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Brexit: Analysis and FAQs


For the purposes of this guidance, the defintion 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, Sweden and Switzerland.

This information was last updated on 5 February 2019.

Q. How will Brexit affect EU students accessing student loans?

Students continuing or starting a course in the 2019/20 academic year, and are eligible to receive loans and/or grants from Student Finance England, will continue to remain eligible for the duration of their course.

Read the full announcement here.

Q. I'm an EU student. Will Brexit have an impact on my tuition fee status?

There will be no change to the tuition fee status of current EU students and fees will continue to be at the applicable Home fee rate for the duration of your course.

EU students applying to start at the University in 2019 will remain eligible for the Home fee rate for the duration of your course. In addition, there is no change to the eligibility requirements for financial support from Student Finance England for those starting courses in 2019/20. Read the full announcement here.

The fee status of EU nationals for 2020 entry onwards has yet to be determined by the UK government.

Q. Will there be any changes to the Cambridge scholarships available to EU and other international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate)?

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses in England in the academic year 2019/20 will continue to be eligible for Home fee status. They will also be able to access financial support for the duration of their courses on the same basis as it is currently available.

Please see the Cambridge Trusts Scholarships page for further 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. 

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

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