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The RCA and the European Union

One of the RCA’s greatest strengths is the diversity of our international community of students, researchers, artists and designers.

While the result of the 2016 British referendum to leave the European Union has caused uncertainty and raised many concerns for us all, the RCA remains committed to supporting our EU students and sustaining an international approach and global perspective.

A Message from Our Vice-Chancellor

Dr Paul Thompson, Vice-Chancellor of the Royal College of Art, says:

'As the world’s leading art and design university, situated in one of the world’s greatest creative cities, it’s clear to see how talent from the EU and beyond fuels innovation and brings economic, social and cultural benefits. Our students and staff come from more than 75 countries to flourish in this inspirational and transformative environment. As the UK moves towards leaving the EU, we are working hard to maintain an open and supportive environment that welcomes EU students and staff as part of this diverse international community.

We understand that this is an unsettling and worrying time. At the time of writing much still remains to be clarified in the UK’s agreement to leave the EU. However, there are some assurances we can currently offer to EU students.

We are delighted the government has confirmed that students from other EU countries currently at UK universities, including those applying for autumn 2019 and autumn 2020 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. I am also pleased that EU nationals will 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. The RCA fully supports both of these decisions.'

Brexit Information for EU Students

For current and prospective students with specific concerns surrounding Brexit, please see our FAQs for EU students. Our Student Support team can also answer individual questions and provide advice on topics including the EU Settlement Scheme, which will allow EU nationals to continue living in the UK with the same access to work, study, benefits and public services.

Student Voices

What's it like to be an EU student at the RCA? Hear from current and recent students in their own words.

EU Student Voices