Brexit: information for current students
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.
Information on travel for all students
As 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, removing some of the risk and associated issues of a no deal scenario. During the following transition period to 31 December 2020, it is expected that travel conditions and processes will remain much the same as they are currently.
In the unlikely event that the UK exits the EU 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. 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 on or around 31 January, 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
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.
If you are thinking of studying at Bristol, read our guidance for prospective students in light of Brexit.