Brexit information for EU students

EU students remain very welcome at the University of Bedfordshire. They form a vital part of our campus life, and despite this period of change, we are committed to maintaining our diverse and welcoming learning environment.

How will Brexit affect you?

Courses beginning in 2019 and 2020

The UK government has confirmed that students from the EU who begin courses in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years will continue to have access to the same fees and funding options as in previous years, for the full duration of their course of study.

This includes:

Scholarships for EU undergraduate students

Programme of Study Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Total

EU Bedfordshire Merit Scholarship

Undergraduate with entry qualification score of 112 UCAS Tariff points (280

UCAS Tariff points in the old system) (or equivalent) or more

£800 £800 £800 N/A £2,400

EU Bedfordshire Scholarship

Undergraduate with entry qualification score of less than 112 UCAS Tariff

points (280 UCAS Tariff points in the old system) (or equivalent)

£500 £500 £500 N/A £1,500

EU Bedfordshire Scholarship

Degree with Foundation Year

£500 £500 £500 £500 £2,000

Courses beginning in September 2021 or later

At present, the status and level of fees and funding for European Union students beginning courses in the 2021-22 academic year and beyond has not yet been confirmed. We will update our guidance for students when more information becomes available from the UK government.

Immigration regulations

As long as the UK leaves the EU with a withdrawal agreement in place, nationals and eligible family members from the EU, EEA and Switzerland will be able to arrive in the UK until 30 December 2020 without a visa. If they are to stay in the UK beyond 31 December 2020 they will have until 30 June 2021 to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

In the scenario of no deal being reached between the UK and EU, the UK Government would introduce immigration rules for EU citizens and their immediate family members. In this scenario, European Union students would need to apply for European Temporary Leave, unless they have a claim to Settled Status by being a family member of a EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who is already resident in the UK. This will allow EU/EEA and Swiss nationals to remain in the UK for 36 months.

The UK Government is still to define details of future visa regulations, which would apply to students who want to stay longer.

For further information, please see the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website for the Home Office guidance for EEA and Swiss nationals if 'no deal' and information about who is considered an eligible family member.

Further information can be found on the British Council website.

 

We are committed to supporting our European students at the University of Bedfordshire and will continue to provide a truly welcoming experience for all of our students after Brexit.

Fees and funding

Students from the EU who have already commenced their studies in the UK will continue to have access to the existing fees and funding opportunities for the full duration of their course.

This includes:

The UK government has confirmed that this will also apply to new students beginning courses in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years.

Immigration regulations

As long as the UK leaves the EU with a withdrawal agreement in place, nationals and eligible family members from the EU, EEA and Switzerland will be able to arrive in the UK until 30 December 2020 without a visa. If they are to stay in the UK beyond 31 December 2020 they will then have until 30 June 2021 to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

In the scenario of no deal being reached between the UK and EU, the UK Government would introduce immigration rules for EU citizens and their immediate family members. In this scenario, European Union students would need to apply for European Temporary Leave, unless they have a claim to Settled Status by being a family member of a EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who is already resident in the UK. This will allow EU/EEA and Swiss nationals to remain in the UK for 36 months.

The UK Government is still to define details of future visa regulations, which would apply to students who want to stay longer.

For further information, please see the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website for the Home Office guidance for EEA and Swiss nationals if 'no deal' and information about who is considered an eligible family member.

Further information can be found on the British Council website.

The UK government has confirmed that EU citizens and their family members who are already lawfully residing in the UK can continue to access in-country services and entitlements – including healthcare, education and benefits – after the UK leaves the EU (either with or without a withdrawal agreement), until December 2020, or possibly July 2021 if an exit deal is agreed.

On this basis, we anticipate that EU students will not need a visa in order to prove their right to study or work, or to access healthcare or accommodation, until after 31 December 2020.

Whether there is an exit deal or not, EU citizens who are already resident here can apply for the EU Settlement Scheme in order to protect these rights beyond December 2020. The situation for students arriving after Brexit is not yet clear, but there is some limited information on the UK government website.

The UK's new EU Settlement Scheme allows citizens of the EU, EEA and Switzerland to apply for 'settled' or 'pre-settled' status, depending on how long they have been resident in the UK, and retain their immigration permissions after Brexit.

Find out more about the EU Settlement Scheme and how to apply.

The rights of Irish citizens residing in the UK are protected after the UK leaves the EU under the UK-Ireland Common Travel Area arrangements. This means that Irish citizens do not need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

The UK's withdrawal from the EU does not affect the status of non-EEA citizens in the UK, such as international students studying on a Tier 4 student visa.

You can contact our International Admissions team for further advice.

If a withdrawal agreement or 'deal' is reached between the UK government and the EU, there will be a transition period until December 2020 when travel permissions will remain broadly the same for

EU citizens, entering the UK using a passport or a valid ID card. You will not need a visa before travelling.

If no deal is made with the EU, temporary transitional arrangements will continue to apply for some time to provide continuity and a 'frictionless border'. This means that flights will continue to run between the UK and the EU, and that citizens of the EU, EEA or Switzerland will still be able to enter the UK without needing to pre-apply for a visa.

Therefore our general advice is that your travel plans, for example over the University holidays, should not be affected and that there are unlikely to be many changes to travel procedures until December 2020.

However, it may be a good idea to be prepared for any practical disruption around the date when the UK leaves the EU by keeping updated with travel alerts.

More detail on the future for free movement in the case of a no deal can be found on the UK government website.

Further information can be found on the British Council website.