Lancaster University – EU Referendum

Britain has voted to leave the European Union. People will have many questions about what this means for globally-networked universities such as Lancaster University, but it is important to remember that changes will not happen overnight.

A vote to leave the EU clearly poses significant challenges for UK universities, creates uncertainty and leaves many unanswered questions. Following the result of the referendum of the UK's membership of the European Union (EU), it is understandable that our applicants from the EU are unsure of the implications of this result on their current position as potential students at Lancaster University. You may also have concerns if you are planning to take part in an Erasmus+ programme during the academic year 2016/17, either as a Lancaster student or a student planning to join us in Lancaster from one of our European partners.

Lancaster University would like to assure you, and all our current and future students – whatever their background – that Lancaster is a welcoming community that includes students from around the world (142 countries) and this will not change. We should remember that leaving the EU will be a gradual exit process with significant opportunities for Universities to seek assurances and influence future policy. As plans are announced in the future, Lancaster University will work towards ensuring that the best interests of all our students are maintained and we will continue to be a welcoming destination for the brightest and best minds.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a guide to the current situation for EU students, please note the answers are subject to change. This page was last updated on 8th December 2016.

Will the tuition fees I pay to the University change now or in the future?

Lancaster University can confirm that it has no plans to change the tuition fees for EU students that have already been published for 2017/18. EU students who are registered at the university in 2016/17 (either as a new or continuing student) will continue to be charged the home rate for tuition fees for all subsequent years of their programme. As further details become available, we will publish information on our fees website.

Will my access to the tuition fee loan change?

EU nationals or their family members, currently in higher education, and who are assessed as eligible to receive loans and/or grants from the Student Loans Company, will continue to receive these loans and grants until they finish their course; see the statement released from Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science.

The government has also announced that EU students applying for a place at an English university or further education institution in the 2017-2018 academic year will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants - and will be for the duration of their course even if the UK exits the European Union during that period. See the statement released from Jo Johnson for more details.

This confirms that students from other EU countries who are currently at UK universities and those starting in autumn 2016 will receive student loan support for the duration of their course. Once the UK Government invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to begin the process of leaving the EU, a period of negotiation will commence which is anticipated to last 2 years. Throughout this period, the UK will maintain all aspects of its current EU Membership. Should there be any governmental change during this period, we will publish the information on our website.

Will the University/UK remain part of the Erasmus+ scheme?

Yes, both incoming and outgoing students should continue with their exchanges as planned.

Lancaster University will remain part of the Erasmus+ scheme and students undertaking an exchange or work placement under the Erasmus+ scheme in 2016-17 will see no effect on their studies or their access to the Erasmus+ programme.  Lancaster University is also applying for funding for 2017-18. The vote to leave the EU does not mean that there will be any immediate material change to the UK university sector's participation in EU programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+.

Once the UK Government invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon to begin the process of leaving the EU, a period of negotiation will commence which is anticipated to last 2 years. Throughout this period, the UK will maintain all aspects of its EU Membership.

As a student from the EU, will I need a visa to study in the UK?

The vote to leave the EU does not mean there will be any immediate change to the immigration status of current and prospective EU students. EU-domiciled students do not require a visa to continue studying at Lancaster University for the foreseeable future. Once the UK Government invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to begin the process of leaving the EU, a two-year period of negotiation will commence. Throughout this period, the UK will maintain all aspects of its current EU Membership. As further details become available, we will publish information on our website.

As a student from the EU  will I still be able to work in the UK?

At present, yes. Once the UK Government invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to begin the process of leaving the EU, a period of negotiation will commence which is anticipated to last 2 years. Throughout this period, the UK will maintain all aspects of its current EU Membership.  If there are any changes to working rights in the UK for EU students these will be decided by the UK Government.  As further details become available, we will publish information on our website.

Will my family be able to come with me during my studies?

Once the UK Government invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to begin the process of leaving the EU, a period of negotiation will commence, which is anticipated to last 2 years. Throughout this period, the UK will maintain all aspects of its current EU Membership. As part of these negotiations, any changes to residency rights in the UK will be decided by the UK Government.  As further details become available, we will publish information on our website.

Will I be able to access the National Health Service?

At present yes. Once the UK Government invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to begin the process of leaving the EU, a period of negotiation will commence, which is anticipated to last 2 years. Throughout this period, the UK will maintain all aspects of its current EU Membership. As part of the negotiations, any changes to access rights in the UK, which will include health services, will be decided by the UK Government.

What is the impact on the availability of European research grants?

Lancaster University is encouraging academics to continue to bid for EU research funding. The United Kingdom is still a member of the EU and therefore Lancaster University still has every right to seek funds from the EU’s research programme, which is Horizon 2020.

Chancellor Philip Hammond has issued a statement that where UK organisations bid directly to the European Commission on a competitive basis for EU funding projects while we are still a member of the EU, the Treasury will underwrite the payments of such awards, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU.

If you are a current student, applicant or offer holder and have any other concerns, please contact the International Office: internationaloffice@lancaster.ac.uk