Post-Brexit: Spain Ensures Equal University Access for UK Students

Post-Brexit: Spain Ensures Equal University Access for UK Students

Spain and the United Kingdom reached an academic agreement that allows British students to continue their studies at Spanish universities as they did before Brexit.

The agreement was signed between Spain and the UK last June 28 means that it will be easier for those educated under the British educational system including in Spain to attend a Spanish university under exactly the same conditions as the students from EU states.

Brexit triggered an onslaught of disruptions and uncertainty for British nationals, putting doubt on their employment prospects, freedom of movement, and hopes of studying in the EU.

Prior to the agreement, UK students had to go through a lengthy process to get their credentials from the UK recognised in Spain. 

Before students can enroll in Spanish higher education institutions, their qualifications must be confirmed by officials.

The deal aims to limit the impact of Brexit in terms of access to Spanish university education. Students who have completed their education in the British system, including those attending British schools in Spain, will now have the opportunity to enroll in Spanish universities. 

The agreement is reportedly reciprocal, meaning that pupils in secondary Spanish education will have the same rights of access to UK universities as they did before Brexit.

Despite all of the anticipated benefits, the agreement will not impact the high tuition fees or the prospect of UK-based students to work in Spain.

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Brexit Effect On Education

Following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union in 2021, qualifications obtained in the UK were no longer automatically recognised in Spain and had to first be validated by Spanish authorities before British-system pupils could access Spanish universities.

The recognition process, whether of school or university qualifications, is notoriously complex and slow in Spain.

In 2021, it has been reported that UK students heading to Spanish universities were facing delays in getting their student visas and qualifications approved before the academic year began. 

The new agreement eliminates this obstacle.

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