Brexit: information for students

York St John University is proud to be an international University, welcoming staff and students from all over the world. We are committed to our position in Europe and recognise the importance of research, teaching and student mobility in an environment where people of all backgrounds can flourish.

The UK’s decision to leave the EU has led to uncertainty for many of our students and postgraduate researchers. Whilst we are still unclear of the UK’s position regarding its exit from the EU, our priority is to ensure that we are doing all that we can to support our students who may be affected.

You can find information for EU students and EEA/ Swiss students from Universities UK. 

Additional information below aims to address some of the questions you may have about studying at York St John University as the UK redefines its relationship with other European countries. We will update this page with new information as it is available. If you have any further queries about how Brexit might affect you as an EU student, please contact eu@yorksj.ac.uk 

The UK gave formal notification of its intention to withdraw from the European Union (by triggering Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union), on 29 March 2017. As the process to leave takes a minimum of two years the UK remains a member of the European Union during this time. The agreed date of the UK's departure from the EU is 31 October 2019 or earlier if the Withdrawal Agreement is agreed or another deal is reached between the UK and the EU. Therefore, there is no change to the position of EEA nationals (EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens) and their family members in the UK during this time which means students and their family members can continue to exercise their residency rights in the UK.

For students currently in the UK or coming in 2019/20

Information accurate as of 12 April 2019, taken from the UK Council for International Student Affairs website

Starting at York St John University in 2019/20

Government Student Support and 'home' fee status eligibility

The funding bodies in England, Scotland and Wales have all given some assurances to EU nationals about continuing eligibility for loans and grants. See UKCISA information on:

​Immigration 

The UK government has said that:

  • EU citizens 
  • non-EU EEA (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) citizens
  • Swiss citizens

can continue to enter the UK after Brexit (in a deal or no-deal scenario) using a valid passport or national identity card (although non-EU EEA citizens will not be able to use a national identity card in a 'no-deal' scenario).

You will be able to use ePassport gates where these are available at the airport and where:

  • your passport has a ‘chip’; and
  • you are 12 years old or over

Eligible family members of EU/ EEA/Swiss citizens who are not themselves EU/EEA/Swiss citizens will need to obtain a family permit before entering the UK.

If a the Withdrawal Agreement is agreed, EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens and their eligible family members already in the UK before the UK leaves the EU and those who come to the UK during the transitional/ implementation period can apply for immigration permission in the UK under a scheme designed by the UK government known as the EU Settlement Scheme. They will need to do this if they wish to remain in the UK after the end of the transitional / implementation period, or otherwise apply under another category of the immigration Rules. 

If an agreement between the UK and the EU is not reached, the settlement scheme will operate in much more restricted capacity, and there will be separate provisions for those coming to the UK the day after the UK leaves the EU

NOTE The scheme will also be available to those who were resident in the UK before the UK leaves the EU and who meet the eligibility criteria, but who are temporarily absent from the UK when the UK leaves the EU for a period and/or reason described under the definition of ‘continuous qualifying period’ in Annex 1- Definitions.

For students intending to study in the UK in 2020/21

Information accurate as of 12 April 2019, taken from the UK Council for International Student Affairs website

Starting at York St John University after 2020

The following information is for students coming in the academic year 2020-2021 (usually September/ October 2020 to June/July 2021).

Government Student Support and 'home' fee status eligibility

There has, as yet been no decision on either fee status or student support for those planning to arrive in the UK to study a further or higher education course in the academic year 2020/21.

​Immigration 

If a final agreement is reached, EEA nationals and their eligible family members can still come to the UK (without requiring a visa) until the end of the transitional/ implementation period (currently 31 December 2020). They can apply for immigration permission in the UK under a scheme designed by the UK government known as the EU Settlement Scheme. They will need to do this if they wish to remain in the UK after the end of the transitional / implementation period, or otherwise apply under another category of the immigration Rules. Those arriving from 1 January 2021 will need to apply for immigration permission to come to the UK under a category of the immigration Rules which are in  place at that time.

If an agreement between the UK and the EU is not reached, the settlement scheme will operate in much more restricted capacity, and there will be separate provisions for those coming to the UK after the UK leaves the EU

Erasmus+ and study abroad

We have a strong commitment to enabling students to study and work abroad. Many of our students participate in the Erasmus+ programme, which is funded by the European Commission and provides a grant for students to study and work in Europe.

There is no immediate change to our participation in Erasmus+. We will be working to protect our involvement and to preserve and develop the close links we have with European universities.

The Draft Withdrawal Agreement confirms that UK universities will continue to be able to participate in the current Erasmus+ programme until its end date in December 2020 and that there will be no change in UK-EU immigration rules until 1 January 2021.

You can contact the Study Abroad team with queries on Erasmus+ and study abroad.

If you have any further queries about how Brexit might affect you as an EU student, please contact eu@yorksj.ac.uk 

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