Frequently Asked Questions following the outcome of the EU referendum from prospective EU students applying, or holding offers, for undergraduate degree courses at Sussex for entry in September 2017
The UK government triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on 29 March 2017, formally signalling its intent to leave the EU. It is important to remember that the negotiation process is expected to take up to two years, meaning the UK is likely to leave the EU in 2019.
The government has announced that EU students applying for a place at an English university in 2017/18 will be eligible for student loans and grants – and will continue to be for the duration of their course.
Although the UK has voted to leave the European Union (EU), there are no immediate changes for students who want to come and study with us at the University of Sussex. Sussex and the city of Brighton is the same friendly, multicultural place it has always been.
We are pleased to confirm that all EU students (undergraduate, Masters and PhD) who are already studying at Sussex, who have an offer to study at Sussex, or who apply in the 2017 cycle to start their studies in September 2017, will continue to be charged the UK (Home) fee rate for the duration of their course. Please note the UK (Home) fee rate may be subject to annual increases for inflation.
The University of Sussex is an active partner in working together with Universities UK, the British Council and the UK Government to ensure that international students from all around the world continue to have the opportunity to experience some of the best education in the world.
Sussex undergraduates from the EU who gain a first or upper second-class degree will continue to qualify for a scholarship to study for a Masters at Sussex. Find out more about the Sussex Graduate Scholarships.
Students from the EU, and from around the world, are a valued and important part of our campus community. One in four of our students and one in three of our academic staff are non-UK. We are doing all that we can to ensure that they can continue to work and study with us and we will be keeping people updated on any developments.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Will EU students still be able to study at Sussex?
The UK government has confirmed that EU students applying to courses starting in 2017/18 will not see any changes to their loan eligibility or fee status.
This guarantee will apply for the full duration of the course, even if the course finishes after the UK has left the EU. Similar reassurances are being sought for EU students who want to apply for courses at Sussex and other UK universities that start in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years.
The longer-term implications for EU students who want to apply to study at Sussex after the UK has left the EU will depend on the outcome of the negotiations and what kind of future relationship is agreed between the UK and the EU.
- As an EU student starting undergraduate studies in September 2017, will I pay the same tuition fees?
Yes, you will still be charged the Home (UK & EU) tuition fee rate, which is £9,250 for 2017/18.
This fee is set by the University, but is subject to UK Government confirmation and to satisfying the Teaching Excellence Framework. See our terms and conditions for undergraduate students 2017/18.
We expect that fees will increase in subsequent academic years as the Government reviews the fee levels.
All eligible EU students starting in September 2017 will pay the Home (UK & EU) tuition fee for the duration of their degree course. This advice is based on the announcement on 11 October 2016 from the Department for Education that student loans to EU students starting in September 2017 will be available for the duration of their degree course.
- Can I still apply for a student loan through the Student Loans Company?
Yes. If you are starting in September 2017 you can apply for and, if eligible, will receive student loans. The criteria for eligibility for loans have not changed since the referendum. The Student Loans Company has confirmed that, once loans are approved, they will continue to be available for the duration of your degree.
The UK government is being urged to extend this guarantee to include EU students beginning courses in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years.
- I want to defer my undergraduate studies to September 2018. Does the EU referendum change fees, or my access to student loans?
If you are holding an offer for September 2017 entry you should consider the position carefully before deferring your entry to September 2018. This is due to the uncertainty about future fee rates under UK law, and the position on access to loans available from the Student Loans Company for new EU students starting their studies in September 2018.
The UK government is being urged to guarantee that EU students beginning courses in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years will be eligible for tuition fee loans and for “home” fee status for the duration of their study.
We will update our website as further information becomes available.
- Can I still apply for Sussex Scholarships?
Yes, you are still eligible for the same Sussex Scholarships as you were before the EU referendum.
In 2015, we extended our Sussex Excellence Scholarships to include EU and other international qualifications and continue our commitment to support gifted and talented students from across the world to study at Sussex. In addition we have a range of postgraduate scholarships to support your further study after graduation.
If you are interested in Masters study, visit our Masters scholarships pages.
- As an EU student, will I need a visa to study in the UK in 2017/18?
No, you do not currently need a visa to study at Sussex. We do not envisage rules regarding visas for EU nationals changing for at least two years.
- Will I be safe in the UK as an EU student?
The UK is a safe place with low levels of crime. You can read the British Council's Creating Confidence guide for information on staying safe in the UK as an international student.
As an EU student, you are a valued and important part of our campus community. One in four of our students and one in three of our academic staff are from countries outside of the UK.
The University of Sussex campus and the city of Brighton & Hove are very safe places. With the overwhelming majority of residents (69%) voting in favour of remaining in the EU in the recent referendum, the city and its universities remain diverse communities that welcome all nationalities.
- What additional help are you offering EU students?
By studying at Sussex, you will be joining a supportive community of students and staff from over 140 countries.
Our team of International Student Advisers will answer your questions, guide you through the application process, welcome you when you arrive and support you during your time at Sussex.
We also provide general support and advice on living in the UK. This includes:
- a meet-and-greet service at Heathrow and Gatwick airports during arrivals weekend in September
- a coach service from Heathrow airport to campus, which you can book in advance
- events for international students as part of the University's induction programme
- social events and day trips to places in the UK
- international student information sessions
- support with personal and academic issues through our Student Life Centre on campus
- a Buddy Scheme you can get involved in.
Contact our International Student Support team on:
+44 (0)1273 678422
- I will be starting my second year of study as an EU student in 2017/18. Will I carry on paying Home (UK & EU) tuition fees?
Yes, you will continue paying tuition fees at the Home (UK & EU) rate, which is £9,250 for 2017/18. There is no immediate change to your immigration status and associated fees as a result of the EU referendum. This will remain the case for the duration of your course.
You will continue to receive student loans and grants from the Student Loans Company (SLC) until you complete your degree course. This has been confirmed by the Department for Education, and applies to EU nationals or their family members, who are currently in higher education, and who have been assessed as eligible to receive loans and/or grants from the SLC.
It covers all student finance from the SLC for students in England for which EU nationals are eligible, including:
- tuition fee loans (for those resident in the European Economic Area (EEA) for three years)
- maintenance loans and grants (limited to those resident in the UK for at least three years)
- some other grants and allowances.
- I am already a student at Sussex. Is there any more information available on the impact of the EU referendum?