Information for students

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. We will update and amend information as further details emerge.

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and is now in a transition period to try to reach and ratify an agreement with EU member states. Unless an extension is sought, transition will end on 31 December 2020. The deadline for entering the UK is 11pm (GMT), 31 December 2020.

Our priority is to ensure we are doing all that we can to support you if you're directly affected by the UK leaving the European Union. The following updates and frequently asked questions are designed to help you understand the current status of events and signpost you to further information and support.

Tuition fees for EU nationals

University of York policy is to ensure all our students have complete fee certainty for their entire courses. In accordance with the Government announcement on 28 May 2019, we can confirm that if you're a current EU student or an EU national who began their studies in the 2017/18, 2018/19 or will begin your studies in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 academic years you will only be liable to pay UK fees for the duration of your 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 if you're an eligible EU national joining the University in the 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21 academic years you will also have access to student loans for the duration of your course, even if your course concludes after the UK's exit from the EU.

FAQs

Status, visas and travel

Yes. If you are currently studying on campus and intend to return home for the Christmas vacation, you will not require a visa as you have already been resident in the UK. 

You have until 30 June 2021 to apply for pre-settlement or settlement under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) free of charge. EUSS gives you the same rights for living, studying and working in the UK as a British citizen.

If you wish to carry evidence of your course of study to show to Border Force officials when re-entering the UK, you can order a confirmation of study letter using your e:Vision account.

If the port of entry has an eGate, you can use this to enter the UK and will not be required to show your passport at the Border.

The deadline for entering the UK is 11pm (GMT), 31 December 2020.

Up to 31 December 2020:

  • if you are a new or continuing student from an EU member state you may continue to enter and study in the UK without the need for a visa
  • ID cards and passports will be sufficient documentation
  • European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) will remain valid
  • you are encouraged to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). Applications close 30 June 2021 and there is no charge to apply
  • EUSS will confer pre-settled status on successful applicants. If you gain pre-settled status there will be no need for a visa after the freedom of movement ends on 31 December
  • after five years qualifying residency in the UK, you can apply for settled status
  • if successful in gaining pre-settled status you're not obliged to remain in the UK on completion of your studies
  • family members of successful applicants can apply to join them in the UK
  • EUSS will save hundreds of pounds in visa fees
  • if you are an EU student who doesn’t apply for EUSS but wishes to remain in the UK after 31 December 2020, a visa will be required. It is not yet known where the visa application will have to be made.

1 January 2021 onwards:

  • if you are a new student who arrives from an EU member state you will require a visa to study in the UK
  • UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will detail how the application process will work in due course
  • EHIC will no longer be valid and it is likely that you will need to make a healthcare payment as part of your visa application
  • it's not yet known what the healthcare arrangements will be for continuing students
  • EUSS will not be available to those arriving after 31 December 2020.

See more information for EU students about the UK's point-based immigration system

Yes. There will be no change to immigration status for EU students who are already here or who arrive before the end of the government’s Brexit implementation period on 31 December 2020.

According to the British Council:

  • the UK's decision to leave the EU does not have any immediate implications for your status if you are an EU student in the UK
  • if you are an EU student applying for a place at a university or further education institution in the UK 2019/20 and 2020/21 academic year you will continue to be eligible for ‘home fee status’, which means you will be charged the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of your studies
  • if you have already started your course you are guaranteed your existing status for the duration of your studies
  • these guarantees apply for the full duration of the course, even if the course finishes after the UK leaves the EU.
  • after this, the process is still to be confirmed. The UK Government and universities in the UK are working to keep the system as simple as possible.
  • the UK has reached an agreement with Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and a separate agreement with Switzerland.

The latest government information on visiting the UK after Brexit:

If you are travelling on official University business, make sure you are registered on the travel log and covered by the University’s travel insurance.

If you are planning to travel over the Brexit period, please let your supervisor or Departmental Administrator know where you are travelling to and when you are expected back in the UK. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to return as planned.

