Official statement and clarifications following the United Kingdom triggering Article 50 to begin the process of leaving the European Union.
Implications of the UK leaving the EU
On 23 June 2016 The United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the European Union and on 29 March 2017, the Prime Minister triggered Article 50 to officially begin the process of leaving. Nothing has changed for our EU students and our participation in the Erasmus+ programme. Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty foresees a two-year negotiation process between the UK and other Member States, during which time the terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union will be decided. In the meantime, this page will address the immediate issues for our EU students, both current and prospective, as developments occur.
Undergraduate and Postgraduate applicants
The Scottish Government has confirmed that for those already enrolled or who will commence their studies in Scotland in Academic Year 2018/9 and 2019/20, existing funding arrangements will apply during the intended length of the students studies.
- For Undergraduate Students this means European Union students can still (subject to residency criteria) apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland to have the cost of their tuition fees paid on their behalf.
- For Postgraduate study, tuition fees which are set by the University for students commencing in September 2019 or before will not be increased for these students above the level payable by Scottish domiciled students for the intended duration of their study and students (subject to residency and course criteria) may be eligible for a Tuition Fee loan of up to £5500.
- Find out more about undergraduate and postgraduate fees for EU students.
Current EU students' immigration status and associated fee status have not changed as a result of the vote. This will remain the case until there are further developments.
Erasmus students and applicants
The University continues to participate in the Erasmus scheme:
- The immigration status of EU students studying in the UK under the Erasmus programme has not changed, and they continue to be eligible for their Erasmus grant until at least as long as we remain a member of the EU and possibly beyond that point.
- The immigration status of UK students studying in the EU and elsewhere under the Erasmus programme has not changed, and they continue to be eligible for their Erasmus grant until at least as long as we remain a member of the EU and possibly beyond that point. The University has confirmed it’s commitment to students undertaking a compulsory period of student mobility with one of our current Erasmus partners in 2019/20 and 2020/21, ensuring that equivalent funding will be in place regardless of the outcome of the UK Government’s negotiations on leaving the European Union.