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 20 December 2019.
Given that the Conservative Party increased their majority in the recent General Election, it is likely that the UK will leave the EU with a deal on 31 January 2020. This means EU law will remain in place during a transitional period at least until 31 December 2020.
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.
This information was correct at the time of writing. Please check regularly for the most up-to-date information.
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.
The fee arrangements for EU students intending to start their degree in 2021/22 academic year are yet to be announced.
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.
The implications depend on when you arrived, or will arrive, in the UK. There are also differences, according to whether or not the Withdrawal Agreement is agreed.
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, you will not be required to apply for a visa from your home country in order to study in the UK, even if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
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 11pm on 31 January 2020. If you are already in the UK prior to exit day, you will be eligible to apply to stay under the EU Settlement Scheme. You will need to apply by 31 December 2020.
If you are entering the UK between the date the UK leaves the EU and the 31 December 2020, you will not be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. You will still be able to come and go from the UK and be able to live, work and study here, but to stay beyond 31 December 2020, you will need to apply for either:
- European Temporary Leave to Remain; or
- Another type of immigration permission
by 31 December 2020.
European Temporary Leave to remain
The application will be simple and free of charge – consisting of an online application form with identity, security and criminality checks.
If successful in your application, you will be granted immigration permission for 36 months which will start from the date the permission is granted.
Immigration permission will be granted in secure digital format which you can share with others (such as employers and landlords) although during this period you would also still be able to evidence your right to work and rent using your passport or national identity card.
You will be able to apply for further immigration permission through the new immigration system currently under consideration in the UK.
If your course starts from 1 January 2021:
EU citizens who move to the UK after Brexit or who were here before that date but did not apply to the EU Settlement Scheme 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.
We will update these pages as further details become available.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact our International Student Support team.
If you are planning to come to the UK to study during the next three years, UKCISA has an advice page about UK immigration, your eligibility for home fee status, student support and more.
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.
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
- 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
- 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