Brexit and studying in the Department
• Regardless of whether the UK is in or outside the European Union (EU), UK universities are international communities, welcoming and benefiting from students from all over the world. EU and international staff and students are and will always be an integral part of university life.
• The UK’s relationship with the EU is changing as a result of the UK vote to leave, but it is not ending – staff and students from the EU will continue to be welcome.
• 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.
• While the UK remains a member of the EU, students studying at UK universities will continue to pay the same fees as UK students and will be eligible for tuition fee loans and grants.
Erasmus+ exchange programme
Yes. Current Erasmus+ students, including those
taking part this coming academic year (2017–18)
and the next (2018–19) at UK universities will still be
eligible to participate in Erasmus+ exchanges.
Universities UK is urging the UK Government to
prioritise negotiating continued access to the
Can EU students come to UK universities after Brexit?
Yes. UK universities have always and will always welcome staff and students from across the world. Leaving the EU does not change this. The UK’s future relationship with the EU will depend on negotiations between the UK Government and the EU.
However, UK universities are committed to promoting the value of EU students, student exchange programmes, as well as the importance of ensuring EU students can continue to study in the UK without unnecessary burden in the future.
What about fees after Brexit?
Current EU students
Across all UK nations, current EU students,
including those to start courses in the 2017–18
academic year will continue to pay the same fees
as UK students (free undergraduate tuition in the
case of Scotland) and will be eligible to receive
loans and grants for the full duration of their
courses. This will be the case even if their course
finishes after the UK has left the EU.
Those applying to courses starting in the 2018–19
academic year will also continue to pay the same
fees as UK students (free tuition in the case of
Scotland) and will be eligible to receive loans and
grants to fund their studies for the full duration of
their courses in England, Wales and Scotland. As
with 2017–18 students, this will be the case even
if the course finishes after the UK has left the EU.
Students starting after Brexit
The fees that EU students starting courses at
UK universities after the UK has left the EU are
required to pay and their entitlement to loans will
depend on what is agreed as part of the UK’s
exit negotiations. UK universities will continue to
highlight the value of EU students to UK higher
education and to British students. Regardless of
the outcome of the negotiations, students from all
corners of the world will continue to be welcome.