Wednesday 26 October 2016

Irish students studying in the UK fear price hike in fees

Catherine Devine

Published 25/06/2016 | 13:10

USI President Kevin Donoghue. Picture Andres Poveda
USI President Kevin Donoghue. Picture Andres Poveda

IRISH students studying in the UK could face a price hike in fees and problems with visas as a result of the Brexit.

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The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) fear the Brexit will have “a negative impact” for Irish students.

USI President Kevin Donoghue said: “The outcome of the Brexit referendum is incredibly disappointing not only for the future of Britain, but also for the future of Ireland.

“More than eight pc of Irish graduates pursue work opportunities in the UK, and Brexit will affect them, as well as the students who wish to study their undergraduates or postgraduates in the UK, or do the Erasmus exchange programme there.”

Donoghue said he’s “concerned” that Irish students will now have to pay higher fees because the UK will be in non-EU territory.

“At the moment fees are free for Irish students in Scotland and around €9,000 for the UK. That could rise to €10-14,000 for undergrads and in excess of €20,000 for masters students depending on what the UK will decide to charge.

“The UK have a policy of trying to get as much as they can out of students.”

He said he’s “not hopeful” that fees will remain their current price.

“Yesterday’s result was a selfish vote. Irish students will now face uncertainty about fees and free movement,” he said.

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