Here at the Bristol Language Centre (BLC), we were saddened by the results of the EU referendum.
Having had the weekend to reflect on the vote, the initial impact and what it means for the longer term, we felt that it would be helpful to provide some assurance and guidance for those of you who are thinking of coming to the UK to study English.
Nothing has or will change for at least 2 years for European students wishing to study here in the UK.
Although the majority vote was to leave the EU, we have not left yet and as such, the only thing to have changed is the British £ has dropped making it cheaper to visit us!
Leaving the EU will be a gradual process and nothing is likely to happen in the short-term. Even once we start the proceedings to leave (probably late 2016), there is a formal process required for Britain to leave the Union and it is likely to take 2 years before any changes can start to be implemented.
If you are from within the EU, you do not need a Visa to attend a language course here in the UK
We would like you to be assured that at this time there are no changes to visa requirements for European students. You can enter the UK in exactly the same way as before Brexit.
How has Bristol reacted to Brexit?
Bristol is a vibrant, multicultural city and it came as no surprise to us that the city of Bristol voted to remain the in EU.
The Mayor of Bristol and Remain supporter Marvin Rees has said, despite the loss he was proud of the city's vote.
"It says a lot about where we are as a city and our culture. It showed confidence in the strength of our society and our economy, the foundations of our position as global city. The challenge presented by Leave will not stop us from pursuing our aspirations for the city – to be a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable city in which no-one is left behind.”
How has Brexit impacted BLC?
In the aftermath of the Brexit vote, aside from our shock in the decision, nothing has changed.
BLC remains an exciting, culturally diverse and welcoming place to learn English. Our summer students are already arriving and we have a fun packed programme of activities for them to do while they are here.
We are just hoping that the sun makes an appearance some time soon!!
Want to find out more about studying with BLC in Bristol this Summer or Autumn? Contact Us and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.