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Brexit: Analysis and FAQs


Government guidance for UK nationals if there's no Brexit deal

This information was last updated on 21 October 2019.

Q. For the purpose of this guidance, who is an 'EU national'?

For the purpose of this guidance, the definition of ‘EU national’ includes all of the following nationalities: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

Q. Will the UK continue to participate in the Erasmus+ programme?

The UK continues to participate in Erasmus+ as a full EU member state at this time.

Under a withdrawal agreement between the UK and EU, the UK would continue to participate in the Erasmus+ programme until 2020/21 and EU funding for participants would be unaffected. Future participation after 2020 would be decided as part of the future partnership negotiations.

In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the European Commission’s contingency measures would ensure both UK and EEA students whose Erasmus+ activity is already underway at the point the UK leaves the EU can complete their placement without interruption and continue to receive Erasmus funding. For placements starting after this date, the European Commission’s contingency will not apply. Planned activities for outgoing students from UK universities may be eligible for financial support under the government’s underwrite guarantee but where this is possible, there is likely to be a delay in receiving funding. The University continues to liaise with its Erasmus partners to receive assurances that study placements would be able to continue independently.

Further information is outlined on the UK National Agency’s website.

Information for UK nationals who will be travelling to the EU in the event of no deal, including the requirement to have a minimum six months remaining on your passport, is provided on the UK government website

Information for UK nationals living in the EU in the event of no deal is provided on the UK government website.

Q. How will the University keep me updated?

The University will communicate with you directly via your University of Cambridge Hermes email address when there are significant updates. This website ( will also be regularly updated and revised to reflect up-to-date information.

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

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