UK EU Referendum Vote – Information for Current and Prospective Students

Overview

On 23 June 2016 the UK narrowly voted to leave the European Union (EU).

Following the vote, the University Vice-Chancellor Sir Alan Langlands issued a statement, in which he stressed that:

•    The University will work tirelessly to ensure that students, academics and our wider group of staff from Europe can continue to study and work at Leeds.
•    For at least the next couple of years we do not envisage any material change to the status of current and prospective EU students and staff.  
•    We will work hard to ensure that students and staff who may be affected by the referendum are properly supported at all times and they will be offered advice by the University on a regular basis as the national policy picture becomes clearer.

More generally, Sir Alan stressed that Leeds is an international university in a City that looks outwards; and that our determination to attract and welcome talent from across Europe and around the world is undiminished.

Read the full statement from the Vice-Chancellor

Current situation

As things currently stand, the referendum result alone does not mean there will be any immediate change to the immigration status of current and prospective EU students and staff, nor to the Erasmus+ exchange programme.

The UK’s departure from the EU will not happen overnight – there will be a gradual exit process and negotiations between the UK and other Member States, which have yet to start, could take two years.

We understand that current and prospective students will have important questions, some of which we will only be able to answer as matters become clearer over time.  Key issues are dependent on high level political decision making and the forthcoming exit negotiations.

The University of Leeds will work with partners in higher education to seek clarification on these key issues from Government, the European Commission and other relevant agencies. We will be lobbying hard to secure protection for EU students and staff and aim to seek legislation to ensure no-one is disadvantaged financially if exit from the EU occurs during a course of study.

We are committed to supporting current and prospective EU students with clear and open communications as matters develop and we will update this section of the website regularly.
What we know so far

Current Leeds Students

EU students currently studying at the University of Leeds

Your immigration status and fee status, as well as your access to student loans, have not changed as a result of the vote.

EU Undergraduates
It has been confirmed that EU undergraduate students who are eligible under current rules to receive loans and grants from the Student Loans Company will continue to do so for the whole length of their course.  Your tuition fee will, therefore, also remain at the UK rate and we expect the government to confirm this in legislation.

 The NHS has confirmed that EU students who are eligible under current rules to receive NHS Bursaries from the NHS Business Services Authority will remain eligible for the duration of their current course.   http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Students/5692.aspx
EU students studying in Leeds under the Erasmus programme

Your immigration status has not changed and you continue to be eligible for your Erasmus grant while the UK remains a member of the EU and possibly beyond.

Leeds students studying in the EU and elsewhere under the Erasmus programme

Your immigration status has not changed and you continue to be eligible for your Erasmus grant while the UK remains a member of the EU and possibly beyond.

Visit the Erasmus Plus website

EU Research Students
Students already studying at Leeds or joining in 2016 will receive confirmation direct from their funders but we understand these students will continue on their current funding basis for the duration of their study programme.


Applicants to the University of Leeds

Applicants from outside the EU
There is no change to the immigration status or rules for students from outside the EU.  Non EU students remain subject to TIER 4 visa regulations and have the same ability and opportunity to travel throughout Europe as they did before the referendum result.   

EU Undergraduate applicants
If you have an offer to join the University of Leeds in 2016 there is no immediate change to your immigration status, your fee rate or to your access to UK student financial support.  The Student Loans Company has confirmed that EU undergraduates starting courses in 2016 will have access to the loans for the duration of their study programme.    Read the Student Loan Company’s announcement  Your tuition fee will, therefore, also remain at the UK rate and we expect the government to confirm this in legislation.  We hope this will allow you to plan your UK study with confidence.  We look forward to welcoming you to Leeds in September.

 The NHS has confirmed that EU students who start courses in 2016 will retain any eligibility for NHS bursaries for the duration of their programme.  These bursaries cover the UK rated fee for the 5th year of medical and dental programmes.    http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Students/5692.aspx

EU Undergraduate Applicants for 2017
We recognise you will be making important choices very soon and we are campaigning for clarity from the UK government on what financial support you will be able to access after the UK leaves the EU.  

If you join Leeds in 2017 you will start your course fully entitled to pay UK rated fees. During your study period there may be a legal change to your fee rate.  The University of Leeds, together with other UK universities, is seeking government action and legislation to protect your fee rating for the duration of your course.  

EU students will be eligible for UK student loans until the UK leaves the EU. Universities are campaigning to secure continued access to the loans for all EU students who start courses in 2017.  

We hope this information will give you the reassurance you need to continue with your application, despite full financial details not yet being confirmed.  We will provide regular updates.

EU Masters Applicants for 2016 and 2017 entry
EU students will be treated the same as UK students for the purposes of visa status, tuition fees and the Postgraduate Loan for as long as the UK is a member of the EU.  


Masters Applicants from outside the EU
There is no change to your immigration status, fee rates or your ability to travel in Europe.


EU Research Students applying for 2017 entry.
We expect financial arrangements for future EU research students to be confirmed by each funding organisation when financial packages are publicised in the Autumn.  


While the University endeavours to keep this information as up to date as possible, it cannot be held liable for any inaccuracies. For the latest information from the government, please visit www.gov.uk/


News Updates

Student loan eligibility for EU students – 27 June 2016

It has been confirmed that EU students who are eligible under current rules to receive loans and grants from the Student Loans Company will continue to do so for courses that they are currently enrolled on or about to start this coming year. Read the Student Loan Company’s announcement

Page last updated 13 July 2016