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 after 1 January 2021 will need to apply for
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
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.
EU Settlement Scheme
In advance of the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU), the UK government has committed to protecting the rights of EU citizens and their family members currently living in the UK.
If you are already studying in the UK then you (and your family) should apply to the EU
The EU Settlement Scheme will allow EU nationals to continue living in the UK with the same
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 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 Graduate Immigration Route fact sheet.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.