Information for EU students
In light of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, we appreciate that you may have questions and/or concerns about how this might impact your current studies or future plans for studies and employment in the UK. There is a dedicated post-referendum information page for EU students on the Study UK website, which provides regularly updated information about what the UK’s departure from the European Union means for students from EU countries.
Previous statements and announcements
Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive at the British Council, said:
‘As the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, the British Council has been working with our European neighbours for over eighty years and we will continue to do so. We have always believed in the strength of engaging with multilateral institutions and we will find ways to continue to work in partnership with other European countries and with EU institutions to create opportunities, build connections and engender trust.’
Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, said:
‘EU and international students make an important contribution to our world-class universities, and our European neighbours are among some of our closest research partners. The UK remains a member of the EU, and we continue to meet our obligations and receive relevant funding. 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.’
The referendum result does not affect students studying in the EU, beneficiaries of Erasmus+ or those considering applying in 2016–17 and 2017–18. Existing UK students studying in the EU, and those looking to start in the next academic year, will continue to be subject to current arrangements.
Universities UK (UUK), which is the representative organisation for the UK's universities, has issued the following initial advice until the UK Government decides otherwise:
- EU staff: Their immigration status has not changed as a result of the vote.
- Current EU students: Their immigration status, associated fees and access to student loans have not changed as a result of the vote.
- EU students with a place to start in the academic year 2016–17 and 2017–18: There is no reason to assume any change to their immigration status or access to student loans. UUK is liaising with the Home Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and institutions are advised to check both websites regularly for updates from the UK Government. Regarding EU Nationals and Student Finance in England, please read the specific guidance provided below. Given the differing arrangements in the devolved nations, Universities Scotland and Universities Wales will seek clarification in terms of tuition fee grants and/or access to loans from the Scottish and Welsh Governments.
- EU students studying in the UK under the Erasmus programme: Their immigration status has not changed, and they continue to be eligible for their Erasmus grant until as long as we remain a member of the EU and could well be extended beyond this. UUK is liaising with the British Council as National Agency for Erasmus+ and institutions are advised to check the Erasmus+ websites regularly for updates including student-focused communications.
The Student Loans Company (SLC) announcement regarding EU Nationals and Student Finance in England
EU nationals or their family members, currently in higher education, and who are assessed as eligible to receive loans and/or grants from the SLC, will continue to receive these loans and grants until they finish their course. The rules applying to EU nationals, or their family members, who have applied for a place at university from this August to study a course which attracts student support are unchanged. The SLC will assess these applications against existing eligibility criteria, and will provide loans and/or grants in the normal way. EU nationals, or their family members, who are assessed as eligible to receive grants and/ or loans by the SLC will then be eligible for the duration of their study on that course.