Brexit: information for current students
Immigration, fee status and travel
Your immigration and associated fee status have not changed as a result of the vote. The government has also confirmed that EU students starting at the University in 2018/19 or 2019/20 will be eligible for home fee status, which means that you will be charged the same tuition fees as UK students throughout the duration of your course. Our fees and funding web page has more information on tuition fees.
If you have any questions about how the various Brexit scenarios may affect you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information on travel for all students
We know that some students may be travelling for the Easter break or for personal reasons during April.
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.
Travel insurance and requesting an underwrite *updated 28-3-19*
Currently, all travel in the event of no-deal is at your own risk unless you have obtained a University 'underwrite' for your travel before leaving the UK. If you would like to discuss your trip being underwritten (applies to work travel only), please email email@example.com and put 'Request for Underwriting Overseas Travel' in the subject line. In the message, include the reason for travel, proposed dates and justification for the trip. You will get a response within seven days.
Additional expenses you could incur without the University underwrite include accommodation and subsistence due to travel delays, replacement travel arrangements and medical costs. This underwrite does not cover any monies lost should you cancel or rearrange your travel plans before leaving the UK.
If the cost of your trip will exceed £3,000, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an 'underwrite' of potential losses in the event that your travel plans do not go ahead for reasons beyond your control relating to Brexit. Please set out the reasons as to why it is necessary to travel in April/May. The University will bear any abortive costs centrally where this underwrite has been received prior to booking. You will receive a response within two working days. A local budget holder will need to fund the cost of cancelled travel and associated costs where these are less than £3,000 or where no prior underwrite has been obtained.
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.
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.