Brexit: information for new EU students
No-deal Brexit and healthcare
In a no-deal scenario, European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) cover for both UK and EU students may cease. However, the UK Government has confirmed that it will cover the cost of healthcare for UK students who begin their courses in the EU ahead of the UK’s exit date, and for the full duration of their courses.
Beyond this, the UK Government aims to establish reciprocal healthcare arrangements with each EU member states, valid for a limited time, in the event of a no-deal exit.
EU students commencing courses after exit date, therefore, will be subject to the reciprocal arrangements between the UK and the country of origin and may require third party cover, depending on the length of their course.
Visa information for EU nationals
New EU, EEA, or Swiss students arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021 will need to apply for
You will be able to apply under the new points-based system, now called the Student route.
If you are unsure if these changes affect you please contact our Student Immigration Team at
Please note that if you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen currently living in the UK, you and your
The most up to date information can be found on the government's website: UK points-based immigration system: EU student information.
Irish citizens will continue to be able to enter and live in the UK as they do now.
Living and working in the UK after graduation
EU Settlement Scheme
In advance of the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU), the UK government has committed to protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members currently living in the UK.
This includes the right to live, work and access public services such as healthcare and benefits.
To retain these rights, EU citizens must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.
Find out more about the EU Settlement Scheme.
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. Exact details for the new Graduate Route are still being clarified. It is expected to pass into legislation in Spring 2021. Some information is available on the UK Home Office blog.
Erasmus and Study Abroad
Information for new EU students on Erasmus+ and Study Abroad.
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.
The UK’s participation in the next Erasmus programme will depend on the outcome of negotiations between the UK and the EU. The University of Stirling will continue to offer study abroad opportunities in Europe, regardless of the outcome of negotiations. We continue to work closely with our European partner institutions to ensure that current exchange opportunities will still be available to students in the future.
See the latest information from Erasmus+ or contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions related to the programme.
Opportunities to study abroad 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 will continue to pay their tuition fees to the University of Stirling, so there are no tuition fees due to a host institution. All other living costs as well as international travel and insurance are the student’s responsibility. 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.