Brexit: updates for new Undergraduate and Postgraduate applicants from the EU

Information for new undergraduate and postgraduate applicants from the EU

Student funding

The Scottish Government has confirmed that for EU domiciled students who will commence their studies in Scotland in Academic Year 2020/21, existing funding arrangements will apply during the intended length of the students' studies. This is regardless of whether the UK Government secures a deal to leave the EU or not, and still applies even were the UK to exit the EU without a deal.

For undergraduate applicants this means:

  • Nationals from the EU27 member states starting in September 2019 or September 2020 can still (subject to eligibility criteria) apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland to have the cost of their tuition fees paid on their behalf for each year of their studies. 

For postgraduate applicants this means:

  • Nationals from the EU27 member states starting any time up to 31 July 2021 inclusive (subject to eligibility criteria) will continue to pay the same tuition fee rate as Scottish domiciled students during the intended length of their studies and for taught Masters level courses may be eligible for a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. They will also continue to pay the same tuition fee rate as Scottish domiciled students during the intended length of their studies.

Find out more about undergraduate and postgraduate fees for EU students.

Immigration

Whilst the UK remains a member of the EU, the immigration status of current EU students does not change. Please see the information for current students of any implications should the UK leave the EU after your studies have commenced.

In the event of the UK leaving the EU with a deal prior to students commencing their studies:

  • Any Withdrawal Agreement will include an agreement on citizens' rights during a transitional/implementation period from the day after the UK leaves the EU. This is a period of time (likely to continue until 31 December 2020, but which can be extended) during which EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens can come to, or remain in, the UK on the same basis as they can now. 
    • If your studies will end after the end of any transition period (i.e. 31 December 2020) or you wish to remain in the UK beyond this point for any other reason you will need to apply by 30 June 2021 for immigration permission in the UK under a scheme designed by the UK government known as the EU Settlement Scheme. You will need to do this if they wish to remain in the UK after the end of the transitional/implementation period, or otherwise apply under another category of the immigration rules.

In the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal prior to students commencing their studies:

  • The UK government has said than EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens can continue to enter the UK after a no-deal Brexit using a valid passport or national identity card (although non-EU EEA citizens will not be able to use a national identity card in a 'no-deal' scenario). You will be permitted to enter the UK, as currently, for up to three months (at no cost). Study and work will be permitted during this period.
  • Where EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens entering the UK the day after the UK leaves the EU without a deal AND wishing to stay beyond an initial three month period, you will be required to make an online application for 'European Temporary Leave to Remain'. If this application is successful, you will get immigration permission ('limited leave') for a period of three years. This leave cannot be extended, will not lead to indefinite leave to remain (ILR) or lead to status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
  • If you wish to stay in the UK after this three-year period you will be required to make an application under the immigration system in place at that time.
  • Non-EEA family members will require a family permit to enter the UK.

Should you require any guidance or have any questions our Visa and International Support team is here to help. Please email internationalsupport@napier.ac.uk

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