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Studying

Published: 31 January 2020
From: Department of the Taoiseach

Students in both the UK and Ireland regularly receive some or all of their education in either country. This is one of the features of the Common Travel Area that Irish and British citizens enjoy.

Primary and post-primary education that includes cross border travel

Every day, children and young people attend school in either jurisdiction, particularly cross-border on the island of Ireland. This is a matter of choice for families, as to what works best for them. This choice will continue to be facilitated under the Common Travel Area after the UK leaves the EU.

Higher education

Post-Brexit, Irish students will continue to be able to study in the UK and British students will be able to study in Ireland.

Applications: For those wanting to study in the UK, applications for higher education places in the UK will continue to be made using current systems.

For those wanting to study in Ireland, the Central Applications Office and State Examinations Commission are working with UK counterparts to ensure smooth continuity of the applications process. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.

Fees: Should you pursue your further and higher study in the UK, your fees will be set at the same level as citizens in the UK for the 2020/2021 academic year, and will continue on that basis for the duration of the programme for which you have registered. The Common Travel Area (CTA) means Ireland and the UK will take steps to ensure Irish and British citizens can continue to access further and higher education on the same fee basis into the future.

Student supports: Post-Brexit, the usual SUSI grant rules will continue to apply for UK and Irish students.

Further education

Further education training and opportunities will continue to be available to students and trainees from Ireland going to the UK and vice versa under the Common Travel Area .

Should you pursue your further and higher study in the UK, your fees will be set at the same level as citizens in the UK for the 2020/2021 academic year, and will continue on that basis for the duration of the programme for which you have registered. The Common Travel Area (CTA) means Ireland and the UK will take steps to ensure Irish and British citizens can continue to access further and higher education on the same fee basis into the future.

Erasmus+

The EU’s Erasmus+ 2014-2020 programme provides funding for a range of international education and training projects, including student and staff mobility and exchanges, job shadowing, teaching assignments, and strategic partnerships between organisations.

The programme will continue to operate fully for Ireland and the EU Member States. The future participation of the UK in the Erasmus+ Programme is being considered in the context of the overall negotiations between the EU and the UK.

Professional qualifications

Professional qualifications are specific qualification requirements that a person needs to possess by law in order to access or pursue a regulated profession or to engage in regulated activities in a given country. Qualification requirements vary between professions.

After the transition period, there may be implications for individuals working in Ireland or another EU member state who obtained professional qualifications in the UK, or who seek to have a qualification recognised after the UK withdrawal from the EU. However, if you have already had these qualifications recognised by the relevant regulator, there will be no change and you can continue to practise in Ireland or elsewhere in the EU.

Recognition of professional qualifications is being considered in the context of the overall negotiations between the EU and the UK. Information will be updated on this website as it becomes available.

If you have a query about your professional qualification, you should contact the relevant regulatory body for your profession.

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