What does Brexit mean for current and prospective students?

Though much is still uncertain about the UK’s exit from the European Union, we’ve pulled together some FAQs which we hope will help EU residents thinking of studying at UCFB make an informed choice on their decision to study in the UK. The information below is based on the official UK Government policy and will be useful for existing EU students studying at UCFB.

This page is being updated all of the time, so please check back regularly if you’re question hasn’t been answered. Alternatively, please feel free to contact international@ucfb.com with your inquiry.

This information should also be useful for existing EU students studying at UCFB.

EU Settlement Scheme+

The UK Government has confirmed that all EU nationals will be asked to register under the EU Settlement Scheme to have their status confirmed and to have the opportunity to continue living in the UK (this includes students):

  • EU nationals who already live in the UK, or who arrive by 31 December 2020, will be able to apply for either settled status or pre-settled status.
  • The settled status refers to those EU nationals who by date of their application to Home Office have lived continuously in the UK for at least five years. In the case of students who have done a study abroad programme, or short study course for up to 12 months as a part of their studies, that time will qualify as continuous living in the UK. This status is similar to the indefinite leave to remain (ILR) for non-EU nationals. Having the settled status will enable EU nationals to live, work and study in the UK for as long as they like and at some point, they will be able to apply for UK citizenship. Should they wish to leave the UK, they will be able to return within five years and not lose their rights.
  • The pre-settled status refers to those EU nationals who by date of their application to Home Office have lived in the UK for less than five years. Should they wish to leave the UK they will be able to return within two years and not lose their pre-settled status. However, their continuous living time will reset and they will have to start again to accrue the years to get to the five years settled status. The pre-settled status will allow the EU nationals to continue living in the UK and at some point allow them to meet the five-year residency requirement needed to apply for settled status. This status is similar to the limited leave to remain for non-EU nationals.

Click here for further details on the official UK government position

Will the tuition fees change for students from the EU?+

The UK Government has confirmed that tuition fees for EU students beginning their university degrees in 2019 and 2020 will remain the same.

Click here for the full UK Government statement.

Can I still apply for a student loan?+

EU students starting their studies in the UK in 2019 will be eligible for student funding support (Student Loan) for the duration of their course, even if the UK exits the EU during that period.

Click here for the full UK Government statement.

How will this affect my ability to apply for a scholarship or bursary?+

There will be no change to UCFB’s scholarship policy or your ability to apply for the means tested bursary or a scholarship in the 2019 and 2020 period.

Will I need a visa to study in the UK?+

This is still to be confirmed by the UK Government and will depend on the withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU.

Can I still work in the UK?+

Yes. As an EU citizen, you have the right to work in the UK. The EU Settlement Scheme allows you and your family members to get the immigration status you will need to continue to live, work and study in the UK.

Please refer to the above EU Settlement Scheme tab and the official UK government website for further information.

Will I have to pay for medical care?+

Temporary residence permit status and settled status give you access to public services including the National Health Service (NHS).

Are students welcome in London and Manchester?+

Absolutely yes. UCFB recognises and promotes the important contribution that EU students make to both of our campuses and student life at UCFB.