EU referendum result

The University of Bristol is a truly international university, proud to welcome staff and students from over 120 countries across the world. We are committed to creating an environment where all can flourish and we value every individual who studies or works here.

The UK’s decision to leave the EU will bring about some changes, but it will be a gradual process. In the short-term there are no changes to freedom of movement, immigration status, tuition fees or access to student funding for students from the EU studying in the UK.

The information below addresses some of the questions you may have about studying at the University of Bristol in light of the EU referendum. We will update this page with new information as it is available. 


The UK will not leave the EU for at least two years. During this time it will work with the rest of the EU to determine the exit terms. The University will work to secure terms that are best for our students and staff.

Student fees and loans

The government has confirmed that EU students starting at the University in 2017/18 or 2018/19 will be eligible for home fee status. This means that they will be charged the same tuition fees as UK students throughout the duration of their course. 

EU students who have been registered at the University in 2016/17 (either as a new or continuing student) will continue to be charged the home rate for tuition fees for all subsequent years of their programme.

EU students who are eligible for student loans and grants will still be able to access these for 2017 or 2018 entry.

Our fees and funding web pages have more information about funding for EU students and more information on postgraduate loans.

Erasmus+ and study abroad

We have a strong commitment to enabling students to study and work abroad, and study abroad is a core part of many of our undergraduate degrees.

For many students their time abroad takes place under the framework of the Erasmus+ programme, which is funded by the European Commission, and provides a grant for students to study and work in Europe. While there is no immediate change to our participation in this programme, we will be working to protect our involvement for the future and to preserve and develop the close links that we have with some of the best European universities.

The referendum result will not affect students currently studying or working in the EU and partner countries on the Erasmus+ programme, those who have applied for funding in 2017/18, or those applying for funding in 2018/19. The UK Government has confirmed that it will underwrite Erasmus+ grants for agreements signed while the UK is still an EU member state. 

The EU referendum will not affect students wishing to study at Bristol under the Erasmus+ programme for the 2017/18 or 2018/19 academic years and we are working to ensure that students from our European partners will continue to be welcome at Bristol.

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

Deferred entry

If you have accepted a deferred entry offer to study at the University of Bristol in autumn 2018 but have decided now to start in 2017 please contact our Enquiries Team.


If you are currently studying or you are starting a course in 2017 and are planning on intercalating, you do not 'leave' our institution. When you return after your year out we consider you a continuing student for fee purposes.

Horizon 2020

The referendum result has no immediate effect on those applying to or participating in Horizon 2020. UK researchers and businesses can continue to apply to the programme in the usual way.

For universities that bid for funding from the programme while the UK is still part of the EU, the government has confirmed that they will underwrite the payments of such awards, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU.

The future of UK access to European research funding will be decided as a part of wider discussions with the EU. Please see our Research web pages for general information on EU funded programmes and research.

Bristol is a European city

In the recent referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union, 62 per cent of voters in Bristol voted in favour of remaining in the EU. We echo the words of the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, who said: "Bristol has always been an outward-looking city and we benefit enormously from our overseas relationships...Our reputation as one of Europe’s leading innovative, creative and sustainable cities makes Bristol a valuable asset for partners around the world."

As one of the UK’s leading universities, the University of Bristol is a truly international university. We provide pastoral support for new international students as they arrive in Bristol and throughout their time here.

We will continue to attract some of the brightest students from across the world, and we hope you will be assured that Bristol is a welcoming place to study. The University's equality and discrimination policy reiterates that bullying, harassment or victimisation will not be tolerated.

Further reading

Contact us

If you have any questions please contact the Enquiries Team.
Tel: +44 (0) 117 394 1649


Welcome from the Mayor of Bristol

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, welcomes 'everyone around the world who's thinking of coming to the University of Bristol'. Watch Marvin's Welcome. #weareinternational

EU referendum and tuition fees

For the latest news and announcements about tuition fees for European Union applicants visit the EU referendum and tuition fees webpage.

International office

The International Office at Bristol offers information, support and advice for international students coming to study with us, and welcome and orientation activities for new students. 

Comprehensive sickness insurance

The Home Office has clarified that while EU students are required to have comprehensive sickness insurance (CSI), students will not be removed from the UK or refused entry solely because they do not have it. Read the UKCISA article.

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