UK Referendum

A message to current and prospective international students studying in the UK

The result of the United Kingdom referendum on EU membership has no implications for international students pursuing education in the UK, including those who are currently studying in the UK.  The UK has always been and continues to welcome high quality international students - there is no cap on the number of international students who can study here.

There are currently over 500,000 international students from over 80 countries studying in the UK.  These students contribute immeasurably to the diversity and intellectual vitality of UK education, making a critical contribution to UK research capacity and standing in the globalised knowledge economy.

Further information for EU students

The EU referendum result does not have any immediate implications for EU students’ immigration status, fee status and access to tuition fee loans. 

As noted by the UK Government: ‘there will be no immediate changes following the EU Referendum, including in the circumstances of British citizens living in the EU, and European citizens living here. This includes those studying or working at UK universities. For students, visitors, businesses and entrepreneurs who are already in the UK or who wish to come here, there will be no immediate change to our visa policies.’


The UK’s Students Loan Company (SLC) issued a statement to reassure EU nationals currently attending English universities who are in receipt of student loans from the SLC, or who intend to begin studying from this autumn, will continue to receive these loans and grants until they finish their course.


"The British Council is the UK’s national body dedicated to building international understanding. We believe that in view of the result of the United Kingdom’s referendum on EU membership, the cultural connection between the UK and other European nations will remain vital, and can help to build confidence and trust in whatever political and economic settlement is finally reached." (Foreword, Morning After report).

Leading figures explore UK and EU’s cultural relationship in British Council collection of essays.

As a cultural union, Europe is unrivalled’ – Martin Roth, Director V&A

‘The Morning After Report: The future of the UK’s cultural relationship with other European nations’ is a new collection of essays published by the British Council – the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. 

In it, key figures from the worlds of culture, politics and science reflect on the UK’s cultural relationship with Europe in the wake of the EU referendum. Each was asked not to lobby for one position or another, but instead to imagine a constructive and realistic future for the UK’s cultural conversation.

The essays offer a way forward for such cultural exchange, which will be essential to the UK’s future relationship with the EU. The British Council’s European Union Director Rebecca Walton said: “What the referendum ballot paper did not ask is about the broader cultural connections between the UK and its European neighbours. These essays provide insight into the profound cultural connections that exist between Europeans”. 

The authors include Martin Roth (Director V&A); Nadia El-Sebai (Executive Director of the Arab British Centre); Agnes Catherine Poirier (Journalist, writer and broadcaster); Nick Barley (Director, Edinburgh International Book Festival) and Johannes Ebert (Secretary-General of the Goethe Institute). 

The report also includes an essay from Christos Carras, General Manager, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens “What is unique to the European Union is on the one hand the freedom to move and produce cultural work within the Union and on the other the incentives that are in place to create and maintain networks of cultural institutions.

The report can be viewed by clicking here.