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The implications of the outcome of the UK referendum on its membership of the European Union

The result of the UK referendum announced on Friday 24 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 will negotiate 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 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 £66m in 2014/15). 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.

For EU students starting in the academic year 2016/17, or continuing their studies in 2016/17:

Is there any change to the 2016/17 tuition fee? 

EU students who are registered at the University in 2016/17 (either as a new or continuing student) will continue to be charged the home rate for tuition fees for all subsequent years of their programme. For students starting in 2016/17 these are outlined in offer letters (see Your contract with the University page). Changes to fees and charges in subsequent years for on-course students who start in 2016/17 are set out on the Changes to Fees and Charges 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?

There will be no immediate changes to immigration status and fee status.

Will I be able to apply for student loan support?

The Student Loans Company has confirmed that eligible EU undergraduate students already on course, and eligible undergraduate and postgraduate EU students who are commencing an eligible course in the 2016/17 academic year, will be able to apply for student loan support for the duration of their course.

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

In a statement on international collaboration post the EU referendum, Research Councils UK (RCUK) have confirmed that “EU students are presently eligible for fees-only funding under Research Council support for postgraduate training. EU students eligible for RCUK support under current rules will continue to be eligible for RCUK fees-only support if currently undertaking or about to start in the 2016/17 academic year, and will continue to receive fees-only funding for the duration of their courses. Future funding arrangements for EU students will be determined as part of the UK’s discussions on its future relationship.”

For EU students intending to apply for entry in the academic year 2017/18, or holding an offer for deferred entry in 2017/18:

What tuition fees will I be charged in the academic year 2017/18?

You can find fee information for your intended course via our Fees, Funding and Scholarships Search for undergraduate and graduate students. EU students who begin their studies at the University in 2017/18 will be charged the home rate for tuition fees for all years of their programme. The fees will be outlined in your offer letter and governed by the University’s terms and conditions (see Your contract with the University page). Changes to fees and charges in subsequent years for on-course students who start in 2017/18 are set out on the Changes to Fees and Charges pages for undergraduate or graduate study.

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 referendum. 

Will I be able to apply for student loan support?

Student loan support arrangements for EU students commencing their studies in 2017/18 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. Information will be updated on this page as soon as it is announced.

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

In a statement on international collaboration post the EU referendum, Research Councils UK (RCUK) have confirmed that “EU students are presently eligible for fees-only funding under Research Council support for postgraduate training. EU students eligible for RCUK support under current rules will continue to be eligible for RCUK fees-only support if currently undertaking or about to start in the 2016/17 academic year, and will continue to receive fees-only funding for the duration of their courses. Future funding arrangements for EU students will be determined as part of the UK’s discussions on its future relationship.” Information regarding RCUK fees-only support will be updated on this page as soon as it is announced.

Where can I find information and advice on studying in the UK and the impact of the referendum?

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

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 the implication of the referendum result become clear and 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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Page updated 1 September 2016