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Brexit Information

Advice for our current and prospective students

Last updated: 22 March 2019

We are proud to be a global community with students from more than 100 countries studying together here on our UK campus. We pride ourselves on the diversity of our staff and students and also on the welcoming atmosphere here at Lancaster.

The UK's decision to leave the European Union (EU) will result in some changes for some students. However, our international outlook will not alter. In the meantime, we as a university are working hard to influence policy for the benefit of all our staff and students.

The UK is currently working with the EU to agree a withdrawal agreement.

I’m from the EU and am currently studying at Lancaster University

I’m from the EU and plan to study at Lancaster University in the future

  • Will I need to get a visa to continue studying in the UK?

    Two factors will affect the process that will apply to you – when you begin your course and whether or not the UK reaches a withdrawal agreement with the EU.

    The UK government and the EU are currently working to finalise an agreement. It will define the rights of EU citizens to live and study in the UK during a transitional period that is likely to last until 31 December 2020.


    If this agreement is reached:

    • Students beginning courses in 2019 and 2020

    During the transitional period, EU citizens and their family members can enter and remain in the UK on the same basis as they can now. The same applies to people from Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Switzerland as the Government has reached similar agreements with those countries. 

    To remain in the UK after the transitional period, students can apply for permission in the UK under a Government scheme known as the EU Settlement Scheme which is designed to be short and straightforward.

    • Students beginning courses in 2021 and later

    Those arriving from 1 January 2021 are likely to need to apply for immigration permission to come to the UK under a category of the immigration rules that are in place at that time.


    If this agreement is not reached:

    Those who enter the UK during the transitional period will make an online application for 'European Temporary Leave to Remain'. If this application is successful, they will get immigration permission for a period of three years. If they wish to stay in the UK after this three-year period they will make an application under the immigration system in place at that time.  

    For more information: UK Council for International Student Affairs advice on what Brexit means for students and their families

  • Will I still pay the same fees as UK students and have access to loans?
    • Students beginning courses in 2019

    Yes. EU students will be charged the same tuition fees as UK students throughout their course. They will also be able to access financial support for the duration of their course on the same basis as is available today.

    See the current fees and funding information here: Undergraduate and Postgraduate


    • Students beginning courses in 2020 or later

    For students who will begin their course in 2020 or later, including those who have deferred entry, the UK government is yet to announce its intentions with respect to any regulation of fees and the availability of any student support loans and funding. Prospective applicants are advised to check this page regularly and consult the link below for the latest position. 

    For more information: Government statement on financial support for UK and EU students

  • Will I still be able to take part in an Erasmus+ exchange?

    If a withdrawal agreement is reached, the UK is expected to participate in Erasmus+ until the end of the current cycle in 2020. That means EU funding for UK participants will be unaffected, including those that extend beyond 2020. It also means EU students will still be able to study in the UK through the Erasmus+ scheme up to and throughout the 2020-21 academic year.

    The UK Government has also said that if an agreement is not reached it will aim to minimise the impact on projects and secure the UK’s continued full participation in Erasmus+ until 2020. Lancaster University, along with other UK universities, is seeking further clarity and reassurance from the Government.

    Find out more:

    Government guidance on Erasmus+

    Universities UK information on Brexit

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