Brexit information for students

Advice for EU/EEA nationals (including Irish Citizens) and their families about Brexit.

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The implications of Brexit for you will depend on when you'll be arriving in the UK if you are not already here.

The Home Office said the following in their Statement of Intent with regards to Brexit:

"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. In order to do so, EU citizens will need to apply for settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme."

On 28 October the EU agreed to a flexible extension to the Brexit deadline until 31 January 2020. If a deal is agreed into law before 31 January 2020 the UK could leave the EU at an earlier date. 

The government has confirmed that a snap general election will take place on 12 December 2019. The election result could have an impact on the UK's exit from the EU and we will regularly provide updates as they become available. 

If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, EU/EEA students currently studying in the UK and their eligible family members can opt to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme and will have until 30 June 2021 (unless there is a no-deal) to make their application. 

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, EU/EEA students and their eligible family members living in the UK before the day the UK exits (currently 31 January 2020) will have until 31 December 2020 to apply to the Settlement scheme. 

Support and advice

We provide help and information for current and prospective students, as well as their families on what the UK's exit from the EU could mean. 

The Immigration Advisory Service (IAS) has scheduled Brexit briefing sessions for EU/EEA students and you can  book onto one of those sessions via the following weblink; Brexit briefing for EU/EEA students

IAS are also now offering appointments to help students to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme - you can book on to an available appointment the online booking form

EU/EEA students can also contact IAS with any questions they have about Brexit.

Current Goldsmiths Students

If you are a current EU national with a biometric passport or a non-EU family member of an EU national and have a biometric residence permit (pink BRP card), you can now apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

It is recommended that you do apply and obtain either pre-settled or settled status. The deadline to do so will be by the 30 June 2021, or if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the 31 December 2020.

How to apply 

To apply to the EU Settlement scheme you can use the identity (ID) app (available on android and iPhone devices) to confirm your identity and then complete an application online or you can upload your documents via an application centre and complete the application online. 

You can find out where to scan your ID documents for the EU Settlement scheme via the gov.uk website. 

Study Abroad/Erasmus

Leaving the EU with a Withdrawal Agreement ('Deal')

If the UK exits the EU with a 'deal' then it will continue to participate in Erasmus+ until the end of the current cycle in 2020. EU funding for UK participants and projects will be unaffected for the entire lifetime of projects, including those that extend beyond 2020.

Leaving the UK without an agreement ('No deal')

If the UK exits the EU without a deal, the UK will hold discussions with the European Commission in order to try and secure the UK's continued participation in the Erasmus+ scheme until 2020.

There are then various options to explore for the UK's continued participation, such as programme country status (1), partner country status (2) or another arrangement.

  1. Currently, the only countries which have Programme Country Status, are EU member states, candidate countries for accession to the Union and those European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries which form part of the European Economic Area (EEA). This includes Iceland, Norway, Serbia, Turkey, Liechtenstein, and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

  2. See the European Commission’s list of Partner Country Regions for more information.

There is also useful information directly on the European Commission website.

Prospective Goldsmiths students

If there is a Brexit deal

If the UK Government does reach a deal, then as an EU/EEA national and your eligible family members will be able to enter the UK until the end of the transitional period, which is currently 31 December 2020. You can then apply under the EU Settlement Scheme to remain living in the UK beyond 30 December 2020.

If there is no Brexit deal

If there is no deal reached between the UK and the EU, then the Settlement Scheme will apply more restrictively and will only open to you if you are resident in the UK before 11pm on the official Brexit date.

If you arrive in the UK after the Brexit date, you will be granted temporary entry for up to 3 months and if you plan to stay beyond that, you will need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain, which will then be valid for up to 36 months.

A new immigration system will be introduced from January 2021 which you would then need to apply for to remain living in the UK beyond the 36-month visa.

Family Member of EU nationals

Currently, your family members who are EU nationals already living in the UK prior to the official Brexit date can apply via the EU Settlement Scheme.

In the event of a no-deal, non-EU family members who wish to accompany an EU citizen to the UK after the Brexit date will need to apply in advance for a family permit. Information on how to do this will be published in due course.

For more information about parents, guardians, families and friends please read UKCISA's advice on how Brexit may affect the family members of EU/EEA students and their family members

Irish Citizens

If you are an Irish national, Brexit will not change your status as Irish people are automatically deemed to hold settled status in the UK, so you are not required to do anything in preparation for Brexit.

However, you can continue to apply for British citizenship if you meet the requirements. In particular, you must not have been absent from the UK for more than 450 days in the five year period before you apply, or 90 days in the year immediately before the application.

Comprehensive sickness insurance (CSI)

Those applying under the EU Settlement Scheme will not be required to show that they held comprehensive sickness insurance during their time in the UK.

For more information about healthcare please read UKCISA's advise on healthcare while studying in the UK

Tuition Fees

Courses beginning in 2019 and 2020 

The UK government has confirmed that students from the EU (classed as EU for fee purposes) who begin courses in the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic years will continue to have access to the same fees and funding options as before, for the full duration of their course of study. 

This commitment has been made regardless if the UK exits from the EU with or without a deal. 

Courses beginning after 2021

Currently, the status and level of fees and funding for EU students who will start their courses in the 2021/2022 academic year and beyond has not yet been confirmed. We will provide an update once further information becomes available from the UK government.

Further information

Further information can be found:

  • Gov.uk provides information for EU staff and students from the UK government
  • Universities UK (UUK) is the Higher Education sector’s representative body with guidance for university staff and students

This page was last updated on 02 December 2019.