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Brexit: Analysis and FAQs

 

“Students are the lifeblood of the collegiate university. The University of Cambridge has close to 8,000 international students from 120 countries. Students bring talent and diversity, and form the basis of a rich network of alumni and partners. It is our aspiration that the University of Cambridge remains the most welcoming and stimulating destination for highly motivated students from around the world embarking on undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.”

Prof Graham Virgo, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education


How does the Referendum result affect EU undergraduates accessing student loans?

19 July 2016

An announcement from the Student Loans Company (27 June 2016) states:

The following statement applies to EU nationals who are currently in receipt of student loans from the Student Loans Company (SLC), and to EU nationals who intend to begin studying from this autumn.

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Are there any changes to the immigration status of those currently working in or studying at Cambridge?

19 July 2016

According to an announcement from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (28 June 2016):

There will be no immediate changes following the EU Referendum, including in the circumstances of British citizens living in the EU, and European citizens living here. This includes those studying or working at UK universities.

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Will the UK continue to participate in the Erasmus programme?

19 July 2016

The UK Government has confirmed that while we remain in the EU we retain all our rights and obligations as a Member State, including the right to participate in Erasmus+.

According to a statement by the Erasmus+ national agency:

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How will the UK leaving the EU affect the fees paid by EU students?

19 July 2016

The UK government confirmed on 21 April 2017 that EU students applying for university places in the 2018-19 academic year will remain eligible for undergraduate, master’s, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support in academic year 2018 to 2019.

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Will there be any changes to the Cambridge scholarships available to EU and other international applicants (undergrad and postgrad)?

19 July 2016

According to a statement from the Cambridge Trust:

The UK has voted to leave the European Union. It is not currently known how long that process will take or the impact that it will have on UK policy on higher education tuition fees, loans and bursaries.

However, the University of Cambridge has confirmed that:

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I'm an EEA national. What does the referendum mean for my status in the UK?

19 July 2016

The current political situation is uncertain and subject to change. To date the government has not taken any formal position as to the future status of EEA nationals living and working/studying in the UK. However, at present, the government has confirmed the following:

“The UK remains a member of the EU … until Article 50 negotiations have concluded.

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I’m a non-EEA national. Is there any impact on me?

19 July 2016

The referendum has no effect upon the UK immigration system and there no foreseeable changes to the mechanism by which non-EEA nationals can visit, study, work or settle in the UK.

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Who should I contact if I have queries about my position?

19 July 2016

The University’s International Student Team provides advice on a range of student-related immigration matters for applicants, students and their family members. 

The HR Compliance Team have significant experience with assisting with immigration applications.

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How does the Referendum result affect EU undergraduates accessing student loans?

19 July 2016

An announcement from the Student Loans Company (27 June 2016) states:

The following statement applies to EU nationals who are currently in receipt of student loans from the Student Loans Company (SLC), and to EU nationals who intend to begin studying from this autumn.

Read more