University of Bath

Advice for current and prospective EU/EEA or Swiss students regarding Brexit

Information on how leaving the European Union affects EU and EEA students, tuition fees and loans and studying abroad.

Brexit Information

UPDATED: 19 September 2019

The University of Bath is dedicated to supporting all of our staff and students throughout the Brexit process. We will continue to value, celebrate and support our internationally diverse and inclusive University community, and remain committed to our status as an global institution.

We understand people may have worries or concerns around the implications of Brexit for their University experience, and will regularly update this page with information and guidance as it becomes available.

You may also find the Universities UK Brexit FAQs a useful source of information. They also provide more detailed information on the potential implications of a no deal Brexit.

Helpful information is also available through the UK Council for International Student Affairs website.

The government have put together a website on how to prepare for the EU Exit which has useful, regularly updated guidance. This includes specific advice on the consequences of a no deal exit.

Visa advice can be accessed through the Foreign Travel Advice page.

If you are worried or have any further questions please do visit Student Services where you can talk through your concerns with a Wellbeing Adviser or contact the Student Immigration Service.

Can EU students still access student loans?

EU nationals starting courses in England in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 academic years will remain eligible for financial support from Student Finance England for the duration of their course, as long as they meet the existing residency requirement.

Will EU students still be eligible for 'home fee status'?

EU nationals starting courses in the 2019/20 or 2020/21 academic year will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status', meaning they will be charged the same tuition fees as UK students. They will also be able to access financial support for the duration of their course.

Can EU students access PhD studentships?

In July 2019, the government confirmed that EU nationals coming to the UK for postgraduate studies now have guarantees for funding for studies starting in 2020.

EU students coming to the UK will remain eligible for postgraduate training support from UK Research and Innovation, including PhD studentships, for courses beginning in the 2020/21 academic year.

Will I need Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (CSI)?

The Home Office has confirmed that students who are temporarily in the UK and do not currently hold CSI will be able to continue to study in the UK.

Students will need to have CSI in order to have a right of residence as a student. This has not changed as a result of Brexit. The European health insurance card (EHIC) obtained from a country of residence is acceptable evidence of CSI. Advice on obtaining the EHIC is available from Student Services.

Students who are applying for pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement scheme, do not need CSI.

If your stay is to be permanent, or you are unable to get an EHIC from your country of residence, you will need to obtain separate insurance. Our Student Immigration Service has more information and full details are available from UKCISA. The gov.uk website also has information (see pages 21 onwards).

Will my fees as a current EU student increase?

The University has made a commitment that fees for all current EU undergraduate students (those who started their course in 2017/18 or earlier) will be the same as the UK undergraduate fee for the duration of their course.

EU nationals starting courses in the 2019/20 or 2020/21 academic year will also continue to be eligible for 'home fee status', meaning they will be charged the same tuition fees as UK students. They will also be able to access financial support for the duration of their course.

The government has also stated that EU nationals or their family members currently in higher or further education, and who are eligible to receive loans and/or grants from SFE, will continue to receive these loans and grants until they finish their course. This is also the case for students who started their course in the 2018/19 academic year.

What will Bath's fees for EU students in 2019/20 be?

EU students starting programmes of study at the University in 2019/20 or 2020/21 will be eligible for home fee status and student finance. This entitlement will remain in place for the duration of their course.

UKCISA have also issued further advice on post-Brexit rules including information for those intending to study in the UK in the future.

The University of Bath's fees for EU students who begin their studies after the 2020/21 academic year will be dependent on multiple factors including the final Brexit agreement. Updates will be posted on the Student Funding pages.

I'm a non-EEA national. Will Brexit have any effect on me?

On 21 June 2018, a Statement of Intent on the EU Settlement Scheme was published by the Home Office.

This Statement highlights the agreement reached with the EU guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens living in the UK and of UK nationals living in the EU.

EU citizens living in the UK, along with their family members, will be able to stay and continue their lives, with the same access to work, study, benefits and public services that they enjoy now. Existing close family members living overseas will be able to join them here in future.

The EU Settlement Scheme public test phase will be open to most students from 21 January 2019. You will find more detail on the Student Immigration Service webpages.

If you are an EU citizen in the UK, we strongly encourage you to sign-up for email updates from the Government.

Updates will be posted to this page when they are available.

How will a no-deal Brexit impact on immigration to the UK?

More information can be found on the regularly updated Student Immigration Service webpage.

What impact will a no-deal Brexit have on fees?

Regardless of the final decision around how the UK leaves the EU, EU students starting programmes of the study at the University in 2019/20 or 2020/21 will be eligible for home fee status and student finance in the same way as now, in line with the government announcement on the subject.

This entitlement will remain in place for the duration of the course.

Where can I get advice and support around Brexit?

If you are worried or have any questions please visit Student Services where you can talk through your concerns with a Wellbeing Adviser or you can contact the Student Immigration Service.

Please contact the Student Immigration Service for any immigration-related queries.

The SU's Advice and Support Centre can also help support and advise you during this process.

How will Brexit affect Erasmus+ programmes?

Students from UK universities currently participating in Erasmus+, including those taking part this academic year, are not expected to be affected by Brexit.

The joint report on progress during phase 1 of negotiations, states that following withdrawal from the Union, the UK will continue to participate in Union programmes financed by the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014 - 2020, including the Erasmus+ programme.

In July 2018, the UK government extended the underwrite guarantee for certain EU programmes, including Erasmus+, covering funding applied for after the UK's exit until the end of 2020, provided that the terms under which UK organisations could be eligible for post-exit participation are agreed. This agreement of post-exit terms will form part of Brexit negotiations, and will be dependent on what decisions are reached there.

In the event that the UK leaves the EU with no agreement in place, the government’s underwrite guarantee will cover the payment of awards to UK applicants for all successful Erasmus+ bids submitted before the UK exits the EU.

Future participation in Erasmus+ will be decided as part of future partnership negotiations.

More information can be found on the Erasmus+ website.

What is the EU Settlement Scheme?

You can find more advice on the EU settlement scheme, including how to apply for it and what support is available in making an application, on the EU Settlement scheme pages.

Should I travel on or around the 31st October?

You can find frequently updated travel advice on the Student Immigration Service's Advice Pages.

Will I still be able to access healthcare?

You can find advice on accessing healthcare on the Student Immigration Service's Advice Pages.