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Brexit information for students

At UAL we are committed to all of our current and prospective students, including those from the European Union (EU). We value our place in the European cultural environment and believe that knowledge and scholarship are borderless.

"I am convinced that UAL can continue to thrive following any Brexit outcome, because the world needs creativity. We are outward-looking, entrepreneurial and fundamentally optimistic.

Our close partnerships and friendships in many countries will help us to maintain that outlook over the coming years. Above all, we know there is huge need across the world for the British art and design school way of teaching."

Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor

Brexit: UAL and the European Union

The UK's membership of the European Union (EU) enabled students and staff from across the EU to come to UAL to study, practice, research, collaborate, teach and more.

In the UK referendum of June 2016, the country voted in favour of leaving the EU - this process is referred to as 'Brexit'. At 11pm on Friday 31 January 2020, the UK legally came out of the EU.

Despite this, very little will change immediately. The UK enters an 11-month period, known as the 'transition period', which will keep us bound to the EU's rules.

Over the upcoming weeks and months, we will carefully monitor the situation and ensure staff and students are regularly updated of any changes which could affect them.

Read our statement in full.

EU Settlement Scheme 

With the UK having left the EU, it is expected that EU nationals and their families will need to have evidence of their rights to be in the UK within a specific period of time.

UAL is encouraging its students who are EU nationals, or family members of EU nationals, to apply under the UK Home Office EU Settlement Scheme, to ensure they can meet any future requirements.

Current students

EU, EEA and Swiss students

The immigration status of all current EU, EEA and Swiss students, along with fee status and access to student loans, has not changed as a result of the UK's decision to leave the EU. This will remain the case until the UK government decides otherwise.

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. Settled status gives you the right to live and work in the UK and give you access to public services, including medical care under the National Health Service (NHS).

The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021 if a withdrawal agreement is reached or 31 December 2020 if the UK exits the EU without a deal. Please see further guidance provided by the UK government.

Check out the current student section of our Brexit FAQs (PDF 220KB).

UK and international students

If you’re travelling overseas during the period of withdrawal or after the UK leaves the EU, please follow government guidance on GOV.UK.

Check out the current student section of our Brexit FAQs (PDF 220KB).

Prospective EU students

‘EU students’ within this section is a broad phrase which may or may not apply to a specific individual’s circumstances. Please note that this information is subject to change due to government announcements, and we would always recommend you obtain advice specific to your own personal circumstances via our Student Advice team.

Travelling to the UK for your studies

At the present time, EU, EEA and Swiss nationals living or arriving in the UK before 31 December 2020 can apply to live and study in the UK via the Settlement Scheme.

All new arrivals to the UK from 1 January 2021 will be subject to the new immigration system, of which further details are still awaited. We will publish further information on this webpage as soon as it is possible to do so.

Fees and funding

Eligible students enrolling on their programme who are assessed as 'Home' or 'EU' fee-payers this coming academic year (2020/2021), will pay the same tuition fees and will not see any changes to their loan eligibility, as a result of UK government guarantees. The government has issued reassurances that the guarantee applies for the full duration of enrolment on that specific programme and this will apply regardless of the nature of Brexit.

Tuition fee and student loan arrangements for EU students starting their course from August 2021 onwards (academic year 2021/2022) have now been confirmed by the UK Government. Read the statement from the Minister of State for Universities on gov.uk. Further clarification is still awaited following this general statement, and we will continue to update this webpage with more detailed information as soon as it is possible to do so.

Important deferral information for EU applicants

Tuition fee and student loan arrangements for EU students starting their course from August 2021 onwards (academic year 2021/2022) have now been confirmed by the UK Government. Read the statement from the Minister of State for Universities on gov.uk. Further clarification is still awaited following this general statement, and we will continue to update this webpage with more detailed information as soon as it is possible to do so.

This is very important for you to understand. If you join us in 2020/21 and you are eligible for an EU tuition fee status, you’ll be charged the same tuition fee as Home (UK) students.

If you make a deferral request and join us in the academic year 2021/22 instead, depending on your individual circumstances you may no longer be eligible for the same tuition fee rate as Home (UK) students. This means you will be charged the International tuition fee rate. The International tuition fee rate is considerably higher than the Home/EU rate. Visit our tuition fees page for the latest rates.

In addition, from 2021/22 Student Finance England will no longer offer new enrolling EU students access to its tuition fee loan, as this is connected to the current Home/EU tuition fee rate.

The government has now also confirmed 2021/2022 fee status and loan access for eligible Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland. In general, Irish nationals will be required to meet the same criteria as UK nationals. For further information, please refer to the dedicated FAQs section for Irish citizens.

Read our Student fees and funding page for more information.

If your course allows deferral, you are able to make a deferral request. The same terms as set out in our Admissions Policy 2020/21[PDF 97.1KB] apply. Before making your decision, it’s really important to us that you understand the potential financial implications relating specifically to EU students from 2021.

Check out the prospective student section of our Brexit FAQs (PDF 220KB).

Short term study at UAL - Language Centre, Short Courses, Study Abroad

At the moment, we do not expect Brexit to cause any impact to our Short Courses/Study Abroad/Language Centre EU, EEA and Swiss students. If there are any changes or further announcements from the UK government relating to travelling to and from the UK for short periods of study, we will contact all affected students to update them.

Whatever the outcome of current negotiations, UAL is, and intends to remain, a thriving, cosmopolitan community of artists, scholars and students united in our commitment to delivering world class education in art and design. The departure from the EU does not change this; our staff and students from across the world are as warmly welcome as ever. For further information and guidance please see the UK government’s guide for visiting the UK after Brexit.

Check out the short term study section of our Brexit FAQs (PDF 220KB).

Erasmus+

The UK’s continued access to the Erasmus+ scheme is referenced in the withdrawal agreement. This means, it has been confirmed that the UK will continue to participate in Erasmus+ until the completion of all eligible projects.

Check out the Erasmus+ section of our Brexit FAQs (PDF 220KB).