The UK education sector is one of the most international in the world. Students and staff from the EU and beyond are extremely welcome. They make an enormous contribution to the UK and the success of its education institutions. 

Does the UK’s decision to leave the European Union affect students from the EU?

The referendum result does not have any immediate implications for the status of EU students in the UK. 

EU students applying for a place at a university or further education institution in England, Wales or Northern Ireland in the 2020-21 academic year will continue to be eligible for ‘home fee status’, which means they will be charged the same tuition fees as UK students. Students who start courses this academic year (2019-20), or who have already started their course, have also been guaranteed their existing status.

Will students from EU member states still be able to apply for UK student loans or grants?

Current university students from the EU and those applying to courses starting in 2020-21 will not see any changes to their loan eligibility or fee status. This guarantee will apply for the full duration of the course, even if the course finishes after the UK has left the EU.

This has also been confirmed in separate statements from across all UK nations (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland)

Can EU students still come to the UK on the Erasmus+ exchange programme?

Yes. Students from the 27 European Union countries and the other five programme countries can continue to come to the UK in 2019, as the UK remains a full EU member and Erasmus+ programme country throughout the negotiation period.  

In principle, students from the 27 European Union countries and the other five programme countries can continue to come to the UK until 2020 as part of Erasmus+. The UK Government has stated publicly that the United Kingdom is committed to continuing full participation in the Erasmus+ programme until the country leaves the EU and has made clear that it values international exchanges.  UK participation in Erasmus+  beyond 2020 and after the UK leaves the European Union is a matter for the negotiations. 

The British Council, the Erasmus+ UK National Agency (British Council and Ecorys UK) and Universities UK are strongly supportive of continued and full UK participation in Erasmus+ after the UK leaves the European Union, so that UK and EU students can continue to benefit from Erasmus+ opportunities over the longer term.

Where can I find more detailed information?

We will continue to update this page regularly. Please see below for additional official sources of information about UK higher education.

Further information

Student finance

For more information about EU nationals and student finance in the UK, please visit the following websites for each country to read their statement and check for any relevant updates.

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