This page provides regularly updated information about what the UK’s departure from the European Union means for students from EU countries.
Breakthrough in Brexit negotiations and implications for universities: UK will continue to be a part of Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ until the end of the programmes
The UK Government and the EU negotiators have come to an agreement on phase one of the negotiations on the UK’s exit from the European Union. This agreement details that “the UK will continue to participate in the Union programmes financed by the EU budget 2014-2020 until their closure”.
The UK Government has stated publicly that the United Kingdom is committed to continuing full participation in the Erasmus+ programme up until the UK leaves the European Union. The Government has now agreed a fair financial settlement with the EU enabling it to move to the next stage of negotiations. With the caveat that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”, in principle the UK will continue to benefit from all EU programmes, including Erasmus+, until the end of the current budget plan (2014-2020).
In the unlikely event of a ‘no deal’ scenario, the Government guarantee already made still stands, and successful Erasmus+ applications which are submitted while the UK is still a Member State, even if they are not approved until after the UK leaves, can continue beyond the point of exit. The guarantee applies to funding allocated to UK organisations, whether in applications submitted to Brussels (centralised) or to a National Agency (decentralised), whether or not the UK is the lead partner. Applications for Higher Education submitted before the exit date will include mobility in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years.
Practical details regarding how this would be implemented will be discussed with the Department for Education (the UK’s Erasmus+ National Authority) over the coming months.
Immigration Rules change for T4 student visa (non UK or EU applicants)
Legislation was laid in Parliament, which sets out a number of changes to the immigration rules. These will come into effect from 28 December 2017, with the majority of the changes taking effect on 11 January 2018.
There are a number of changes being made to the Short-Term Study (STS) route. These will affect anyone wishing to come to the UK to study a short course of up to six months, or an English language course of up to 11 months. Find out more here.
Part-time study at post-graduate level will be allowed under Tier 4. However, Tier 4 students studying part-time courses will not have work rights, cannot bring dependants and are not able to extend their stay.
The maintenance requirements for Tier 4 (General) students who are applying to study at a residential Independent School are being aligned with the Tier 4 (Child) requirements. The additional funds for living costs no longer need to be evidenced, as these will have already been accounted for in the boarding fees paid by the student which include both course and lodging fees.
Work rights for dependants
An amendment is being made to allow work rights for dependants of Tier 4 students to be retained. This will apply if the Tier 4 applicant is applying to continue to study the same course at degree level or above.
An exemption has been made to the rules on academic progression to allow students to apply for leave to remain from within the UK. This will allow students to:
• complete a work placement or a study abroad programme; or
• complete their course after having completed a work placement or study abroad programme.
Find out more here.
Skilled work visas
Find out more here.