EU Referendum Frequently Asked Questions EU Referendum Frequently Asked Questions

With the United Kingdom set to leave the European Union, uncertainty regarding your situation as an EU student may not be clear as exit agreements are negotiated. To help we have provided some advice and guidance.  We'll continue to update as the situation develops.

How will BREXIT affect the immigration status of EU students?

Until the Treaty on European Union (commonly referred to as the 'Lisbon Treaty') negotiations are completed, there will be no change to the immigration status of EU students.

How will finance for EU students be affected?

  • EU students starting university in 2020/21 academic year will have guaranteed home fee status and financial support for the duration of courses in England, the Universities Minister has announced today (28 May). Read the UK government press release

  • EU students applying for university places in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will remain eligible for financial support - Read the UK Government press release*
  • The government confirmed that EU students will continue to remain eligible for undergraduate, master’s, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support in academic year 2018 to 2019.
  • EU students applying for an undergraduate or master’s course at an English university in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will continue to have access to student loans, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU.
  • EU students are eligible for home fee status, which means they are charged the same tuition fees as UK students
  • 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, the UK triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on 29 March 2017, formally signalling its intent to leave the EU meaning the UK is likely to leave the EU in 2019.
  • 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.

How will the ERASMUS+ exchange programme be affected?

  • Students from UK universities currently participating in Erasmus+, including those taking part this academic year, will not be affected by the triggering of Article 50.
  • 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.
  • The National Agency for Erasmus+ in the UK supports continued full membership of the programme for the UK through to 2020. The UK Government has confirmed that it will underwrite grant agreements for Erasmus+ signed while the UK is still a Member State, even if payments continue beyond the point of the UK's EU exit date. This means that UK organisations can prepare for participation as usual in the 2018 application deadlines which are due to be announced later this year.

Further Questions

If you have further queries please email or telephone +44 (0)1603 591515

UEA would like to reassure you that we will be working with Universities UK to get answers to the longer-term questions and to press our Government to ensure the UK remains a welcoming place for the best students from EU countries.  

Information on this was last updated and is correct as of 16/10/2017