This page provides regularly updated information about what the UK’s departure from the European Union means for students from EU countries.

Latest news:

Settlement scheme for EU citizens: draft rules released

On 21 June the government published the draft rules for the settlement scheme for EU citizens staying in the UK after Brexit. The scheme covers all EU citizens and dependants, such as children, living in the UK by 31 December 2020, with the application system open till 30 June 2021. The scheme will be available for EU students as well as other EU citizens.

 An outline of the scheme is given below:

  • You and your dependants can register through the scheme if you meet suitability requirements around criminality and criminal convictions. You will need to apply before your dependents. The government is in discussions with EEA countries and Switzerland to extend the same rights to their citizens.
  • If you have already been here for five years or more and can evidence residence for that time, you can apply directly for settled status.
  • If you arrive in the UK by 31 December 2020, you can apply for temporary settled status and stay in the UK for five years. Once you have had temporary settled status for five years you can apply for permanent settled status.
  • While you are on temporary settled status, you can spend up to six months of each year out of the UK, and, in exceptional circumstances (e.g. for healthcare, training or work), one period of up to 12 months of continuous time outside the UK.
  • Once you have permanent settled status, you can spend up to five years of continuous time out of the UK without losing your settled status.
  • If you arrive during the transition period, between 30 March 2019 and 31 December 2020, you will need to register to stay here for more than three months.
  • A settled status application will cost £65 per adult and £32.50 per child, and if you already have a permanent resident card or indefinite leave to remain you can apply for free.
  • Once you have temporary settled status you don't then have to pay again to upgrade it to permanent.
  • Application will be online, with documents (where required) and proof of ID provided by post or in person, or via an online app, although the app will not work with Apple devices.
  • Applications will be automatically linked to the past seven years of HMRC / DWP data, so any work that you have paid tax on, or benefits you have claimed in that period will automatically prove eligibility
  • If you don’t have an HMRC / DWP record you can use further evidence (e.g. bank statements, P60, tuition fee invoice, SLC letter, tenancy agreement, council tax bill, payslip, utility bill). 
  • The system will open fully in March 2019. It will remain open till June 2021.

You can read more at the guide to the Home Office statement of intent, or the "EU nationals and Brexit: How to answer immediate and technical questions" or try this quiz  on Brexit.

EU students - Universities UK International announcement on fees and financial support

The Department for Education has announced that EU students starting courses in England in September 2019 will pay the same tuition fees as UK students and remain eligible to receive UK government-backed loans to cover their tuition fees, for the full duration of their courses.

The Scottish Government has already confirmed that EU students studying in Scotland starting in 2019 will be subject to the same conditions as Scottish domiciles students. We expect announcements from the Welsh and Northern Irish governments shortly.

Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK, comments: 

“EU students make an important contribution to our universities, enriching our campuses culturally and academically.”  

“This announcement on fees and financial support provides much needed clarity for EU students and for universities.” 

"Students from EU countries can now apply for places on undergraduate courses starting in autumn 2019 with the confidence that they will not have to pay up-front tuition fees and will remain eligible to receive government-backed loans to cover their tuition fee for the duration of their courses. This announcement means that EU students commencing courses in autumn 2019 will continue to pay the same tuition fees as UK students for the full duration of their courses."

Notes:

1. In England there are more than 65,000 EU students studying at first-degree, undergraduate level. Across the UK and at all levels of study, there are a total of 134,835 students from other EU countries in the UK and demand has remained strong in recent years.

 2. Universities UK has been calling for this confirmation since the start of 2018 and says. It warned last month that the UK could see a drop in EU students unless there urgent clarity about the fee status of EU students starting courses next year (2019-20) was provided.

 3. Ahead of the EU leaders summit in March this year, Universities UK published a priorities statement on Brexit. It called for clarity on a number of areas affecting universities, including the issue of 2019-20 EU students' status.

4. Universities UK is the representative organisation for the UK’s universities. Founded in 1918, its mission is to be the definitive voice for all universities in the UK, providing high quality leadership and support to its members to promote a successful and diverse higher education sector. With 136 members in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Universities UK promotes the strength and success of UK universities nationally and internationally. Visit: www.universitiesuk.ac.uk

Studying in the UK FAQs 2017-2018

Find out more about studying in the UK after Brexit. The document prepared by Universities UK International can be found in the documents section below.

