An Open Letter to all of our EU Students this December

"I am writing to you as not only your NUSU Athletic Union Officer but also as a fellow EU citizen who has studied at Newcastle University."

A message from Benthe!

Dear EU Students,

I am writing to you as not only your NUSU Athletic Union Officer but also as a fellow EU citizen who has studied at Newcastle University.  

Choosing to attend Newcastle University as part of the Erasmus+ Exchange programme in 2018 has been a life-changing experience, one which I wouldn’t want to have missed out on.  I enjoyed my experience so much that I applied to stay to study my Masters here at Newcastle which led me to apply and be elected into the role of NUSU Athletic Union Officer. It is safe to say that I have loved every minute of my time here and the United Kingdom has become somewhere I have come to call home.

Newcastle University is a global university and welcomes international students from all over the world, including many from the EU. I know from my own experience that it isn’t always easy to move to a new country, perhaps learn a new language, adjust to the cultural differences, and to be far away from family and friends. Whether you are only joining us for a short period of time or you’re studying your full degree with us, we very much appreciate all the contributions our EU students make. We want to thank you for taking part in the activities and events NUSU provide; I know that our clubs and societies value the diversity of experiences that you all bring and how you help enrich the cultural and global awareness of our home students.

You will be aware that 4 years ago a slight majority of Britain voted to leave the European Union the changes of which we are already starting to feelOn the 31 January, the UK exited the EU with a transition period which will end this month on the 31st?December 2020. Brexit unfortunately has and will continue to create much uncertainty. I and the rest of the Students’ Union Sabbatical Team very much believe that students from across the world should be able to study and live in the UK and that working together benefits us all.

As an EU student, you are an important part of our community and here at NUSU, we want to support your interests wherever and however we can. We want to ensure that you know that throughout this process and whatever might come our way when the transition period ends, we are here for you and will continue to support you.

To find more information about Brexit and how this impacts you, click here.

If you are struggling with anything your NUSU Student Advice Centre has plenty of resources on personal, academic and financial issues. You can find all their resources by using this link.

Best wishes, 

Benthe Tanghe - Athletic Union Officer