Updated 2 March 2020  

The withdrawal agreement between the UK and EU has been ratified and, from 31 January 2020, the UK enters a transition period which lasts until the end of December 2020. During the transition period, there will be negotiations to define the UK's future relationship with the EU.

Leeds is an international university, and we continue to attract and welcome students and staff from across Europe and around the world.

EU nationals employed at the University are encouraged to read the For Staff website which has a dedicated section on Brexit.  

The UK government website provides information for EU and UK citizens on Brexit.    

EU citizens applying to, already studying at and postgraduate researchers at Leeds

Immigration status

If you plan to settle in the UK after studying, 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 there are benefits of gaining this status. Find more information about how to apply and you can sign up for email updates about the scheme. 

The UK Council for International Student Affairs has advice for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens currently studying in the UK and those who plan to study in the UK. 

If you have further questions, you can contact the University's International Student Advice Team for information.

Healthcare in the UK

Information about healthcare for EU nationals, after the UK has left the EU, is available on the UK Government website. 

The UK Council for International Student Affairs has more detailed information on how healthcare works in the UK.

Fees and finance for taught students

Non-UK EU students starting their course in the 2019/2020 or 2020/2021 academic years will continue to 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 starting courses in England in the 2019/20 academic year can find information about this from Student Finance England and the UK Council for International Student Affairs.

Current EU postgraduate researchers

EU postgraduate researchers who started in 2019 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.

Postgraduate researchers already studying at Leeds will also receive confirmation direct from their funders.

Potential EU postgraduate researchers

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.

UK citizens planning to or already working or studying in the EU, the EEA or Switzerland

Travel documents and immigration

Valid passports can still be used. You do not need to have six months left on your passport to travel to the EU. Your passport does however need to be valid for the whole of your trip. 

If you’re planning travel from 1 January 2021 onwards, the passport service website has more information.

Healthcare in the EU

The Government has issued guidance on healthcare access for UK residents after the UK leaves the EU. Their guidance covers the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and the student EHIC card.

All University of Leeds students travelling as part of their course are covered by the University of Leeds travel insurance policy. 

Further information about insurance for study abroad students can be found on the students' website

Erasmus+ funding for students abroad in 2019/20

Placements that have started or are due to start in the 2019-20 academic year will continue as normal and Erasmus+ funding will be granted to eligible students. 

If you plan to work or are already working in the EU, terms and conditions of employment may vary depending on the country in which the work placement takes place. For more information please check UK Government country-specific guidance.

Erasmus+ funding for students planning to study or work in the EU in 2020/21

The University has submitted a bid for Erasmus+ funds to support student placements in the 2020/21 academic year. The outcome of the bid is expected in May 2020 and we are confident students will be funded. 

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.

Further information on how the University of Leeds manages Erasmus+ funding.

Read updates and advice from the British Council on Erasmus+.

European study exchanges and work placements from 2021/22

The Erasmus+ programme is currently being reviewed by the EU and its budget and programme content post-2021 is being decided. It is not known if the UK, or countries in the EU, EEA or Switzerland, will participate in the programme after the 2020-21 academic year. 

The University of Leeds is committed to continuing exchange agreements with our European HE partner institutions after 2020/21, regardless of the decision the Government and the EU take about the UK’s future involvement with the next phase of the Erasmus+ programme. However, grants for European study abroad and work placements will be dependent upon the outcomes of future negotiations. We can’t guarantee that all our existing European partners will continue to host Leeds students and it’s expected that some partnerships will change. 

We are working to secure places for our students at partner universities, with extra consideration for degrees that have a compulsory study abroad requirement.

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.