Brexit 

Posted on 4th October 2019

If you’re an EU students studying in the UK then you may be thinking about how Brexit will impact your stay and studies. 

As negotiations are still being made a lot of things are unfortunately left unclear. In an attempt to understand how Brexit will impact current EU students and EU students who are interested in studying in the UK, AXO have got together, hopefully in simpler terms what the impact could be. As everything is up in the air we advise students to also do their own research and speak Universities which will have more information. 

Current EU students 

As a current EU student studying in the UK then you would have been charged Home fees and still have access to Student Loan Companies. This will continue to be the case until you have finished your degree. 

Applying for an EU Settlement Scheme 

If you have been studying in the UK for 5 years then you are eligible to apply for an EU Settlement Scheme – make sure you do this before 31 December 2020. 

You can still apply if you have not been in the UK for 5 years, your status will be “Pre-settled”, with this you can stay in the UK for 5 years in total and then apply with a Settled status. 

For more information please visit https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/immigration-and-visas/eu-settlement-scheme

What happens if the UK leave with a no-deal Brexit? 

As long as you arrive in the UK before the UK leaves the EU then you will be able to apply for an EU Settlement Scheme. 

EU Citizen interested in studying in the UK after 2020 

The Department of Education is said to increase fees for EU students who will join in 2020, this is because all students who are not UK based will be classed as an International student. 

Unfortunately that is not the only bad news as EU students are said to lose their access to Student Finance loans. Previously EU students were able to take a loan out and gradually pay it back, this made studying a lot easier for students who were not able to pay fees upfront. However post Brexit this will no longer be accessible. 

If you’re interested in studying in Scotland then you will not be charged tuition fees as Scotland has declared that EU students will be charged the same amount as Home students meaning free undergraduate degrees. 

Although there is a lot of uncertainty around Brexit these are some of the statements made by government officials. The new laws and regulations will change however we want to state that all students are welcome in the United Kingdom and here at AXO Student Living. 

Articles used to write this blog

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/apr/28/eu-students-could-face-higher-fees-to-study-in-uk-from-2020 

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/brexit/support-ucl-community/faqs-students

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/immigration-and-visas/eu-settlement-scheme