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Oxford and the EU: student Q&As

Page updated 02 July 2018

The implications of the UK plans to leave European Union membership  

The result of the UK referendum in June 2016 was a vote in favour of the UK leaving European Union (EU) membership. Currently, UK membership enables students from across the EU to come to Oxford, and assists Oxford's students to study in Europe. Whilst the UK government is in the process of negotiating an exit agreement with the EU, there are no immediate changes to the current situation. The formal process for leaving the European Union will take some time. The UK is currently scheduled to leave EU membership in March 2019, with a 21 month 'transition period' to follow until December 2020. The University of Oxford is and intends to remain a thriving, cosmopolitan community of scholars and students united in our commitment to education and research. The UK referendum result will not change this; our students from all across the world are as warmly welcome as ever.

EU membership has also enabled Oxford's participation in pan-European research collaborations, and has guaranteed the opportunity to access EU research funding (of some £78m in 2017/18). Research support teams will be actively reviewing funding bids, and we will take guidance from UK Government and relevant agencies on future eligibility and new opportunities.

The information below is correct at the time of writing on the basis of current government policy.

For EU students starting in the academic year 2018/19, or continuing their studies in 2018/19:

What tuition fees will I be charged in the academic year 2018/19?

You can find fee information via our Fees, Funding and Scholarships Search for undergraduate and graduate students. EU students who begin their studies at the University in 2018/19 will be charged the home rate for tuition fees for all years of their course.

For new entrants in 2018/19 the fees will be outlined in your offer letter and governed by the applicable version of the University’s terms and conditions. Information on changes to fees and charges in subsequent years for students who start in 2018/19 are set out on the Changes to Fees and Charges page for undergraduate or graduate study and are also available in the applicable version of the University’s terms and conditions (see Your contract with the University page).

For students who started in 2016/17 or 2017/18 and are continuing their studies in 2018/19, fees for 2018/19 will only increase in accordance with the information on changes to fees and charges set out in the applicable version of the University’s terms and conditions (see Your contract with the University page).

Will my University funding be affected?

If you are in receipt of University funding, the University is committed to the provision of this support.

Will my immigration status and fee status change?

At present, the UK remains in the EU. This means that European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals continue to have the same rights and status, and are subject to the same residence requirements under EU law as was the case before the UK plans to leave EU membership were announced. 

The rights and status of EEA and Swiss nationals in the UK in the future, including immigration status and fee status, are likely to be the subject of negotiations between the UK and the EU during the process of the UK leaving the EU and may well change in the future. This page will be updated as soon as more information is available.

Will I be able to apply for student loan support?

On 21 April 2017, the Student Loans Company confirmed that eligible undergraduate and postgraduate EU students who are commencing or continuing on an eligible course in the 2018/19 academic year, will be able to apply for student loan support for the duration of their course, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU.

Will my Research Councils UK (RCUK) fees-only funding be affected?

On 21 April 2017, the UK government issued a statement to confirm that Research Council studentships remain open to EU students starting or continuing on courses in the 2018/19 academic year. The funding support will cover the duration of the course, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU. Details of Research Council funding, and other scholarships for graduate study at Oxford for entry in academic year 2018/19 are available via our Fees, Funding and Scholarship Search.

Where can I find information and advice on studying in the UK and on the implications of UK plans to leave European Union membership?

Please refer to the UKCISA website for up to date information and advice on studying in the UK.

Will I be able to participate in the Erasmus+ programme?

The Erasmus+ UK National Agency updated its statement on 21 December 2017 confirming that it remains wholly committed to the Erasmus+ programme. Based on statements made by the UK Government and the National Agency, we expect the Erasmus+ programme to be available for years abroad taking place in academic years up to and including the academic year 2019/20.

The University does not yet know whether access to the Erasmus+ programme will be available for years abroad taking place in academic years after 2019/20, as this depends on the negotiations governing the UK’s exit from membership of the EU.

Further information and updates relating to the Erasmus+ programme at Oxford are available at ox.ac.uk/erasmus.

For EU students starting in the academic year 2019/20 or continuing their studies in 2019/20:

What tuition fees will I be charged in the academic year 2019/20?

The UK government has confirmed that EU students commencing their studies in 2019/20 will continue to have ‘Home’ fee status and pay fees at the home rate for the duration of their course.

Fee information for the academic year 2019/20 will be published when applications open in September 2018 via our Fees, Funding and Scholarships Search for undergraduate and graduate students.

For new entrants in 2019/20 the fees will be outlined in your offer letter and governed by the applicable version of the University’s terms and conditions (which will be published on our website from September 2018). Information on changes to fees and charges in subsequent years for students who start in 2019/20 will be published on our website from September 2018 and will also be available in the applicable version of the University’s terms and conditions.

EU students who started in 2016/17, 2017/18 or 2018/19 and are continuing their studies in 2019/20 will be charged the home rate for tuition fees for all years of their course. This will only increase in accordance with the information on changes to fees and charges set out in the applicable version of the University’s terms and conditions (see Your contract with the University page).

Will my University funding be affected?

If you are in receipt of University funding, the University is committed to the provision of this support.

Will my immigration status and fee status change?

The UK government has confirmed that EU students commencing their studies in 2019/20 will continue to have ‘Home’ fee status and pay fees at the home rate for the duration of their course.

At present, the UK remains in the EU and will continue to do so until March 2019. This means that European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals continue to have the same rights and status, and are subject to the same residence requirements under EU law as was the case before the referendum. 

The rights and status of EEA and Swiss nationals in the UK in the future, including immigration status and fee status, are the subject of negotiations between the UK and the EU during the process of the UK leaving the EU and may well change in the future. However, free movement for EU citizens will continue throughout the 'transition period' until December 2020. This page will be updated as soon as more information is available.

Will I be able to apply for student loan support?

The UK government has confirmed that existing student loans will remain available to EU students who are commencing their studies in 2019/20 for the duration of their course. 

Will my Research Councils UK (RCUK) fees-only funding be affected?

The UK government has confirmed that existing postgraduate training support from RCUK will remain available to EU students who are commencing their studies in 2019/20 for the duration of their course. 

Details of Research Council funding, and other scholarships for graduate study at Oxford for entry in academic year 2019/20, will be published via our Fees, Funding and Scholarship Search from September 2018.  

Where can I find information and advice on studying in the UK and on the implications of UK plans to leave European Union membership?

Please refer to the UKCISA website for up to date information and advice on studying in the UK.

Will I be able to participate in the Erasmus+ programme?

The Erasmus+ UK National Agency updated their statement on 21 December 2017 confirming that it remains wholly committed to the Erasmus+ programme. Based on statements made by the UK Government and the National Agency, we expect the Erasmus+ programme to be available for years abroad taking place in academic years up to and including the academic year 2019/20.

The University does not yet know whether access to the Erasmus+ programme will be available for years abroad taking place in academic years after 2019/20, as this depends on the negotiations governing the UK’s exit from membership of the EU.

Further information and updates relating to the Erasmus+ programme at Oxford are available at ox.ac.uk/erasmus.

The University appreciates that there are other questions to which applicants and offer holders seek answers, such as access to the NHS and post-study right to work. The University will update this page as UK and EU negotiations advance.

If you have a question that you would like to ask, you are welcome to use the online form.

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