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 and the UK is now due to leave the EU in October 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 academic year (2018–19) at UK universities are still eligible to participate in Erasmus+ exchanges. Universities UK is urging the UK Government to prioritise negotiating continued access to the Erasmus+ programme.
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 on courses in the 2018–19
academic year will continue to pay the same fees
as UK students (free undergraduate tuition in the
case of Scotland) and are 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.
This will only increase in accordance with the information on changes to fees and charges set out in the applicable version of the University’s terms and conditions (see Your contract with the University page).
2019 - 2020 starters
The UK government has confirmed that EU students commencing their studies in 2019/20 will continue to have ‘Home’ fee status and pay fees at the home rate for the duration of their course.
You can find fee information via our Fees, Funding and Scholarships Search for undergraduate and graduate students. EU students who begin their studies at the University in 2019/20 will be charged course fees at the home rate for all years of their course.
For new entrants in 2019/20 the fees will be outlined in your offer letter and governed by the applicable version of the University’s terms and conditions. Information on changes to fees and charges in subsequent years for students who start in 2019/20 are set out on the Changes to Fees and Charges page for undergraduate or graduate study and are also available in the applicable version of the University’s terms and conditions (see Your contract with the University page).
If you are in receipt of University funding, the University is committed to the provision of this support.
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.