The definitive end of the union between Britain and the European Union does not prevent those interested in improving their English in the island country. However, it will probably be necessary to have a visa for long-term studies or work stays, said Student Agency spokesman Aleš Ondrůj in a press release on Monday. The Brno company, which offers study stays, does not expect that the interest of clients will decrease due to new obligations associated with the trip.
The main difference compared to previous years will be the obligation to travel not for a shorter ID card, but with a passport, to have health insurance valid in countries outside the Union and to be able to prove with a return ticket. “People can still choose language courses as before. Students, as well as organized school groups, travel in the vast majority of cases with the status of ordinary tourist. Studying in secondary schools for up to six months will also require a valid passport and school documents confirming admission , “Ondrůj said.
It is not yet clear about long-term study stays at secondary schools. The company assumes that a study visa will be required. However, there is no decline in interest in educational stays. “Britain is a very popular destination. Travel insurance, passport and return ticket have been standard for the vast majority of our clients so far,” said Petr Pěcha, Sales Director.
Information on the conditions of entry into Britain is missing for work stays, such as summer jobs in hotels or babysitting. So far, the Student Agency has mediated hundreds of them every year. “We assume the need for a work visa, which can be an administrative obstacle and its issuance is governed by a number of conditions,” said Ondrůj.
The Brno agency Cool Agent assumes that the mediation of residence and work in Britain will be in decline after Brexit. “We have suspended work stays, but we mostly arrange part-time work in hotels or waitresses, for example, which is now closed anyway. We are still waiting for the exact rules, but I am afraid that if nothing changes, Britain is passé, but it is the most popular. the agency has concluded contracts in Ireland, so we will probably send clients there, “said the owner Jarka Dudíková.
The agency also arranges study visits to two secondary schools in England. According to Dudíková, however, tuition fees rose by about 100,000 per semester, which may lead to less demand. According to her, a popular alternative is to study in the United States, which is cheaper.
Britain left the EU on 1 January after the 2016 referendum and years of internal political struggle. The agreement on the reorganization of relations was concluded by representatives of Britain and the European Union on Christmas Day. For university students, it means that the country will no longer participate in exchange programs called Erasmus.
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