Information for current students on the UK leaving the EU

We value our international student community. Every single student at the University contributes to our welcoming and diverse community and we take great pride in offering a truly international experience for all of our students. 

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union means there will be a slightly different long-term future for the University and the Higher Education sector as a whole.

Many of you will have concerns about the impact of a break with the EU. Together with our partners in the sector and Universities UK, we have been doing a significant amount of work to prepare for Brexit.

Advice if you are travelling to the EU for less than three months (applicable to students of all nationalities)

If you are planning a stay in the EU for less than three months which includes 31 October 2019 or starts on or after 31 October, you should follow the advice set out within this section of the webpage. The following advice applies to students of all nationalities and at any level of study.

To ensure that your trip goes smoothly in the event of the UK exiting the EU, you should take the following actions where applicable:

If you have any queries about your trip, please contact your School Student Support / Teaching Support Office.

Advice if you are travelling to the EU for three months or more and you are a UK national (Home student)

If you are going to be abroad in the EU for three months or more on or after 31 October  2019, you should follow the advice set out within this section of the webpage.

Please note that the following advice applies to UK national students at any level of study.

To ensure that your trip goes smoothly in the event of the UK exiting the EU, you should read and follow the advice above under ‘Advice if you are travelling to the EU for less than three months.’ In addition, you should take the following actions where applicable:

  • If you are a British national, read  the UK Government advice for British nationals living in Europe
  • Sign up for email alerts for the Living in Country guides for your EU country of temporary residence
  • If you are a British national and intend to leave your EU country of temporary residence (e.g. to come back for a weekend to visit family in the UK), and then return to your EU placement, you should:
    • Read the UK Government’s guidance about Passport rules for travel to Europe after Brexit
    • Use the Government’s online tool to check your passport is valid for travelling back to Europe and take any appropriate action

If you have any queries about your trip, please contact your School Student Support / Teaching Support Office

 

Immigration status

If you are travelling outside the UK after the 12 April 2019, we would advise you to carry your passport to show the immigration officer on arrival back to the UK, rather than just your national ID card.

*Please note, the immigration information in the boxes below does not apply to UK nationals, Irish nationals or those who already hold status as a permanent resident of the UK.

In the event of the UK leaving the EU with a deal

In the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal

Fees

EU students starting their courses (undergraduate, taught postgraduate or research) in the academic year 2019/20 will be eligible for the Home tuition fee and will be able to apply for the tuition fee loan for the duration of their programmes, even if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The Government has confirmed that EU students starting university in 2020/21 academic year will also have guaranteed home fee status and financial support for the duration of their courses.

This means that EU students studying at UK universities will pay the same fees as 'home' students for the full duration of their course, even if the course finishes after the UK has left the EU.

The UK government has not yet confirmed whether or not EU students starting their courses (undergraduate, taught postgraduate or research) in the academic year 2021/22 and beyond will be eligible for the Home tuition fee or be able to apply for the tuition fee loan.

Financial support

Separate statements from across all UK nations confirm that there has been no change in the eligibility requirements for current EU students at UK universities to receive loans and/or grants to fund their studies for the full duration of their course. The same will apply to those students who start in 2020/21.

The University’s Advice and Guidance Team is on hand to offer support. Email: ssa@liverpool.ac.uk or call +44(0)151 794 5863.

If you are considering a period abroad in the EU through Erasmus+

The situation regarding the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus programme depends whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a Withdrawal Agreement in place.

If the UK leaves the EU with a withdrawal agreement in place, it is highly likely that the UK will participate in Erasmus+ until the end of the current Erasmus programme in 2020.

In the event of the UK leaving the EU without an agreement (i.e. a no-deal), the European Commission has put in place contingency measures to support Erasmus students abroad at the time of exit and the UK Government has guaranteed to underwrite Erasmus+ funding for students (under specific circumstances) until the end of 2020. 

The UK’s participation in Erasmus after 2020 (and any potential alternative funding from Government) is yet to be clarified. The University of Liverpool will continue its positive relationships with its European university exchange partners. We are committed to sending our students on exchange to our EU partners, and to welcoming students from those partners to our campus for periods of exchange, whether within or without the Erasmus scheme. 

The University values the huge benefits that a period of study abroad can bring for students, and we look forward to continuing to provide such opportunities for our own students going abroad within the EU, as well as for students from our EU partners coming to Liverpool.  

In the event of the UK leaving the Erasmus+ programme, the University is guaranteeing  that no students, due to study or work abroad in the EU in the period from 2019/20 until (and including) 2022/23 will be financially worse off as a result of the UK leaving the EU. This includes applicants to language programmes at the University.

The Study Abroad Team can be contacted on saenq@liv.ac.uk +44 (0)151 795 5508.