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FAQs for EU students

This page provides practical advice for current and for prospective students coming from the EU, as well as links to further information.

UCL is a global university through our outlook, people and enduring international partnerships. Our EU staff and students are our first priority in our approach to Brexit, and since the EU referendum result we have been engaging the UK government to protect your rights.

Please also check the Universities UK website for the latest updates.

*NB on implementation period: The UK and EU have in principle agreed “95%” of the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement from the EU. Should the deal enter into force, it will cover an implementation period (or ‘transition period’) period, which will run from the day the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 to 31 December 2020. UCL is monitoring the situation closely and is engaged in contingency planning for the eventuality of a No Deal scenario.

For current EU students 

How will Brexit affect my immigration status?

If you are an EU citizen and you arrived in the UK before the beginning of the implementation period*, (by 29 March 2019), you will be able to apply to live and study in the UK, and once you have been here for five years, you will be able to apply for settled status. You will be able to apply for a temporary residence permit allowing you to complete the five year period. If you do not qualify for settled status you can be granted pre-settled status. Further guidance on applying for settled status can be found on the government website.

For more information see the International Students website.

Will I be able to stay and work in the UK once I have finished my studies?

If you arrive before the end of the implementation period* (before 31 December 2020), you will be able to apply for a temporary residence permit, and once you have been in the UK for 5 years, you can apply for settled status. Both the temporary residence permit and settled status you give you the right to live and work in the UK

For EU citizens arriving after 31 December 2020, the situation is at present unclear. 

Will I have to pay for medical care?

Both the temporary residence permit and settled status give you access to public services, including medical care under the NHS. 

What additional help is available to support the wellbeing of current students?

The resources below are at your disposal if you would like further help and advice in relation to welfare matters.

For prospective EU students 

Are EU students welcome at UCL?

Yes. We have a long tradition of European students and partnerships. We currently have over 4,000 non-UK EU students enrolled at UCL. In the words of Professor Michael Arthur, UCL President and Provost: "We value you enormously – your contribution to UCL life is intrinsic to what the university stands for."

Are EU students welcome in London?

Yes. In the words of Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London: “To the almost one million Europeans living in London ... you are welcome here.” UCL fully endorses this statement.

I want to apply to study at UCL – how will Brexit affect my immigration status?

Starting at UCL in 2018/19 

If you are an EU citizen and you arrive in the UK before the beginning of the implementation period, that is before 29 March 2019, you will be able to apply to live and study in the UK, and once you have been here for five years, you will be able to apply for settled status. If you arrive by 31 December 2020 but do not qualify for settled status you will be eligible for pre-settled status enabling you to stay until you have reached the five-year threshold. All applications must be submitted by 30 June 2021.

For more information see the International Students website.

Starting at UCL in 2019/20 and 2020/21

If you are an EU citizen and you arrive in the UK during the implementation period* (between 29 March 2019–31 December 2020) and you intend to stay in the UK longer than three months, you will be able to apply to live and study in the UK, and once you have been here for five years, you will be able to apply for settled status. 

However, you will need to register through a new Home Office registration scheme

If you arrive by 31 December 2020 but do not qualify for settled status you will be eligible for pre-settled status enabling you to stay until you have reached the five-year threshold. All applications must be submitted by 30 June 2021.

For more information, see the Government policy statement on EU citizens arriving in the UK during the implementation period*. 

Starting at UCL after 2020

The immigration status of EU citizens arriving in the UK after 31 December 2020 is at present unclear. We are working to influence policy in this area and will update and support you as the situation develops.

Further information on immigration issues is available on the International Student Support website

Will my tuition fees rise during my degree programme? Am I eligible for tuition fee loans from the Student Loans Company (SLC)?

Starting at UCL in 2018/19 and 2019/20

If you start on a programme as a home/EU fee student for entry in the academic year 2018/19, you will pay the same tuition fees as UK students, and you will not see any changes to your loan eligibility. This guarantee will apply for the full duration of your enrolment on that specific programme. 

This is subject to any annual increase in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions and the UCL fees schedule.

For more information see the government statements on funding for EU students for 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020.

Starting at UCL 2020/21 or beyond

It has now been agreed that EU citizens who arrive during the implementation period* (29 March 2019–31 December 2020), will retain the same rights as those who arrived before Brexit. 

We hope that this means the government will confirm that students starting in 2020/21 will benefit from the same fees and funding regime, although this is more difficult since it extends beyond the implementation period*. See the Russell Group statement on the draft UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement.

The longer-term implications for EU students who want to apply to study in the UK after the end of the implementation period* will depend on the outcome of the negotiations and what kind of future relationship is agreed between the UK and the EU. 

We are working to influence policy in this area and will update and support you as the situation develops.

Am I eligible for Research Council PhD studentships?

Starting in 2018/19 and 2019/20

EU students starting courses in the academic year 2018/19 and 2019/20 will continue to be eligible for Research Council PhD studentships to help fund their studies for the full duration of their course. For more information see the government statements on funding for EU students for 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020.

Starting in 2020/21 and beyond

We hope that the government will confirm that students starting in 2020/21 will benefit from the same fees and funding regime, although this is more difficult since it extends beyond the implementation period*. See the Russell Group statement on the draft UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement.

The longer-term implications for EU students who want to apply to study in the UK after the end of the implementation period* will depend on the outcome of the negotiations and what kind of future relationship is agreed between the UK and the EU. 

Will I be able to stay and work in the UK once I have finished my studies?

If you arrive before the end of the implementation period* (before 31 December 2020), you will be able to apply for a temporary residence permit, and once you have been in the UK for 5 years, you can apply for settled status. Both the temporary residence permit and settled status you give you the right to live and work in the UK. 

Please note that if you arrive during the implementation period* (between 29 March 2019 and 31 December 2020), you will need to register through a new Home Office registration scheme. For more information, see the Government policy statement on EU citizens arriving in the UK during the implementation period*.

For EU citizens arriving after 31 December 2020, the situation is at present unclear. We will update and support you as the situation develops.  

From 1 July 2021, EU citizens and their family members in the UK must hold or have applied for UK immigration status to be here legally.

Will I have to pay for medical care?

Both the temporary residence permit and settled status give you access to public services, including medical care under the NHS.