EU Students in the UK

Formal negotiations have now started for the UK to leave the European Union and EU students have concerns about studying in the Uk, one of the most international education sector in the world. 

  • Does the UK’s decision to leave the European Union affect students from EU member states?
  • Will students from EU member states still be able to apply for UK student loans or grants?
  • Can EU students still come to the UK on the Erasmus+ exchange programme?

We have collected answers to these questions and provide you with links on how to find more information on the Study UK Discover You website here.

Updated FAQs about studying in the UK

An updated FAQs document about studying in the UK from Universities UK International has been issued. The document is updated to reflect funding guarantees for current students and those starting up to 2018/19, as well as Erasmus+ guarantee for 2017/18 and 2018/19 intake.

Tuition Fees and loans for EU students - Statement 21 April 2017

Tuition Fees and loans for EU students - Statement 21 April 2017

The UK government has already expressed its position regarding tuition fees and access to loans to students starting in the 2017/18 academic year, and has now extended this to those who start in 2018/19. So, EU students commencing their studies in the academic year 2018/19 will: 

  • pay the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of their course, even if the UK exits the European Union during that period
  • continue to be eligible for student loans and grants, and will be for the duration of their course, even if the UK exits the European Union during that period. 

Funding support for EU students - Announcement 11 October 2016

Funding support for EU students - Announcement 11 October 2016

European Union students applying for university places in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will still have access to student funding support.

The government announced on 11 October 2016 that EU students applying for a place at an English university or further education institution in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants - and will be for the duration of their course.

The decision will mean that students applying to study from 2017 to 2018 will not only be eligible for the same funding and support as they are now, but that their eligibility will continue throughout their course, even if the UK exits the European Union during that period.

The move will help give universities and colleges certainty over future funding, while assuring prospective students applying to study at one of the UK’s world leading universities that they will not have the terms of their funding changed if the UK leaves the EU during their studies. The same assurance will be available for EU students studying in further education.

Today’s announcement follows assurances given by the government in June shortly after the EU referendum result. This included immediate guarantees that students currently in higher or further education, and those applying for a place this year (2016 to 2017) would continue to be able to access student funding support - including loans and grants - under the current eligibility criteria.

Universities Minister Jo Johnson said:

“We know that the result of the referendum brought with it some uncertainties for our higher education sector. That is why in June we acted quickly to provide immediate funding guarantees for existing students and those applying to study this year.

“International students make an important contribution to our world-class universities, and we want that to continue. This latest assurance that students applying to study next year will not only be eligible to apply for student funding under current terms, but will have their eligibility maintained throughout the duration of their course, will provide important stability for both universities and students.

“We are also taking steps, through our Higher Education Bill, to maintain the world status of our universities while delivering students value for money and choice and employers the skills they need to help our economy grow.”

Under current student finance rules, EU students are eligible to receive undergraduate tuition fee loans if they have resided in the European Economic Area for at least 3 years prior to study. EU nationals who have resided in the UK for over 5 years, are also able to apply for undergraduate maintenance support and master’s loans. Similarly, under EU law, EU students are also eligible for home fee status - which means they are charged the same tuition fees as UK students. Other, non-EU, international students do not have their tuition fees capped in this way.

Today’s confirmation will mean that for EU nationals, or their family members, who are applying for a place at university from August 2017 to study a course that attracts student support, the current funding rules will remain unchanged. All applicants will be eligible for student loans and/or grants under the current terms and, if deemed eligible, will be able to receive those for the duration of their course.

The migration status of EU nationals in the UK is being discussed as part of wider discussions with the EU as the government works on reaching an agreement protecting the status of EU nationals here and our citizens in Europe.

Students Loan Company (SLC) statement - 11 October 2016

Students Loan Company (SLC)

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.

http://www.slc.co.uk/media/latest-news/eu-nationals-and-student-finance-in-england.aspx

 

Further information for EU students - 28 June 2016

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.’

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-on-higher-education-and-research-following-the-eu-referendum