EU students studying in the UK

The UK may have left the EU but Sussex 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 8 October 2020.

The UK exited the EU on the 31 January 2020 with a withdrawal deal agreed. From 1 February 2020 we moved into a post-Brexit transition period which is scheduled to end on 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.

This information was correct at the time of writing. Check regularly for the most up-to-date information.

Tuition fees

If you’re planning to start in the academic year 2019-20 or 2020-21 (including Masters that start in January 2021), 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Fee arrangements for EU students intending to start their degree in 2021/22 academic year have changed. Find out details here.

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

The implications depend on when you arrived, or will arrive, in the UK.

If you arrive in the UK before 11pm on 31 December 2020:

If you’re an offer holder from the EU, EEA or Switzerland you will not be required to apply for a study visa from your home country as long as you arrive in the UK before 11pm on 31 December 2020.

If you arrive before that date you will have the right to free movement. This means you can study, live and work in the UK as now. In order to protect your rights after 11pm on 31 December 2020 (when the Brexit transition period ends), you will need to make an application under the EU Settlement Scheme. You can do this after you arrive in the UK. The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021 but the University will need you to apply before that date so that you can provide evidence of your right to study after the end of the transition period. The application process is easy, user-friendly and free of charge.

If you arrive in the UK after 11pm on 31 December 2020:

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who move to the UK after 11pm on 31 December 2020 will need to apply for a student visa.

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

UKCISA guidance

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

Beyond 2020/21, future participation of UK universities in the successor programme to Erasmus+ is one of the areas still to be negotiated between the UK and the EU. These negotiations are due to begin after the UK has left the EU. Should the UK government be unable to secure this, the University of Sussex does expect to continue to exchange students with partner universities in the EU through bilateral student exchange agreements. 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

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

The diversity of international students and activities made me want to study at Sussex.” Julie Lao
Technology and Innovation Management MSc

You might also be interested in: