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.
Brexit and Erasmus+ student mobility grants
It is anticipated that the UK will retain membership in the Erasmsus+ programme until the end of the EU funding cycle (end of 2020/21 academic year). In the event that the UK is withdrawn from the Erasmus+ programme prior to this, the UK Treasury has agreed to underwrite Erasmus+ mobility grants through to 2020/21 for all UK university students undertaking an approved mobility period.
In recognition of the importance of supporting international experiences, and in providing students with certainty as they make decisions about their higher education options, Edinburgh Napier University is pleased to provide further assurances that any students commencing an undergraduate programme with us in September 2019 with a compulsory study abroad element* at on of our current Erasmus partners in academic year 2012/22 will, in the event of the UK no longer being a member of the Erasmus+ scheme or its successor programme, be eligible to receive an Edinburgh Napier-funded student mobility grant broadly equivalent to that offered under the Erasmus+ framework. This would include both EU study mobility and traineeships in year three (2021/22), pursuant to individual programme requirements and eligibility.
* Languages, International Business Management, Digital Media & Interaction Design Global, Creative Computing Global.
Please contact the Global Mobility team for up-to-date information on this at firstname.lastname@example.org