UK Universities Brexit FAQs for Universities and Students – Universities UK regularly update this page with the latest information available.
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In the wake of the historic referendum in June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union. We recognise this outcome may be a cause for concern for our current and prospective students who are nationals of EU countries. Below we have compiled some frequently asked questions and some sources for further information to keep you up-to-date.
What will happen next?
While it is not yet clear what the full impact of this decision will be, the immediate message is that nothing will change straight away. EU nationals will continue to be charged Home fees for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic year and will still be able to access loans and grants for undergraduate and master’s study from Student Finance England.
Whilst the nature of Britain’s relationship with Europe will face a period of adjustment, this will be a gradual process which is expected to take a minimum of 2 years. In the meantime, the UK remains a member of the EU until negotiations are concluded.
Are EU students still welcome at the University of Bolton?
Yes. Whatever the outcome of the upcoming negotiations, the University of Bolton remains committed to providing outstanding support to all of our students. The University of Bolton has welcomed students from across Europe for many years and has a well-established and thriving community of students from across the world. We remain an outward-looking university, dedicated to supporting our students in their development into global citizens.
I am a current EU national student, how will the referendum affect me?
The Student Loans Company has released a statement confirming that EU students beginning their programmes in in England in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic years, who are eligible for loans and grants under current regulations, will continue to receive them for the courses they are enrolled on. Your fee status will remain unchanged for the duration of your course.
I wish to apply to a programme beginning in the 2018/19 academic year. How will I be affected?
On the 21st of April 2017, the government confirmed that EU nationals wishing to apply to undergraduate and master’s degree programmes for the academic year 2018/19 will still be able to apply for the same loan and grant support through Student Finance England. EU nationals will still be entitled to Home fee status. This support will be available for the duration of the degree programme. For the full details on this announcement, please consult the Student Loans Company website.
I have a place to start University in Autumn 2017, how will I be affected?
As with current EU national students, the UK Government has released a statement confirming that EU students in England and Wales starting courses in September 2017, who are eligible for loans and grants under current regulations, will continue to receive them for the courses they are enrolled on. Your fee status will remain unchanged for the duration of your course.
Will students be able to work in the UK while being a student?
Until the transitionary negotiation period has concluded, the UK remains a part of the European Union and so those who were eligible to work in the UK before the referendum result remain so.
Where can I find further information?
1) Universities UK will be closely monitoring the how Brexit affects students. They will be publishing information here: http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/policy-and-analysis/brexit/Pages/brexit-faqs.aspx
2) Check the GOV.UK website for up-to-date information, including statements by Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science
3) For an easy breakdown of everything you need to know about Brexit (albeit from a UK perspective) the BBC have published a comprehensive guide of everything relating to Brexit so far (2nd August 2017) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-32810887