Brexit: information for current students

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30 January 2020

The Government’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill was approved by Parliament and the House of Lords and given Royal Assent. On 29 January the European Parliament ratified the deal. The UK will leave the EU with this deal on 31 January.

After 31 January, the UK enters a transition period, currently due to end on 31 December 2020. During this period the UK will cease to be an EU member but will continue to follow its rules; it is anticipated that there will be few significant changes to our university operations and European relationships until the transition ends.

We will continue to monitor developments during the coming months and will provide any new information as it becomes available.

Immigration and travel

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. We are now in an implementation period that will end on 31 December 2020. During this transition period, there will be no change to your immigration and associated fee status and you will not need to do anything immediately. You will be able to travel freely between the UK and the EU as before. You won’t need to do anything different or provide any additional evidence.

If your course continues past 31 December 2020 and you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen or a relative of a family member who is, will be living and studying in the UK post-Brexit and are not a British citizen; we recommend that you apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you are eligible. Please visit  Student Visa Services for the latest information on travel and the EU settlement scheme for current students.

You can get help with applying at the Information Point.

Fees and funding for EU students from 2021/22

Fees for students starting in 2021/22 onwards

The UK Government has confirmed that students starting their studies in the academic year 2021/22 will no longer be eligible for home fee status.
Fees for EU students will be charged in line with overseas fees from 2021/22 onwards.

Fees for students starting in 2020/21 onwards

If you are an EU student and started your course in 2020/21 or earlier:

  1. You will continue to pay the same fees as home students for the duration of your course.
  2. Existing rules around financial support and home fees will still apply.

Fees for deferring students

If you are an EU student deferring your entry from 2020/21 to 2021/22, you will no longer be eligible for home fees and will be charged in line with overseas fees. 


Our Think Big undergraduate scholarship and Think Big postgraduate scholarship schemes are designed to provide financial support to our international community of scholars and innovators.

It is expected that a significant number of scholarships will be made available to EU students for 2021/22 entry, to help with the increased costs. Scholarships for EU and international students for 2021/22 entry will be available soon from our scholarships search.

Student loans

EU students who are eligible under current rules to receive loans and grants from the Student Loans Company (SLC) will continue to do so for the duration of their course.

Postgraduate EU students will also continue to have access to loans for Master’s study. Further information about postgraduate loans is available.

Erasmus+ and study abroad

Following Brexit, UK universities will continue to be able to participate in the current Erasmus+ programme until its end date in December 2020. This will enable students nominated for an Erasmus+ study or work placement in the 2020/21 academic year to complete their mobility and receive a grant. There will be no change in UK-EU immigration rules until 1 January 2021.

Beyond that, the UK’s future participation in Erasmus+ will depend on the negotiations over the future relationship with the EU. Whatever the outcomes of these negotiations, the University has committed to continue to support our exchange programmes in Europe, preserving and developing the close links we have with some of the best European universities.

You can contact the Global Opportunities team with queries on Erasmus and study abroad.

Further information

Information for prospective students

If you are thinking of studying at Bristol, read our guidance for prospective students in light of Brexit.

Information for postgraduate researchers

Information about Brexit relevant to postgraduate research students can be found in this section and on our Staff pages.

Specific guidance:

EU Settlement Scheme - latest information

Travel advice - Topic Briefing

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