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Kent and Brexit: Advice for students

The University of Kent is and will continue to remain committed to its position in Europe, and recognises the importance of research, teaching and student mobility across Europe. We are unique in our location as the gateway UK county to the European continent and our local and regional connections to Europe are part of our DNA.

Kent remains proud of its European Centres in Brussels, Paris, Rome and Athens and will continue to build these centres as part of our global outreach. We also seek to ensure the continuation of our rich partnerships across Europe.

Whilst we are still unclear of the UK’s position regarding its exit from the EU, we endeavour to continue to provide support and guidance to our students. This page will continue to be updated with the latest information as more details become available.

 

Prospective EU students

Information accurate as of 7 February 2019, taken from the UK Council for International Student Affairs website

Starting at Kent 2019/20

The funding bodies in England, Scotland and Wales have all given some assurances to EU nationals about continuing eligibility for loans and grants. See further information on:

If a final agreement is reached, EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens and their eligible family members already in the UK before 30 March 2019 and those who come to the UK during the transitional/ implementation period can apply for immigration permission in the UK under a scheme designed by the UK government known as the EU Settlement Scheme. They will need to do this if they wish to remain in the UK after the end of the transitional / implementation period, or otherwise apply under another category of the immigration Rules. 

If an agreement between the UK and the EU is not reached, the settlement scheme will operate in much more restricted capacity, and there will be separate provisions for those coming to the UK from 30 March 2019

Starting at Kent after 2020

There has, as yet, been no decision on either fee status or student support for those planning to arrive in the UK to study a further or higher education course in the academic year 2020/21. ​

If a final agreement is reached, EEA nationals and their eligible family members can still come to the UK (without requiring a visa) until the end of the transitional/ implementation period (currently 31 December 2020). They can apply for immigration permission in the UK under a scheme designed by the UK government known as the EU Settlement Scheme. They will need to do this if they wish to remain in the UK after the end of the transitional / implementation period, or otherwise apply under another category of the immigration Rules. Those arriving from 1 January 2021 will need to apply for immigration permission to come to the UK under a category of the immigration Rules which are in place at that time.

If an agreement between the UK and the EU is not reached, the settlement scheme will operate in much more restricted capacity, and there will be separate provisions for those coming to the UK from 30 March 2019

 

Current EU students

Information accurate as of 7 February 2019, taken from the UK Council for International Student Affairs website

The EU Settlement Scheme will allow EU citizens to continue living, studying and working in the UK post-Brexit. The EU Settlement Scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019. However, from 21 January 2019 a pilot of the EU Settlement Scheme will be open to EU students living in the UK. You may be able to apply now if you are:

  • an EU national with a valid passport (not identity card), or
  • a non-EU citizen who has a residence card or permanent residence card issued on the basis of an application you made on or after 6 April 2015.

For further information see the UK Council for International Student Affairs website.

Kent Union have also published advice for EU students: Brexit - What does it mean for EU students?

Erasmus+ programme

Information accurate as of 7 February 2019

Kent students currently on an Erasmus placement in Europe 2018/19

Whilst we are still unclear of the UK’s position regarding its exit from the EU, we would like to provide reassurance with regard to Kent students undertaking an Erasmus+ placement during this current academic year (2018/19). We can confirm that in a case of a “no-deal” outcome and subsequent departure of the UK from the EU on 29th March 2019, you will be able to complete your Erasmus+ placement on the same basis as before that date, until the end of the academic year 2018/19. Any Erasmus+ grant you are eligible for will also be unaffected.

Students from other European universities currently on an Erasmus placement at Kent 2018/19

Whilst we are still unclear of the UK’s position regarding its exit from the EU, we would like to provide reassurance with regard to students undertaking an Erasmus+ placement at the University of Kent during this current academic year (2018/19). We can confirm that in a case of a “no-deal” outcome and subsequent departure of the UK from the EU on 29th March 2019, you will be able to complete your Erasmus+ placement on the same basis as before that date, until the end of the academic year 2018/19.

Kent students preparing to carry out an Erasmus placement in 2019/20

For the academic year 2019/20 and beyond, the precise position of the UK within Erasmus+ in a “no-deal” scenario is still to emerge. However, the UK Government has made it clear that it values international exchanges and collaboration in education and training. We are closely monitoring this unprecedented situation and are maintaining regular contact with our National Agency (British Council). We are anticipating further guidance will be issued via the National Agency in the coming days and weeks.

Students from other European universities preparing to carry out an Erasmus placement at Kent in 2019/20

For the academic year 2019/20 and beyond, the precise position of the UK within Erasmus+ in a “no-deal” scenario is still to emerge. However, the UK Government has made it clear that it values international exchanges and collaboration in education and training. We are closely monitoring this unprecedented situation and are maintaining regular contact with our National Agency (British Council). We are anticipating further guidance will be issued via the National Agency in the coming days and weeks.

All students

As an institution we seek to ensure the continuation of our rich partnerships across Europe and enormously value the exchanges we have with many universities. We look forward to continuing this cooperation in the future and finding solutions to any challenges ahead. Furthermore, we are in discussions with our European partner universities regarding the continuation of our student exchanges through the establishment of bilateral student exchanges in the event that the UK is no longer permitted to participate in the Erasmus+ scheme. We will of course update you as soon as further information is available.

If you have any questions, please email our Erasmus team: erasmus@kent.ac.uk

 

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Last Updated: 14/02/2019