Brexit: Updates affecting applicants from the EU

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The UK left the European Union at 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020.

Citizens of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland who were living in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).

If you are not eligible for the Settlement Scheme and are starting a course in the UK after 1 January 2021 you will need to check if you need a UK visa. Many EU students will now require a Student visa.

You do not need a visa to study in the UK for courses up to six months, as long as you are studying at an accredited institution; this includes English language courses.

For courses starting on or after the 1 August 2021, you will be eligible for student finance if you have citizens’ rights (or if you are an Irish citizen covered by the Common Travel Area arrangement). If you do not have citizens’ rights, you will not be eligible for student finance.

*Information provided by Universities UK and the British Council in their Studying in the UK FAQ. If you'd like to know more, students are encouraged to visit the UK Government website, UKCISA website and Settled website. You can also find out more by reading our FAQ's below: