Deal on new rules to attract non-EU students, researchers and interns to the EU
Harmonised EU entry and residence rules that will make it easier and more attractive for students and researchers from third countries to study or do research at EU universities were informally agreed by MEPs and ministers on 17 November. The deal also has provisions to clarify and improve conditions for non-EU interns, volunteers, school pupils and au pairs, so as to facilitate cultural exchanges. “Today’s agreement means without a doubt that our European universities are strengthening their competitiveness in the global arena, becoming more attractive than ever for talented, ambitious and highly-educated people from other countries, who will receive considerably improved conditions here”, said Parliament’s lead MEP on the file Cecilia Wikström (ALDE, SE). These rules still need to be approved by Parliament as a whole and the Council of Ministers. Read ESU’s position on the subject.