Frequently Asked Questions for current and prospective EU students following the outcome of the EU referendum
It has been confirmed that current university students from the EU and those applying to courses starting in 2017/18 and 2018/19 will continue to benefit from the same fee rate and access to student loans as UK students.
This guarantee will apply for the full duration of the course, even if the course finishes after the UK has left the EU.
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You may find additional useful information in the following download Studying in the UK FAQs and Key Messages 2016–17 (pdf; 82kb)
Universities UK is a representative organisation for the UK's universities. The Brexit FAQ page available on their website has good information for prospective EU students.
Will EU students still be able to study at UK universities?
The EU referendum outcome will not lead to any immediate change to the immigration status of current EU students, including those that started courses this autumn (2016–17 academic year). This has been confirmed in a statement (27 June) from Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science.
It has also been confirmed that current university students from the EU and those applying to courses starting in 2017/18 will not see any changes to their loan eligibility or fee status. This guarantee will apply for the full duration of the course, even if the course finishes after the UK has left the EU.
It is anticipated that the UK government will make an announcement on arrangements for 2018 students in the near future.
Will tuition fees rise for EU students studying at UK universities as a result of Brexit?
There will be no change to the tuition fee status of current EU students attending UK universities or those applying to courses at UK universities starting in 2017–18.
It is important to remember that the UK will not leave the EU overnight – the negotiation process is expected to take up to two years, and this process will not begin until the UK triggers Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, formally signalling its intent to leave the EU. It is expected this will be triggered in the first quarter of 2017, meaning the UK is likely to leave the EU in 2019. EU students are entitled to pay the same fees as UK students while the UK remains a member of the EU.
It has been confirmed in statements from across all UK nations that current EU students studying at UK universities will pay the same fees as 'home' students for the full duration of their course, even if the course finishes after the UK has left the EU.
It has also been confirmed that EU students applying for an undergraduate course at a UK university, starting this year (2016–17) or next year (2017–18), will pay the same fees as UK students for the full duration of their course. This will be the case even if their course finishes after the UK has left the EU. This builds on earlier guarantees, confirming that current EU students, including those that started this academic year, will pay the same fees for the duration of their course.
The fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities after the UK has left the EU are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations.
Will EU students continue to be eligible to receive loans and grants?
Existing EU students, including those that joined in the 2016–17 academic year:
Separate statements from across all UK nations confirm that current EU students, including 2016–17 entrants, will be eligible to receive loans and grants to fund their studies for the duration of their courses.
EU students attending universities in England and Wales who are eligible under current rules to receive loans and grants from the Student Loans Company will continue to do so for the duration of courses they are currently enrolled on. This has been confirmed by the Student Loans Company for England, and by Universities Wales for Wales.
EU students applying for a course starting in 2017–18:
The Government has guaranteed that EU students applying to study in England in 2017–18 will continue to be eligible for tuition fee loans for the duration of their study.
What about students participating in the Erasmus+ exchange programme?
Students from UK universities currently participating in Erasmus+, including those taking part this academic year, will not be affected by the referendum result.
The European Commission has confirmed that EU law continues to apply to the full in the UK until it is no longer a member. This therefore also applies to the projects financed through the Erasmus+ programme. The UK is not expected to leave the EU until 2019.