EU students studying in the UK

The UK may be leaving the EU, but here at Sussex we will always be an international community. Every year we welcome students from across the EU. Our international students make Sussex an interesting and diverse place to study and are a valued part of the Sussex community. Find out how you may be affected if you are an EU student and you want to study at Sussex.

Advice to EU students

The information on this page was last updated on 13 September 2019.

If you're planning to start in the academic year 2019-20 or 2020-21, you will pay fees at the same rate as UK students and you will still be eligible for UK student loans, even in a no deal scenario.

EU students who hold an offer to start at Sussex in the academic year 2019-20, or who are considering applying in the future, can find information on this page about studying in the UK following Brexit. 

The UK Council for International Student Affairs has published the following advice for students on post-Brexit rules and entitlements

Tuition fees

If you're planning to start in the academic year 2019-20 or 2020-21, as an EU student you’ll pay fees at the same rate as UK students during your course, even if the UK leaves the EU before the end of your course. 

Read the UK Government's announcement.

Student loans

If you're planning to start in the academic year 2019-20 or 2020-21, you're still eligible for student loans as an EU student, even if the UK leaves the EU before the end of your course. 

Check if you’re eligible for student loans.

Immigration requirements

If your course starts before 31 December 2020: 
 
If you're an offer holder from the EEA or Switzerland and your course starts before 31 December 2020, whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal, you will not be required to apply for a visa from your home country in order to study in the UK. 

If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, you will have the right to free movement when your course starts. This means you can come to the UK to study, live and work as now. In order to protect your rights after the UK leaves the EU, you will need to make an application under the EU Settlement Scheme after you have arrived in the UK, and before 30 June 2021. The application process is easy and user friendly and there is no fee.  

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, free movement as it currently stands will end at 2300 on 31 October 2019.  EU citizens in the UK on this date have until 31 December 2020 to apply for continued residence under the EU Settlement Scheme.The UK government has recently announced that between 31 October 2019 and 31 December 2020, EU citizens will generally be permitted to move to the UK and live, study, work and access benefits and services as now.

European Temporary Leave to remain

Those wishing to stay beyond 31 December 2020 will need to apply for a UK immigration status granting them permission to stay

There will be a new voluntary immigration scheme – the European Temporary Leave to Remain (Euro TLR) Scheme –to provide a route to apply for this immigration status. This will open after Brexit and applications will involve a simple online process and identity, security and criminality checks.

The current UK policy states : “Successful applicants to the Euro TLR scheme will be granted a period of 36 months’ leave to remain in the UK, running from the date the leave is granted. Successful applicants to the Euro TLR scheme will be granted a period of 36 months’ leave to remain in the UK, running from the date the leave is granted. This will provide EU citizens who move to the UK after exit and their employers with greater confidence and certainty during the transition period, and ensure that they have a secure legal status in the UK before the new immigration system is introduced from January 2021.

EU citizens may choose to use the evidence of this UK leave – in the form of a secure digital status – to establish their entitlements to work and rent property during the transitional period until 31 December 2020. During this period, they will also be able to evidence those rights using their passport or national identity card.”

Find out more information on the Government’s website.

If your course starts after 31 December 2020: 

EU citizens who move to the UK after Brexit or who were here before that date but did not apply for settled/pre-settled status or European Temporary Leave to Remain (Euro TLR), will need to apply through the new immigration system currently under consideration in the UK.

Find out more information on the Government’s website.

We will update these pages as further details become available.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact our International Student Support team

Erasmus + programme

As the UK will be leaving the EU, it seems likely that UK universities will no longer be eligible to be part of the Erasmus+ programme. Therefore, students starting their degree at Sussex from September 2019, will not be able to study abroad in Europe through Erasmus+. The University does, however, expect to continue to welcome EU students to Sussex for a term or a year through bilateral student exchange agreements with European universities. Sussex students would be able to apply to study abroad in Europe through these agreements albeit without Erasmus+ funding being available to them.

Scholarships

If you are an EU student, you may be eligible for one of our undergraduate, Masters or PhD scholarships.

Find a Sussex scholarship.

Support for EU students

We are working with Universities UK, the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA), the British Council and the UK Government to make sure you have the best experience possible.

Contact our Student Funding Team if you have any questions about funding or loans:

Student Funding Team

  • studentlifecentre@sussex.ac.uk
  • Telephone: 01273 872994. Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
  • Address: Student Life Centre, Bramber House, University of Sussex campus.

Living in the UK

At Sussex, you'll join a community of students and staff from more than 140 countries, with one in four of our students from countries outside of the UK.

Brighton & Hove (just ten minutes from campus by train) is also a friendly, multicultural city with low levels of crime and a large student population.

Contact our International Student Support Team for advice on studying in the UK.

International Student Support team

  • international.support@sussex.ac.uk   
  • Telephone: +44 (0)1273 678422. Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
  • Address: International Student Support, Bramber House, University of Sussex campus. Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.
The diversity of international students and activities made me want to study at Sussex.” Julie Lao
Technology and Innovation Management MSc

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