Leaving the EU: information for students

Frequently Asked Questions

The United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019.

With the publication of the UK Government's policy paper, 'The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union', we are currently at an important stage of the period of negotiation and political agreement.

We have answered some FAQs below and will continue to update this website as the Brexit process continues.

I am a non-UK EU student…

currently studying at the University

‌Will I be able to continue with my studies?

Yes, you will be able to continue with your studies at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Does this mean my immigration status has changed? Will I have to return to my home country?

There is no immediate change to your immigration status at present.

The UK Withdrawal Agreement includes an agreement on citizens' rights during a transitional/ implementation period from 29 March 2019. This is a period of time (likely to continue until 31 December 2020) during which EU nationals and their family members can come to, or remain in, the UK on broadly the same basis as they can now. The UK are also in the process of negotiation with Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Switzerland to reach an agreement on the rights of non-EU EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members (UKCISA, November 2018: https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/EEA--Swiss-Students/Brexit-what-we-know-for-EEA-students-and-their-family).


In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement in place, the UK government has published its immigration plans.

After the UK leaves the EU, if there is no Brexit deal:

What does this mean for the fees that I pay?

Tuition Fees:

Manchester Metropolitan University has made a commitment to current and prospective non-UK EU students that their tuition fees will remain the same as those for UK students up to and including the academic year 2019-20. This means that EU students starting course in September 2019 will pay the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of their course, provided there is no break in study. 

Student Loans and Grants:

The UK Government announced (2nd July 2018) that EU students applying for a place for undergraduate and postgraduate study at an English University commencing in 2018-19 or 2019-20 academic years will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants for the duration of their course, provided there is no break in study. This will be the case even if the course finishes after the UK has left the EU. 

Read the Government Statement.

EU nationals will also remain eligible to apply for Research Council PhD studentships at UK institutions for 2018/19 and 2019/20 to help cover costs for the duration of their study.  

Am I still entitled to a student loan?

Undergraduate and Postgraduate non-UK EU students are still entitled to a student loan. Please read the statement from the Student Loans Company.

Does this change my entitlement to student accommodation?

No, your entitlement to student accommodation remains unaffected.

 

currently studying under the Erasmus+ programme

Does this mean my immigration status has changed? Will I have to return to my home country?

No, there is no immediate change to your immigration status.


The UK Withdrawal Agreement includes an agreement on citizens' rights during a transitional/ implementation period from 29 March 2019. This is a period of time (likely to continue until 31 December 2020) during which EU nationals and their family members can come to, or remain in, the UK on broadly the same basis as they can now. The UK is also in the process of negotiation with Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Switzerland to reach an agreement on the rights of non-EU EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members (UKCISA, November 2018)

In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement in place, the UK government has published its immigration plans.


After the UK leaves the EU, if there is no Brexit deal:

Will I lose my entitlement to the Erasmus+ grant?

No, students who are currently studying or working abroad under the Erasmus+ programme, and started before 29 March 2019, will maintain their eligibility for Erasmus+ funding for the duration of their study or work placement abroad, in line with the agreement made within their Erasmus+ grant agreement.


The UK Government and the European Commission have recently published their commitments in the event that the UK leaves the European Union without securing a withdrawal deal:

Will I be able to work in the UK whilst studying at Manchester Metropolitan?

Yes, during the transition period the UK will remain a member of the EU and will be bound by EU legislation. This means that if you are currently eligible to work in the UK you will be able to continue to do so.

with a place to start at the University in 2019/20

Will I need to apply for a visa to study in the UK?

Whether you will need to apply for a visa to study in the UK will depend on your duration of study and whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a withdrawal agreement in place.


The UK Withdrawal Agreement includes an agreement on citizens' rights during a transitional/ implementation period from 29 March 2019. This is a period of time (likely to continue until 31 December 2020) during which EU nationals and their family members can come to, or remain in, the UK on broadly the same basis as they can now. The UK is also in the process of negotiation with Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Switzerland to reach an agreement on the rights of non-EU EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members (UKCISA, November 2018).


In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement in place, the UK government has published its immigration plans (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/european-temporary-leave-to-remain-in-the-uk).


After the UK leaves the EU, if there is no Brexit deal:

We will be updating offer holders with information and guidance on immigration requirements for study in the UK as soon as they become available.

What does this mean for the fees that I pay?

Tuition Fees:

Manchester Metropolitan University has made a commitment to current and prospective non-UK EU students that their tuition fees will remain the same as those for UK students up to and including the academic year 2019-20. This means that EU students starting course in September 2019 will pay the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of their course, provided there is no break in study.

Student Loans and Grants:

The UK Government announced (2nd July 2018) that EU students applying for a place for undergraduate and postgraduate study at an English University commencing in 2018-19 or 2019-20 academic years will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants for the duration of their course, provided there is no break in study. This will be the case even if the course finishes after the UK has left the EU. 

EU nationals will also remain eligible to apply for Research Council PhD studentships at UK institutions for academic years 2018/19 and 2019/20 to help cover costs for the duration of their study. 

 

Am I still entitled to a student loan?

Undergraduate and Postgraduate non-UK EU students are still entitled to a student loan. Please read the statement from the Student Loans Company.

Does this change my entitlement to student accommodation?

