The UK has some of the best universities and researchers in the world, and international students, academics and researchers play a significant part in that success.
– Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science
The UK education sector is one of the most international in the world. Students and staff from the EU and beyond make an enormous contribution to UK education institutions which is highly valued. In light of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, you may have questions about how this might impact your current studies or future plans.
The referendum result does not have any immediate implications for EU students immigration status, fee status and access to tuition fee loans.
As noted by the UK Government: ‘there will be no immediate changes following the EU Referendum, including in the circumstances of British citizens living in the EU, and European citizens living here. This includes those studying or working at UK universities. For students, visitors, businesses and entrepreneurs who are already in the UK or who wish to come here, there will be no immediate change to our visa policies.’
The UK’s Students Loan Company (SLC) issued a statement to reassure EU nationals currently attending English universities who are in receipt of student loans from the SLC, or who intend to begin studying from this autumn, will continue to receive these loans and grants until they finish their course.
If you are concerned about what the referendum results mean for you, we have compiled a list of references to official and reliable sources of information to help you find out more.
Where to start
- Check the website of Universities UK, the representative organisation for UK universities, to read the Brexit FAQs for universities and students
- You should also visit the websites of the universities you are interested in to find out what their own statements on the impact of the referendum results are.
Advice on student finance
- For more information about EU nationals and student finance in England, please visit the Student Loans Company website to read their statement and check for any relevant updates.
- For more information about EU nationals and student finance in Wales, please read the statement on the Universities Wales website.
- On 11 October 2016 the UK government announced that EU students applying for a place at an English university or further education institution in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants – and will be for the duration of their course. Read the full text of the press release
Keeping up to date
- Check the GOV.UK website for up-to-date information, including statements by Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science.