Live, Work, Travel, Study Abroad After Brexit: What it Means for UK and EU citizens

If you want to travel in the EU in 2020, there are two main things you need to have in the back of your mind: COVID and BREXIT. Slowly but surely these became part of our reality. We already know the first one implies restrictions, masks, hand sanitizer and a great deal of responsibility. But how will Brexit affect us? We find ourselves in a transition period. After Brexit, by the end of 2020, there are a few things you need to consider.

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Brexit has been in our minds since 2016 and now it became a reality, as the UK has officially left the European Union. Many changes will take place and it will affect students travelling, volunteering or studying abroad in the EU.

What does it mean for EU citizens?

The UK government has reached an agreement with the EU to protect individuals living in the UK. That means that most EU citizens living in the UK will be able to continue their lives as usual. In fact, up until June 30, 2021, all EU students who are studying in the UK have the “right to reside,” which means they have the right to live in the UK without further application.

After June 30, 2021, you may be eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, which will allow you to continue to stay in the UK. This application will require certain residence documents, which you can start to apply for now.

Living/Working in the UK

In the future, after December 31st 2021, if you plan to move to the UK or work there, you need to apply for the work permit. You can find more information on how to apply and the rules here.

Studying in the UK

The same goes for studies in the UK. If you want to start your studies in the future in the UK, after December 31st 2021, you need to apply for a student visa. Take a look at the information regarding studying here.

What does it mean for people from the UK?

Until the end of 2020, UK citizens living in Europe don’t have to expect changes.

Living/Working in the EU

If you’re already a resident in the EU, before December 31, 2020, you’ll need to apply for a residence status to confirm your residency.

Studying in the EU

You may need to apply for a student visa, to continue your studies in European countries. Keep in mind that in the future, students from the UK, can also face higher fees in EU countries, as they will no longer be eligible for domestic rates.

Here you can find a really good guide for people from the UK living, working, studying in the EU and what comes next. You can choose the country where you’re staying and it will provide you with the information you need.

Travelling after Brexit in UK and EU

Travel to the UK

Citizens of EU, EEA and Swiss, can continue to enter to visit UK for short-term stays, without needing a visa, as it will not change until 2021.

Until then, to enter UK until that time, if you’re from EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you need:

  • Valid passport or national identity card

Travel to EU

Until the end of 2020, you can travel to the EU as a citizen of the UK, the same way as when the UK was an EU member. If you’re already planning to travel to the EU in 2021 or further, the restrictions vary, depending on how the EU and UK will settle the rights, as it is still under negotiation.

Until the end of this transition period, you can travel with your passport. Once the transition took place, travellers from the UK can visit countries in the EU up to 90 days without a visa. After this period, you may need to apply for a visa.

You can still travel freely with a passport until the end of the transition period. This applies to UK citizens going to the EU and EU citizens coming to visit the UK.


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BTP period – 3 months

Returning to school with heads and hands full of new knowledge and energy for Bringing it to the Public. Meeting with the team, showing, telling, exchanging experiences and making it common knowledge.

Producing articles, pamphlets, videos, presentations, exhibitions, speeches for debate forums, books and more. Studying further the curriculum in Fighting with The Poor, bringing the truth to the public. 

Going to different schools around Europe to spread the new knowledge in various creative ways – speeches, newspaper articles, lectures at universities and colleges, debates and other public events, exhibitions – leading to a better understanding and inspiring to take an action.

Passing the final exams in Fighting with The Poor. Using the last months together to conclude our future perspectives and possible ways of improving The Poor’s quality in life with humble ways of sharing knowledge.

Volunteer period – 6 months

The Project Work in Africa or India in cooperation with Humana People to People. In this period, you can work at:

  • Teacher training colleges
  • Educating teachers for rural areas
  • Vocational schools for young people
  • Schools for street children.Preschools
  • Sanitation and hygiene in rural areas
  • Tree planting campaigns
  • Raising funds for social projects by forming partnerships and selling second hand clothes and shoes
  • Stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS (following the program TCE/Total Control of the Epidemic)

Arriving at the project in Africa or India, having left behind a courageous journey where fundamental human capabilities have been turned around, refreshed and energised by knowing that things such as travelling can be done in a totally different way than the mainstream tourist travelling.

Ready for doing the work needed at the project, bringing plans and materials from the previous periods. Getting to know the people at the project, the vision and idea of the project and the many concrete tasks to be carried out.

Carrying out the tasks as defined within the necessities of the project and by the Project Leadership. Fighting shoulder to shoulder with The Poor: building preschools, starting Garden Farming, doing literacy campaigns, eradicating malaria, teaching about big issues of our time while working as a teacher at DNS, starting income-generating activities, working as a TCE Special Force in the fight against HIV/AIDS – as a few examples.

Studying and working with your Specialisation in Fighting with The Poor, finalising with a People’s Exam and a written thesis at the end of the period. Acquiring skills in information work: making interviews, taking notes and pictures, writing summaries and reports, recording videos.

Living together with the people at the project, being a good example of living a humble life while improving things with small means to make daily life better.

Travel period – 3 months

Living on the road, being on the move, finding means of transport and places to sleep, talking to people on the road, being curious to understand and know about the countries you are traveling through.

Making investigations, meeting people, visiting their workplaces, staying in their homes, understanding their problems, meeting their culture and values and sharing thoughts with them about the world and the future.

Telling people about your venture to a third world country, trying out bringing it to the public what you have so far experienced and learned. Putting up investigations on a higher level, asking tough questions to self and to the group, getting hold of more answers and putting up new questions.

Taking notes and pictures, writing reports and discussing the seen and the experienced.
Finding good ways of sticking together in the Trios and in the group as such during the travel period.

Study Period – 6 months

At this school, you will find that learning is not first and foremost about listening to the teacher.

The school’s Program consists of a range of intense and spirited activities, theoretical studies and experiences that constitute the sum of learning and life processes carried through by a group of people who for a considerable period of time share a Program with each other that demands cooperation and efforts, and which at the same time is sprinkled with elements that are inspiring and also quite out of the ordinary.

Thus, learning will also take place through communication, deliberations, through working out your plan for learning and sticking to it, and putting to use what you learned, the methods you used, the ideas you got from it and the results you harvested from the training.

You will train yourself in being adventurers and survivors, living and traveling under very humble conditions, not using much money and always finding a way out by ingenuity, being smart and sticking together with your teammates.