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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 29 May 2019.

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

For the purpose of the questions below on this page, 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, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

Please note that this does not cover Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Switzerland.

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.

Universities Minister for England, Chris Skidmore, announced on 28th May that EU students who begin degrees in England in the academic year 2020/21 will continue to be eligible for the same fees as ‘home’ students.

EU students starting in this year will also remain eligible for loans to cover their tuition fee throughout their entire degree. This will apply regardless of the outcome of Brexit, which is currently expected to happen by 31 October 2019. A similar announcement has already been made for EU students studying in Scotland.

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. Will there be changes to student finance arrangements in a no-deal scenario?

If you are currently studying in the UK and you are not part of the Erasmus+ programme, then your student finance arrangements will not be affected if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, and you do not need to take any action.

If you are on an Erasmus+ placement when the UK leaves the EU, it is unlikely that your placement will be affected even in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

For more information, please see the government's advice on student finance arrangements in a no-deal scenario.

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 (www.eu.admin.cam.ac.uk) 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. 

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.