On 23 June 2016 the UK narrowly voted to leave the European Union (EU).

Following the vote, the University Vice-Chancellor Sir Alan Langlands issued a statement, in which he stressed that:

  • the University will work tirelessly to ensure that students, academics and our wider group of staff from Europe can continue to study and work at Leeds.
  • for at least the next couple of years we do not envisage any material change to the status of current and prospective EU students and staff.
  • we will work hard to ensure that students and staff who may be affected by the referendum are properly supported at all times and they will be offered advice by the University on a regular basis as the national policy picture becomes clearer.

More generally, Sir Alan stressed that Leeds is an international university in a city that looks outwards; and that our determination to attract and welcome talent from across Europe and around the world is undiminished.

Read the full statement from the Vice-Chancellor

Current situation

As things currently stand, the referendum result alone does not mean there will be any immediate change to the immigration status of current and prospective EU students and staff, nor to the Erasmus+ exchange programme.

We understand that current and prospective students will have important questions, some of which we will only be able to answer as matters become clearer over time. Key issues are dependent on high level political decision making and the exit negotiations.

The University of Leeds is working with partners in higher education to seek clarification on these key issues from Government, the European Commission and other relevant agencies. We are lobbying hard to secure protection for EU students and staff and aim to seek legislation to ensure no-one is disadvantaged financially if exit from the EU occurs during a course of study.

We are committed to supporting current and prospective EU students with clear and open communications as matters develop and we will update this section of the website regularly.

  • You can keep up to date with the latest information about the status of EU citizens in the UK on the gov.uk website
  • Universities UK has produced a list of frequently asked questions about the EU referendum.

What we know so far

Undergraduates

It has been confirmed that non-UK EU undergraduate students who are eligible under current rules to receive loans and grants from the Student Loans Company will continue to do so for the length of their course. Your tuition fee will, therefore, also remain at the UK rate and we expect the government to confirm this in legislation. The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2018 will also have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

The NHS has confirmed that non-UK EU students who are eligible under current rules to receive NHS bursaries from the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) will remain eligible for the duration of their current course. Read the NHSBSA article

Erasmus students

If you are studying under the Erasmus programme, either as an EU student studying in Leeds or a Leeds student studying in the EU or elsewhere, your immigration status has not changed and you continue to be eligible for your Erasmus grant while the UK remains a member of the EU and possibly beyond.

Visit the Erasmus Plus website

Masters applicants

Non-UK EU students will be treated the same as UK students for the purposes of visa status, tuition fees and the Postgraduate Loan for as long as the UK is a member of the EU. The government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2018 will have home fee status for the duration of their course.

Postgraduate researchers

Postgraduate researchers already studying at Leeds will receive confirmation direct from their funders but we understand these students 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. 

EU nationals will also remain eligible to apply for Research Council PhD studentships at UK institutions for 2018 to 2019 to help cover costs for the duration of their study.

Postgraduate researchers may also be interested in the information on the For Staff EU referendum page

Applicants from outside the EU

There is no change to the immigration status or rules for students from outside the EU. Non EU students remain subject to TIER 4 visa regulations and have the same ability and opportunity to travel throughout Europe as they did before the referendum result.  

News updates

UK government to underwrite successful bids for Erasmus+ submitted while the UK is still a member state | 10 November 2017

The UK government will now “underwrite successful bids for Erasmus+ that are submitted while the UK is still a member state, even if they are not approved until after we leave, and/or payments continue beyond the point of exit. Bids for higher education study periods submitted before the exit date will include mobility in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years". Read more on the Erasmus+ website

Status of EU citizens in the UK | 26 June 2017

The government has published information on the status of EU citizens living in the UK and a policy paper setting out its offer to EU citizens and their families in the UK.

EU students applying for university places in the 2018 to 2019 academic year | 21 April 2017

The government has confirmed that EU students will continue to remain eligible for undergraduate, Masters, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support in the academic year 2018 to 2019. Read the government statement

Comprehensive sickness insurance | 17 March 2017

See our students website for guidance and advice on comprehensive sickness insurance for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens.

Student loan eligibility for EU students | 11 October 2016

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting in 2017 will be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

EU funding beyond Brexit | 13 August 2016

British businesses and universities will have certainty over future funding and should continue to bid for competitive EU funds while the UK remains a member of the EU. Read the gov.uk article

Student loan eligibility for EU students | 27 June 2016

It has been confirmed that EU students who are eligible under current rules to receive loans and grants from the Student Loans Company will continue to do so for courses that they are currently enrolled on or about to start this coming year. Read the Student Loan Company’s announcement

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 www.gov.uk

Page updated: 14/12/2017