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A letter to our international students on Brexit

29 January 2020

For over fifty years The Open University has inspired millions of people around the world. At the heart of our vision is being open to people, places, methods and ideas. Since our inception, more than two million students have learned with The Open University, whether on a single module, a full taught qualification or a research degree. We have partnered with companies, public services, broadcasters and other educational institutions across the globe, and we have run ground-breaking international development programmes for over 20 years.

The UK is leaving the European Union, but the OU’s mission remains unchanged and the UK is still a major global trading nation with one of the best higher education sectors in the world. The University will continue to press for the UK to stay in the EU’s important research and exchange programmes, and we are ready to rise to the challenge of meeting growing needs for professional and technical skills across the UK and worldwide.

We have a significant number of students studying with us from Europe, and the number has grown this year. If you are a current or prospective international student outside the UK, in Europe or elsewhere, you are as welcome as ever to join the OU family.

For international students at undergraduate level, wherever you are in the world, you will pay the same as the fees we charge in England. The OU remains committed to this, providing a world class education at a very competitive price.

For the rest of this year, the UK will still follow EU rules and regulations during a period of transition. In the longer term, we will work with the rest of the higher education sector to ensure that the strengths of all our excellent universities are recognised and built upon in future international agreements.

The OU is ranked 17th amongst 139 participating universities in the UK National Student Survey, with an outstanding overall satisfaction rating of 87%. We will carry on offering a university education of the highest quality, with the flexibility and support that helps our students to succeed, often combining study with work, caring and other responsibilities.

We look forward to helping you on your learning journey.

Best wishes

Professor Tim Blackman
Vice-Chancellor, The Open University