'EU and international students make an important contribution to our world-class universities, and our European neighbours are among some of our closest research partners' - Jo Johnson, former 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 are extremely welcome. They make an enormous contribution to the UK and the success of its education institutions.
Formal negotiations have now started for the UK to leave the European Union.
Does the UK’s decision to leave the European Union affect students from EU member states?
The referendum result does not have any immediate implications for the status of EU students in the UK.
Students who start courses this academic year (2016–17) have been guaranteed their existing status.
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.’
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 2017–18 and 2018-19 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 2018, 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