Information for students
As of 31 December 2020 the transition period for the UK leaving the EU has completed. We understand that this may have been a worrying or uncertain time for you, and we want to make sure that you have all the information you need on what happens next.
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. We’ve drawn together this information to help you understand the current status of events and signpost you to further information and support.
Prospective EU students
If you're a prospective EU student or applicant check out our advice on the UK's departure from the European Union and how it affects you:
Apply for Settled Status
If you’re an EU citizen living in the UK, you will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme so that you can continue to live and/or work in the UK after 30 June 2021. It’s a fast-track registration process being introduced for EU citizens who want to stay in the UK after Brexit.
Get more support to apply
Tuition fees for EU nationals
We understand that future changes to tuition fees are a major concern. Our policy is to ensure all our students have complete fee certainty for their entire courses. In 2019, we confirmed that if you're a current EU student or an EU national who began their studies in the 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20 academic years, or will begin in 2020/21, you will 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.
Tuition fees for EU applicants
From the academic year 2021/22 if you're an applicant from an EU country you'll pay the international fee rate if you join us from the 2021/22 academic year. If you're an EU citizen living in the UK with settled or pre-settled status, or an Irish national living in the UK or Ireland, you'll be eligible for UK (home) fee rate as long as the usual residency requirements are met.
Find out more about fees for EU nationals:
Student loans for EU nationals
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 have access to student loans for the duration of your course, even if your course concludes after the UK's exit from the EU.
How are Global Programmes and Placements affected?
Answering your queries on how the UK's departure from the EU affects Global Programmes and Placements.
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.
In December 2020, the UK government announced a new scheme that will encourage students to study and work abroad, that replaces the UK’s participation in the Erasmus programme. This is the UK government’s initial press release about the new Turing scheme.
The University of York remains committed to providing global programmes and placements in Europe and around the world for our students. We look forward to learning more about the Turing scheme from the government, and we intend to apply to participate in the scheme in order to access government funds to support students on study or work placements abroad in the future.
We’ll provide updates as and when new information becomes available, but if you have any questions about Global Programmes for University of York students, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You should continue to apply for your study/work placement in the usual way with your department or Careers for the Placement Year. We have had our Erasmus programme extended, and we are still funding students on eligible placements in 2020/21. We may be able to fund students on placements 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 funding we may have available.
You can find out more about going abroad in 2021/22 on our how to apply and finance and funding pages. 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 page.
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 (link to gov.uk page) 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: email@example.com
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 page that you should read for information about accident and liability insurance in the workplace.
UK nationals should check the NHS and foreign travel advice pages for the latest information about healthcare, including the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) or GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card for Europe).
If you're an EU national and are studying/working abroad in the EU during your degree, you should refer to the information on the European Commission webpages about what the EHIC is and national information and contacts for how to apply for an EHIC if you need to.
The University of York remains committed to providing global programmes and placements in Europe and around the world for our students.
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 page 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.
At the moment, funding for EU study/work placements in 2022/23 cannot be guaranteed, but may be available through the University’s York Futures Scholarship or other external providers (eg, potentially the government’s Turing scheme).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for visa questions, or Accommodation Services at firstname.lastname@example.org for accommodation queries.
Please contact your home university with any funding questions if you are a Visiting Student coming to York.