On this page, we will answer some of the most commonly asked questions about the impact the EU referendum result will have on our University, staff and students. This information will be extended in the coming weeks and months as we know more.

Information on these pages is accurate to the best of the University's knowledge and based on advice from the UK Government and national bodies for universities. However, we reserve the right to update and amend information as further information emerges.

The people of the United Kingdom have voted to leave the European Union. The full implications of this decision and the timescales by which the UK will navigate its ultimate exit from the EU remain unknown. It seems likely that there will be a period of volatility and uncertainty, as the UK redefines its relationship with other European countries.

The University of York has always been an institution with a global outlook, focused on contributing to the world beyond our campus. This has been reflected in the diversity of our student and staff population, and in our passionate desire to contribute to solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges. It is also reflected in our global community of more than 100,000 graduates. We value the tremendous contribution of all our staff, students and graduates, and we remain convinced that the diversity of our community makes it a truly special place.

We know our students and staff will have many questions about what this will mean for them personally, as will all those who are directly involved in work dependent on EU collaboration and funding.

Tuition fees for EU nationals

Our policy at the University of York is to ensure all our students have complete fee certainty for their entire courses. In accordance with the government announcement on 2 July 2018, we can confirm that current EU students and EU nationals who begin their studies in the 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years will only be liable to pay UK fees for the duration of their studies, even if the course concludes after the UK's exit from the EU. This covers undergraduate and postgraduate taught and research courses.

The government has also confirmed that eligible EU nationals looking to join the University in the 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years will also have access to student loans for the duration of their course, even if the course concludes after the UK's exit from the EU.


Will non-UK EU staff and student nationals need visas to study or work in the UK?


During the transition period the UK remains a member of the EU and remains bound by EU legislation. Non-UK EU staff and students retain the right to remain under the current arrangements.

Arrangements after transition will be subject to negotiation between the UK Government and the European Union.

The University of York will play its part in ensuring that any new future arrangements continue to support student and staff mobility, promote borderless research collaboration and enable our being fully part of an internationally-engaged higher education system.

How does the University see the future for international students and staff from other EU countries?

The University of York is an international community, open to staff and students from around the world. We are recognised globally for the strength of our teaching, research and student experience.

We are home to staff and students from more than 100 countries, including many from other EU nations. Scholars from these countries are central to the teaching of students and the delivery of research with impact across our three Faculties: Arts and Humanities, Science, and Social Science. We are deeply proud of our international students' achievements both at York and in the wider world.

What is the University's position on the research it undertakes with other EU countries?

Our research is global in it scope; we can only succeed if we continue to attract highly able academic staff, postgraduates and early career researchers from across the globe. We are committed to international research collaborations with partners in Europe as well as other parts of the world.

The development of our research strategy and the underpinning research themes make clear our commitment to delivering research that can be applied to some of the greatest challenges facing humanity. This work knows no geographical boundaries and is reliant on our ability to forge collaborations with the world’s best researchers, regardless of their country of domicile.

Where can I find more information?

From the University

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From other sources

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