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. Find all the information you need about studying at Sussex below.

Advice to EU students

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

Your rights as an EU citizen

There will be no change to the status of EU citizens living in the UK until at least 2021.

The status of EU citizens after the UK leaves the EU depends on the negotiations and future deals between the UK and EU.

You can sign up for email updates from the UK Government to get the latest information on the status of EU citizens in the UK.

Student loans

If you're planning to start in the academic year 2019-20, 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

If you have already started a course and you get student loans, you’ll get your loan payments from the Student Loans Company (SLC) for the duration of your course.

Read the UK government's statements on funding for EU students for 2019-20.

Tuition fees

If you're planning to start in the academic year 2019-20, 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. 

Find out more about tuition fees for EU students in 2019-20.

Fees may increase in future years in line with government policy. 

Erasmus + programme

As the UK will be leaving the EU, we will no longer 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 student exchange agreements with European universities.


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 British Council and the UK Government to make sure you have the best experience possible.

Contact the 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

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