Brexit: information for new EU students

Information for EU students on studying and working here after the UK leaves the EU, including healthcare, visas and Erasmus+.

On 31 January 2020, the UK left the European Union. We continue to welcome students and staff to the University from across the European Union.

Quick overview of studying and fee status

This overview explains the status of new EU students following decisions taken by the Scottish and UK Governments. Current EU students studying at Stirling can find information on our Brexit information page.

Arriving before 31 December 2020

Information for EU students starting a full degree in 2020-21 and beyond, who arrived in Scotland before 31 December 2020.

  • EU students enrolling in 2020-21 are eligible for tuition fee support from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).
  • Eligible to apply for the UK’s EU Settlement Scheme, allowing you to remain in the UK after studying, provided you have applied by 30 June 2021.

Arriving after 31 December 2020

Information for EU students starting a full degree in 2020-21 and arriving in Scotland after 31 December 2020.

  • EU students enrolling in a course in February 2021 are eligible for tuition fee support from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).
  • Will need to apply for a student visa through the new Student visa.
  • May be eligible to apply for the Graduate Immigration Route.

Starting in 2021-22 arriving after 31 December 2020

Information for EU students starting a full degree in 2021-22 and beyond arriving in the UK after 31 December 2020.

Republic of Ireland students

Students from the Republic of Ireland that are ordinarly resident in and meet Scottish residency criteria, who are starting their studies in 2021/22 will be classed as ‘home’ fee status as a result of the Common Travel Area agreement.

Students from the Republic of Ireland who are ordinarly resident in Ireland who are starting their studies in 2021/22 will be classed as ‘RUK’ fees status and will be charged this rate.

Latest UK government guidance for EU students

Healthcare

The GHIC has been introduced to replace the old European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs), which will be phased out. Your old EHIC will still be valid until the expiry date. At which point, you should then apply for a GHIC.

  • Non-EU students on a course for 6 months of longer in the UK can apply for a GHIC. Please visit the NHS website for information on how to apply for a GHIC. 

  • Non-EU students on a course for less than 6 months cannot apply for a GHIC. You should take out private travel insurance if you travel out of the UK.

  • EU students who have received pre-settled/settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme can continue to use their existing EHICs until expiry. At which point they can then apply for a new EHIC. Please visit the NHS website for information on how to apply for a new EHIC.

  • EU students who arrived in the UK after 31 December 2020 will have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge and can apply for a GHIC. Please visit the NHS website for information on how to apply for a GHIC.

You are not entitled to a GHIC if you're insured by an EU country, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland but live in the UK. You should contact the relevant authority in the country you're insured by and request an EHIC.

EU Students requiring a visa will be liable to pay for the IHS charge as part of their studies at the University in order to access healthcare in Scotland.

Visa information for EU nationals

New EU, EEA, or Swiss students arriving in the UK after 1 January 2021 will need to apply for Student visa before travelling to the UK.

If you are coming to study for less than 6 months you will not need a visa. You can study in the UK for up to 6 months without a visa.

You can check if you need a UK visa on the government web site.

If you are unsure if these changes affect you please contact our Student Immigration Team at internationaladvisor@stir.ac.uk

The most up to date information can be found on the government's website: UK points-based immigration system: EU student information.

Irish citizens

Irish citizens will continue to be able to enter and live in the UK as they do now.

EU Settlement Scheme

If you are already resident and studying in the UK then you (and your family) should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK beyond January 2021. You can apply now if you meet the criteria. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

The EU Settlement Scheme will allow EU nationals to continue living in the UK with the same access to work, study, benefits and public services as currently.

Find out more about the EU Settlement Scheme.

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 01 July 2021.

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 21 June 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 Graduate Immigration Route fact sheet.