New arrival guidance
Brexit: Advice for EU, EEA and Swiss students arriving in the UK after the end of the transitional period (31 December 2020)
Brexit may result in a range of changes over the coming years but the friendly and multicultural atmosphere at the University of Sunderland will stay the same.
Following the result of the EU Referendum in June 2016 the UK is set to leave the EU on 31 January 2020.
The ‘withdrawal agreement’ between the UK and the EU has now passed through the UK parliamentary process, meaning that when the UK leaves the EU on 31 January 2020 it will do so ‘with a deal’ and as such will enter a transitional period until 31 December 2020. During the transitional period EU laws will continue to apply in the UK, as will freedom of movement between the EU and UK for citizens.
Status of EU, EEA and Swiss nationals arriving in the UK after 'exit day'
EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who enter the UK during the transitional period will be able to do so under the current freedom of movement rules.
EU, EEA and Swiss nationals will have until 30 June 2021 to make an application under the EU settlement scheme (see 'Residence guidance' tab).
EU, EEA, or Swiss nationals who arrive in the UK after 31 December 2020 (the end of the transitional period) will need to do so under the new immigration system, the details of which are yet yet to be announced.
Tuition fees and loan eligibility
There will be no change to the tuition fee status of current EU students attending UK universities or for those coming for courses starting in 2019–20 and 2020–21. This means that EU students studying at UK universities will pay the same fees as 'home' students for the full duration of their course, even if the course finishes after the UK has left the EU.
There has been no change in the eligibility requirements for current EU students at UK universities to receive loans and/or grants to fund their studies for the full duration of their course. The same will apply to those students who start in 2019–20 and 2020–21.
There has yet to be any announcement about the fee status, or funding eligibility for EU students at UK universities starting courses in the academic year 2021-2022.
The UK is expected to participate in Erasmus+ until the end of the programme in 2020–21. This should allow staff and students to complete mobility periods, and receive funding, through the Erasmus+ programme until the end of the academic year 2020–21.
The UK government have stated it is open to participation in the new Erasmus successor programme from 2021, although this will be part of future relationship negotiations with the EU once the scheme has been finalised¿.