The latest government advice on UK citizens visiting the EU after Brexit, including travel, passports, health insurance, driving, pets and mobile phone charges:

If you're travelling on official University business make sure you are registered on the travel log and covered by the University’s travel insurance.

Please get in touch with your Departmental Administrator as soon as possible if you are experiencing problems returning to the UK as planned for the start of term.

The International Student Support Team will provide information and advice about the immigration process to you if you require a visa to study in the UK.

Funding

If you're a current student from the EU or are applying to courses starting in 2019/20 you will not see any changes to your loan eligibility or fee status.

If you're applying to start courses in England and Scotland in 2020/21 you're also guaranteed the same 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.

If you're an EU undergraduate you're currently eligible to apply for Tuition Fee Loans from the UK Government, and if you're a 2019/20 student you will still have this option. If you're an eligible student currently receiving a loan you will continue to receive this support for the duration of your course.

If you're eligible for bursaries from the University and meet the household income criteria, you will continue to receive your funding.

EU undergraduates are not eligible for loans for living costs, such as Maintenance Loans.

At the moment we have no indication from the government regarding any change to the terms of the loans and repayment system and whether these will change if you're a current student.

If you're an EU postgraduate student and you're currently eligible for Masters Loans and Doctoral Loans you can continue to choose how you use these loans, ie tuition fees and living costs. At this time we believe this will continue if you arrive in 2019/20.

Studying and working

No. At the moment the government position is that if you're an EU national resident in the UK by 31 Dec 2020 you can apply for settled or pre-settled status, including students.

The University is providing help and support if you're an EU member of staff to ensure we retain the skills and expertise of our researchers, teaching and support staff.

The University will support you if you're an EU member of staff looking to apply for settled or pre-settled status.

The University has set up a Brexit Planning Group who are looking at different scenarios to ensure we preserve the talented research, teaching and support staff at the University. We're also building partnerships with institutions overseas and looking at securing alternative funding to maintain and grow the world-leading research we do at York. We believe such measures will help retain existing staff, and help us continue to attract talent from around the globe.

Yes, during any transition period. The government has previously said that the rights of EU citizens to work in the EU will remain broadly the same after the official leaving date, up to 31 December 2020 in the eventuality of an agreed deal or even if there is no deal.

Classes and assessments are expected to go ahead as scheduled. We also expect that field trips and field research will continue as scheduled. In the event of travel disruptions or changes to visa requirements, you should contact the trip organisers in your departments for further information. The University and your department will do everything they can to ensure that teaching and learning are not affected, even if that learning is happening off-campus.

Global programmes and placements

The UK and EU are currently negotiating (November 2020) what role the UK might play in the Erasmus successor programme due to start in 2021.

The University of York remains committed to providing global programmes and placements in Europe and around the world for our students, regardless of the outcome of Erasmus negotiations. 

The UK government website provides information for EU and UK citizens about Brexit and the Universities UK Brexit FAQs webpage has answers to frequently asked questions that you can consult as well as the questions we’ve answered below. We’ll provide updates as and when new information becomes available, but if you have any questions about Erasmus funding, please contact us at erasmus@york.ac.uk.

Applications

You should continue to apply for your study/work placement in the usual way with your Department or Careers for the Placement Year. We expect to have some Erasmus+ funding from our 2020 project that we can award to students who go abroad in 2021/22 and the Global Programmes Team will get in touch with nominated students in Spring/Summer 2021 if further information is required to help us allocate any Erasmus+ funding we may have. 

You can find out more about going abroad in 2021/22 on our how to apply and finance and funding webpages. If you’re going on a work placement abroad, you should also follow your department’s work placement instructions. 

Passport and visa

The following information is taken from the passport and visa section of our Considerations Checklist on the things to consider webpage.  

Some host countries may require students to obtain a visa in order to study or work for a summer, semester/term or year. If you are a UK passport-holder, you should check the gov.uk foreign travel advice pages (entry requirements section for your destination) for any changes added to visa requirements for your destination and can check your passport is valid for the country you’re travelling to from 1 January 2021 onwards. 

