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.
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.
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.
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 need 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).
Travelling to the UK to continue 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 EU Settlement Scheme.
EU, EEA and Swiss students arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021 will need to apply for a Student route visa. We will publish further information about the new Student route visa on this page as soon as it is possible to do so.
If you have not yet done so, we recommend that you should apply for the EU Settlement Scheme as soon as possible. Please read our guidance on Applying to the EU Settlement Scheme and you can also contact our Student Advice team for further advice.
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.
EU, EEA and Swiss students arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021 will need to apply for a Student route visa. This includes those students who will begin their course in autumn 2020 but may not arrive in the UK before 31 December 2020. We will publish further information about the new Student route visa on this page as soon as it is possible to do so. You may also contact our Student Advice Service for immigration queries.
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, EEA and Swiss students starting their course from August 2021 onwards (academic year 2021/2022) have now been confirmed by the UK Government.
EU, EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status, undergraduate, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in academic year 2021/2022.
This change will not affect those EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. It will also not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement.
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 tuition fee rate. Government guidance on Student Finance currently states that if you’re starting a course on or after 1 August 2021, you must have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to get student finance. Please also bear in mind that the UK government has not yet confirmed the new statutory regulations and there may be other additional eligibility requirements to access student finance. When we receive further clarification from the UK government we will update this page with more guidance as soon as it is possible to do so. Please check the government student finance pages regularly for further updates.
The government has 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 and Exchanges
Under the UK’s new immigration system, EU, EEA and Swiss nationals travelling to the UK from 1 January 2021 will be able to enter as a Standard Visitor, either via the e-Gate or by seeing an immigration officer at the border. This type of visa will permit you to enter and study in the UK for up to 6 months. For further guidance please see The UK’s points-based immigration system: information for EU citizens and The UK's points-based immigration system: an introduction for EU visitors.
As an EU, EEA and Swiss national who is not Irish, if you enter the UK from the Republic of Ireland (this country is not part of the UK) there will be different immigration restrictions for visiting the UK. You will only be able to stay and study in the UK for up to 3 months from the date of entry. Thus, if your course is longer than 3 months, please ensure that you use an alternative route to travel to the UK. Find out more on Gov.uk.
If you are currently living or arriving in the UK before 31 December 2020 you can apply and study in the UK via the EU Settlement Scheme.
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).