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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 2 April 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.

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

Students participating in the Erasmus+ programme this academic year (2018/19) are not expected to be affected by Brexit, even in the event of no deal. The European Commission’s contingency measures would ensure both UK and EEA students who are participating in Erasmus+ at the time of Brexit can complete their placement without interruption and continue to receive funding.

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 government will engage with the European Commission with the aim of securing the UK’s continued participation in Erasmus+ until 2020/21. Continued participation would therefore be subject to these discussions being successful. The University is liaising with 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. 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.