You are responsible for applying for any visas that are required to go to the host destination in a timely manner and should consult embassy/consulate websites and information provided by the host institution. The visa requirements may vary from destination to destination; you may need to provide medical certificates or proof of finances (certified bank statements) and the visa requirements may also vary depending on your nationality/country of residence. 

If you need a visa you should budget for this accordingly; you may need to pay for certificates and for return travel/accommodation in order to go to an embassy appointment. You may also need to consider whether other overseas trips you have planned may affect your visa application time. It’s a good idea to apply for a visa as soon as possible once you have been formally accepted by your host university and received your acceptance/visa letter as the process can take some time.

If you’re not a UK national, please check the visa regulations and procedures relating to the passport you’ll be travelling on and also get in touch with the Immigration Team at York to ask about your placement abroad and UK study visa status: immigration@york.ac.uk.

Insurance

All University of York students who study/work abroad as part of their course must complete the Travel Log and Travel Risk Assessment (TRA) to be covered by the University’s travel insurance policy. You’ll get more information about completing the Travel Log and TRA as part of the Global Programmes pre-departure workshops in the Spring and Summer Terms. 

If you’re going on a work placement, then we also have a document called Insurance Information for Traineeships Abroad on our things to consider webpage that you should read for information about accident and liability insurance in the workplace.

You should check the NHS and foreign travel advice webpages for the latest information about healthcare, including the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card).

Questions?

Please contact your Placement Coordinator / Departmental International Officer and Global Programmes at erasmus@york.ac.uk if you have any questions that are not answered here.

The University of York remains committed to providing global programmes and placements in Europe and around the world for our students, regardless of the outcome of Erasmus negotiations. 

Internal applications to study abroad at one of our partner universities in 2022/23 are due to open in November 2021, but it’s never too early to start looking into where you want to go and what you want to do. Our Global opportunities by subject webpage is a good place to start, but bear in mind that details can change from year to year, so you’ll need to check this again in Autumn 2021 for the latest information to go global in 2022/23. 

As of November 2020, there’s no confirmation about the UK’s participation in the Erasmus successor programme that’s due to start in 2021 and at the moment funding for EU study/work placements in 2022/23 cannot be guaranteed.

Visiting Students with an offer to come and study with us in York in the Spring and/or Summer Term 2021 are contacted at their University of York email address, so please check your account for new messages regularly and follow that information carefully. 

Further contact details are in the question below: I’m a Visiting Student with a question that’s not answered here, who should I contact?

The University will play its part in ensuring that any new future arrangements continue to support student mobility. Our University partners throughout Europe also wish student mobility to continue. Undergraduate Visiting Student applications for 2021/22 entry will open online on 1 March 2021.

If you have any questions about coming to York as a Visiting Student, please contact Global Programmes at visiting-students@york.ac.uk and we’ll help find you an answer. Depending on your question, we might need to signpost you to another department. For example, for academic matters this will be your Departmental International Officer (contact details are on the link for your main Department on the Visiting Student module page), the International Student Support Team at immigration@york.ac.uk for visa questions or Accommodation Services at accommodation@york.ac.uk for accommodation queries. 

Please contact your home university with any questions about your Erasmus+ funding if you are a Visiting Student coming to York.

Healthcare and support

There remains some uncertainty around the exact rules regulating access to healthcare and whether you will need to pay for your care in the UK if you are an EU citizen after Brexit.

The University is working with city partners including the NHS and is constantly seeking clarity on this matter. Updates will be made to these Q&As when more details emerge.

See the latest government advice on healthcare after Brexit.

The University of York is an international community, welcoming staff, students, visitors and partners from around the world. We have and always will see ourselves as a global institution.

There's lots of support available if you're an international student worried about the implications for Brexit:

There is a national group UKCEN (UK citizenship for European nationals) whose main objective is "to facilitate the acquisition of EEA residence documentation, status under the EU Settlement Scheme and British citizenship for nationals of EEA countries and their family members":

If you suffer unwelcome comments or behaviours from other students we encourage you to report this as soon as possible using the online student misconduct form.

There is more information on the support available to you on the student support pages: