Brexit: information for current EU students
On 31 January 2020, the UK left the European Union. We will continue to welcome and value students and staff from the EU to Stirling. Here, we provide the information needed for current EU students in Scotland.
Fees for current EU students
The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students starting their degree in Scotland before the 2020-21 academic year will continue to be eligible for Scottish/EU fee status and will retain that fee status for the duration of their studies.
EU students enrolling before the 2020-21 academic year are eligible for tuition fee support from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).
The change in fee status for students from the European Economic Area (EEA), announced by the Scottish Government in July 2020, will only take effect for students beginning a degree from September 2021. EU students will now be considered international for fee paying purposes.
If you plan on travelling to the UK to resume or continue with your studies from 1 January 2021, but you have never been resident in the UK, you should apply for immigration permission before travelling to the UK.
You will be able to apply under the new points-based system, now called the Student visa. This visa route is now open and you will be able to apply for entry clearance overseas. This visa route will only be open to those students coming to the UK from 01 January 2021.
Graduate Immigration Route
The Graduate Immigration Route is a new UK post-study work visa. It is set to be introduced for international students completing a UK degree from the summer of 2021 or after.
You will normally be expected to undertake your studies in the UK to be eligible for the Graduate Immigration Route. However, the Government has confirmed that existing international students who have been studying by distance or blended learning will remain eligible to apply for the Graduate route provided they are in the UK by 6 April 2021 and meet the other requirements of the route.
This is applicable for the 2020/21 academic year only. This route is not available for current EU students who have started their course before 2020-21.
In addition, students who commence a one-year Master’s programme in January 2021 will also remain eligible for the Graduate route, even if they are studying remotely, provided they enter the UK before 27 September 2021 and complete the final semester of their studies in the UK.
Find out more information from the UK Home Office's Graduation Route fact sheet.
The University of Stirling is currently participating in the Erasmus+ programme and will continue to do so until further notice. Students who are due to undertake an Erasmus+ study or work placement during the 2020/21 academic year will be able to receive Erasmus+ funding for the duration of their period abroad.
Study Abroad opportunities will continue to be available post-Brexit. Students with a compulsory period abroad can contact the relevant Faculty to discuss their options.
Please note that those spending a semester or year abroad would continue to pay their tuition fees to the University, so there are no tuition fees due to a host institution. However you should expect to cover other living costs such as accommodation, food, books, etc. (as you would if you were in Stirling) as well as international travel and insurance.
The availability of mobility grants will depend on whether or not the UK remains part of the Erasmus+ programme following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
Get in touch
There is still a lot of uncertainty around the full implications of the EU Referendum result for the UK Higher Education sector, but if you have any questions or concerns related to studying or working at the University of Stirling after Brexit, please get in touch.