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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

UAL and Brexit

The UK referendum of June 2016 resulted in a vote in favour of leaving the European Union (EU) - this process has been referred to as 'Brexit'. Currently, UK membership enables students and staff from across the EU to come to UAL to study, practice, research, collaborate, teach, and more. While the UK government is still negotiating an exit agreement with the EU, there are no immediate changes to that situation. Once a withdrawal agreement is in place, a 'transition period' (currently until December 2020) is expected to follow.

As we appreciate, there is on-going uncertainty due to the extension dates, and continuing developments within the UK government’s approach, as soon as further information is made available we will publish it here. The information below is correct at the time of writing on the basis of current government policy.

Reviewed and updated: 6 June 2019

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 960KB).

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 960KB).

Prospective EU students

We currently have students from over 130 countries studying with us as part of our internationally-diverse community, with around 3,000 students from the EU making up 15% of the student body. We understand that our prospective students, applicants and offer holders have many questions surrounding Brexit, which our FAQs aim to address; and further guidance is also available within the resources section below.

Travelling to the UK for your studies

At the present time, EU, EEA and Swiss nationals living or arriving in the UK before Brexit can apply to live and study in the UK via the Settlement Scheme. Those arriving in the country after the UK has departed the EU, the date of which is yet uncertain, will still be able to arrive in the UK without a visa. However, new arrivals will need to register through either the Settlement Scheme or a new European Temporary Leave to Remain scheme, dependent on the manner of the UK’s exit.

Fees and funding

Students enrolling on their programme with “Home/EU” fee status this academic year (2019/2020), will pay the same tuition fees and will not see any changes to loan eligibility. The UK government has issued reassurances that this applies for the full duration of your enrolment on that specific programme, regardless of the nature of Brexit.

The UK government has just announced a further guarantee for the 2020/2021 academic year, meaning all eligible EU students will continue to benefit from “Home/EU” fee status and access to financial support. The government has again confirmed this will apply for the full duration of the specific programme enrolled upon for the 2020/21 academic year, and will apply regardless of the nature of Brexit. See the website for more details.

Check out the prospective student section of our Brexit FAQs (PDF 960KB).

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

At the present 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 will 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 960KB).


The UK’s continued access to the Erasmus+ scheme is referenced in the withdrawal agreement. This means, if the UK leaves the European Union with the withdrawal agreement deal in place, it has been confirmed that the UK will continue to participate in Erasmus+ until the end of 2020, and students could receive Erasmus+ funding for study exchange and traineeships until the end of the 2020/21 academic year.

Check out the Erasmus+ section of our Brexit FAQs (PDF 960KB).