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.

Together with our partners in the sector and Universities UK, we have been doing a significant amount of work to prepare for Brexit.  From 31 January 2020 to 31 December 2020,  the UK will no longer be a member of the EU but will continue to be subject to EU rules and remain a member of the single market and customs union. This will be known as the ‘transition period’ and during this time the UK will negotiate its future trading relationship with the EU

During the transition period, 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 or +44(0)151 794 3030.

European Union students applying for entry in 2020


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

Following the UK General Election result in December 2019, the UK leaves the European Union on 31st January 2020 with a ‘deal’ in place.  The UK will remain a full participating Programme country in the Erasmus+ programme until the 31st December 2020. Even after the 31st December 2020 Liverpool students due to spend a period abroad through Erasmus in the academic year 2019/20 will remain part of the Erasmus exchange programme and we expect to participate as usual in the Erasmus scheme during 2020/21.

The UK’s participation in the new Erasmus+ programme, which begins at the start of the academic 2021/22, has yet to be decided by the UK government and will be a matter for the upcoming EU-UK negotiations.

In the event that the UK does not participate in the new Erasmus+ programme (2021/22 onwards) 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 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:

Students from our Erasmus partner universities interested in coming to Liverpool

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 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:
+44 (0)151 795 5508.

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