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Brexit Information

Advice for our current and prospective students

Last updated: 17 February 2020

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.

What’s happening?

The UK government and the European Parliament have approved the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which sets out the terms of the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

The UK is currently in a transition period that will end on 31st December 2020. During the transition period, the UK will seek to finalise many aspects of withdrawal, including a trade deal with the EU.

During this period the UK will effectively remain in the EU's customs union and single market.

What the University is doing to prepare

Since last year a dedicated group of Lancaster University staff, chaired by our Interim Vice-Chancellor, has been monitoring the situation closely to ensure that Lancaster University is as prepared as possible for exiting the EU including the possibility of a no-deal scenario. The aim is to minimise any potential disruption for our students and staff.

As part of our preparations, the University has been focused on:

  • Visas and immigration for staff and students
  • Maintaining services and supplies to campus– including campus infrastructure such as fuel for heating, IT and food
  • Travel for staff and students
  • Research and research funding including Horizon 2020
  • Student mobility including Erasmus+
  • Student fees and funding

For the latest government information on the transition, please visit www.gov.uk/transition.

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

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

    No. The rights and status of EUEEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK will remain the same until 30 June 2021. The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

    Students who will remain in the UK after 30 June 2021 can apply for permission under a Government scheme known as the EU Settlement Scheme.

    It is free and is designed to be short and straightforward. You can complete the application from a laptop, tablet or mobile device. You will need to provide proof of identity and proof of residence.

    The scheme is now open.

    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?

    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 in the same way as they can today.

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

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

  • Can I still take part in an Erasmus+ exchange?

    Yes, the UK will remain a full participating programme country in the Erasmus+ programme until 31st December 2020, and students currently on Erasmus+ placements will be eligible for the grant until the end of the 2019-20 academic year. It is expected that Erasmus+ funding for 2020-21 will be available as normal. Lancaster University will underwrite the Erasmus+ grant for all Lancaster University students undertaking an Erasmus+ placement in Europe in the 2021-22 academic year if necessary.

    The UK’s longer term participation in the new Erasmus+ programme has yet to be decided by the UK government and will be a matter for the upcoming EU-UK negotiations.

    For more information: Lancaster University information on Erasmus+

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

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

    Students beginning courses in 2019 and 2020

    To remain in the UK after 30 June 2021, students can apply for permission under a Government scheme known as the EU Settlement Scheme. It is free and is designed to be short and straightforward.

    Once you have begun your course, you can complete the application from a laptop, tablet or mobile device. You will need to provide proof of identity and proof of residence.

    The scheme is now open.

    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.

    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 or 2020

    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 2021 or later

    For students who will begin their course in 2021 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 fundingProspective applicants are advised to check this page regularly for the latest position. 

    For more information: Government statements on financial support for UK and EU students beginning courses in 2019 and in 2020

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

    Yes, the UK will remain a full participating programme country in the Erasmus+ programme until 31st December 2020, and students currently on Erasmus+ placements will be eligible for the grant until the end of the 2019-20 academic year. It is expected that Erasmus+ funding for 2020-21 will be available as normal. Lancaster University will underwrite the Erasmus+ grant for all Lancaster University students undertaking an Erasmus+ placement in Europe in the 2021-22 academic year if necessary.

    The UK’s longer term participation in the new Erasmus+ programme has yet to be decided by the UK government and will be a matter for the upcoming EU-UK negotiations.

    Lancaster University information on Erasmus+

I'm a UK student

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  • Can I still take part in an Erasmus+ exchange?

    Yes, the UK will remain a full participating programme country in the Erasmus+ programme until 31st December 2020, and students currently on Erasmus+ placements will be eligible for the grant until the end of the 2019-20 academic year. It is expected that Erasmus+ funding for 2020-21 will be available as normal. Lancaster University will underwrite the Erasmus+ grant for all Lancaster University students undertaking an Erasmus+ placement in Europe in the 2021-22 academic year if necessary.

    The UK’s longer term participation in the new Erasmus+ programme has yet to be decided by the UK government and will be a matter for the upcoming EU-UK negotiations.

    For more information: Lancaster University information on Erasmus+

  • Will Horizon 2020 projects be affected by Brexit?

    The UK government has committed to provide funding for all successful eligible UK bids to Horizon 2020 that are submitted before the end of 2020. This funding will apply for the lifetime of projects.

    For more information:

    Government policy overview on Horizon 2020

     

I’m from outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland

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