Even though negotiations between the UK and the EU have formally ended, it remains unclear what exactly will happen. First and foremost, Brexit will likely not have any direct effect on students who would now and in the future be considered “international”, i.e. from outside the EU/EEA.
The UK attracts a large proportion of all international students. It’s the second-most popular destination for international students after the USA and about 20% of those in higher education in the UK in 2017-18 were international students.
Among the big draws for students is the high quality of life and good employment prospects after graduation. So far citizens of a country in the European Union or the European Economic Area (EEA) have been able to live in the UK with few restrictions.
International students will be able to stay in Britain looking for work for up to two years after they graduate under new rules announced by the UK government in 2019.