Page last updated: 3 September 2019
Leeds is an international university, and we want to continue to attract and welcome students and staff from across Europe and around the world.
We know there is continuing uncertainty about Brexit for students, postgraduate researchers and staff at the University. We will continue to track what is happening and will provide updates on this page to help you understand any possible impact. We will work hard to ensure members of our University community who are affected by Brexit are properly supported.
See the government website for information on how to prepare for Brexit.
Visa and immigration status for EU students and postgraduate researchers at Leeds
If youre a national of an EU member state, or of Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, you are advised to apply for either settled status or pre-settled status to confirm your right of residence in the UK. This is not compulsory, but it will help you to show that you were already resident in the UK before the Brexit date. This will be useful if the UK leaves without agreeing a deal with the rest of the EU, as different rules will apply to those entering the UK after the Brexit date (currently expected to be 31 October 2019). Find more information about how to apply.
You can sign up for email updates about the scheme. There is also information available on the UK Council for International Student Affairs Brexit page.
You can also contact the Universitys International Student Advice Team for further information.
We also confirm that having Comprehensive Sickness Insurance throughout your period of residence in the UK is no longer a requirement for settled status.
Fees and student finance for EU students
Non-UK EU students starting their course in the 2019/2020 or 2020/2021 academic years will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course.
EU students who currently receive student loans and/or grants from Student Finance England (SFE), and EU nationals applying to start courses in England in the 2019/20 academic year can find information about this from Student Finance England and read the UK Council for International Student Affairs Brexit page.
Current EU students and postgraduate researchers
EU students and researchers who started in 2018 or earlier will continue to be classified as home/EU and qualify for this level of fee and financial support for the duration of their course at Leeds.
Study and work abroad
At the moment there is uncertainty on whether the UK parliament will agree the EU withdrawal bill, or whether we will leave the EU without a deal.
If the EU withdrawal bill is agreed in its current form, the UK can stay in the Erasmus+ programme until 2020 but the situation is currently unclear if there is no deal.
The rules for travel to most countries in Europe change if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The UK Government has issued the following advice for British passport holders in Europe. If youre a UK student, check your passport for EU travel. If youre an EU student you should check the guidance given by your home country.
Find out how each of these outcomes will affect you if you are taking part in Erasmus+.
If you are a University of Leeds student on an Erasmus+ work or study placement in 2019/20
If the deal is agreed
There should be no disruption to your placement. Under the current terms of the deal you should be eligible to continue studying or working in Europe and be eligible to receive an Erasmus+ grant.
If we leave the EU without a deal
A European Commission statement in June 2019 confirmed that Erasmus+ placements that are ongoing when the UK leaves the EU should not be stopped, even in a no deal scenario. This means that the UK leaving the EU cannot be used to cancel an Erasmus+ placement started (or planned to be started) while the UK is still a member of the EU.
If the UK leaves the EU with no agreement in place, the UK Government has issued a statement confirming a guarantee of Erasmus funding.
If you plan to work in the EU, terms and conditions of employment may vary depending on the country the work placement is in. For more information please check UK Government country-specific guidance.
If required, the University would underwrite the Erasmus+ grant for all eligible University of Leeds students undertaking an Erasmus+ placement in Europe in the 2019/20 academic year. If you are eligible for the Erasmus+ grant and are undertaking an Erasmus+ placement in Europe in 2019/20, we will contact you directly with more information and the specific details of any underwrite. Please also read the government advice on funding.You should prepare for possible changes to how you access and pay for healthcare in your host country if there's a no-deal Brexit. However note that University of Leeds students travelling as part of their course are covered by the University of Leeds travel insurance policy. For the latest information on healthcare abroad and European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) please read the NHS advice.
If you are a university of Leeds student planning to study or work in Europe in 2020/21
Study placements to EU countries may be affected but we are working with our Higher Education partners to reduce the impact and ensure your study placement can go ahead. We cant guarantee that all our existing Erasmus+ partners will continue to host Leeds students. We are working to secure places for our students at partner universities, with extra consideration for degrees that have a compulsory study abroad requirement. Compulsory placements may change but we will work to provide alternative opportunities.
If you plan to work in the EU, terms and conditions of employment may vary depending on the country the work placement is in. For more information please check UK Government country-specific guidance
You should prepare for possible changes to how you access and pay for healthcare in your host country if there's a no-deal Brexit. However note that University of Leeds students travelling as part of their course are covered by the University of Leeds travel insurance policy. For the latest information on healthcare abroad and European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) please read the NHS advice.
If you are planning to study at the University of Leeds on an Erasmus+ study placement in 2019/20
If the deal is agreed
There should be no change to your placement and you should continue to receive the Erasmus+ grant from your home country as per your 2019/20 grant agreement.
If we leave the EU without a deal
Staff and postgraduate researchers
The For Staff website has a dedicated section on Brexit which shares the latest updates, advice and guidance for EU nationals employed at the University.
Postgraduate researchers already studying at Leeds will receive confirmation direct from their funders but we understand that these researchers will continue on their current funding basis for the duration of their study programme.
We expect financial arrangements for future non-UK EU postgraduate researchers to be confirmed by each funding organisation when financial packages are publicised.
We will continue to provide updates through these pages and the student and Doctoral College newsletters.
While the University endeavours to keep this information as up to date as possible, it cannot be held liable for any inaccuracies. For the latest information from the government, please visit the Department for Exiting the European Union website. Regularly updated Brexit FAQs for universities and students are also available on the Universities UK website.