Brexit: information for prospective EU students
The University of Bristol is a truly international university, proud to welcome staff and students from over 120 countries across the world. We are committed to creating an environment where all can flourish and we value every individual who studies or works here.
The UK’s decision to leave the EU will bring about some changes, but it will be a gradual process. In the short term there are no changes to freedom of movement, immigration status, tuition fees or access to student funding for students from the EU studying in the UK.
The information below addresses some of the questions you may have about studying at the University of Bristol in light of Brexit. We will update this page with new information as it is available.
Bristol is a European city
In the EU referendum, 62 per cent of voters in Bristol voted in favour of remaining in the EU. We echo the words of the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, who said: 'Bristol has always been an outward-looking city and we benefit enormously from our overseas relationships...Our reputation as one of Europe’s leading innovative, creative and sustainable cities makes Bristol a valuable asset for partners around the world.'
We will continue to attract some of the brightest students from across the world, and we hope you will be assured that Bristol is a welcoming place to study. The University's equality and discrimination policy reiterates that bullying, harassment or victimisation will not be tolerated.
The UK is currently set to leave the EU in March 2019. Before this time, it will work with the rest of the EU to determine the exit terms. The University will work to secure terms that are best for our students and staff.
Student fees and loans
Existing rules around financial support and home fees will still apply to EU students starting university in 2019/20. The Department for Education has further reassured UUK that these commitments (for England) will be honoured in the event of a no deal.
The government has confirmed that EU students starting at the University in 2019/20 will be eligible for home fee status. This means that they will be charged the same tuition fees as UK students throughout the duration of their course.
EU students who have been registered at the University in 2016/17, 2017/18 or 2018/19 (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.
EU students who are eligible for student loans, grants and PhD studentships will still be able to access these for 2019/20 entry.
Erasmus+ and study abroad
We have a strong commitment to enabling students to study and work abroad. Many of our students participate in the Erasmus+ programme, which is funded by the European Commission and provides a grant for students to study and work in Europe.
There is no immediate change to our participation in Erasmus+. We will be working to protect our involvement and to preserve and develop the close links we have with some of the best European universities.
The Draft Withdrawal Agreement confirms that UK universities will continue to be able to participate in the current Erasmus+ programme until its end date in December 2020 and that there will be no change in UK-EU immigration rules until 1 January 2021.
The government's underwrite guarantee states that it will underwrite successful Erasmus+ applications submitted while the UK is still a member of the EU, including those that are not approved until after Brexit or where payments continue after Brexit.
In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the underwrite guarantee will still stand, although residency and work rights of Erasmus+ students in the UK and the EU would be uncertain. Read the government's technical notice on what happens if there is no deal.
You can contact the Global Opportunities team with queries on Erasmus+ and study abroad.
If you have accepted a deferred entry offer to study at the University of Bristol in autumn 2020 but have decided now to start in 2019, please contact our Enquiries Team.
If you are currently studying or you are starting a course in 2019 and are planning on intercalating, you do not 'leave' our institution. When you return after your year out we consider you a continuing student for fee purposes.
Brexit has no immediate effect on those applying to or participating in Horizon 2020. UK researchers and businesses can continue to apply to the programme in the usual way.
The UK government has agreed that there will be no change to the UK's participation in Horizon 2020, which will run until the end of this EU budget period in 2020. The UK Research Office has published a Q&A on the terms of this agreement.
The government has guaranteed that they will underwrite Horizon 2020 funding awarded while the UK is still a member of the EU, even when specific projects continue beyond Brexit. This guarantee still stands. The government has issued a Q&A on the terms of this guarantee.
The future of UK access to European research funding will be decided as a part of wider discussions with the EU. Framework Programme 9, which will follow on from Horizon 2020, is being negotiated independently from Brexit. Please see our Research web pages for general information on EU funded programmes and research.
Comprehensive sickness insurance
The Home Office has clarified that while EU students are required to have comprehensive sickness insurance (CSI), students will not be removed from the UK or refused entry solely because they do not have it. Read the UKCISA article.
- Government statement on higher education and research following the EU referendum
- Government statement on funding support for EU students starting in 2018
- Government statement on funding support for EU students starting in 2019
- Government statement on Erasmus+ if there's no Brexit deal
- UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) guidance on staying in the UK as an EU student
- Universities UK publication 'Studying in the UK - Frequently Asked Questions'
If you have any questions, please contact the Enquiries Team.
Tel: +44 (0) 117 394 1649
We Are International
We are proud to support the #WeAreInternational campaign. Watch the video.
The International Office at Bristol offers information, support and advice for international students coming to study with us, and welcome and orientation activities for new students.
Brexit and tuition fees
For the latest news and announcements about tuition fees for European Union applicants, visit the EU referendum and tuition fees webpage.