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 is no longer scheduled to leave the EU on 31 October 2019. Government advice on Brexit has removed this date from their online support pages. Currently there is no new date set for Brexit.

Our priority is to ensure we are doing all that we can to support our students who will be 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

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 28 May 2019, we can confirm that current EU students and EU nationals who began their studies in the 2017/18, 2018/19 and those who will begin their studies in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 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 joining the University in the 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21 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.

FAQs

Status, visas and travel

The UK's decision to leave the EU does not have any immediate implications for the status of EU students in the UK. Longer term, your status and visa requirements will change depending upon when you entered the UK, the date when the UK leaves the EU, and whether Brexit happens with or without a deal.

Current students have the opportunity to apply for 'pre-settled', or 'settled status' under the Government's EU Settled Status Scheme, for those wishing to remain in the UK beyond 31 December 2020.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) offers advice and guidance on the current situation.

In summary:
As long as the UK leaves the EU with a withdrawal agreement in place, you will not need a visa if you are arriving/have arrived before 1 January 2021.

  • Students from EU countries (or EEA or Switzerland) will not need a visa if they arrive before 1 January 2021.
  • If you plan to stay beyond 31 December 2020 (for example, because of the length of your course), you’ll need to apply online for the EU Settlement Scheme or apply under another category of the immigration rules in place at that time.

If the UK were to leave the EU without a withdrawal deal, the UK Government would introduce immigration rules for EU citizens and their immediate family members arriving. This is called European Temporary Leave to Remain. These rules cover EU students who arrive in the UK after the UK leaves the EU. They would only apply if the UK left the EU without a deal.

For further information see our student immigration information pages or you can also contact our International Student Support team.

Yes. There will be no change to the immigration status of 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 the status of EU students in the UK.

EU students applying for a place at a university or further education institution in the UK 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic year will continue to be eligible for ‘home fee status’, which means they will be charged the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of their 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. However, 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.

While the Government is proposing to end free movement this has not yet been approved and any new arrangements will not be in place for some time after the day we leave.

The latest Government information on visiting the UK after Brexit can be found here:

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. And 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, can be found here.

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.

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 all students who require a visa in order to study in the UK.

The University has provided a number of Android devices available for loan, with the Settled Status app already installed. Contact IT Services for further information.

The Government has previously announced that in the event of a no deal Brexit, from the specified leave date, any EU citizens wanting to come to the UK for longer than three months (for reasons including work and study) will need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain which will give permission to stay for up to three years. After this, any EU citizens wishing to stay longer than three years will need to make a further application under the new skills-based future immigration system, which will begin in 2121. These rules will not apply to those here before exit day, as the EU Settlement Scheme will still apply to them.

There remains some uncertainty around the exact rules regulating access to healthcare and whether EU citizens will need to pay for their care in the UK after Brexit.

This is the latest Government advice on Healthcare 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.

Funding

Current university students from the EU and those applying to courses starting in 2019-20 will not see any changes to their loan eligibility or fee status.

Students applying to start courses in England and Scotland in 2020-21 are 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.

Currently EU undergraduates are eligible to apply for Tuition Fee Loans from the UK Government and we know 2019/20 students will still have this option. If you are an eligible student currently receiving a loan you will continue to receive this support for the duration of your course.

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

Non UK EU undergraduates are not eligible for loans for living costs ie 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 for current students.

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

Studying and working

No. In any outcome of Brexit our priorities will be to make sure we are supporting our staff and students and to ensure our core purpose of teaching and research continues.

At the moment the Government position is that EU nationals resident in the UK by 31 Dec 2020 can apply for settled or pre-settled status, including students.

The University is providing help and support to EU members of staff to ensure we retain the skills and expertise of our researchers, teaching and support staff.

The University is supporting EU members of staff to apply for the 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 are 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.

On 8 April 2019 the Government published updated guidance on Erasmus+ in the UK if there’s no Brexit deal. This states that if the UK leaves the EU under the terms of the withdrawal agreement, Erasmus+ funding payments and bids will continue as normal until the end of the Erasmus+ programme in 2020

In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the Government will engage with the Commission with the aim of securing the UK’s continued full participation in Erasmus+ until 2020. There is a range of options for the UK’s continued participation in Erasmus+ until 2020, which will have different levels of access to Erasmus+ programme activity. The government will need to reach agreement with the EU for UK organisations to continue participating in Erasmus+ projects and is seeking to hold these discussions with the EU.

If necessary, the University of York will continue to support and invest in outward mobility programmes and has agreed to replace Erasmus+ grants and discounted fees, to the same level of funding for York students on eligible European study and work placements in 2019/20 and 2020/21. This means that students who have committed to, or are signing up for European study or work placements to commence in 2019/20 or 2020/21, will receive the same amount of funding as before. More information is available for current York students on the Centre for Global Programmes' finance and funding webpage.

The University of York is supporting the Universities UK International (UUKi) national campaign #SupportStudyAbroad asking the UK Government to commit to continue funding study abroad opportunities for UK students, even if the UK cannot negotiate continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme.

Current York students going abroad

To the best of our current knowledge, the placements and funding of students from UK universities on Erasmus+ funded programmes this academic year (2018/19), will not be affected by the UK’s plans to leave the EU.

As recommended by the government, the University of York has submitted its annual bid for Erasmus+ funding in 2019/20.

According to Government guidance the draft EU Withdrawal Agreement means that students in UK-based organisations will be able to continue to participate in Erasmus+ exchanges and placements post-exit until the end of the current Erasmus+ programme in December 2020.

More information is available for current York students on the Centre for Global Programmes' finance and funding webpage.

Visiting students at York

There is a lack of clarity over what will happen to the UK's access to Erasmus+ membership should the UK leave the EU under no deal conditions.

The University of York 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.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the Erasmus scheme, contact the Centre for Global Programmes: erasmus@york.ac.uk

If you are a visiting student and have any questions about your Erasmus+ funding, please contact your home university.

Yes during any transition period. The UK remains a member of the EU and remains bound by EU legislation. 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 (this date may now be extended) in the eventuality of an agreed deal or even if there is no deal.

During the transition period agreed in the draft Withdrawal Agreement, the UK remains a member of the EU and remains bound by EU legislation. We understand that the UK, including UK universities, will continue to be able to access EU programmes on the current basis.

However, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, EU placements abroad negotiated after the date of our exit that were traditionally supported by Erasmus+ arrangements, will no longer be financed by this scheme. In this scenario the University will make every effort to facilitate arrangements to ensure students with a compulsory year abroad are able to progress in their studies, and we are in dialogue already with our international exchange partners about this.

 

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.

Concerns and support

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 for international students worried about the implications for Brexit, including the following:

There is a national group UKCEN (UK citienship 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:

The Department for Health and Care has issued the following information:

Information for patients and clinicians on medicines
The information for patients on nhs.uk around continuity of medicines supply if there is a no-deal EU exit has been updated. As well as this, the FAQ for clinicians on the NHS England website has also been updated. These updates explain the government’s multi-layered approach to ensure that medicines continue to be available if there is a no-deal EU exit.