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Government agreement 2010

The previous Labour government is reported (see URL [1]) to have signed an agreement whereby UK student loans and grants could be used for future study abroad, as well as for study at universities in the UK.

Reports of similar examples include the Norwegian government (amongst others), which provides its students with grants to study Veterinary Medicine in Slovakia.

On 26th March 2010 Sally Irwin (from the encumbent Labour Government Department for Business, Innovations & Skills - Student Policy section) was invited to explain when the government would be implementing the agreement (described above and in extract [a] below). Ms. Irwin's reply is keenly awaited.

URL[1]: UK CISA (funding): the link was removed after this web page became live.

Extract [a]: Support from UK sources

[Quote] Although the UK has signed up to a commitment to portability of educational loans and grants, this has not yet been implemented, so you are unlikely to be able to access the same entitlements you would have if studying in the UK. [Unquote]

Whilst the BIS government department is still considering its responsibilities with respect to the signed agreement, private and charitable funding remain the most likely sources of financial support for postgraduates seeking re-training as veterinarians.

In the highly likely event of resorting to private and charitable funding, minimising the likely expenditure remains probably the single most important financial factor - see the relevant extracts and URLs below. Further sections on this website cover veterinary re-training at various universities across the world, and take special note of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Kosice, Slovakia.

Extract [b]: UK Students Studying Abroad [Costs and funding]. What will it cost me?

[Quote] You will need to calculate the cost of fees and living expenses (including travel, visas, etc), bearing in mind that currency fluctuations can render the costs unpredictable.

Depending on where you go, you may find study abroad cheaper than the UK. Many other EU countries still charge low or no fees, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Sometimes particular measures are in place to attract international students ... where both fees and living costs might be lower than for the same degree in the UK. [Unquote]

Support from the host country or institution

[Quote] Most internationally mobile students have to fund their study from their own (or their family's) resources. Remember that competition for most scholarships is intense, and that it is usually necessary to apply a year or so in advance of the proposed date of admission.

Do not assume you will be able to fund your studies by working during your degree. You will need to check whether and to what extent you are permitted to work if in the country on a student visa, and also to check the availability of work. It may be a condition of entry that you are able to demonstrate your ability to support yourself (and any dependants) from your own resources. [Unquote]

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Government advice

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Your Europe

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UK CISA (students)