Support for students
We have listed the most common questions about Brexit and studying at Imperial below. If you have further questions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
FAQs for Students
I am a student from the EU/EEA. What does Brexit mean for my place at Imperial?
Your right to study in the UK won’t change as a result of Brexit. The government has confirmed that this will also apply to next year’s intake of students (2019/20). The government has stated it intends to continue to allow UK and EU/EEA citizens to travel to each other's countries to study and to work.
Will my tuition fees change as a result of Brexit?
The tuition fee status will not change for current EU/EEA students attending UK universities or for those coming for courses starting in 2018/19 or in 2019/20. EU/EEA students studying at UK universities will pay the same fees as UK students for the full duration of their course, even if the course finishes after the UK has left the EU. After the agreed transition period, intended to end in December 2020, the fees for EU/EEA students starting courses at UK universities will depend on the outcome of the UK's exit negotiations.
Will I have to get a visa?
If the UK and the EU negotiate a Brexit deal, you will not need a visa if you are arriving before 1 January 2021. If you arrive between 30 March 2019 and 31 December 2020, you’ll need to register, but you will still not need a visa. The government intends to publish proposals on its post-Brexit immigration policy soon. Imperial will keep this site updated as further information becomes available.
Can I still apply for Research Council funding for my PhD?
Yes - EU nationals can still apply for Research Council PhD studentships at UK institutions for the academic year 2019 to 2020.
Can I still receive loans and grants?
There will be no change in the eligibility requirements for existing EU/EEA students to receive loans and/or grants to fund their studies for the full duration of their course. The same will apply to those students starting in 2019/20.
Will my UK degree still be recognised in the EU?
UK degrees are recognised in many countries around the world, and there are a number of agreements between different countries that support this. Some of these are not related to the European Union – for example, the Bologna process, which means that after the UK leaves the EU, most academic qualifications will still be recognised.
Recognition of professional qualifications, such as medicine, is more complicated, but UK universities are hoping that mutual recognition of professional qualifications will continue.
What about Erasmus+ grants and study abroad opportunities?
Students from UK universities currently participating in Erasmus+ are not affected by any change. If you are interested in Erasmus+ programmes, you can and should apply. The UK will be able to participate in Erasmus+ until the end of the programme in 2020. This should allow staff and students to complete mobility periods, and receive funding, through the Erasmus+ programme until the end of the academic year 2019/20. This also applies in the case of a ‘no deal’-Brexit, where the Government would underwrite the EU funding.
The current Erasmus+ programme ends in 2020. Participation in the academic year 2020/21 and beyond will depend on final arrangements agreed between the UK and the EU on the UK’s withdrawal and future participation in EU mobility programmes. Imperial will update students as soon as more information is available.
For undergraduates who commenced a programme at Imperial College in 2017/18 or 2018/19 and might expect to undertake their year abroad in 2020-21 or later, study or work placements abroad will continue to take place as Imperial will continue to facilitate these opportunities. However, the programmes and funding that are available to support these opportunities is yet to be determined.
Can EU/EEA graduates from Imperial still take up job offers in the UK?
Yes. There is no immediate change to the UK’s visa policies, including for EU/EEA citizens already living in the UK and for those who wish to come here.
For those EU/EEA citizens already living in the UK, the UK government reached an agreement with the EU on citizens’ rights, which will come into force if the UK’s withdrawal agreement is approved by both the UK and the EU. You can find out more detail on our staff support page.
The government intends to review the UK’s immigration policy post-Brexit and Imperial will keep students and staff updated as this progresses.
I’m concerned about Brexit. What is Imperial doing?
On the morning of the 2016 Brexit referendum result, Imperial’s President Alice Gast made it clear that “Imperial is, and will remain, a European university.” We have lived up to that – and we will do so, whatever political challenges we may face.
We are working to influence government, officials and politicians in Westminster and Brussels.
- We want continued access to EU programmes supporting excellent research, and guarantees on the rights of EU citizens.
- As the UK reviews its entire immigration system, we are campaigning for visa reforms that will offer easier access for international students and recent graduates.
- We have formed a seed fund to support new European research collaborations and are developing new European partnerships, such as that between Imperial Department of Mathematics and France’s CNRS research agency and Imperial and the Technical University Munich.
Imperial is a European university with global reach. Collaborating across borders with people from different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities is what drives the world’s best universities. It’s why Imperial is the UK’s most international university, and it’s one of reasons we’re among the world’s top ten universities.