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.
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 2 July 2018, 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 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 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.
Status, visas and travel
At this point in time there is no clear answer to what future students wishing to study in the UK will require in terms of visas. 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.
However, the immigration status of EU citizens arriving in the UK after 31 December 2020 will depend on the kind of relationship the UK negotiates with the EU and the migration system that is established after withdrawal, or in the event of a no deal Brexit.
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.
At present, EU nationals who already live in the UK, or who arrive by 31 December 2020, will be able to apply for 'settled status'. This will enable them to live, work and study in the UK for as long as they like. The settlement scheme will open fully in March 2019 and the deadline for applications will be 30 June 2021. This may be brought forward to 31 December 2020 if there is no deal.
However, the immigration status of EU citizens arriving in the UK after 31 December 2020 will depend on the kind of relationship the UK negotiates with the EU and the migration system that is established after withdrawal.
As a current student you will still be able to live and study in the UK if the UK leaves the EU. You will also continue to receive financial support for study for the duration of your course; you would still need to meet eligibility requirements for student finance. The Government has confirmed this will be the same for students starting their course in the academic year 2019/20.
If you want to remain in the UK beyond 31 December 2020 you will need to apply for EU Settled Status. The length of your continuous residence in the UK will determine whether you should apply for 'settled status', if you have five years continuous residency or 'pre-settled status' if you have less.
The EU Settlement Scheme pilot was extended on 21 January 2019 and the scheme will run to 30 June 2021- though the deadline may be brought forward to 31 December 2019 if there is no deal.
Implications for the EU Settlement Scheme in the event of a no deal Brexit are outlined in the Government Policy Paper December 2018.
We hope there won’t be any major problems with travel during this time, or any significant issues with leaving or entering the UK. However, with continued uncertainty over Brexit we would recommend our students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland planning to travel outside of the UK, take some basic precautions and plan ahead just in case.
- Keep in touch with the news on Brexit and any implications this may have for you and your ability to travel to and from the UK. UKCISA is a useful source of information.
- Read your University emails and the EU advice pages regularly, we'll be updating these when we become aware of new developments.
- Passports: there is currently no official statement on passport rules for EU citizens re-entering the UK in a no-deal scenario, but it would be sensible to assume rules will be similar to those for UK Citizens entering the EU; your passport should be less than 10 years old and you should have at least six months left before it expires at the point at which you return to the UK. Advice on entering the UK is available from Gov.UK.
- If you have applied for and received pre-settled, or settled status make sure you have your documentation or reference when travelling.
- Have proof of where you live in the UK (for example your accommodation contract or a utility bill in your name) and proof of study at York (which you will need to collect in person from the Student Hub) when travelling back to the UK. The University can provide you with an official letter confirming that you are a current student and detailing your dates of study, your current programme of study, your intended award and your expected completion date. Current students can request their ‘Certification of study’ document by logging into e:Vision using your IT Services username and password. Letters take around 24 hours to be processed.
- Plan for delays or disruption to your travel arrangements just in case, for example longer queues at airports and train stations.
- Ensure you have access to money and funds in Europe. In a no deal scenario you may have restricted access to your UK bank account.
- As an EU citizen, if your European Health Insurance Card is issued by the UK (NHS) then there is a possibility this will not be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The latest Written Statement from the Department for Health gives further information on access to health care and advises people travelling abroad check the latest country specific guidance on NHS UK. The advice therefore is to take out both travel and health insurance when travelling outside of the UK.
- If you are travelling as part of your course or other ‘official’ University travel - make sure you are registered on the travel log and covered by the University’s travel insurance.
- Have plans in place for somewhere to stay in the unlikely event you are unable to enter the UK on the dates you were planning to return.
- Ensure that you have a way to keep in touch with the University. If you have a laptop or other device you use for your studies, familiarise yourself with the University's VPN service in case it is needed to access your email, the VLE or information from the University or your department.
Please get in touch with your Departmental Administrator as soon as possible if you are experienced problems returning to the UK as planned for the start of term.
We hope there won’t be any major problems with travel during this time, or any significant issues with regard to entering countries within the EU. However, given the continued uncertainty over Brexit, we recommend our UK students planning to travel to the EU follow the basic recommendations set out below:
- Keep in touch with the news on Brexit and any implications this may have for you and your ability to travel to countries within the EU. The main website providing official advice and guidance with regard to Brexit implications is Gov.uk
- Please read your University emails regularly as the University will use this method of communication to send you any new updates on information and new developments as they become available. All such emails will be from University Internal Communications with a subject header entitled Brexit Update with the latest date.
- It’s vital that you ensure that your passport is up-to-date before you travel: check it is less than 10 years old and it has at least six months left before it expires on the date of travel. You can do a passport check on the Gov.UK website.
- In the unlikely event there are any new visa requirements, make sure you have these in place.
- Please ensure that you have details of your accommodation in the EU and return ticket back to the UK when entering the EU.
- Plan for delays or disruption to your travel arrangements just in case, for example, longer queues at airports and train stations.
- Ensure you have access to money and funds while you are travelling. In the event of a no deal Brexit there may be restrictions to accessing your UK bank account if you are in the EU.
- Ensure you have travel insurance with healthcare cover - in a no deal scenario your European Health Insurance Card will not be valid. You can check current arrangements in place for different destinations using the NHS website.
- If you are travelling as part of your course or on other ‘official’ University travel - make sure you are registered on the travel log and covered by the University’s travel insurance.
- Have plans in place for somewhere to stay in the unlikely event you be unable to enter the UK on the dates you were planning to return.
- If you are planning to drive in Europe, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal in the future, you might also need an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in all EU and European Economic Area (EEA) countries, apart from Ireland. Check if you’ll need an IDP.
Please get in touch with your Departmental Administrator as soon as possible if you are experienced 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 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.
- Government outlines no deal arrangements for EU citizens (Gov.uk website)
Current eligible students will continue to have access to student loans for the duration of their course.
Fees for EU students - The Government has confirmed that EU students who have already started their studies will continue to pay UK fees for the duration of their studies. This covers undergraduate and postgraduate taught and research courses.
The Government has also confirmed that EU students starting in 2019/20 will have access to the same funding package as 2018/19 and will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status'. For further details see:
- EU Nationals and Student Finance in England (Student Loans Company)
The fees that non UK EU students starting courses at UK universities following the agreed transition period are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations. The outcome on fees, funding and loans may be uncertain if the UK leaves the EU under no deal conditions.
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.
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:
- 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 Student Hub will help signpost you to the support and advice you require
- Your College welfare team can help support you if you are feeling anxious or worried
- The Student Financial Support Unit can offer advice on fees and funding
- YUSU Advice and Support Centre where you can talk to student support officers
- The Graduate Student Association offer support for postgraduate students
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: