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Brexit and the EU

Guidance for applicants

We know that our students are uncertain about how they will be affected by Brexit. We are committed to supporting all of our applicants through this period of change and for giving as much information as we can and to the best of our knowledge.

When did the UK leave the European Union? 

The UK formally left the EU on 31 January 2020, and the transition period following the UK's departure is due to end on 31 December 2020.

What is the immigration situation for EU/EEA students who want to study at UK universities?

There are significant changes to the immigration system in the UK from 1 January 2021. EU nationals who already live in the UK, or who arrive by 11pm 31 December 2020, will be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme for settled or pre-settled status and we recommend all eligible applicants and students apply for this scheme. You can see the full information and apply for free for the EU Settlement scheme here:

If you are plannin gto arrive in the UK from 1 January 2021 onwards, a new immigration system will be in place and you will be able to apply for a new Student Visa route. We will provide you with the Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS)

Will EU/EEA students continue to be eligible to receive loans and grants?

EU and EEA students starting courses at English universities from 1 August 2021 onwards will no longer be eligible for loans and support from Student Finance English. The exemptions to this are Irish Nationals living in the UK or Ireland who will be eligible and those who benefit from citizen's rights agreements who will still be eligible. This includes students with settled and pre-settled status as confirmed by the UK government as long as they meet the wider eligiblity criteria.

We also recommend that you look at our available Scholarships and Bursaries when they are updated for 2021 entry. You can also find more information about other external scholarships from Study UK.

EU and EEA students starting their course in 2020-21 at an English higher education institution will continue to be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England for the entire duration of their course. At Brunel, our applicants starting courses in January 2020 may be eligible, in line with the existing regulations from Student Finance England. You are advised to check your eligibility on the government website here.

What fees will EU/EEA national be eligible for 2022/23?

For entry in 2022/23 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to continue our support during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.

What about students participating in the Erasmus-exchange programme?

 The UK will continue to participate in Erasmus+ until the end of the programme in 2020. This would allow staff and students to complete mobility periods, and receive funding, through the Erasmus+ programme until the end of the academic year 2020-21.

There has not yet been an agreement on the UK’s relationship with EU programmes that are due to start in 2021 (Horizon Europe and the next Erasmus).

UUK Brexit FAQs 

UKCISA guidance for students and their families 

Erasmus+ Brexit update