Brexit: information for current students
Wednesday 30 October 2019
The EU has granted another extension to the Brexit deadline until 31 January 2020 meaning the UK will not now leave the EU on 31 October.
A General Election has been called for 12 December, to decide the next Government. The outcome of this election will affect the approach taken to Brexit.
We are continuing to monitor the ongoing parliamentary discussions and will provide any new information as it becomes available to support you.
Immigration and travel
Your immigration and associated fee status have not changed as a result of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
Information on travel for all students
We know that some students may be travelling for the half-term break, or for study or personal reasons during October.
If the UK exits the European Union without a deal, there is potential for travel disruption, additional costs and delays due to changes in regulations and border controls. This may impact entry and exit to and from EU member states and the UK, mobile roaming charges, driving licence restrictions, car rental arrangements and travel insurance.
In the event of a no-deal Brexit, it is impossible to know whether any travel disruption will occur, and if so how long it might last. Given the present uncertainty, we advise that you consider any travel plans carefully.
If you already have travel planned over this period, you don’t need to cancel it, but you should be prepared to adjust your plans. If you are a member of staff, a postgraduate researcher or a student and you plan to travel, we advise you to let your school, faculty or division know.
If you choose to book travel in this period, you should ensure you understand the associated cost of cancellation before booking. In addition to potential travel disruptions, a no-deal Brexit could have an impact on travel insurance.
Please keep checking the travel advice issued by the FCO at the point of booking international travel and immediately before travelling.
Anyone travelling to an EU member state should check their passport against country requirements on the gov.uk website – most countries require at least six months to remain before the expiry date. British passport holders will have to join the queue for third-country nationals. If you hold an EU passport or ID card as well as a British passport, you will be able to exit the UK on the British passport but enter Europe on the EU document.
Information on travel and the EU Settlement Scheme for EU students
Please visit our Student Visa Services page for the latest information on travel and the EU Settlement Scheme for current EU students.
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.
Erasmus+ and study abroad
There is no immediate change to our participation in Erasmus+.
The Draft Withdrawal Agreement confirms that UK universities will continue to be able to participate in the current Erasmus+ programme until its end date in December 2020 and that there will be no change in UK-EU immigration rules until 1 January 2021.
If the UK exits without a deal then the situation will change and you can find more information here about a No Deal Brexit.
You can contact the Global Opportunities team with queries on Erasmus and study abroad.
If you are thinking of studying at Bristol, read our guidance for prospective students in light of Brexit.