EU Referendum: Information for Students

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. If you've applied to study in the UK and are concerned about what the referendum results mean for you, here are some things you can do to find out more information:

Universities UK (UUK), which is the representative organisation for the UK's universities, has issued the following initial advice until the UK Government decides otherwise:

  • EU staff: Their immigration status has not changed as a result of the vote.
  • Current EU students: Their immigration status, associated fees and access to student loans have not changed as a result of the vote.
  • EU students with a place to start in the academic year 2016/17 and 2017/18: There is no reason to assume any change to their immigration status or access to student loans. UUK is liaising with the Home Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and institutions are advised to check both websites regularly for updates from the UK Government. Regarding EU Nationals and Student Finance in England, please read the specific guidance provided below. Given the differing arrangements in the devolved nations, Universities Scotland and Universities Wales will seek clarification in terms of tuition fee grants and/or access to loans from the Scottish and Welsh Governments.
  • European Union students applying for university places in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will still have access to student funding support.

    The government has announced on 11 October 2016 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.

    The decision will mean that students applying to study from 2017 to 2018 will not only be eligible for the same funding and support as they are now, but that their eligibility will continue throughout their course, even if the UK exits the European Union during that period.

  • EU students studying in the UK under the Erasmus programme: Their immigration status has not changed, and they continue to be eligible for their Erasmus grant until as long as we remain a member of the EU and could well be extended beyond this. UUK is liaising with the British Council as National Agency for Erasmus+ and institutions are advised to check the Erasmus+ websites regularly for updates including student-focused communications.

FAQ

After the referendum result – should/can I still apply to study in the UK?

The referendum result has no immediate implications for international students wanting to study in the UK, including those already studying in the UK. There are no immediate changes to their immigration status, fee status and access to tuition fee loans. The UK has always been and continues to welcome high quality international students.

What has the UK Government said?

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.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-on-higher-education-and-research-following-the-eu-referendum

 

We can currently offer no assurances that the status of international students will not change once the UK leaves the EU however.

What about the announcement from the UK Home Secretary about new restrictions on overseas students?

The announcement mentioned new restrictions on overseas students, including two-tier visa rules affecting some universities and courses. However, before these are in place, a consultation will be take place, including with UK Universities as well as their umbrella bodies.

What about student loans and access to them?

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.

 

The government has announced on 11 October 2016 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.

 

The decision will mean that students applying to study from 2017 to 2018 will not only be eligible for the same funding and support as they are now, but that their eligibility will continue throughout their course, even if the UK exits the European Union during that period.

We can currently offer no assurances that fees may or may not change once the UK leaves the EU however.

Why should I still apply for study in the UK?

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. If you've applied to study in the UK and are concerned about what the referendum results mean for you, here are some things you can do to find out more information:

Universities UK has also stated that immigration status of EU students studying in the UK under the Erasmus programme has not changed, and they continue to be eligible for their Erasmus grant until at least as long as the UK remains a member of the EU and could be extended beyond this. Moreover EU students with a place to start in academic year 2016/17 and 2017/18  have no reason to assume any change to your  immigration status or access to student loan book.

What’s your opinion on the referendum result?

We respect the decision of the UK electorate, are working towards a positive outcome to the negotiations that follow the result. We recognise this process is a two-sided negotiation and are seeking a “win-win” result that recognises what both sides have to lose and/or gain.

How many students are currently studying in the UK?

There are currently over 500,000 international students from over 80 countries studying in the UK. We recognise that these students make a significant contribution to the diversity and intellectual vitality of UK education, making a critical contribution to UK research capacity and standing in the globalised knowledge economy.

 

Last updated: 14 November 2016