Brexit - EU Students FAQs

BREXIT – EU STUDENTS FAQs

The UK is due to leave the European Union on Thursday 31 October 2019. The UK government is still trying to ensure withdrawal from the EU with a deal, and the EU settlement scheme remains in place for those who are in the UK before that happens.

It is likely that Brexit will lead to changes to the way EU students apply to study in Scotland and the UK. The following FAQs contain as much information as we know at the time of publication – in what is a very fast-moving situation - and is based on what will happen if the UK leaves the EU with a withdrawal agreement, or what will happen if there is no agreement – that is, “no deal”. As the situation can change rapidly, this guidance should be reviewed frequently. Latest student Brexit news and updates can be found here.

We understand this is an uncertain and unsettling period for our EU students, and we will keep you updated as more information is made available. Please be assured that eligible EU students who started their course at City of Glasgow College in 2019-20 will continue to be treated as ‘home’ students, and therefore will be entitled to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government for the duration of their course. 

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE MOMENT? 

Most EU nationals have the same status for fees as home students for the duration of their course of study. EU nationals are eligible for varying levels of financial support depending on where in the UK they study. In Scotland, undergraduates do not usually pay any fees. 

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WHAT’S GOING TO CHANGE WITH BREXIT? 

Withdrawal Agreement: The UK and Scottish governments have confirmed that EU students who begin further and higher education studies in or before the academic year 2019-20 will continue to be treated as home students for the purpose of fees and financial support. Nothing will change for them throughout the duration of their course of study. Students will not need a visa if arriving in the UK before 1 January 2021. EU Nationals may need to register on arrival in the UK if intending to stay for more than three months. 

No Deal: The UK and Scottish governments have confirmed that this will be the case in England and Scotland whether or not the UK leaves the EU with a deal. If EU Nationals are arriving in the UK between 30 March 2019 and 31 December 2020, an application should be submitted for European Temporary Leave to Remain which will permit residency in the UK for three years. If arriving in the UK from 2021 onwards, an application must be made for a student visa. Applying for a visa is not something to worry about: hundreds of thousands of students from across the world successfully apply for student visas every year. City of Glasgow College helps lots of students through the application process. More information about visas and immigration can be found here

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CAN I STAY IN THE UK AFTER MY COURSE? 

Withdrawal Agreement: Any student arriving in the UK before January 2021 will be able to apply for ‘pre-settled status’. This will allow EU nationals to stay in the UK for five years and then apply for ‘settled status’. Once settled status has been awarded, EU Nationals will be able to remain in the UK indefinitely. EU Nationals who have already been in the country for five years can apply for settled status straight away.  Once in the UK, it is possible to apply for pre-settled status or settled status from 30 March 2019 here.  For students coming to Scotland to commence study from January 2021, a visa will be required to stay in the country. 

No Deal: EU Nationals arriving in the UK any time after 30 March 2019 who have applied for European Temporary Leave to Remain, will need to apply for a visa after three years when the Leave to Remain expires.  For more information, visit the UK government’s and UKCISA’s pages on immigration for EU nationals here.

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CAN I STILL COME TO THE UK WITH ERASMUS+? 

Withdrawal Agreement: Erasmus+ will still be available for study in the UK up to and throughout 2020/21. 

No Deal: In the event of no deal, the EU commission has said it will continue funding Erasmus+ students who are in the UK at the point of Brexit. We are awaiting clarification on what will happen if the UK cannot negotiate continued access to the Erasmus programme. EU students undertaking Erasmus+ exchanges should also seek advice from their own National Agency for Erasmus+. 

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LATEST BREXIT NEWS AND UPDATES FOR EU STUDENTS

The UK Council for International student has news and updates here.

You can also find out what Brexit means for students currently in the UK or coming in 2019-20 and for students intending to study in 2021-22 here. 

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