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 will continue to 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.

Immigration status

The Government has provided reassurance that there will be no change to the immigration status of EU students who are already here or who arrive before the end of the Government’s Brexit implementation period on 31 December 2020. This was confirmed in the Government’s Statement of Intent on the EU Settlement Scheme.

EU nationals who already live in the UK, or who arrive by 31 December 2020, will be able to apply for ‘settled status’. This will enable them to live, work and study in the UK for as long as they like. The settlement scheme will open fully in March 2019 and the deadline for applications will be 30 June 2021.

The immigration status of EU citizens arriving in the UK after 31 December 2020 will depend on the kind of relationship the UK negotiates with the EU and the migration system that is established after withdrawal.


The Government has confirmed there will be no change to the tuition fee status of current EU students attending UK universities or for those coming for courses starting in 2019-20.

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 fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities following the agreed transition period are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations.

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 2019-20.

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

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

The UK Government has guaranteed to underwrite Erasmus+ funding for students 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.  Even if the UK does not participate in Erasmus in the longer-term, 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.  

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.  

Please continue to check these webpages over the coming months as they will be updated with the latest information as soon as it is available.

The Study Abroad Team can be contacted on +44 (0)151 795 5508.