EU Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Following the results of the British referendum in June 2016, the UK Government has confirmed that EU students applying to English universities for autumn 2019 entry will continue to benefit from the current system of postgraduate loans and pay the same fees as UK students, for the duration of their programme.

EU nationals will also remain eligible to apply for Research Council PhD studentships at UK institutions for 2019 to 2020 to help cover costs for the duration of their study.

How will Brexit affect current students?

The immigration status of all EU students, along with fee status and access to student loans, has not changed as a result of the vote.

This will remain the case until the UK government decides otherwise. 

Will student fees be affected? 

The government has confirmed that students from other EU countries who are currently at UK universities, those starting in 2018, and those applying to start in 2019 will pay the same fee as UK students for the duration of their studies.

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How will Brexit affect student loans for EU students?

The Government has confirmed that Master's loans will be available across the UK in 2019, and EU students will be able to apply for support. Your entitlement to postgraduate loan funding will last for the duration of your Masters, regardless of whether the UK leaves the EU in the meantime.

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Will this result affect students from outside the EU?

The referendum result has no implications for the immigration status or associated fee status of students from outside the EU. The current arrangements will continue.

EU students will continue to be able to take advantage of the free movement of workers within the EU as long as the UK remains a member. This will remain the case until the government decides otherwise but it is not likely there will be a change to this within the next two years.

What will happen to existing research project funding?

The HM Treasury has agreed to underwrite the payments of Horizon 2020 grants signed whilst the UK remains a member of the EU for projects that continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU.

What does this mean for future research funding?

UK researchers are able to continue to make applications to Horizon 2020 until any withdrawal from the EU is complete.The extent of UK participation in future EU research programmes will depend on domestic decisions by the UK Government, and negotiations with the EU.

The government has stated that it is 'determined to ensure that the UK continues to play a leading role in European and international research.'

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