Brexit: information for current students

Latest news

14 January 2020

The House of Commons approved the Withdrawal Agreement Bill on Thursday 9 January. It is expected to be approved by the House of Lords next week and be given Royal Assent before 31 January 2020. It is now unlikely that the UK will leave the EU without a deal.

After 31 January, the UK will enter 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 national operations and European relationships until the transition ends.

We are continuing to monitor the ongoing political developments and will provide any new information as it becomes available.

Immigration and travel

A Brexit deal has been approved in principle between the UK and the EU. It is expected that this will be signed by 31 January, after which there will be an implementation period which is expected to last until 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.

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; you will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme in order to remain in the UK. See the information about the EU Settlement Scheme in the drop-down section below. You can get help with applying at the Information Point at 5 Tyndall Avenue. 

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 on the fees and funding web page.

Erasmus+ and study abroad

If the Brexit deal is approved by the UK and EU there will be no immediate change to our participation in Erasmus+.

The 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.

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 funding the programme and we are working to ensure exchange agreements are still in place with partner universities in the EU after the UK leaves.

In the unlikely event that 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.

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

Edit this page