No – you will still have access to the same student accommodation options. Based on current information there is no reason to assume any change to this entitlement.

coming to study in the UK under the Erasmus+ programme in 20119/20

Can I still apply for student exchange to Manchester MetropolitanUniversity?

Manchester Metropolitan University is fully committed to the continuation of our Erasmus+ student exchange partnerships and we will be accepting nomination and applications for study from our partner universities as normal.


Manchester Metropolitan University is highly committed to the Erasmus+ programme and to providing study abroad opportunities to our students. We are working closely with Universities UK to approach issues relating to the impact of any possible Brexit scenarios on a national level.


We will be honouring all of our Erasmus+ agreements, irrespective of our status within Erasmus+.


Please do continue to consider Manchester Metropolitan University in 2019/20 as one of your student exchange destinations – we very much look forward to welcoming you to Manchester.

Will I be able to access Erasmus+ funding to study in the UK 2019/20?

Whether you will be able to access Erasmus+ funding will depend on whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a withdrawal agreement in place. 

The UK government and the European Commission have recently published their commitments in the event that the UK leaves the European Union without securing a withdrawal deal:

In the event that the UK leaves the EU with a withdrawal agreement in place, the UK will participate in Erasmus+ until the end of the current Erasmus+ programme (2014-2020) and will be eligible to continue to apply for Erasmus+ funding until 2020. This would mean that universities, subject to successful application for funding, would be able to provide Erasmus+ funding to eligible students until academic year 2020/2021.


In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement in place, there is currently uncertainty surrounding the eligibility of UK students to receive Erasmus+ funding for study and work abroad starting after 29 March 2019.


If you are currently considering studying abroad via the Erasmus+ exchange programme in 2019/20, we encourage you to continue with your application. We will keep you fully updated on developments over the coming months about the UK’s eligibility for participation in the Erasmus+ programme.

Will I need to apply for a visa to study in the UK?

Whether you will need to apply for a visa to study in the UK will depend on your duration of study and whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a withdrawal agreement in place.


The UK Withdrawal Agreement includes an agreement on citizens' rights during a transitional/ implementation period from 29 March 2019. This is a period of time (likely to continue until 31 December 2020) during which EU nationals and their family members can come to, or remain in, the UK on broadly the same basis as they can now. The UK are also in the process of negotiation with Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Switzerland to reach an agreement on the rights of non-EU EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members (UKCISA, November 2018)


In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement in place, the UK government has published its immigration plans (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/european-temporary-leave-to-remain-in-the-uk).


After the UK leaves the EU, if there is no Brexit deal:

We will be updating offer holders with information and guidance on immigration requirements for study in the UK as soon as they become available.

I am UK student…

currently studying under the Erasmus+ programme

Does this mean my immigration status has changed? Will I have to leave the country I am studying in and return to the UK?

No, there is no immediate change to your immigration status.


Whether you will need to apply for a visa to continue your studies in Europe will depend on your current immigration status overseas and whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a withdrawal agreement in place. A number of European countries have published their intended immigration requirements in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement in place.


We will be updating all of our current students studying and working abroad under the Erasmus+ programme with information and guidance on immigration requirements at their destination of study as soon as they become available.

Will I lose my entitlement to the Erasmus+ grant?

No, students who are currently studying or working abroad under the Erasmus+ programme, and started before 29 March 2019, will maintain their eligibility for Erasmus+ funding for the duration of their study or work placement abroad, in line with the agreement made within their Erasmus+ grant agreement.


The UK Government and the European Commission have recently published their commitments in the event that the UK leaves the European Union without securing a withdrawal deal:

who will be studying abroad under the Erasmus+ programme in 2019/20

Will I be able to access Erasmus+ funding to study abroad in 2019/20?

Manchester Metropolitan University is highly committed to the Erasmus+ programme and to providing study abroad opportunities to our students.
The UK government and the European Commission have recently published their commitments in the event that the UK leaves the European Union without securing a withdrawal deal:

In the event that the UK leaves the EU with a withdrawal agreement in place, the UK will participate in Erasmus+ until the end of the current Erasmus+ programme (2014-2020) and will be eligible to continue to apply for Erasmus+ funding until 2020. This would mean that universities, subject to successful application for funding, would be able to provide Erasmus+ funding to eligible students until academic year 2020-2021.


In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement in place, there is currently uncertainty surrounding the eligibility of UK students to receive Erasmus+ funding for study and work abroad starting after 29 March 2019. Manchester Metropolitan University is working closely with Universities UK and the British Council to seek clarity on whether we would be able to award Erasmus+ funding for study and work abroad starting after 29 March 2019 from existing projects.


Manchester Metropolitan University is continuing to apply for Erasmus+ funding for study and work abroad opportunities in academic year 2019-20.


If you are currently considering studying abroad via the Erasmus+ exchange programme in 2019-20, we encourage you to continue with your application. We will keep you fully updated on developments over the coming months about the University’s and your eligibility for Erasmus+ funding.

Will I need to apply for a visa to study abroad?

Whether you will need to apply for a visa to study or work abroad in Europe will depend on the current immigration requirements in your destination country and whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a withdrawal agreement in place. A number of European countries have published their intended immigration requirements in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement in place.


We will be updating all students being nominated to study or work abroad under the Erasmus+ programme with information and guidance on immigration requirements at their destination of study as soon as they become available.

All students…

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