The UK's European university

Prospective students and applicants

Information accurate as of 25 April 2019, taken from the UK Council for International Student Affairs website

 

"I plan to start at Kent in the academic year 2019/20"

Information accurate as of 25 April 2019, taken from the UK Council for International Student Affairs website

Fees and Funding

The funding bodies in England, Scotland and Wales have all given some assurances to EU nationals about continuing eligibility for loans and grants. Read further information here: Government Student Support that has been guaranteed.

Immigration

The UK government has said that EU citizens, non-EU EEA (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) citizens and Swiss citizens can continue to enter the UK after Brexit (in a deal or no-deal scenario) using a valid passport or national identity card (although non-EU EEA citizens will not be able to use a national identity card in a 'no-deal' scenario). You will be able to use ePassport gates where these are available at the airport and where your passport has a ‘chip’ and you are 12 years old or over. Eligible family members of EU/ EEA/Swiss citizens who are not themselves EU/EEA/Swiss citizens will need to obtain a family permit before entering the UK. If the Withdrawal Agreement is agreed, EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens and their eligible family members already in the UK before the UK leaves the EU 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. You will need to do this if you 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 the day after the UK leaves the EU.

NOTE The scheme will also be available to those who were resident in the UK before the UK leaves the EU and who meet the eligibility criteria, but who are temporarily absent from the UK when the UK leaves the EU for a period and/or reason described under the definition of ‘continuous qualifying period’ in Annex 1- Definitions.

"I plan to start at Kent in the academic year 2020/21 and beyond"

Fees and Funding

***Update 28 May 2019***

On 28 May 2019, England became the second UK country to confirm its student finance position for EU nationals choosing to commence study in 2020/21. In a published statement, England confirmed that:

"EU students starting university in 2020/21 academic year will have guaranteed home fee status and financial support for the duration of courses in England [...] EU nationals who start a higher education course in England in the 2020/21 academic year will remain eligible for undergraduate and postgraduate financial support, Advanced Learner loans as well as FE and apprenticeships support, whether a deal for leaving the EU is in place or not."

The full statement can be found here.

Immigration

If the Withdrawal Agreement is agreed, 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, but this date could be extended). 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 after the UK leaves the EU

European centres

Students studying for postgraduate degrees at our European Centres will continue to be able to receive appropriate Schengen visas, either through our own legal registration or through our partners.  All degrees delivered at the centres will continue to be fully accredited in the United Kingdom.

 

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Last Updated: 03/10/2019