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how will brexit affect students?

Important information about tuition fees, student loans, travel and Erasmus+ programmes at the University of Portsmouth

Brexit information for students

We are firmly committed to the maintenance of a diverse and multicultural staff and student body and to the benefits of teaching, learning and research that our European collaborations bring. The purpose of this page is to provide students some information and guidance on key Brexit matters related to their study, or intention to study, at the University.

Advice to EU students

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.

Students from the EU who hold an offer with us to start in the academic year 2020/21, or who are considering applying in the future, can find information on this page about studying in the UK following Brexit or via the Government website.

Please check regularly for the most up-to-date information.

Last update: 4 February 2020

Tuition fees

In May 2019, the UK government confirmed that EU students starting university in 2020/21 academic year will have guaranteed home fee status and financial support for the duration of their course. To find out the latest information visit the Government website. This applies to the undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes.

Currently there is no information how EU students fee status will be affected for programmes beginning in 2021/2022.

EU student visa requirements

The type of visa you will require will depend on when you arrive in the UK. 

If you are a University of Portsmouth offer holder who is an EU, EEA or Swiss national and your course starts before 31 December 2020, you will not require a visa in order to study in the UK before this date.

In order to protect your rights after the UK leaves the EU (meaning you can come to the UK to study, live and work after you have finished your degree), you will need to make an application under the EU Settlement Scheme after you have arrived in the UK, and before 30 June 2021. The application process is easy, user-friendly and free of charge.

If your course starts after the 1 January 2021, you will need to apply through the new immigration system currently under consideration in the UK.

Travel

Until we have clarity around the UK’s transition period from the European Union, it is not possible to provide students with specific travel advice. Students are advised to keep up-to-date with information on the Government website and consider that there might be some delays at entry points into the UK and into EU countries.

If you have any queries that are not covered on this page please contact brexit@port.ac.uk for further guidance.

You may also find the Q&A’s prepared by Universities UK helpful.

Erasmus+ participation

The UK has now agreed a deal. Under the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK will continue to participate in Erasmus+ until the end of the programme in 2020. This means that students can complete mobility periods, and receive funding, through the Erasmus+ programme until the end of the academic year 2020/21.

However, for 2021/22 onwards and when the Erasmus+ programme ends, the UK’s participation in any future programmes is still to be negotiated with the EU. We are contacting partner institutions to develop measures to continue collaboration and exchanges in the case of no agreement. We will make every possible effort to continue offering study abroad places at partner institutions for our degree programmes, especially for those that have an element of mandatory mobility.

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