Guidance for EU students post-Brexit

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. We continue to welcome students from EU countries and support opportunities for our students to travel to the EU through our study and work abroad programmes.

Funding for EU students

EU students starting university in the 2019/2020 and 2020/21 academic years will have guaranteed home fee status and financial support for the duration of courses in England. This means, if you started your course in September 2019 or January 2020 or you are starting your course in September 2020, you will pay the same fees as UK students throughout your course.

If you are planning to join us from September 2021, you will be part of our international student community. You can find out more information about this here. Our international fees for courses starting in September 2021 will be published in the coming months.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) have issued advice for EU students on Brexit and what it means for students and their family. You can read the latest news on the UKCISA website.

You can find additional information on the Universities UK website.

EU Settlement Scheme now open to students

EU citizens who already live in the UK, or who arrive by 31 December 2020, will be able to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme until 30 June 2021. Those arriving after 23:00 on 31 December will fall under the government's new immigration system, the Student Route. Those EU students already enrolled at the University and are returning to continue their studies, but have not yet applied for the EU Settlement Scheme, will need to arrive to the UK by 31 December in order to apply for pre-settled status and avoid the new immigration rules. You can find out more information on the UKCISA website.

Immigration requirements

If you arrive in the UK before 23:00 on 31 December 2020:
If you are an offer holder from the EU, EEA, or Switzerland you will not be required to apply for a study visa from your home country as long as you arrive in the UK before 23:00 on 31 December 2020. If you arrive before this date you will have the right to study, live and work in the UK as now. It is important that you have applied for the EU Settlement Scheme in order to protect these rights, please see more information above.

If you arrive in the UK after 23:00 on 31 December 2020:
EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens who move to the UK after 23:00 on 31 December 2020 will need to apply through the Student Route. The UK government is introducing a new Student Route visa to replace the current Tier 4 student visa. This new route will be available to apply for from the 5 October 2020 and will apply to students planning to travel to the UK for study commencing in January 2021. More information on this route will be provided and updated on our visa pages as we learn of it.

To help prepare EU students that will need to apply through the Student Route, the UK Government has prepared tailored guidance.

EU students in the UK - How does Brexit affect you?

How does Brexit affect EU students in the UK - those already here, those who come this autumn and those who want to come in the future?

Join the webinar on 25 September 2020 at 17:00-18:00 to answer your questions. It is organised by the3million's Young Europeans Network, a grassroots network of young Europeans.

This webinar has two aims: to inform EU students about their rights and to unite the migration & youth NGO sector in campaigning for students' rights.

Register for the webinar

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My international warm welcome to Derby

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Studying abroad with Erasmus+

We would like to reassure all students that the terms of the withdrawal agreement outline that the UK will continue to participate in the current Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps (ESC) programmes.

The UK Prime Minister has said, “There is no threat to the Erasmus scheme. We will continue to participate. UK students will continue to be able to enjoy the benefits of exchanges with our European friends and partners, just as they will be able to able to come to this country.”

The University of Derby is committed to supporting students to seek opportunities to study or work abroad through our Go Places, Go Further scheme which includes Erasmus+, exchanges with our university partners as well as our International Travel Awards trips, to give students a truly international experience and global outlook.

Find out more about Erasmus+ during the transition period