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Oxford and the EU: student Q&As

Page updated 12 April 2019

The implications of the UK plans to leave European Union membership  

The UK referendum of June 2016 resulted in a vote in favour of leaving the European Union (EU). Currently, UK membership enables staff from across the EU to come to Oxford to teach and research, and assists Oxford's staff and students to participate in European research programmes. EU membership has enabled Oxford's participation in pan-European collaborations, and guaranteed the opportunity to access EU research funding (of some £78m in 2017/18).

The UK government has negotiated a withdrawal agreement with the EU, which remains subject to approval by a vote of the UK parliament. Parliament has rejected the current deal on three occasions, while also voting for a motion opposing a “no deal” exit and against any of the alternatives that have so far been proposed.

The UK government and the EU have now agreed a second extension to the UK’s departure date in order to secure the passage of the withdrawal agreement and necessary legislation. This extension will last no longer than 31 October 2019. Should the withdrawal agreement be ratified before this date, the UK will leave on the first day of the month following this, or on 1 November 2019. If the withdrawal agreement is not ratified by 22 May 2019, the UK will be required to participate in the upcoming European parliamentary elections. If elections are not held in the UK, the extension will end on 31 May 2019 and the UK will leave without a deal.

If a withdrawal agreement is not in place by the date of departure, then the UK will face leaving under a “no deal” scenario. The University is making preparations for this possibility.

Whatever the outcome, 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 departure from the EU will not change this; our staff and students from all across the world are as warmly welcome as ever.

The information below is correct at the time of writing on the basis of current UK government and EU policy and will be updated as new advice is issued.

For all current students

I plan to travel abroad this spring. Do I need to do anything?

Until there is clarity on the nature of UK’s withdrawal from the EU, it is not possible to provide specific advice about travel arrangements. For the time being, you should continue to arrange your travel as you would have previously, and check this page on the UK Government website for updates as close to the date of travel as possible.  Further information is also available on the UKCISA website.

What is the current advice for travel after the UK's departure if we get an agreement?

If a deal with the UK and EU Government is reached before this date, there will be no changes to current visa requirements or entitlements until the end date of the transition period, which is likely to be December 31, 2020.

What is the current advice for travel after the UK's departure if there is no deal?

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, you should keep up-to-date with information on the Government website and news and consider that there might be some delays at entry points into the UK.

The Government’s current passport advice is that under no deal UK nationals will need a minimum of six months remaining on their existing passport prior to travelling to Europe. If, for example, you have a ten-year passport which will be older than 9 years and 6 months on the date you plan to travel, it will need to be renewed in advance. A passport checking service has been provided on the gov.uk website. The gov.uk website also provides specific guidance for UK passport holders wishing to travel after the exit date, in the event of a no deal, as new rules will apply depending on the country that you are visiting. There is also additional guidance to cover travel to the EU by land, sea or rail.

The Government has now also outlined its proposals for new EU students arriving in the UK after the exit date to begin a new course of study.

Further information is also available on the UKCISA website for students.

I am planning to drive in the EU after the UK's departure. What should I do?

UK students planning to drive in the EU after Brexit will need to follow additional requirements. In the event of no deal, it is likely that an international driving permit will be required to drive a car whilst visiting an EU country. Guidance on the gov.uk website is changing regularly, but does provide an email alert service for those needing to drive in the EU immediately after the exit date.

What will happen to reciprocal EU/EEA healthcare arrangements after the exit date?

If a deal with the UK and EU Government is reached before this date, there will be no changes to the rights and status of EU citizens living in the UK until June 30, 2021. Even if the UK leaves without a deal, there will be no changes until December 31, 2020. For UK citizens travelling to the EU, the status of the European Health Insurance Card in the event of no deal remains uncertain. For more information see the EHIC Government webpages.

I am a postgraduate working with a research team funded by an ongoing Horizon 2020 grant. What will happen to this funding?

Regardless of the form that Brexit takes your project will continue. If we leave with a withdrawal agreement, you will see no change. If there is no deal, the Government’s underwrite will apply. The project, and your participation, will therefore continue for the lifetime of the project. There may need to be an amendment to the grant agreement to allow for the change of status of UK participants from EU Member State participants to third country participants, who are not funded by the EC.

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

Oxford remains wholly committed to the Erasmus+ programme and to ensuring student exchanges with European partner universities continue.  The University is strongly advocating for continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme, including access to funding contributions for undergraduates’ compulsory years abroad.

It is expected that year abroad arrangements will be in place for activity taking place in academic years up to and including the academic year 2019-20. The University is seeking further clarification on the Year Abroad arrangements in the event of a no deal scenario, and is also exploring contingency options for any future changes in arrangements to help reduce the impact on students in the event that contributions towards year abroad living costs, currently provided by Erasmus+ funding, are reduced.

If you are due to have a year abroad during your studies, you should continue to plan as you have previously, and the University will ensure you are  informed of any developments about participation in the Erasmus+ programme as these are announced on the National Agency’s webpage. Further information and updates relating to the Erasmus+ programme at Oxford are available at ox.ac.uk/erasmus.

For current EU students

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

EU students who began their studies at the University in 2018/19 or earlier will be charged the home rate for tuition fees for all years of their programme. The fees payable were outlined in your offer letter and are governed by the applicable version of the University’s terms and conditions (see Your contract with the University page). You can find fee information for your course via our Fees, Funding and Scholarships Search for graduate and undergraduate students.

Changes to fees and charges in subsequent years for students who started in or after 2016/17 are set out on the Changes to Fees and Charges page and 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 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. 

If a deal with the UK and EU Government is reached, there will be no changes to current visa requirements or entitlements until the end date of the transition period likely to be December 31, 2020. You will be able to apply under the EU settlement scheme if you wish, see the student visa webpages. 

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal and you were resident in the UK before this time you may need to apply for pre-settled or settled status depending on the duration of your stay in the UK, particularly if you wish to remain after December 31, 2020. See the student visa pages for further information. If you are a new student, starting your course after the exit date, see the information below for students starting in 2019/20.

This page will be updated as more information becomes available during the negotiation phase. 

Will I be able to apply for student loan support?

On April 21, 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 UKRI research councils fees-only funding be affected?

On April 21, 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.

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

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

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 2019/20 will be charged course fees at the home rate for all years of their course.

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. Information on changes to fees and charges in subsequent years for students who start in 2019/20 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).

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 course 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 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.

Will my immigration status change?

At present, the UK remains in the EU and will continue to do so until an exit date is agreed. 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. 

If a deal with the UK and EU Government is reached, there will be no changes to current visa requirements or entitlements until the end date of the transition period likely to be December 31, 2020. You will also be able to apply under the EU settlement scheme, see the student visa webpages

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the Government has outlined the new arrangements for students arriving in the UK after this date to start their studies.

This page will be updated as more information becomes available during the negotiation phase.

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 UKRI research councils fees-only funding be affected?

The UK government has confirmed that existing postgraduate training support from UKRI research councils 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, 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.

The University understands that there are other questions to which many students, 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.

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