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Brexit information for current students

We are committed to supporting our European students at Nottingham and will continue to provide a truly global experience for all of our students after Brexit.

This information is provided for students who are already studying at the University of Nottingham's UK campuses at the time the UK leaves the European Union. If you have applied or are considering applying to study at Nottingham after Brexit, please refer to our Brexit information for future students.

Disclaimer: This webpage was most recently updated on 29 May 2019. The information below was correct to the best of our knowledge at this time, but is subject to change.

Fees and funding

Students from the European Union (classed as EU for fee purposes) who have already commenced their studies in the UK will continue to have access to the existing fees and funding opportunities for the full duration of their course.

This includes:

The UK government has confirmed that this will also apply to new students beginning courses in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years. 

Immigration regulations

European students

The UK government has confirmed that EU citizens and their family members who are already lawfully residing in the UK can continue to access in-country services and entitlements – including healthcare, education and benefits – after the UK leaves the EU (either with or without a withdrawal agreement), until December 2020, or possibly July 2021 if an exit deal is agreed.

On this basis, we anticipate that EU students will not need a visa in order to prove their right to study or work, or to access healthcare or accommodation, until after 31 December 2020. See below regarding your travel rights.

Whether there is an exit deal or not, EU citizens who are already resident here can apply for the EU Settlement Scheme in order to protect these rights beyond December 2020. The situation for students arriving after Brexit is not yet clear, but there is some limited information on the UK government website and we will update our Brexit information for future students page when we have more information.

The UK's new EU Settlement Scheme allows citizens of the EU, EEA and Switzerland to apply for 'settled' or 'pre-settled' status, depending on how long they have been resident in the UK, and retain their immigration permissions after Brexit. See our EU Settlement Scheme webpage for guidance on how to apply:

Find out more about the EU Settlement Scheme and how to apply

Irish students

The rights of Irish citizens residing in the UK are protected after the UK leaves the EU under the UK-Ireland Common Travel Area arrangements. This means that Irish citizens do not need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

International students

The UK's withdrawal from the EU does not affect the status of non-EEA citizens in the UK, such as international students studying on a Tier 4 student visa.

Find out more

The University of Nottingham's Visa and Immigration team is hosting EU Brexit information talks for students affected by these changes. The next talk is scheduled for May 2019 and more information will be circulated directly to our students by email.

You can also contact the Visa and Immigration team by email, telephone or attend one of their drop-in sessions.

Contacting the Visa and Immigration team

Entering and exiting the UK

If a withdrawal agreement or 'deal' is reached between the UK government and the EU, there will be a transition period until December 2020 when travel permissions will remain broadly the same for EU citizens, entering the UK using a passport or a valid ID card. You will not need a visa before travelling.

If no deal is made with the EU, temporary transitional arrangements will continue to apply for some time to provide continuity and a 'frictionless border'. This means that flights will continue to run between the UK and the EU, and that citizens of the EU, EEA or Switzerland will still be able to enter the UK without needing to pre-apply for a visa.

Therefore our general advice is that your travel plans (eg over the University holidays) should not be affected and that there are unlikely to be many changes to travel procedures until December 2020. However, it may be a good idea to be prepared for any practical disruption around the date when the UK leaves the EU by keeping updated with travel alerts.

More detail on the future for free movement in the case of a no deal can be found on the UK government website.

Studying abroad during your Nottingham degree course

The University of Nottingham believes that student mobility is essential to the global experience we offer our students, and we will continue to provide opportunities to study and work abroad during our courses, at partner universities across Europe and the globe. 

The University has made a commitment to continue providing outgoing student mobility and exchange programmes through the Erasmus+ scheme until the 2021/22 academic year, regardless of whether Erasmus+ funding from the UK government continues beyond Brexit.

Find out more about Brexit's impact on study abroad opportunities

International Office

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