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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.

— Sir Nigel Carrington, UAL Vice-Chancellor, 2008 -21

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.

On 31 January 2020, the UK legally came out of the EU. The UK government has reached an agreement with the EU on a future relationship which took effect from 1 January 2021.

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 by 30 June 2021.

UAL is encouraging its eligible 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

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).

The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021. Please see further guidance provided by the UK government.

If you already hold Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK, you do not need to make an application via the EU Settlement Scheme. However, you may still wish to consider doing so, as the permissible absence duration granted to those individuals with ‘settled’ status is longer than that granted within ILR. For more details, please see further guidance provided by the UK government.

If you have a registration certificate / registration card or a permanent residence certificate / permanent residence card, they will be valid only until 30 June 2021. This is because, you obtained them when the UK was part of the European Union and they were granted under European law. Under the domestic UK immigration law if you want to continue living and work in the UK you must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme or switch into a visa category that allows you to stay in the UK (more info).

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

Travelling to the UK to continue your studies

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals living in the UK before 31 December 2020 must apply to live and study in the UK via the EU Settlement Scheme. Students who were resident in the UK prior to this date but subsequently left the UK (for example, due to the pandemic) may still be eligible to apply as long as they meet the relevant criteria. Please contact our Student Advice team for further advice.

EU, EEA and Swiss students arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021 will need to apply for a Student visa, ahead of arriving in the UK. Please read our guidance on how to apply for a Student visa.

If you have not yet done so, we recommend that you 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 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

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals living in the UK before 31 December 2020 must 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 visa. This includes those students who started their course in autumn 2020 but did not arrive in the UK before 31 December 2020. Please read our guidance on how to apply for a Student visa on our Immigration and Visas page. You may also contact our Student Advice Service for immigration queries.

Fees and funding

Courses starting in 2020/2021

Eligible students enrolling on their programme who are assessed as 'Home' or 'EU' fee-payers in 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.

Courses starting in 2021/2022 or later

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.

On 23 June 2020, the Minister of State for Universities confirmed that 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 means that you will be charged the International tuition fee rate. Visit our tuition fees page for the latest rates.

UAL also offers a range of international and EU scholarships, including UAL EU Transitional Award for eligible EU students starting their studies in 2021/2022 and who have been affected by the immediate impact of Brexit.

The change in tuition fee status will not affect those EU, EEA and Swiss nationals benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who are resident in the UK and meet all eligibility requirements will still be entitled to fees at the UK student rate and to the financial support options available to UK students.

This change 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.

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 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.

In the meantime, Department for Education has published a policy paper for Student finance eligibility: 2021 to 2022 academic year on new eligibility arrangements for home fee status and student finance for the academic year starting 1 August 2021 (originally published on 21 December 2020 and updated on 28 January 2021). You can also read more on the Department for Education FAQ page and on UKCISA Brexit - fees and Student Support page.

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.

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

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals travelling to the UK from 1 January 2021 will be able to enter as a Standard Visitor, either via e-Gates 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. Please read our guidance for short course students and everything you need to know before and after arriving to the UK as a Standard Visitor.

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 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. 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

If you have been living in the UK before 31 December 2020 you can apply and study in the UK via the EU Settlement Scheme. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.


The UK government decided not to seek participation in the new Erasmus+ programme. This means students based at universities in England, Scotland and Wales will not be able to participate in the programme when the first call for funding launches. All existing funding that was already granted to UK universities under the previous Erasmus+ scheme is unaffected.

For UAL this means that funding is available until 31 May 2023 and will continue to work to send and receive students and staff up until this time.

The UK government will soon launch the Turing scheme, providing £100 million in funding for 35,000 students in universities, colleges and schools to go on placements abroad from September 2021. More details about this Scheme are soon to be made available.