Page last updated: 11 April 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.

Visa and immigration status for EU students and postgraduate researchers at Leeds

If you are an EU citizen currently studying at Leeds and you wish to remain in the UK beyond 30 June 2021, you will need to apply for settled or pre-settled status. You can find out what you need to do and when by completing this government questionnaire. Find out more including deadlines and how to apply on the government website.

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 University’s 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

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.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU undergraduate students starting in the 2019/2020 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course.

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 you’re a UK student, check your passport for EU travel. If you’re 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+ study or work placement in 2018/19

If the deal is agreed

Your semester 2 Erasmus+ work or study placement should not change and you should continue to receive your Erasmus+ grant as per your 2018/19 grant agreement.

If we leave the EU without a deal

The UK and EU are seeking to ensure that you can complete your stay without interruption. Find out more on the European Commission website. We’re speaking to our partners to limit disruption to placements. If you’re on a work placement you should discuss arrangements for a no-deal Brexit with your employer. Terms and conditions of your employment may depend on the country in which you are doing your work placement. The UK government has agreed to underwrite your Erasmus+ grant.

If you are studying at the University of Leeds on an Erasmus+ placement in 2018/19

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 2018/19 agreement.

If we leave the EU without a deal

We are committed to ensuring students from our partner universities currently here on the Erasmus+ programme can continue studying without disruption. We will not charge tuition fees to you if you are a hosted student on the programme in 2018/19. Rules to UK immigration may change but the government has reassured that this won’t apply to you if you started your study or work placement before the UK exits the EU. Read more on the government website. Find out about the European Commission’s proposals in the event of no deal.

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 for an Erasmus+ grant.

If we leave the EU without a deal

Placements to EU countries may be affected but we are working with our partners to reduce the impact and ensure your placement can go ahead. We can’t guarantee that all our existing Erasmus+ partners will continue to host Leeds students. We are working to secure places for our students at partner institutions, with extra consideration for degrees that have a compulsory study abroad requirement. Placements may change but we will work to provide alternative opportunities. Terms and conditions of your employment if you’re working in the EU may depend on the country in which you are doing your work placement.

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 required. More information and the specific details of any underwrite would be communicated directly with those students who are eligible for the Erasmus+ grant and are undertaking an Erasmus+ placement in Europe in 2019/20. Please also read the government advice on funding.

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

We’re working with our partner universities to secure exchange agreements that will mean you can study here without having to pay tuition fees. Contact your home university for more information. If you’re a student from an EU or EEA country arriving in the UK after we leave the EU, and you want to study for longer than three months you will need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain status.

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.