitely change, and it’s likely that it will be harder as an EU student to study in Britain.
I know that this is not a problem most people consider. EU students are not the UK’s major concern, instead everyone is talking about the economy and immigration. Those are important issues, of course, but I wanted to write about those students no one is paying attention to, because this feels almost like a personal attack, and it’s an issue that is very close to my heart. I hope universities won’t make things too difficult for people like me – not everyone was so lucky to get a place before the referendum, and if the tuition is too expensive and student loans become impossible to come by, a lot of young dreams will be crushed.
I guess this post doesn’t really have a point. I just feel very sad by what’s happened, and I wanted to write about it. I’m in no way a political expert, I don’t understand most of what’s happening, most of the changes Britain is going through. All I can do is hope that the country’s relations with Europe will remain good enough for EU students to not give up on their dreams.
‘Till next time and happy reading!