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

Key messages for EU students

  • EU students applying for university places in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will have the same fees as home students throughout their degree and have access to loans and grants from the UK government.  
  • The decision means EU students applying for an undergraduate or master’s course at a university in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will continue to have access to student loans and grants, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU. EU nationals choosing to study in Scotland and enrolling in 2018-19 have been guaranteed free tuition for the duration of their entire course.
  • The UK Government started the two-year negotiation process for leaving the EU on 29 March 2017, meaning that the UK is due to leave the EU in March 2019. Until the exit negotiations have been completed, the UK will continue to be a member of the EU, meaning it will maintain the same rights and obligations as all the other member states.

Can EU students continue to come to the UK on the Erasmus+ exchange programme?

Yes, absolutely. Agreements made so far mean that the UK shoul remain a part of the  Erasmus+ scheme until it ends in 2020.The UK government has also comitted to fund Erasmus placements up to 2020 if anything changes.

Can EU students still apply for Research Council funding for PhD?

EU nationals will also remain eligible to apply for Research Council PhD studentships at UK institutions for 2018 to 2019 to help cover costs for the duration of their study.

Will EU students have to apply for a visa?

As long as the UK and EU negotiations end in an agreement the EU students will not need a visa if they are arriving before 1 January 2021.If the EU students arrive between 30 March 2019 and 31 December 2020, they will need to register to stay for more than three months, but they still not need a visa. Each university will be able to offer guidance.

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