Information for prospective 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.

As the country prepares to leave the EU, we will endeavour to keep you as up-to-date as possible on any changes that may affect you.

You may also wish to keep abreast of the latest developments by monitoring the UK Council for International Student Affairs website, which summarises the pertinent updates from government.

You can also contact our Admissions Team pgosi@liverpool.ac.uk or +44(0)151 794 3030.

European Union students applying for entry in 2020

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. Please note, if you apply for study in 2020 and choose to defer entry to 2021, you may be subject to the 2021 fee system.

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 applies for those starting university in 2020/21.

EU students attending universities in England, Northern Ireland and Wales who are eligible under current rules to receive loans and grants from their respective student finance organisations will continue to do so for the duration of their course, even if it only ends after the UK has left the EU.

Under EU law, students from EU nationals are currently eligible for free tuition for undergraduate degrees in Scotland. The Scottish Government and Universities Scotland have confirmed that there has been no change in current funding arrangements for EU students.

Participation in the Erasmus+ programme

The situation regarding the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus programme depends on 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 (ie with 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 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.

More information is available here: https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/brexit-update

Students applying for full degree study in Entry 2020

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 academic year 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.

Students from our Erasmus partner universities interested in coming to Liverpool in 2020/21

We look forward to continuing to host students from our EU partner universities on our campus after leaving the EU. Students from our Erasmus partners who are interested in coming to Liverpool during the 2020/21 academic year should contact the International Office at their home university in the first instance.

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:
saenq@liverpool.ac.uk
+44 (0)151 795 5508.