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EU Advice

Following the referendum in June 2016 on the UK’s membership in the EU, the University of Kent is committed to supporting students and staff in this transition period.

UKCISA advice for students on post-Brexit rules and entitlement

Read latest advice and guidance from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA); the UK's national advisory body serving the interests of international students and those who work with them.

Applicants 2019/20

The UK Government has confirmed that existing arrangements covering tuition fees for EU students will be extended for a further year to cover those students starting university in the academic year 2019/20. Read the full statement here

EU students will pay the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of their course, and continue to be eligible for financial support for the duration of their course.

Read more on the SLC website

Current students

EU students’ immigration status and associated fee status, as well as their access to the student loan book, have not changed as a result of the vote. The same is true for both EU students on ERASMUS programmes at Kent and UK students on ERASMUS programmes in the EU.

Staff research enquiries

A number of colleagues have asked about how the Referendum result affects the UK’s ability to access European research funding, Horizon 2020.

The UK is still a member state, and will remain so until the Article 50 negotiations are completed, and therefore staff at UK institutions can apply as they have always done. In addition David Cameron has confirmed that research contracts signed before the date on which the UK leaves the EU will be honoured through to the end.

Read the formal announcement from Jo Johnson.

We would encourage all those considering applying for European funding to continue with their plans. Not only is it an excellent source of funding, and facilitates incredibly productive collaborations, but it demonstrates that Kent is outward looking, engaged, and will remain the UK’s European university.

For help and advice on applying to the EC for funding, do talk to your Faculty Funding Officers, as follows:

HR advice for staff

Currently, the immigration status of EU staff has not changed as a result of the vote though it isn’t known what changes there might be in the future. For more information email or visit the HR webpages.


The terms of Brexit are as yet unknown and we are following developments closely. This includes at present uncertainty around the future funding arrangements of the Erasmus+ programme.

The University of Kent is working closely with the UK’s Erasmus National Agency as well as other national and European bodies to lobby strongly for the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus+ Programme post-Brexit.

We very much hope that this can be achieved. However, in the event that this is not possible the University remains committed to supporting student mobility opportunities and is exploring ways in which we may continue to realise this aim.

BREXIT UPDATE (October 2018)

(This statement has been issued by UK Government)

The UK Government has made it clear that it values international exchanges and collaboration in education and training. The joint report on progress during phase 1 of negotiations between the UK and the EU states that ‘following withdrawal from the Union, the UK will continue to participate in the Union programmes financed by the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020 until their closure’.

Erasmus+ is one such programme and under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement UK organisations’ eligibility to apply for Erasmus+ funds during this period will remain unchanged for the duration of projects under the current programme. On this basis, the UK Government encourages UK organisations to continue to bid for Erasmus+ funding. Click here to read the full statement

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Last Updated: 26/11/2018