EU Referendum: what we know for EU students

Last modified: 30 April 2018

The UK has given formal notification of its intention to withdraw from the European Union (by triggering Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union), but still remains a member of the European Union. Therefore, there is no immediate change to the position of EEA nationals in the UK. Therefore, students and their family members can continue to exercise their residency rights in the UK.

The process of leaving the EU is likely to take a minimum of two years from the date the UK gave notification of its intention to leave the EU (29 March 2017). The position of EEA nationals in the UK remains unchanged throughout this time.

The Home Office published information on 7 April 2017 on the status of EEA nationals currently in the UK, and those wishing to come to the UK. This information includes advice for EEA nationals currently in the UK. 

We do not yet know exactly what the future implications for residency will be for EEA nationals and their family members who wish to come to, or remain in, the UK to study.

As part of the withdrawal process the UK government and the European Commission started negotiations on Monday 19 June 2017. As such, the European Commission published its position paper Essential principles on citizens’ rightson 12 June 2017 and the UK government published its proposals on ‘Safeguarding the position of EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU’ on 26 June 2017. Universities UK and British Council have published a briefing note with answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

The position for EU nationals in the UK after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU  is still being negotiated.

The Home Office published an update on the negotiations to the House of Commons on 17 October 2017.

We will update this page when an agreement has been reached. 

The Free Movement blog has posted a briefing entitled Rights to Remain after Brexit which considers the rights of EU nationals in the UK when the UK leave the European Union, and another briefing entitled Securing EEA Nationals' Residence Rights. Migrants' Rights Network hosted a Q&A session to help provide some information and advice to EU nationals in the UK.

We will continue to publish relevant information here as soon as it becomes available.

Government Student Support and 'home' fee status eligibility

The funding bodies in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, have all given reassurances to EU nationals about continuing eligibility for loans and grants. See our information on:

UKCISA priorities and concerns over Brexit

Read the seven principles and proposals that UKCISA has put forward to address the extensive concerns about the effect of Brexit on the continued mobility of international students – including young academics and researchers – and in particular on the position of EU and EEA nationals, and their dependants, who are currently in the UK.

Download UKCISA's seven principles and proposals

View a magazine version of the priorities and concerns: